Sec. 514.80  Summer Student Travel/Work Program.
(a) The following criteria apply to United States organizations
which have been designated by the United States Information
Agency (USIA) to administer Summer Student Travel/Work Programs.
These programs are designed to achieve the educational objectives
of international exchange by involving students during their
summer vacations directly in the daily life of the host country
through temporary employment opportunities. The criteria require
program sponsors to promote the exchange of United States and
foreign students on a reciprocal basis thereby assuring that the
operation of such programs will not have an adverse impact on
labor opportunities for United States youth in the 18-23 year age
bracket.
(1) Selection. The selection will be limited to bona fide
university students screened for maturity and ability to get
maximum benefit from Summer Travel/Work Programs. Priority
consideration will be given to students who do not live in close
proximity to the United States who would not be able to visit
this country if temporary work permission were not authorized to
help defray their travel expenses.
(2) Orientation. All students shall be provided with orientation,
both pre-departure and upon arrival in the United States. The
orientation should be designed to give the students a good basic
knowledge of our country and its people. Students should be fully
informed of the nature of the program in which they are
participating. They should be provided with some type of
identification card which includes the name and phone number of
an official of the sponsoring organization as well as the number
of the Exchange-Visitor Program in which they are participating.
In addition, orientation should cover proper methods of obtaining
and holding a job and the customary practices of giving employers
adequate advance notice of resignation. Students should be fully
briefed on the employment situation in the United States and
advised not to seek employment in areas where a high unemployment
situation exists.
(3) Supervision. Sponsors must be prepared to help their students
at any time they have a medical, personal, employment, or other
type of problem.
(4) Jobs. Each student sponsored on such a program must have a
prearranged job before he or she comes to the United States, or
firm appointments with prospective employers, or have sufficient
personal funds so as to be financially independent if not
employed.
(5) United States employment. Sponsors are required to check in
advance with the Department of Labor to obtain information
regarding areas or cities which have a high unemployment rate.
Students should be advised to avoid such areas in seeking
employment.
(6) Financial responsibility. Sponsors are required to ensure
that all participants return home at no charge to the United
States Government.
(7) Health and accident insurance. Sponsors shall ensure that
every student has health and accident insurance coverage from the
time of departure from home until the student returns to his or
her home country. Minimum acceptable insurance is:
(i) Medical and accident coverage up to $2,000 per injury or
illness; and
(ii) Preparation and transportation of remains to home country
(at least $2,000). Coverage may be provided in one of the
following ways:
(A) By health and accident coverage arranged for by the student.
(B) By health and accident insurance coverage arranged for by the
sponsor.
(8) Geographical distribution. Sponsors shall develop plans to
ensure that groups of students, especially those of the same
nationality, are not "clustered" in certain areas or cities.
Every effort should be made to have the students widely dispersed
throughout the country.
(9) Arrival time. Students for whom the sponsors have arranged
"preplacement" for jobs can begin their programs at any time.
Travel for students who have not been "preplaced" should be
delayed by the sponsors as late as possible, preferably after
June 15. Such delayed travel will give American students who are
interested in obtaining summer jobs from two to four weeks in a
less competitive market.
(10) Reciprocity. Sponsors are required to administer Student
Travel/Work Programs on a reciprocal basis. The number of foreign
students a sponsor brings to the United States under this program
shall not exceed, in any calendar year, the number of American
students who were sent abroad by the sponsor on a Travel/Work
Program. Should a sponsor fail in the realization of reciprocity
in any given calendar year, the Agency may restrict the number of
foreign students that the sponsor brings to the United States in
the next calendar year to the number sent abroad by the sponsor
in the preceding calendar year.
(11) Report requirement. Sponsors are required to submit an
annual report, not later than January 31, on the United States
students who were sent abroad the previous calendar year under
Travel/Work Programs. The report should contain the following
information: Name and United States address of the student, the
country where the student was employed, name of employer and
type of business, and the type and length of employment (dates).
The report should also include an ongoing evaluation of both the
incoming program for foreign students and the outgoing program
for American students. Major problems encountered in the
administration of the program should also be listed. Failure to
submit the report by January 31 will result in the automatic
suspension of the program. The program will not be reactivated
until the report is received by USIA and the sponsor notified
that suspension has been lifted.
(12) Unauthorized activities. Employment as servants, mother's
helpers, au pair or other jobs of a domestic nature in private
homes is not authorized. Employment must be of a commercial or
industrial nature. Also, employment as a Camp Counselor is not
authorized under the Travel/Work Program. All such unauthorized
placements will be removed from the count of United States
placements abroad which could reduce the number of foreign
students which the sponsor will be permitted to bring into the
United States during the following year.
(b) [Reserved]