Southwest Work Adventures

Sedona, Arizona / Grand Canyon, Arizona / Zion, Utah

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Program Highlights:

  • Live in the American Southwest
  • Work with top restaurants and hospitality organizations
  • Explore the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park
  • Complete our curriculum centered around developing independent living skills

Program Benefits:

  • Free transportation
  • Career coaching included
  • Safe, affordable shared housing

Application Deadline:

  • Summer: May 31st
  • Winter: January 5th

Your Program Cost:

  • Cost-positive program after fee, housing and travel
  • Program Fee: $495
  • Housing: $210/month
  • Travel cost to your destination

Work in the American Southwest

Southwest Work Adventures takes you to the West’s most spectacular National Parks while working for leaders in dining and entertainment. This destination work program is located in the land of enchantment, where most people only vacation. Explore Apache culture, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park.

Our partners hire our students for positions in Food & Beverage and the Culinary Arts. Southwest Work Adventure is the perfect way to start a gap year before college or work in between semesters.

Many gap year opportunities require volunteer projects, but Adventure EXP provides paid work experience. You’ll gain leadership skills and time to explore a potential career, all while making money during your gap time.

We’re Here For You

We connect you with temporary employment and affordable housing around Sedona. You earn money, life skills, and job training while getting access to the most beautiful National Parks in the American Desert.

Sound like a win-win scenario? Apply to our seasonal programs for access to the most interesting summer job of a lifetime.

Dates / Season:

  • Summer Jobs: May – August
  • Winter Jobs – January – April

Southwest Program Details

The Southwest Work Adventures program isn’t just a summer job. It’s an opportunity to invest in your skillset. Once we connect you with a position that fits your experience and interests, we support you throughout the job.

As an AdventureEXP program participant, you’ll get personalized career coaching with our team. You’ll also complete basic personal finance training in budgeting, credit, investing, and earnings.

Most of our job seekers travel to Arizona from across the country. We’ll get you settled into your new home by connecting you to housing, transportation, and promoting local excursions. We’ve got your back at every step of the way.

The Southwest Work Adventures provides the following benefits:

  • Free company transportation
  • Shared housing at $210 / month
  • Monthly excursions to local points of interest

Please note that a car is not required for placement in this program. However, previous participants have indicated that a car was convenient to help them visit nearby attractions. Should you bring a car, our housing has free parking available.

**housing deposit not included and varies on the employer

We ensure that all participants have a cost-positive experience. All of our positions are paid, meaning that you walk away richer in cash and experience.

We hope to make our program accessible for all students. Talk to your Adventure Guide for more information about scholarships and payment plans.

Summer Jobs at Southwest Work Adventures

Food and Beverage
Positions Available
Barista, Server, Server's Assistant, Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher, Barista, Pool Server
Garde Manger, Prep, Hot Kitchen, Grille, Banquets, In-Room Dining
Starting Rate
$10 / hour + tips
$12.80 / hour

The current Arizona minimum wage is $14.35 / hour. All rates vary based on experience level and individual department.


On every Adventure EXP program, we promote day trips and excursions to help you get settled into your destination and live like a local.

Stargazing with Astronomers

Visit Lowell Observatory – where scientists first discovered Pluto

Eat Through Sedona

Learn about the local culture with your tastebuds as we sample Southwestern cuisine.

Prospecting Tour

Get your hands wet looking for gold while listening to stories about Arizona history.