What Are Destination Work Programs?

Immersive experiences where participants live and work in resort locations across the country and abroad. We help young people secure seasonal jobs and internships which develop independent living skills and unparalleled real-life experiences that result in enormous personal and professional growth.

Our Destination Work Programs

We find you a seasonal job & secure your housing.

You earn money and gain work experience while traveling.

They provide hands-on job training and meaningful work.



Hospitality Jobs

  • Housekeeper
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Activities Guide
  • Kitchen Team Member

Culinary Jobs

  • Line Cook – Hot Kitchen / Garde Manger / Bakery
  • Prep Cook
  • Pastry
  • Banquets

Food & Beverage Jobs

  • Server
  • Busser
  • Barista
  • Bartender

Business Admin Jobs

  • IT
  • Accounting/Payroll Analyst
  • Activities Guide
  • HR Coordinator
  • Events Team Member

Ski Resort Jobs

  • Food and Beverage
  • Lift Operator
  • Travel Maintenance
  • Ski Instructor

Engineering Jobs

  • Maintenance
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing

Amusement Park Jobs

  • Ride Operator
  • Lifeguard
  • Food Services
  • Park Services
  • Security

Grocery & Retail Jobs

  • Cashier
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Inventory Controller

Summer Camp Jobs

  • Counselor
  • Cook
  • Cleaning Crew

Join a company in the industry of your choice and play a critical role in the business’ success through our Seasonal Destination Work Programs.

Gain valuable skills | Work with people from all over the world | Travel 2-12 months

Program Alumni Testimonials

"In my program I gained experience working with management, speaking up for myself, and working with high-priority clientele. I was drawn to the location by the national monuments, museums, and cultural heritage sites that surround the area. Ultimately, the most meaningful parts of my experience were the people I met and the adventures I went on. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!"

Emily W.

Summer Participant

"Before I was even accepted into the program, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the summer. I didn't know if it was right for me yet, but I knew I wanted to try it. And I’m glad that I did. During my program, I learned how to work for a five-star resort as well as how to market myself better. I also really enjoyed being able to experience another part of the county for an extended period of time. I would do it again!"

George R.

Summer Participant

"After my initial call with AdventureEXP I remember thinking ‘This is exactly what I was looking for’. The guidance I was provided helped me integrate into the community and I learned how to grow by overcoming difficult situations."

Delaney S.

Winter Participant

"My winter was unforgettable in the experiences I had and people I met. The exposure to the luxury service industry during my program changed my view of customer service and provided me with transferable skills for the rest of my life. I would do another destination work program in the future."

Brock K.

Winter Participant

"We are so grateful that our son had this opportunity and found a mentor through AdventureEXP that enabled him to get the most out of his months in Colorado. AdventureEXP is running a really important program and does it so well."

Kathleen M. - Parent of a Participant

"I knew this was the right program for me when I was walking to work the first day with my skis on my shoulder and realizing how awesome the winter was about to be. I learned to not stress about little things and to live in the present. I made deep connections with new people and learned to be independent."

Deke M.

Winter Participant

What Makes AdventureEXP Different

Program Preparation

Work with your personal Adventure Guide to:

- Build your resume

- Choose the right program

- Prep for your interview

- Plan your door-to-door travel logistics

- Access all of our travel & work resources

Access to Top Employers

Once you complete our simple application and confirm your participation in our program, you get access to our network of top-tier employers that are hiring throughout the US and abroad. We present you with Offer Packages that match your interests, location, timeline and goals to then set up an interview between you and the employer.


Living in some of the coolest places typically means accommodation is difficult to find. We subsidize housing to make living costs more affordable.

Housing varies based on location but is typically shared housing in dormitories, hotel rooms, apartments and on-site housing. All housing comes with basic furnishings.

Access Curriculum & Coaching

AdventureEXP has developed curriculum centered around the things they forgot to teach us in school that are designed to help you make the most of your program and applying these practical skills in your everyday life well beyond your experience. Our unique coaching and mentorship methods promote personal and professional growth for our students.

