Work and Travel

How much Money does Work and Travel programme cost?

Work and Travel programme cost is about between 2500-2800 dollars. What is the difference between these prices? The registering price taken from foundation varies. There are foundations costing 900 or 1200 dollars. Also the fix expenses are 15 Turkish Liras now.

The allowance is important. Plane ticket is 850 dollars. For passport you pay 150 dollars. You can get your visa by paying 116 dollars to American Embassy. Also you have to have at least 500 dollars as allowance. Also the foundation wants registering payment.

What kind of jobs can not we do by Work and Travel in America?

The students who go to America by Work and Travel can not work in these branches: First of all, education and health section. They can not work in children summer camps. They can not work as an oper by looking after the babies or children. They can not work in illegal places.

For example; one of the students who went to America by Work and Travel was not allowed to work in a shop that sells alcholic drinks. They can not work in such these shops.

If we talk about the reasons, the American may not want to maket he different nationality people work in their education and health section because the conditions of this programme is determined by the American government.

Who can join Work and Travel programme?

The ones who are 18 and above it and go to unversity can join this progamme. They have to know English as much as they can use daily speaking. Also American government wants the successful students to come to America. So they require grade point average. The students have to have grade point average as at least 2.

What kind of visa can people get while going to America?

The visa type applied on Work and Travel is the visiter visa which includes working permission. To get this visa, the one has to have Work and Travel conditions. They have to be student, know English intermediate level English and have to above 18 and the limit is 30 age but the embassy examines the people who are above 25 in detailed.

If there are some blanks about what you did in your past, they examine this. They made an interview especially about school information. They want everybody to bring their transcripts. They want you to have average grade point at least 2. If it is not 2, they can not get visa. If so, they can get visa in a comfortable way.

In what kind of jobs can the student do when he goes to America?

The employers see the students coming there by Work and Travel as unqualified people. For example, it is not possible to work in education and health section and summer children camps or as a oper. Apart from this, they can work everywhere. They can work in cafeterias, shopping centers, fastfood restaurants and also they can work in holiday centers.

First of all we suggest our students to find job on their own. The student who found a contact about finding a job can join this programme and wants contact about visa operations. After finishing visa operations, he can g oto America and can find job.

What is Work and Travel USA?

It is an Exchange programme providing university students work in seasonal work in USA in summer. American government determines that this is a cultural Exchange programme.

In fact, Work & Travel is supported by the other countries to work in seasonal busy working days and with this progamme the student does not have to work but the student got j1 visa and he has to show that he works in a shop or another place. The students join this programme to earn allowance.

Who pay travel and accomodation payment in Work and Travel programme?

The student pays these payments. Especially plane ticket is a cost to be paid before going to America. The prices are about 850 dollars but this price is fort he East states of America.

If it is a state in Western – for example California – You have to pay between 1100 or 1200 euros. Also acommodation is a cost the students have to pay. Some of the employers can say that they can pay the acommodation.

In such these situations, working timetable and salar yare discussed and also allowance is determined too. The employer provides the acommodation. The students is given a room, they have dormitories and the students can share the apartment or dormitory as 5 or 6 people.


Rio de Janeiro Travel

Should we  go to Rio De Janeiro during the Rio Carnival?

In fact, going to Rio De Janeiro during the Carnival is a big difficulty and  calamity because I can watch this carnival on tv instead of living between one million tourists an done million Brazilian people. Certainly, one of the places and cities  that must be seen  before dying is Rio Carnival.

The carnival may not start on the same date in February but in February in 2008, after the 3-day final 234 where big show will be shown, in other words a lot of samba schools pass  in review their costumes called “kolso” and a lot of samba cars will be droven on this road, the last championship nominees will join this walking but I suggest you not to go to Rio De Janeiro, If you want to go there before dying and if you are there in February, then don’t miss going to carnival.

What are the places that must be certainly seen in Rio De Janeiro?

Arriving there after 14.5 hour-travel, 3 days arent enough to see Rio De Janeiro. You should at least 7 nights and 8 days, I think you should  get aroun not only Rio but also all the environment but how? First important 3 days involve getting around Rio and the days left involve getting around Iguasa Area and Iguasa Falls, Salvador, Bahiya Forteleza and Amazon forests.

One week is ideal for getting around Brazil comfortably but if we are in Brazil now, one of the places that must be certainly seen is Jesus Statue in Korkova Hill. It is 730 meters high and made of soapstone. The height of the statue that blesses the people and the tourists is a symbol.

There are a lot of places that must be seen not only in but also around Rio. One of them is Marakana, the most famous stadium. It was decided to be constructed for the forth World Cup and Brazil startet to come true this decision. In other words; Marakana Stadium where Uruguay beat Brazil as 2-1 in Final match started to be constructed but it couldnt be finished while the final match finished with a big sadness because Uruguay beat Brazil as a result of  2-1 score.

