Do I get paid to participate in the International program?
Yes! International trainees, interns and summer work employees will receive housing (dormitory style)
and meals plus a weekly stipend (currently $220 per week). The 40- hour work week includes some morning,
evening and weekend shifts. Trainees 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?
The YMCA of the Rockies supports participants 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 end 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 Letter
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 such as the YMCA of the Rockies, the financial
processes of a non-profit that makes $25 million per year, 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. 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 and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you have any questions.
How long before my J1 program starts can I arrive in the YMCA of the Rockies?
You can arrive up to 3 days prior to the start date of your work agreement.