Today we talk about the costs involved in the WHOLE process. What got to me about the whole application process is that the agency did NOT tell me about. They made it simple.
All you pay is: program fee; admin fee and visa fee then everything is done. Right??
That’s the thing, they never tell you the nitty gritty things and honestly, a lot of it was out of our budget because things add up. Today I will share everything that I remember spending money on. I won’t give a value on how much I personally spent on it because of currently differences but in Rands it was close to 10k.
- Program Fee: The agency does actually tell you about it. This fee varies from agency to agency and from year to year. The agency always tells you this at the beginning of the application.
- Application Fee/Admin fee: This is a fee you pay to the agency for helping you do everything and the admin (DUH) that is involved in the process
- Visa Application: This literally changes as the currency changes between your country and The US.
- Dr visit: You need to get stuff signed off from your doctor so you need to see him and if you don’t have insurance (like most people in SA) you have to pay cash for it
- TB Testing: Here again, if you don’t have insurance you have to pay for your TB test in cash. Sometimes your insurance does not cover it so again, cash
- International License: You need to convert your license to an international one and guess what? That also costs money.
- Photo’s: You need photos for your international license as well as your visa and they are different ones (yay) this is just an example how the little things add up.
- Upgraded Insurance: You are able to upgrade your insurance while you are in the States OR take out extra insurance for your travel month. This is worth taking out
- Tour: You get the chance to go on a tour on the Tuesday night when you are in training school which costs about $70. Personally, I do not think it is worth it but if you don’t live in New York or close to NYC then it probably is worth it.
- Spending money: You generally do not get paid on your first week and you need money to do all the cool things that is in NYC. Everyone takes something different and it is totally up to you on how much you take.
- Gifts for your host family: This is not something you HAVE to do, but it is fun and it costs money too.
I think that is it, you cannot forget toiletries and typical food you will miss as well as treats and money for coffee and food at the airport. It all adds up. You make the money up in your first month which is cool but you do have to lay out a lot in the beginning.