Jóvenes que quieren ir a EE.UU. a trabajar durante el verano--piensenlo

Publicado en 'Peruanos en el Extranjero' por perulolz, 6 Dic 2010.





  1. perulolz

    perulolz Suspendido

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    Deberían de leer este articulo de un blog muy conocido en EE.UU. (The Huffington Post). Aquí les dejo el texto, el articulo es súper interesante ya que habla sobre los abusos que muchos estudiantes sufren y las condiciones en que viven durante su estadía en EE.UU. Está en inglés, pero lo deberían de leer...no todo es como los "recruiters" lo pintan en Lima...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/06/j1-student-visa-abuse-for_n_792354.html

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Lured by unsupervised, third-party brokers with promises of steady jobs and a chance to sightsee, some foreign college students on summer work programs in the U.S. get a far different taste of life in America.

    An Associated Press investigation found students forced to work in strip clubs instead of restaurants. Others take home $1 an hour or even less. Some live in apartments so crowded that they sleep in shifts because there aren't enough beds. Others have to eat on floors.

    They are among more than 100,000 college students who come to the U.S. each year on popular J-1 visas, which supply resorts with cheap seasonal labor as part of a program aimed at fostering cultural understanding.

    Government auditors have warned about problems in the program for 20 years, but the State Department, which is in charge of it, only now says it is working on new rules. Officials won't say what those rules are or discuss on the record the problems that have plagued J-1 visas.

    John Woods, deputy assistant director of national security for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, told the AP there were at least two federal investigations under way into human trafficking related to J-1 visas. He would not provide details.

    The AP interviewed students, advocates, local authorities and social service agencies, and reviewed thousands of pages of confidential records, police reports and court cases. Among the findings:

    _ Many foreign students pay recruiters to help find employment, then don't get work or wind up making little or no money at menial jobs. Labor recruiters charge students exorbitant rent for packing them into filthy, sparsely furnished apartments so crowded that some endure "hotbunking," where they sleep in shifts.

    Students routinely get threatened with deportation or eviction if they quit, or even if they just complain too loudly. Some resort to stealing essentials like food, toothpaste and underwear, according to police.

    "The vast majority of participating students in this program find it a rewarding experience and return home safely," the State Department said in an e-mail to the AP.

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    But it's not hard to find exceptions. Most of the nearly 70 students the AP interviewed in 10 states, hailing from 16 countries, said they were disappointed, and some were angry.

    "This is not what I thought when I paid all this money to come here," said Natalia Berlinschi, a Romanian who came to the U.S. on a J-1 visa hoping to save up for dental school but got stuck in South Carolina this summer without a job. She took to begging for work on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and sharing a three-bedroom house with 30 other exchange students.

    "I was treated very, very badly," Berlinschi said. "I will never come back."

    _ The State Department failed to even keep up with the number of student complaints until this year, and has consistently shifted responsibility for policing the program to the 50 or so companies that sponsor students for fees that can run up to several thousand dollars. That has left businesses to monitor their own treatment of participants.

    The program generates millions for the sponsor companies and third-party labor recruiters.

    Businesses that hire students can save 8 percent by using a foreign worker over an American because they don't have to pay Medicare, Social Security and unemployment taxes. The students are required to have health insurance before they arrive, another cost that employers don't have to bear.

    Many businesses say they need the seasonal work force to meet the demand of tourist season.

    "There's been a massive failure on the part of the United States to bring any accountability to the temporary work visa programs, and it's especially true for the J-1," said Terry Coonan, a former prosecutor and the executive director of Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.

    The issues are serious enough that the former Soviet republic of Belarus told its young people in 2006 to avoid going to the U.S. on a J-1, warning of a "high level of danger" after one of its citizens in the program was murdered, another died in what investigators in the U.S. said was a suicide, and a third was robbed.

    _ Strip clubs and adult entertainment companies openly solicit J-1 workers, even though government regulations ban students from taking jobs "that might bring the Department of State into notoriety or disrepute."

    "If you wish to dance in USA as a J-1 exchange visitor, contact us," ZM Studios, a broker for topless dancers, advertised on its website this year. The ad said ZM Studios is "affiliated with designated visa sponsors" and can get women J-1 visas and jobs at topless clubs in cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

    ZM Studios president Julian Andreev denied employing J-1 students in an e-mail to the AP, but the company's site on Friday still guaranteed help getting visas for prospective dancers, noting that they need a J-1 or one of two other types of visas to work legally.

