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  • everything you need to know the first time you are in A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO SUMMER WORK TRAVEL PROGRAMS
  • This guide offers you a list of all the services you will definitely need this summer. We hope you have a pleasant experience and get to know the friendly American people during your stay in Virginia Beach.
  • VIRGINIA BEACH is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia, on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, USA. Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship, a beach soccer tournament. The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Virginia Beach is 208 miles (about 4 hours by car) from Washington, DC.
  • FROM THE AIRPORT TO VIRGINIA BEACH It takes an hour and twenty minutes to reach Virginia Beach from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (with Hampton Roads Public transit) or 4 hours from Dulles International Airport near Washington DC (by Greyhound bus or Amtrak train). Richmond International Airport and Norfolk International Airport are also nearby, but your flight will most likely land at Dulles or Newport News. You could also rent a car, but car rentals â especially one-way rentals - are often quite expensive in the US, so unless you are sharing the ride with another person this is not an economical way to come to Virginia Beach from the airport. RESORT EXPRESS For groups of 6 or more, a Resort Express representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to Virginia Beach for $85. Just call 1-888-959-8907 from any public phone to get the driverâs contact information and set a time and place for pickup. If you reach an answering machine, please leave your full name and location, then call back in 15 minutes. Please be aware that you may have to wait for other students to come before leaving for Virginia Beach. For example, if you land at 5PM you might have to wait for others to arrive at 8PM. DO NOT leave the airport with people you do not know. For reservations, please check with your local agency. TRANSPORTATION IN VIRGINIA BEACH Hampton Roads Transit offers 51 bus routes to just about any place youâll need to go. If you have questions, please call their Customer Service Department at (757) 222-6100. Three routes of particular interest to Summer Work Travel participants are: Red Route 30 which provides service to the shops, restaurants, and hotels along Atlantic Avenue (May 1-Sept. 30); Yellow Route 31 (Museum Express) which goes to the Marine Science Museum, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, and other places on the southern end of town; Blue Route 32 (Shoppers Express) which runs to the Lynnhaven Mall and the Shops at Hilltop throughout the summer. Single fares are $1.75, and all-day and multi-day passes are available. You can buy tickets in one of the Sunsations beach stores along Atlantic Avenue and in vending machines near bus stops. Exact change is required; drivers do not make change. transportation
  • Mihai Lungeanu is the person in charge of helping you find accommodation; you can reach him at: Mihai lungea nu T: 757-871-8752 +40 749 333 000 mihai.lungeanu@a aCCommodations You will be staying in hotels, motels, or landlord-owned houses that offer special rates to internationals. Very few employers offer student accommodation. If your employer does provide housing, be sure to contact him/her to arrange the details. For the majority of students in Virginia Beach, accommodation is arranged by All Friends. The motel, hotel, or house in which you will stay will be equipped with basic American appliances, including a microwave, toaster and refrigerator. (If there is no washing machine at your residence, there will be a self-service laundromat nearby, where you can wash and dry your clothes for about $2 per load.) Your housing facility will also include Internet access. Most of the time, two to four students will share a room. The rental contract covers the whole summer; it will be calculated based on the work season, not on a weekly or monthly basis. You will receive a payment schedule with the lease agreement when you are assigned housing in Virginia Beach. All students must pay a deposit (up to $200) to their landlord upon arrival. This deposit will be returned if you leave the property in the same condition you found it. If you do not stay until the end of the season as you stated in your contract, you will lose your deposit.
