Start Date: May – June 13
End Date: August 25 – September
Positions and duties:
Housekeeping – 3 positions
Housekeepers are responsible for making sure the guests have an excellent experience by providing clean guest rooms and friendly customer service. Housekeeping duties include a full service cleaning of guest rooms. Participants will clean bathrooms (including toilets), scrub bathtubs, wash mirrors, dust furniture and surfaces, vacuum room, empty trash cans, replace towels, make beds, and take note of any repairs required (locks, light bulbs, window shades, etc.). Soyuzivka Heritage Center offers a variety of guest room options, so participants should be prepared to clean standard hotel rooms, 2- bedroom suites, and full condos with balconies. Participants should have a strong knowledge of the Center and be able to answer any guest questions. Please note that participants will be using cleaning chemicals.
Participants will also be cross-trained as General Worker and could be assigned to work in this department depending on performance, preference, and business demands. However, the participant will work primarily as a Housekeeper. The primary job duties for General Worker include keeping the grounds clean, set-up and take down of tables and chairs for special events, keeping the public area (lobby, restrooms, hallways) clean, and other related duties.
Uniform – Participants will wear a t-shirt that employer provides at no cost. Participants can wear regular clothes such as jeans or shorts and athletic shoes.
General Worker – 2 positions
General Workers are responsible for making sure the guests have an excellent experience by providing a clean environment, organized event spaces, and friendly customer service. General Worker job duties include keeping the grounds clean, set-up and take down of tables and chairs for special events, keeping the public areas (lobby, restrooms, hallways) clean, and other related duties. General Workers will be using cleaning chemicals. Participants should have a strong knowledge of the Center and be able to answer any guest questions.
Participants will also be cross-trained as a Housekeeper and could be assigned to work in this department depending on performance, preference, and business demands. However, the participant will work primarily as a General Worker. Housekeeping duties include full-service cleaning of guest rooms. Participants must clean bathrooms using cleaning chemicals (including toilets), scrub bathtubs, wash mirrors, dust room, vacuum room, empty trash cans,
replace towels, make beds, and take note of any repairs required. Soyuzivka Heritage Center offers a variety of guest room options, so participants should be prepared to clean standard hotel rooms, 2-bedroom suites, and full condos with balconies.
Uniform – Participants can wear regular clothes such as jeans or shorts, t-shirt, and athletic shoes. Shoes must be closed toe. If participants have further questions about what type of clothing is recommended or appropriate, they should consult their supervisor. There are no specific required uniform items.
Hourly wage: $11.10/hr
35 hours/5 days/week, overtime wage: $16.65/hour
Job benefits: The employer provides affordable and onsite housing. Two meals per day are provided at no cost for participants every day, even on days off. The employer is very experienced with the program and is willing to help participants with any issues they experience.
Participants will be cross-trained in both job positions, and are able to work in both job positions depending on the area that has the most business need and participants‘ performance. No smoking is allowed in all buildings, per New York state requirements.
Due to the nature of this organization, the employer is looking for participants who speak Ukrainian or other languages with a Slavic origin. The primary language spoken at Soyuzivka Heritage Center is English. Please note that employer also hires from the local community (high school seniors or university students) and most of them do not speak Ukrainian. Therefore, this will help the J-1 participants to greatly improve their English skills. Participants will be using English only to complete their job duties. While participants are able to have a 2nd job, the remote nature of the area means that there are not many 2nd job opportunities available. Participants should discuss working additional hours at Soyuzivka Heritage Center if they wish to work more hours.
🏠 Housing: YES
$ 55.50 per week, No housing deposit required
Dormitory housing is available onsite. 2 or 3 participants will share each room, each with separate beds. Mixed gender rooms are not available. Dormitory rooms also include a dresser, chairs, clean linens, and a table. There are communal bathrooms for each gender. Participants have access to a microwave and refrigerator. Participants should purchase or bring their own cookware. The employer provides two meals every day from the dining room. Wireless internet is available in the dormitory at no additional cost. Coin-operated laundromat is available onsite. Housing reservations are made automatically for each participant and participants do not need to reserve their spots. If participants are fired, they are required to move out of the dormitory within 48 hours.
Soyuzivka Heritage Center is a Ukrainian cultural center located in Kerhonkson, NY. Kerhonkson is a small settlement surrounded by forests and in the Shawangunk Mountains, which are famous for the rock climbing and biodiversity of the Shawangunk Ridge. Participants may have the chance to see wildlife near the employer. The population of Kerhonkson is approximately 1,6000. The region is a very remote area and participants should not expect to live in a big city. As a resort, Soyuzivka Heritage Center also provides heritage camps, workshops, seminars, festivals, concerts, dance recitals, and art exhibits for those interested in learning about Ukraine and its rich culture. Visitors come from around the world to visit the Center.
The property is surrounded by national parks and Catskill Mountains, so participants can go on a hiking trail and explore the natural beauty there. Local public transportation is available through Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT). Travel fares within Ulster County is $1.50. Kingston, New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie are the largest nearby towns and are about 30-40 minutes away.
Participants can travel to New York City (NYC), Boston, Brighton Beach, Washington D.C., or Philadelphia via bus. There is a bus from Kerhonkson that takes to NYC operated by coachUSA. From there, participants can take low-cost bus service to various nearby big cities. For example, the bus to Washington D.C. cos
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Program fee: $1111 (including health insurance)
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