    J-1 students have been recruited to smuggle cash that authorities said was stolen from U.S. bank accounts, court records show, and their identities have been used in a million-dollar income tax scam.

    "It's difficult to prosecute these cases because the workers usually leave the country within a few months. That's why the J-1 is the ideal visa to exploit," Coonan said.

    In the worst cases, students get funneled into sexual slavery.

    The J-1 Summer Work and Travel program, which allows college students to visit for up to four months, is one of the State Department's most popular visas. Participation has boomed from about 20,000 in 1996 to a peak of more than 150,000 in 2008.

    The visas are issued year-round, since students come from both hemispheres on their summer breaks. They work all over the country, at theme parks in Florida and California, fish factories in Alaska and upscale ski destinations in Colorado and Montana.


    The influx has been especially overwhelming for some resort towns.

    In Maryland, the Ocean City Baptist Church served more than 1,700 different J-1 participants from 46 countries who sought free meals this summer, sometimes upward of 500 in one night, said Lynn Davis, who leads the food ministry.

    Down the coast in Virginia Beach, Va., a homeless shelter that typically feeds 100 people a day was serving twice that many this summer as the site became overrun with J-1 students. The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center began running out of food on some days and was forced to limit how often the students could eat there, said Tony Zontini, the shelter's assistant director.

    Hotels, restaurants and other businesses often hire third-party labor recruiters to supply the J-1 workers. Many of those brokers are people from the students' native countries, often former Soviet bloc nations.

    These middlemen commonly dock students' pay so heavily for lodging, transportation and other necessities that the wages work out to $1 an hour or less, according to George Collins, an inspector at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department in the Florida Panhandle who has worked cases involving J-1 students since 2001.

    Collins, who once notified the State Department that "J-1 abuse is epidemic here," told the AP the same companies often exploit students year after year despite his reporting them.

    For years, the State Department has refused to publicly discuss problems in the program in any kind of detail.

    The AP asked the State Department in a Freedom of Information Act request in March 2009 for a full list of complaints related to the program. In May, more than a year later, the department finally responded that it kept no such list, and that it keeps records related to the program for only three years.

    Last month, the department said it had finally created a database of complaints.

    "It turns out that until this year, we did NOT keep a record of complaints. Now, we do," Marthena Cowart, a senior adviser for the department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said in a Nov. 10 e-mail.

    Cowart did not provide a copy of the complaint database to the AP or indicate how many complaints it included. And the department declined to discuss the AP's findings on the record.

    "We are deeply concerned by any allegations involving the poor treatment of participants as this potentially undermines our goal of promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between the people of the United States and the people of other countries," the department said Friday in declining an interview request.

    For the many J-1 women who end up working in strip clubs, whether by choice or force, the changes can't come soon enough.

    In Florida, a 19-year-old Russian told the AP she went to work as a cocktail waitress this summer at a topless bar in Fort Walton Beach because the souvenir shop where she worked didn't pay much and the shop owner had her living in a crowded, run-down apartment.

    "My father doesn't know where I work," she said, lowering her gaze to a tray of beers and mixed drinks.

    A Ukrainian woman who said she was forced to strip in Detroit asked the AP to identify her only as Katya, because she fears for her life.

    Katya, who used the same alias when testifying to Congress in October 2007 about how sex trafficking brought her to the U.S., said she was studying sports medicine in Kiev back in 2004 when her boss told her about the J-1 program.

    Instead of waitressing for a summer in Virginia as she'd been promised, however, Katya and another student were forced to strip at a club in Detroit. Their handler confiscated their passports and told them they had to pay $12,000 for the travel arrangements and another $10,000 for work documents, according to court records.

    Katya said he eventually demanded she come up with $35,000 somehow, by dancing or other means.

    "I said, 'That's not what I signed here for. That's not right.' He said, 'Well, you owe me the money. I don't care how I get it from you. If I have to sell you, I'll sell you.'"

    The women were told that if they refused, their families in Ukraine would be killed, Katya said.

    Over the next months, the two men beat the women, threatened them with guns and made them work at Cheetah's strip club, court records state. Katya said one of the men also forced her to have sex, a memory she still struggles with.

    The two men are now in prison, and Katya's old boss in the Ukraine is a fugitive.

    Exchange student Munkh-Erdene Battur said he and four others were fired from their fast-food jobs last year in Riverton, Wyo., after complaining about living in what looked like a converted garage and paying $350 apiece per month for the accommodations.