Guaranteed Work

In order for you to get the experience you deserve and to ensure you can afford your destination work program life, we require our employers to provide you with a minimum of 35 scheduled work hours for every week.

You may also be eligible for overtime, depending on the job you select.

Future Participation

We are only as successful as our Adventurers. We help you build your resume for this year and the next. Past participants qualify for paid leadership opportunities on future programs through AdventureEXP.

What's Included In Your Destination Work Program?

All travel jobs are paid. This means our program is Cost Positive. We vet all locations and positions carefully to ensure you can actually make money on the experience. Check out our Budgeting Calculator to see what we mean!

AdventureEXP will connect you to our network of employers in great locations, secure your housing and help you plan your travel from your home to exciting new work destination. If you want to participate for multiple seasons, we will work with you during your rotation to set you up with your next opportunity somewhere else across the country.

Choose Your Traveling Work Adventure

Depending on the time of year you decide to participate, some locations around the US may be hiring more Adventurers.

No one place is better than any other, it depends on you and what experience you want.

Check out our Program Locations Here.

Your work-life experience will be a big piece of your overall program lifestyle. Think about your current skill set and what skills you are hoping to gain during your adventure. All positions are guaranteed a minimum of 35 hours per week to ensure you get experience and can cover the cost of living during your adventure through AdventureEXP.

How long are you comfortable being away from home? Pick the length of program that fits into your school schedule and other goals:

  • Typical program lengths are 2-12 months with 3.5 months being the most common length

Think about your Adventure location and what amenities you want to have nearby. We work with employers all across the US, including Urban, Remote, Suburban, and Rural.

Being comfortable in your housing is an important piece in your overall success. We have four housing options to choose from: dormitory, hotel, apartment and homestay.

Frequently Asked Questions

AdventureEXP makes Destination Work Experience in the US attainable by simplifying the process and supporting you through every step of the way.

1. Explore your options and submit an application – easiest 5 minutes of your day!

2. Sign our Program Terms & Conditions and get enrolled in our Hiring Portal

3. Meet with employers – interview and find the right experience for you

4. Once you're hired we handle all of your experience logistics – you book your travel, we secure your housing and plan your onboarding with your employer

5. We're available during your experience – stay in touch with your personal Adventure Guide for anything and everything you need

6. Join our alumni network and apply to be an On-Site Coordinator for future experiences – you'll work part-time for AdventureEXP while working for another employer. Sounds cool, right?

We are happy to work with gap year students on their program that are looking for a more independent experience where they will work and live in a destination in the US. It’s important to understand that the experience of a high school graduate and a young professional will be different in the jobs you will be eligible for on the program. Check out Our Programs to learn more about typical jobs on our program.

While our diverse program types cater to people in all stages of life, the minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

It is best to start with what is most important to you. Are you traveling with a gropu of friends? Interested in a specific destination? Are you trying to fit this program in between other programs, internships or traveling? Submit Your Application to participate in a 1-on-1 advising session with our team to explore your options.

We primarily work with employers in seasonal areas of the country so the available jobs do depend on the time of year you are traveling. A few of our most popular positions are in hospitality, food and beverage, and retail. Review Our Programs and Apply Today to speak with your personal Adventure Guide and review available positions.

  • Hotel/Resort Worker
  • Food and Beverage - Barista, Bartender, Server
  • Grocery Store worker
  • Retail/Apparel Associate
  • Kitchen - Chef/Prep
  • Engineering

Review Our Programs and Apply Today to speak with your personal Adventure Guide and review available positions.

AdventureEXP partners with universities, professional societies, community centers and much much more. Submit your interest to showcase the positions you need and we’ll offer your positions to our candidate pool. Once we learn your business, we facilitate the hiring and on-boarding process through AdventureEXP.

AdventureEXP is here to help you along your career path. Whether you need help deciding your next steps, writing your resume or just want to share your experience – we are here to help!

1. Sign up for your 1:1 Career Coaching session to update your professional portfolio (resume, LinkedIn, etc.)

2. Apply to be an On-Site coordinator for a future AdventureEXP placement

3. Join our network of Adventure Alumni

4. Share your experience on social media and tag us @aexp_travel