There are also a national history museum  and anational library here. The library especially displays the most important and original one of the bibles written till now. Also there are places that must be visited apart from Rio. There is especially the longest river of the World (it is 2,7 kilometers long) in Argentina. The places that seperate Paraguay and Rio are Amazon Forests.

There are 186 millions of people in Amazon forests in Salvado Bahiya border in west of Rio De Janeiro Because of this population, the forest consists of 60 percent of this population. Amazon forests… If you can save yourself from these forests, you can arrive in the most beautiful beach “Salvador de Bahiya”. Because Rio is a touristic place but yet it hasnt got a touristic flavour, it has stil has a plain life style. I think Brazil is one of the most beautiful places where need to be lived with Salvador de Bahiya with its the most beautiful beach of Brazil.

Is Rio De Janeiro an expensive city?

If you ask this question to us, Turkish people; it is not because today 100 dollars refers to 214 riyals. Riyal in Portugese means currency and we can do a lot of things with this Money. For example we can eat your fill for 1 week. It is not a lie, because while we pay 10 Turkish Liras for a menu in McDonalds in Turkey, we pay 5 Turkish Liras for the same menu in Brazil, It means that our one-day McDonalds menu in Turkey refers to 2-day menu in Brazil. If you want to stay in a five-star hotel in Copacabana beach, accommodation in city is expensive. It costs between 100 and 300 dollars for one night but if you prefer staying in a 4-star hotel, you pay between 30 and 50 dollars  for a night. Also you can walk to Copacabana beach in ten minutes.

In the point of shopping, there is bargaining possibility in every time and everywhere. There is a bazaar which is open between 20.00 and 00.00 on Copacabana beach. You can drive a hard bargain but when you go to a shop there is no possility for bargaining, you have to pay what the product costs. If you want to buy a special thing, I suggest you to buy the paintings made by Brazilian street  painters.

What kind of food culture does Rio De Janeiro have?

Perhaps one of the unique countries where you can eat with your raki is this city because there is a food culture called “Çulaskarya”. Its name is foreign but when I explain it, you will understand how domestic it is. The meat taken from the most beautiful animals is put on your table. Think about big spits. 25 different parts of the animal are taken and ranged on these spits and they are barbecued on charcoal grill.The waiters services these spits. There are a red and a green signal. When you select the gren signal,you can eat meat as much as possible. If you select red one,it means “I am full, I cant eat more”.

Compare the price of the meat in Turkey with Rio‘s meat price. One of the most important features of the Turkish’ palatal delight is fish. There are such restaurants that you can eat “Çulaskarya” -based barbecued fish. You can eat every kind of fish how much you want for only 30 dollars. You can come to Rio for only eating..

How can we go to Rio De Janeiro ?

Initially, marine transportation was used to go Rio De Janeiro and you can go there by marine transportation now but people prefer coming here by plane instead of arriving here after 2030 days by marine transportation. There isnt direct plane to Brazil but there are time tables for Brazil in Europe. I have good news; there will be direct planet o Brazil in Turkish Air Lines. Now the best airport is Airfrance. You can go directly to Rio De Janeiro Paris by connecting flight from İstanbul. There are two timetables for Brazil. You arrive here first of all from Istanbul to Paris in 3,5 hours and then from Paris to Rio De Janerio in 11 hours. It means that it is possible to  arrive Rio De Janeiro in 14,5 hours.

Apart from Airfrance, there are another airports such as Alitarya, Riberya and Riftanza but these airlines arrive directly not Rio but another cities of Brazil and then use connection. Therefore Airfrance is the best airline. Visa for Brazil isnt necessary because most of the countries want visa from Turkish and this is a difficult thing. Thanks to our good relationship with South America we don’t have to have visa for Brazil. You can come here whenever you want.

What kind of problems can we face in Rio De Janerio?

Whenever you go,it is possible to face pick pocketing evetns. This event is experienced by tourists in not only Turkey and İstanbul but also all the World especially in Rio. Rio and Rio government found a alternative for this unfortunate event especially for Copacabana beach. There is a big bidonville and Rio government support these people in this bidonville and they don’t use pick pocketing very much. I suggest you not to wear expensive jewelleries when you go out in Rio. We, Turkish People, love wearing such things and face these pickpocketing events more. Crime rate isnt high but you should be careful.

In which months can we go to Rio De Janerio?

In fact, seasons  are very variable in the World. If you go to South America, you should think when you should go there because in winter, you can prefer sunbathing in Kopakopana beach instead of being frozen in Turkey. It means we had beter go to Rio De Janeiro in winter. We can stay in  Rio De Janeiro from November to April and sunbath in Copacabana beach. We must bring summer dresses while going there. You have to return in April because hurricanes start. Hurricane and rain season end up in October. Although it is sunny  and hot in Rio, we should live our summer season in Turkey.