Hello all, i am pretty sure im going to do the whole student working holiday thing with BUNAC in the U.S.A this summer (may till september) I just have a few issues before i fully commit, and was wondering if you fine people would be able to share your knowledge.
1. I am 20 years old and look anywhere from 20-23.....How strictly enforced no drinking if your under 21? How easy is it to drink in bars, clubs, gigs etc......shall i grow some facial hair before i come out lol
2. Ill need to find a job to support my stay whilst in th US. In this time of economic strife is it wise coming over on a working holiday....will i be viewed negatively as some limey taking away jobs from americans?...................while we are on jobsnare any people who use this forum in the know of any would be employers who could do with a student to help for them, im talking waiting tables that type of job.
3. Ill also need to find accommodation....does anybody have tips on how to go about this....... the places i am interested in going are new york, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles....although i am not 100% decided on where ill end up going though which leads me on to...
4. Could anybody shed any light as to what it would be like for somebody in my situation in any of the above locations...or just provide any knowledge on these places.
My apologies for the long post thanks for reading....ps im from England and male
1. For the most part, the drinking age is enforced pretty heavily throughout the U.S. You can always try to order a drink though - the worst that can happen is that they ask you for your ID and then you have to drink a Coke instead.
2. While the job market is really, really, really tight right now I think it will be very unlikely for anyone in the states to view you negatively (i.e. as some limey coming here to take American jobs.) It's sad to say, but very true, that as long as you are white you will most likely be accepted for who you are. If you are Hispanic, or of Arab or African descent you might encounter problems. It sucks, but that's how it is for now. In the large cities you mention, if you are not Hispanic, you should not have any troubles.
3. For places to stay, look at Craig's List. The cities you list are expensive, so finding a roomate situation might be your best bet.
In spite of #1 and #2, you will have a great time. It's a great country with a lot of wonderful people!
I wouldn't look forward to getting much alcohol in the states. I'm 44 and got carded in a Chicago bar last week. I look younger but not THAT much younger, lol. Most clubs won't let anyone under 21 in the door and if it happens to be an 18 and over club you will be marked as under 21 so the bar won't serve you.
Unemployment is very high in the states so I don't know what the chances are of finding a temp job here, especially when you want to come in the summer when students (and desperate people just laid off) need summer jobs. Better have something lined up before you leave or have a source of money to fall back on.