Do I get paid to participate in the International program?
Yes! Our participants will be paid Colorado minimum wage. Participants will also receive their share of the Appreciation Fund (tips) given by our guests.
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?
Yes, you do need to pay for meals. You will receive a Room and Board agreement as part of your
hiring process with detailed information for you to review.
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
You can arrive up to 2 days before the start date of your work agreement.
Do I need a sponsor for the Day Camp - Summer Work program?
Yes. The State Department designates U.S. government, academic
and private sector entities to conduct
educational and cultural exchange programs. To participate in the Exchange Visitor
nationals must be sponsored by one of the State Department-designated sponsors. The program
are responsible for screening and selecting eligible foreign nationals for participation in
designated exchange visitor program, as well as supporting and monitoring exchange visitors
their stay in the United States.
Where is the nearest airport?
The nearest airport to our location is Denver International Airport
Do I get picked up from the airport?
Participants MUST send their arrival information to Amanda at email@example.com
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-2020 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.
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.