    "In my whole life, I've never lived in that kind of place and that kind of conditions," said Battur, who is from Mongolia.

    Iuliia Bolgaryna came to work this summer at a souvenir store on the outskirts of Surf City, N.C.

    The store manager offered to let her and two other women from the Ukraine stay with him for $120 a week. But he wouldn't let them eat at the table, so they huddled together for meals on the floor. They worked loads of overtime but were only paid for 40 hours a week.

    "It was almost normal that he screamed, that we worked 14 hours, that we ate on the floor," she said. "That was our America."
     
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    frankzappa Miembro de plata

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    Buen articulo, solo que se va a extremos, porque en este caso se trata de empresas que te ofrecen trabajar como mesera y terminas casi prostituyéndote.

    Pero la verdad esas agencias como Intej, que te permiten "trabajar" en USA, siempre me han parecido un poco ridículas. O sea uno paga un dineral para así poder ser limpiawáteres, o mesero en USA? No gracias.
     
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    perulolz Suspendido

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    Jaja, exacto. Como uno va a pagar para trabajar? Eso me parece ridículo!!
     
  4. CaliforniaMan

    CaliforniaMan Miembro de bronce

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    Como en toda actividad, siempre hay gente que abusa de los que menos pueden, de los que no saben sus derechos, etc.
     
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  5. Elle851

    Elle851 Miembro de plata

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    Hola a todos!

    Yo he viajado a USA con visa J1 Work and Travel. Y fue una super experiencia, la pasé excelente.

    Aunque conocí a personas que se quejaban durante todo el viaje de sus trabajos, del pueblo, del frío, que a cada rato decían que querían regresar a Perú, etc.
    Y otras que lo tomaban mejor, la pasaban bien, conseguían otros trabajos o ascendían.
    Es cuestión de cada uno, yo tenía un buen trabajo en un resort.

    Leí el artículo del link, que miedo! Pobres chicas, las han engañado desde el principio en sus países de origen con "empresas" que en realidad sólo son delincuentes que trafican con personas, en especial con personas de Europa del Este o Rusia que piensan que trabajar en USA por unos meses los ayudará a ahorrar y tienen mucha ilusión sin medir el peligro.

    Hay que tener mucho cuidado, yo investigué como 1 mes y visité los locales de varias empresas que ofrecen programa Work and Travel para analizar cuál es la mejor. También hay que investigar el lugar donde trabajarás, a la persona a la que le alquilarás la casa, el pueblo o ciudad a la que ves, etc.

    Saludos,

    Elle851
     
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    fermil Miembro diamante

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    mi hna viajó con una de esas empresas (por cierto, una de confianza) donde se fue a trabajar a un resort en USA. pero este resort nunca la hizo trabajar, a ella y a todo su grupo, el horario establecido, pagándole menores cantidades. 1 mes después, la empresa les ofreció mandarlos a otra parte porq ese resort no quería seguir pagándoles. como saben, allí se tienen q valer solos en caso de hospedaje y alimento, y lo q le pagaban cubría eso (nada más). el tal resort se justificó con la crisis q pasaba el país en ese momento. cuando pedimos explicaciones a la empresa esta, nos dijo q no es responsable. en parte tiene razón, pero donde queda su compromiso? su confianza? y la seguridad q dan con las empresas en USA con quienes contactan?
     
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  7. Elle851

    Elle851 Miembro de plata

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    Es cierto, las empresas acá se lavan las manos si eso sucede y acá ponen videos de pura felicidad.

    Allá cada uno se vale por su cuenta, al llegar a USA te olvidas de la empresa. Es mejor que cada persona hable directamente con la empresa empleadora.


    Yo fui en la temporada 2007-2008, y al ver la crisis hubo disminución de horas y días a la semana en mi trabajo principal en el resort (era asistente de ski).
    Felizmente conseguí trabajo part time en el Marriott de recepcionista del restaurant.

    Además un amigo me comentó que estaban buscando instructores de ski en el resort de la competencia. No lo dudamos y solicitamos trabajo, llenamos la ficha en RRHH y tuvimos la iniciativa de hablar con la jefe del programa de ski, nos contrataron con mejor sueldo, incentivos, propinas, almuerzo más variado, más libertad en el manejo de cada clase y mejor ambiente. Valoraron mucho inglés avanzado, ski avanzado y saber otros idiomas.

