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About Us

American Work Adventures (AWA) is a J-1 cultural exchange organization specializing in a cross-cultural program that promotes tolerance and global understanding. AWA is designated by the Department of State to be a sponsor of the Summer Work and Travel (SWT), J-1 Visa Program. The SWT J-1 program allows international university students to work in the U.S. for up to four months. AWA works closely with our partner agencies to facilitate a beneficial cultural and work exchange experience.

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What We Do

Quality Placements

Cultural Immersion


Established Reputation

Leaders in Our Industry

We take great pride in being leaders in this industry. We provide an exceptional experience to our students, ensuring that they not only have the opportunity to work and travel, but also to learn and grow.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose us:

  1. Quality Job Placements: We work with reputable employers across various industries to provide our students with meaningful job placements that will help them gain valuable work experience.

  2. Cultural Immersion: We believe that cultural immersion is an important part of the work and travel experience. We offer various cultural activities and excursions to help our students learn about the local culture and way of life.

  3. Comprehensive Support: We provide comprehensive support to our students throughout their program, from visa assistance to housing and transportation arrangements. Our dedicated team is always available to help students with any questions or concerns they may have.

  4. Competitive Pricing: We offer competitive pricing for our work and travel programs, making it accessible to a wide range of students.

  5. Established Reputation: We have an established reputation in the industry, and have helped thousands of students from around the world achieve their work and travel goals.

At American Work Adventures, we are committed to providing a safe, supportive, and enriching experience for all of our students. We believe that work and travel is not just about earning money and seeing new places, but also about personal growth and development. Join us and experience the adventure of a lifetime!

"To anyone considering participating in the American Work Adventures program, I wholeheartedly encourage you to seize this life-changing opportunity. The program not only provides a platform for personal and professional growth but also allows you to form connections with people from diverse backgrounds and create memories that will last a lifetime. "

AWA Student Testimonial

Message from our President

I want to welcome all our Students to our work and travel program.  AWA is  committed to providing you with a cross-cultural experience that will expand your knowledge, your friends and hopefully yourself.   This is a travel adventure that is unlike most others.  While on this program you will be able to immerse yourself into American life, as well as, do seasonal  work in a vetted American company to help cover some of your costs.  It's a great way to improve your English and also learn how to budget your funds and live more independently.  Your safety and well being are our biggest concern so I ask you to prepare carefully for this adventure.  Please read all your materials.  Most importantly, be prepared when you arrive so you are well informed about your insurance,  community, housing and transportation.  Cherish these adventures as they are part of the foundation on which you will build your future; and in building your future you also bring the promise of a brighter future to our world.  At AWA, we hope to match talent with opportunity so we can help make some of your dreams, a living reality.

-Mary Kass

Staff Directory



Mike Kohl

VP of Finance and Technology

Alexis Melville

Operations and Compliance Manager



Shannon Hill

Business and Community Relations Supervisor

Shannon Roberts

Program Assistant

Kimy Patzy

Program Support Coordinator

Amber Bocanegra

Vice President

Mary Kass

President & Founder

Celebrating 10 Years!

A special recognition for Vice President, Amber Bocanegra...

Join us in extending our heartfelt gratitude and admiration to our Vice President, Amber Bocanegra on her extraordinary dedication, talent, and leadership over the past decade at FTW and AWA. Your journey from a student services representative to a manager, and then to the Vice President overseeing not just one but two programs, is a testament to your relentless commitment and exceptional abilities.

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