  • You must check in with your visa sponsor and register your arrival in SEVIS within 10 days of arriving. Please follow the exact instructions you received from your agency. For free computer and Internet access, visit the Virginia Beach Public Library at 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach. For information, call (757) 385-0150. You must âactivate yourselfâ in SEVIS or you could be removed from the program, your DS-2019 form could be cancelled, and you would be forced to return home. After you register in SEVIS you must apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) at the Social Security Administration (SSA) branch located at 2875 Sabre Street in Virginia Beach. In some cases your employer will take you the SSA; if not, you should go by yourself. To apply, you will need the following documents: 1. J-1 Visa Stamp in your passport (original) 2. I-94 Number (Visit the DHS website at https://i94.cbp.dhs. gov/I94/request.html to retrieve the number after you arrive in the States; be sure to print out the confirmation.) 3. DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitors (J-1) Status (original) After you apply you will receive a letter that proves you applied. Give a copy of the letter to your employer; you can start work before you receive your SSN. Your employer will use a temporary number until you receive the original card. Now you can contact your employer to put you on the schedule and let you know the types of assignments youâll have during the summer. IMPORTANT: You can get a second job as long as it does not interfere with your principle SWT placement. Your initial job offer takes priority; your employer is printed on your DS- 2019. If you do not fulfill the terms of your initial obligation, your employer can have the sponsor cancel your visa. soCiaL seCurity Card CONTACT YOUR SPONSORS AND APPLY FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD (SSN)
  • sponsor organization Your sponsor organization helped you get a visa and is responsible for your safety and wellbeing during the Summer Work Travel program. The sponsor can also cancel your program and your visa if you fail to comply with requests. Remember that your exchange program is tied to your primary job placement. You may get a second job, but you may not begin the second job until your sponsor has checked out the employer and approved the job. You also may not quit any job before alerting your sponsor - while under U.S. law you cannot be forced to stay in a particular position, to participate in a j-visa exchange program you MUST remain in your primary placement unless, under extreme circumstances, your sponsor approves a change and updates your visa documentation. Be sure to check your e-mail regularly; your sponsors are required to contact you at least once a month and report back to the State Department on how you are doing. They will also ask you about the cultural activities in which you have taken part during the previous month; be sure to save ticket stubs and take pictures of the interesting things you do outside of work. Getting to know the people and culture of the United States is an important â AND MANDATORY â part of the Summer Work Travel program, and sponsors are required to cancel your program if you fail to provide proof of having taken part in some form of cultural activity each month. It is very easy to respond to e-mail requests from your sponsor. If your program is cancelled, it will NOT be easy to explain to your employer why you need to leave the country or to a consular officer during a future visa interview. STAY IN TOUCh WITh YOUR SPONSOR ThROUGhOUT ThE SUMMER.
  • take Care of your money and doCuments PROTECT yOuR MONEy! OPEN A BANk ACCOuNT! Many employers pay students via wire transfer, so having a bank account is not only advisable, but essential. We recommend that you open an account at the bank in which you will cash your paychecks. You should also check with your employer which bank s/he uses to issue checks to be sure that you can cash them where you have your account. Do not keep large amounts of money with you or at home. If you own a debit card, do not give the PIN code to anyone, and be sure you keep the card in a safe place! PROTECT yOuR DOCuMENTS! In order to identify yourself, always carry your passport or other photo ID. Do not give your passport to other people. No one has the right to retain your passport or other ID, for any reason. Make copies of your documentation and keep them in a safe place. PROTECT yOuR IDENTITy! Know your email and Facebook logins/passwords (as well as the answers to your security questions). The U.S. Internet Protocol is different, and you will need to re-enter all of your information into your devices once you arrive in the States. Knowing this information ensures that you can access your accounts and not get locked out so far away from home. Never share your Internet logins or passwords with anyone else.
