Do I get paid to participate in the International program?
Yes! Our participants will be paid a gross (before taxes) weekly rate of $240. This rate is the
amount they will be paid for a 40-hour week. If participants log less than 40 hours per week,
they will receive a pro-rated amount of this rate. As part of the compensation package, our
International staff receive lodging, three meals a day and free or discounted access to most
YMCA facilities and area attractions (skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, climbing, hiking,
biking and horseback riding in the summer). Participants will also receive their share of the
Appreciation Fund (tips) given by our guests at the end of the program.
Does the YMCA of the Rockies cover visa fees?
No, however; the YMCA of the Rockies supports our Interns and Trainees by giving $1000 toward
visa sponsor fees. We will give the participant a check for $500 at 6 months of the training
program and the remaining $500 dollars at the completion of the program. If the participant
leaves early, he or she will lose this benefit.
Once I start the program, how will I be evaluated?
Trainees and interns will be evaluated throughout the course of
the program. Those who successfully complete
the program will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the YMCA of the Rockies and a
of Recommendation to prospective employers.
What is the educational component of the program?
The participant will receive classes during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons as part of their
training program. The classes will cover a variety of topics. The leadership of the YMCA of the
Rockies will hold classes on the operations of a hospitality business, the financial processes
of a non-profit, how both Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch operate, basic notions on
philanthropy and the importance of donations for the YMCA of the Rockies. There will also be
speakers talking about professional skills necessary in the participant’s future career such as
Conflict Management, Diversity, Marketing, Public Speaking, Creating and Using High Performing
Teams and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Workplace (topics are subject to change). The
participant will also learn about personal skills that are key in becoming independent such as
how-to Budget, Resume Writing and Interview Skills. The participant will have to do 2
presentations, one in a local school about their home country and culture, and one in front of
YMCA of the Rockies supervisors and coworkers about the YMCA in their home country.
Do I get time off?
Absolutely! We want you to explore the beautiful surroundings and
take advantage of the Y’s amenities
and staff discounts at various local attractions. We believe in building healthy spirit, mind
body for all.
Do I have to pay for meals?
As a YMCA of the Rockies employee, you’ll receive 3 free meals
per day, 7 days per week as part of the
Who do I contact for more information or with questions?
Please contact us at email@example.com for more
information or if you have any questions.
How long before my J1 program starts can I arrive in the YMCA of the
You can arrive up to 3 days prior to the start date of your work
Where is the nearest airport?
The nearest airport to our location is Denver
Do I get picked up from the airport?
Participants MUST send their arrival information to Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
at least two weeks in
advance of arrival. We will then schedule your shuttle depending on which location you are
traveling to. Participants should not arrive more than three days before their DS-2019 start
date, as their room may not yet be vacant or prepared.
What to pack?
As you get ready to start packing your bags to travel to beautiful Colorado, there are a few
things to keep in mind. Below is a list of suggested items to pack for your experience at the Y.
But remember to pack lightly; dorm rooms are small and you may have up to three (3) roommates.
Clothing: Temperatures in the mountains change very fast. Please make sure to pack WARM
All Seasons: black pants/blue jeans, sweatshirts/sweaters, jacket or parka, t-shirts,
swimsuit, as well as some nice clothes for special occasions.
Winter Season (September—May): heavy coat, scarf, gloves, boots, and hat for cold
weather and snow.
Rain Gear: no umbrellas due to lightning
Good walking shoes and/or hiking boots
Container to carry personal items to shower room
Musical instrument if you play one
Sporting gear appropriate to the season
Adapters for electronics: American outlets are different from other countries, and there
are no adapters sold near our facility.
Cultural Items: Bring items that represent your home country for cultural events
Our facility is 3 miles from town and there is limited transportation, so bring anything
else you think you might need. Because we are located in a tourist area, items for sale in
the local stores can be expensive.
Is there public transportation in the area?
The YMCA of the Rockies is located in a rural area in the Mountains, there is no public
transportation in the area.
What are the dates for the Intern/Training Program?
The program has different start dates based on the position you are applying for:
Guest Services/ Front Desk: April 1st, April 15th, May 1st
Guest Services/ Conference: April 1st, April 15th, May 1st
Food Service Operations: April 1st
Human Resources/ Resident Assistant: April 1st
Human Resources/ Office Assistant: April 1st
Recreation and Programs Operations: March 25th
Information Technology: April 1st
Are drugs and/or alcohol permitted?
In accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission and federal law, we have a
zero-tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated
(including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on or off-duty. If you want to use
marijuana, don’t apply for our International programs.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact our International Department at 970-586-3341 x1214, or email email@example.com