Sponsors and What They Do

How do sponsors screen and select program participants?

Sponsors are required to conduct a personal interview, and they must ensure that the program is suitable to the participant's background, needs, and experience. Sponsors must also ensure that participants meet the eligibility criteria defined below. 
[22 CFR §62.10(a)(1-2)] and [22 CFR §62.32(b)(1-3)]

Student Status
Eligible program participants are bona fide post-secondary school students actively pursuing a degree or a full-time course of study at an accredited educational institution. Students that have completed their degree are no longer bona fide students. [22 CFR §62.32(b)(2)] and Program Policy cleared and signed on June 25, 1996
English-Language Proficiency
Prospective exchange visitor participants must possess sufficient proficiency in the English language to participate in their programs. [22 CFR §62.10(a)(2)]
Repeat Participation
There is no prohibition against students participating in the Summer Work/Travel program for more than one year.

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