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Cultural Exchange in California USA

Applications for this program are now closed for Summer 2017. We anticipate that applications for Summer 2018 will open during September 2017.

Immerse yourself in a fantastic work and travel experience in California, the USA for summer 2017.  Located off the coast of California on beautiful Santa Catalina Island, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of positions and experience unique cultural exchange.

Island Ventures comprises of 4 retails stores and 2 boutique hotels.

Our retail stores offer an extensive array of high-quality apparel, accessories, and gifts, featuring big brands and exclusive Catalina Island merchandise.  Our hotels provide guests with world-class facilities and a fantastic environment in which to savor all that Catalina Island has to offer.

Our team believes in good quality, excellent prices and reputable customer service, which makes us the finest retail stores on the island.

We invite you to explore, inspire, dream and work with us for summer 2018!


Imagine gaining world class work experience during your summer break from university!  On this program, you will work in an amazing location earning an hourly wage based on your job position.  Participants will work in the following roles:

  • Sales Associate
  • Hotel Front Desk
  • Food and Beverage Server/Barista
  • Housekeeping

The program runs from June to September which gives you plenty of time to build up your experience along with up to 30 days to travel at the end of your program.

  • Housing is included and on site, you will share a bedroom.  Housing is payroll deducted from your weekly wages and is a short walk to your work location.

Participants on the Island Ventures, International program will be able to experience unique cultural exchange activities.  As part of your program, the Island Ventures Team will support you with sourcing cultural activities that are designed to enhance your work and travel experience.

Let Yummy Jobs take you on a California adventure next summer!

To participate in the Summer Work Travel USA program with the Island Ventures Company, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Speak fluent English.
  • Be currently enrolled in full time education within the U.K or Ireland, studying towards a foundation or undergraduate degree.
  • Have successfully completed at least one full semester of study before the program commences. Candidates can also participate on this program immediately following their final year of study.
  • Be available for the full program duration. The program runs from June - September each year.
  • Live in the housing provided by Island Ventures for the duration of the program.
  • Be willing to share a bedroom with one or two other program participants.
  • Participate in cultural exchange activities during the program.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility for the program please contact a member of the Yummy Jobs Team!

Participants on the Island Ventures International Program will be required to submit the following fees. 

Program Fees:

£895.00 GBP = Full Placement Program Fee inclusive of visa sponsorship, medical insurance, SEVIS Fee, pre-arrival and arrivals support, pre-arranged job and pre-arranged housing.

Additional Fees for summer 2017:

  • Criminal Background Check fee = £80.00 GBP
  • U.S. Embassy appointment fee = $160.00 USD
  • Courier delivery of passport = Free to £30.00 GBP
  • Return flight to the United States = £300 to £600 GBP (approximately)
  • Housing pre-payment = TBC (charged upon program arrival)

Post-Arrival Fees:

  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 - $750.00 USD are recommended

Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice

Application Dates

  • Applications for the Island ventures program for summer 2017 are now closed, and will re-open for Summer 2018 during September 2017.
  • Applicants are required to be available for the full program dates in order to be considered. The program runs from June - September each year (specific dates to be confirmed).

Interviewing Process

  • Pre-screen interviews with the Yummy Jobs Team take place during November for positions the following summer. Applicants will be required to attend a presentation and interview session with the Yummy Jobs Team at one of multiple U.K recruitment events.
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend a final interview with the Island Ventures team via Skype.

Please note, all dates are subject to change

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Program Terms & Conditions


PROGRAM DATES: June 10 2017 - September 17 2017

PROGRAM DURATION: 3 months + 30-day travel period

ROLES AVAILABLE: Hotel Front Desk, Retail, Food and Beverage

WAGE: Mimimum of $10.00 USD per hour

HOURS: Minimum of 32 hours per week / Average 38 - 45 hours per week

HOUSING: Shared housing is provided nearby - $100.00 USD rent per week

HIGHLIGHTS: Exclusive location, range of island leisure activities to enjoy, a summer living the Californian dream!