    En mi resort principal (con el que viajé) les dije que trabajaría solo un día a la semana (para conservar mi season pass de ski por toda la temporada en ese resort :D).
    A veces el único que día me tocaba trabajar ahí, preguntaban para que alguien se vaya a su casa, yo me ofrecía para irme porque estaba full time en mi trabajo de instructora de ski y me iba a esquiar por diversión o pasear y descansar.
    Mi jefa comprendió que más me convenía mis otros trabajos y hasta se alegró porque era una persona menos por quien preocuparse para recortarle las horas.

    Fui también en la temporada 2008-2009 a mi trabajo de instructora de ski. Hubo más crisis. Busqué un trabajo part time para las tardes-noches de recepcionista o algo tranqui pero todo estaba full.
    Me dediqué a sacar mi certificación PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America), aprobé y me subieron más el sueldo. Y por alguna razón de Marketing, Ventas, nieve o suerte, trabajaba de 4 a 6 días a la semana, no hubo muchos recortes de días a comparación de otros resorts.

    La pasé excelente, enseñaba a niños muy lindos todos los días, algunos eran tan expertos que al principio yo no podía enseñarles a esos grupos :D Y varios papás y niños que conocí en el 2007-2008 regresaron a pasar sus vacaciones también en el 2008-2009.


    Recomiendo a todos los que van, que si no están contentos con sus trabajos u horas hablen con sus empleadores, en mi caso todos los jefes que me tocaron eran buena gente y abiertos para escuchar sugerencias y opiniones.


    Saludos,

    Elle851
     
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  8. perulolz

    perulolz Suspendido

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    Elle851--cuando estuviste aqui, fuiste a Lake Tahoe en CA?
     
  9. Elle851

    Elle851 Miembro de plata

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    No. Park City, UT
     
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    >>>Holas.:

    Bueno me parece que , el articulo esta bueno¡...pero como toda experiencia de viaje hay personas que la pueden pasar super ¡¡como otras que les puede ir re mal ...osea al final depende tanto de la empresa que te lleva desde Peru hacia EEUU, y de la forma como te ofrece el programa... Cabe resaltar que la mayoria de empresas work and travel ofrecen ofertas laborales y en si este es una grave mentira ya que ya que realmente se ofrece es un JOB OFFER : oferta laboral mas no es un contrato legal de trabajo temporal.. ya depende de cada agencia como ofrece o vende su programa.. uno en si no paga por el puesto de trabajoya que este puesto no es garantizado y si ocurre un evento estacional no te garantizan las horas ni el pago $$ previstos. Muchos jovenes creen que estan pagando por una oferta que debe ser acatada al 100% pero eso no es asi... mas bien yo diria que uno esta pagando: por vivir una experiencia en el extranjero y que esta venga con un trabajo temporal para cubrir costos etc ( entonces el participante va mas al tanto de todo )--- en fin--- muchos temas se abren a partir de visas J1 y work and travel... Personalmente he viajado 4 veces por work and travel ( y cada uno de los viajes fue estupendo pero todo dependio del esfuerzo de uno mismo por que a veces no se cumple el contraro ya de uno vale que sea exitoso o no el programa) --- creo que los que no tienen una actitud positiva y no son proactivos no les iria bien en un work and travel ya que regresarian a lima.. y dirian que no fue como les prometieron cuando aun en ese caso ... seguro hay chicos que les fue bien todo depende de uno mismo.. y obvio del apoyo de tu empresa desde Peru--- Pero si considero que las empresas deberian informar mejor sus programa y no ser tan engañosos .... cuidenc
     
  11. Morishio

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    Pero algunos se buscan otro trabajo y pueden ganar mas dinero , muy aparte de eso no es tan facil que te den la VISA a los UNITED , asi que aprovechan esa forma para ir a conocer.
     
  12. perulolz

    perulolz Suspendido

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    Si has viajado antes al extranjero, estudias en una buena universidad y tus padres tienen buenos trabajos en verdad que no es difícil, de hecho es bastante simple. Se les hace difícil a los que quieren inmigrar o aparentar ser cosas que no son.
     
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    Morishio Miembro de plata

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    SI eso es cierto , pero las personas que han ido ah trabajar alla peus lo hacen justamente x eso , por conocer el pais y tratar de trabajar en otras cosas para asi recuperar lo que han gastado.
     
  14. indierock99

    indierock99 Miembro de plata

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    es cierto no es nada dificil yo lo hice hace unos 6 años y fue paja como experiencia!