  • Drinking alcohol is forbidden for those under 21. You must be more than 21 years old to enter bars and clubs, or to buy alcohol. If you are over 21 you need a picture ID to prove your age when buying alcohol or entering a bar. Drinking or having an open container of alcohol are both forbidden in public places. âPublic placeâ refers to every street, boardwalk, beach, parking lot, and alley, or any vehicle found in one of these places. Disturbing the peace is forbidden; you must not partake in any activity that bothers other neighbors or tourists, or refuse to obey orders from a police officer. Sleeping on the beach between 10 pm and 6 am is forbidden; and sleeping in a vehicle is forbidden at any time of day. Extremely loud noise is forbidden. Loud noise is forbidden between 12 am and 7 am; this includes loud music and screaming. Nudism is forbidden in public areas. virginia BeaCh Laws Ride on the right-hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. Don't ever move in the opposite direction of the traffic. Respect traffic rules. Bikers and scooter riders must respect the same traffic rules as drivers. You can get traffic tickets if you donât respect these rules, for example if you donât stop at a STOP sign or red light. At night you must have a headlight on the front of your bike and a reflective sign on the back. The use of bikes and scooters is not permitted on roads where the minimum speed limit is 50 miles per hour. Always wear a protective helmet. Wear reflective clothes at night. Use hand signs to signal that you are turning or stopping. Donât carry passengers on your bike unless the bike is especially made for more than one rider. Stop and make sure that every direction is clear when you enter or leave a street. Leave the roadbed completely when you stop to rest or talk on the telephone. Beware of unexpected situations: automobiles exiting garages, drivers opening their car doors, unprotected sewers, or dogs that are not on a leash. When riding behind a local bus remember that they tend to stop every few blocks. Always use a safety chain and/or lock. Bike theft is common. BiCyCLe safety
  • If you get caught breaking the law, you will be arrested. If the case goes to court and you are found guilty, you will be fined or incarcerated for a few days, weeks or more. SHOPLIFTING is against the law, and you will be arrested if you commit this illegal act. Trust the police officers. They are civil servants, and their duty is to maintain the law and order and to help citizens and visitors when they need it. Ask them for help every single time you need it. Cross the streets legally, only at the places marked for pedestrians. When you cross the highway, push the button and wait for the green light. Virginia law requires pedestrians to use sidewalks when they are available. Jogging is not permitted in the bus lane or on the Highway. If there is a sidewalk, you may not jog on the street. Hitchhiking is forbidden in the United States. It is very dangerous, and you must not do it! YOUR SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND YOU MUST BE AWARE THAT YOU ARE IN A COUNTRY WHERE RULES ARE SACRED. poLiCe & safety
  • If it's not an emergency, you can go to the First Colonial Family Practice and Urgent Care Center at 1120 First Colonial Road (Suite 100) Virginia Beach. For information call (757) 481-2333. Get in touch with your insurance company for details about coverage. If you need to pay for the visit with cash or credit card, keep the receipt. You will have to fill in a form to be reimbursed by the insurance company. Contact your sponsor or your agency if you donât know the exact procedure. If itâs an emergency, grab a taxi, or ask a friend or your employer to escort you to Sentara Hospital 5320 Providence Road Virginia Beach For information, call (757) 413-7900.â alwaYS KeeP YouR PaSSPoRt and inSuRanCe inFoRMation with You. iF You donât haVe thiS inFoRMation, giVe the hoSPital YouR SPonSoR'S naMe. The hospital will complete the necessary paperwork so you donât have to pay for your treatment immediately. If you get injured during work hours, tell your superiors immediately so they can help you use the employer's insurance. They will provide transportation to a medical office. Your employer is responsible for paying all bills for medical treatment needed because of an accident on the job. KeeP a CoPY oF YouR MediCal inSuRanCe CaRd with You at all tiMeS. need mediCaL assistanCe?
  • TAXES yOu DON´T HAVE TO PAy Social Security Medicare Federal Unemployment When you receive your first paycheck, make sure that these three taxes havenât been withheld from you. If you see any amount of money in the line for âFICA,â âSSâ or âSoc Sec,â âMedicareâ or âMed,â or âFUTA,â your employer has made a mistake. You should alert your employer to the fact that the law is different for students with j-1 visas. To find out more about these taxes, visit W-4 FORM When you start working your employer will ask you to fill out the W-4 Form (Employerâs Withholding Allowance Certificate) to assure that you will not be overtaxed. If you do not fill out this form correctly you might pay higher taxes. The following instructions for completing the W-4 Form were taken from IRS Publication 515: Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Corporations. Check only the box for âsingleâ marital status on Line 3 (even if you are married or divorced). Write only 1 at the withholding allowance at Line 5. Write âNonresident Alienâ or âNRAâ on the dotted line at Line 6. Do not check âExemptâ on Line 7. TAX RETuRN Everyone who has an income in the United States is required to fill out a form at the end of the calendar year in order to have any amount they overpaid in taxes returned. The tax return reflects earnings from the following year, total fees paid, and the sum of unpaid taxes. To request that your taxes be returned, you will first need a W-2 Form, which your employer will send you early in the year after you complete Summer Work Travel. (Employers are required by law to mail W-2s before February 15.) Make sure you give your employer your correct address before leaving so that you can receive this form. iMPoRtant inFoRMation: ReMeMBeR, You will File YouR taX RetuRn and aPPlY FoR a ReFund aFteR You RetuRn to YouR hoMe CountRY. taXes WhAT YOU ShOULD KNOW AbOUT TAxES All participants in Summer Work and Travel must pay state, federal and local taxes (approx. 10-14%). However, most of these taxes will be returned to you after one calendar year, when you request them.
  • TIPPING Tipping or giving gratuities is very common. Here are some examples of services that use it: Waiter/Waitress 15-20% on bill amount Hairdresser 15% on bill amount Cab 10 â 15% on the amount Pizza Boy No more than 1$ Never try to tip police officers, civil servants or university employees. This can be misinterpreted as a bribe, which is illegal. Donât leave tips for bus drivers, theater ticket agents, museum tour guides, restaurant staff, or hotel receptionists. LOCATION Virginia Beach is located on the Virginia Peninsula in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. Here are the distances between Virginia Beach and the closest major cities: Washington, DC 208 miles 4 hours by car Williamsburg, VA 60 miles 1 hour by car Ocean City, MD 140 miles 2 ¾ hours by car MONETARy uNITS The USA has a decimal monetary system. The dollar, $, is the basic unit. $1, $5, $10, $20 are the most used dollar bills. You can occasionally see $2, $50, or $100 dollar bills. Every dollar is divided into 100 cents. These are the coins: 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime) and 25 cents (quarter). VALuE OF THE uS DOLLAR Here is a list of average prices: A cup of coffee $1 Hamburger, fries and a drink $3 - $7 Lunch at restaurant $8 - $15 Cinema $8 Stamped envelopes $0.49 Weekly rent $80 - $95 SALES TAX The United States does not have a VAT, or Value Added Tax. Instead, most states charge a tax for goods and services, which varies by state. This fee can vary; it is 6% in Virginia. Taxes will be added at the cash register and will not appear on the label. Be ready to pay more than is written on the label. (The state of Delaware has no sales tax.) usefuL info
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE VIRGINIA BEACH PARkS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT (757) 385 - 1100 CaPe henRY lighthouSe Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Mount tRaShMoRe Mount Trashmore is a 165-acre park made from solid waste and clean soil. Famous example of putting waste to good use. State PaRKS and national wildliFe ReFuge Virginia Beach has more than 18,000 acres of state parks and national wildlife refuges where you can enjoy camping, hiking, and biking during your time off. SuRFing The waves in Virginia Beach are sometimes small, but usually rideable. Former professional surfers offer classes and camps to visitors of all ages. ViRginia BeaCh aMPhitheateR Outdoor concert venue with seating for 20,000 â you can sit under the stars on the lawn. KaYaKing and Canoeing Virginia Beach has 121 miles of navigable waterways, channels, bays, and lagoons. Learn to kayak or canoe and take a tour of coastal Virginia, complete with dolphin spotting! to Sign uP FoR eXCuRSionS, get helP and adViCe on the Swt PRogRaM, oR juSt to Meet loadS oF new FRiendS, ViSit uS at all FRiendS: all FRiendS CoMMunitY CenteR FoR Youth 516 19th St Virginia Beach, VA 23451 at all FRiendS You Can alSo Find: â¢Free Internet access, a telephone, and SIM cards with U.S. mobile numbers â¢Free support to register on the SEVIS website â¢Organized tours â¢Deals on overseas phone calls â¢Electrical plug adaptors and cheap bikes â¢Help booking an affordable ride to the airport when you leave ViRginia BeaCh nightliFe Virginia Beach is a great place for students. You can choose your party destination from a list of bars, nightclubs, live music venues, comedy clubs, dance clubs, and even karaoke bars! If you are looking for something new and exciting, Peabodyâs has a different theme every night. ViRginia aquaRiuM & MaRine SCienCe CentRe One of the most-visited aquariums in the nation, with more than 700,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats. It also has a nature trail and outdoor aviary. williaMSBuRg Just an hour away from Virginia Beach - known for its amusement park, colonial village, and one of the oldest universities in the United States. reCreation and Leisure
  • TRANSPORTATION Virginia Beach Area Transport 757-385-3111 Virginia Beach Transport - Bus 757-222-6100 Virginia Beach Taxi Service 757-353-4365 SuPERMARkETS The Fresh Market 744 Hilltop North Shopping Ctr 757-491-0904 Farm Fresh Supermarket 1615 General Booth Blvd 757-721-3200 Farm Fresh Supermarket 2129 General Booth Blvd 757-427-6220 Food Lion 880 S.Military&Indian Riv 757-523-0217 CVS Pharmacy 1688 Laskin Rd 757-417-3943 GENERAL INFORMATION Virginia Beach Public Library 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd 757-385-0150 Free Wifi Hotspots Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau 201 Penniman Road 757-253-0192 serviCes & info POLICE, FIRE & EMERGENCy SERVICES Emergency Telephone Number 911 Virginia Beach Police Department 757-385-4141 Virginia Beach City Fire Department 757-385-4228 Virginia State Police 804-674-2000 Poison Control Center 800-222-1222 Building Inspections 757-385-4211 Virginia Department of Emergency Management 866-782-3470 Storm Preparations 757-575-3737 HEALTHCARE SERVICES CLOSEST COMMuNITy HEALTH CENTER Sentara Virginia Beach Regional Medical Center 1060 First Colonial Road 757-395-8890 POST OFFICES Post Office 320 33rd St 757-486-8655 Post Office 2509 George Mason Dr 757-427-2705
  • All Friends edited this guide for all those who visit Virginia Beach with the Summer Work Travel program. All prices and information shown in this booklet are indicative only. All rights reserved. All Friends Community Centers for Youth 203 S. Baltimore Ave. Ocean City MD 21842 Phone 443-664-2803 21 Broadway Avenue Wisconsin Dells WI 53965 Phone 608-253-0434 516 19th Street Virginia Beach VA 23451 Phone 757-333-6688