No Self Placed Placement for the following Areas below

  • North Dakota
  • Destin and Panama City Beach Florida
  • Williston
  • Dickinson
  • Watford City
  • New Town in North Dakota
  • Hawaii
  • Baltimore in Maryland
  • Detroit in Michigan

Placements for full program options in the Gulf Cost Areas of Louisiana, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle (Panama City and Destin) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To be considered by Greenheart Exchange, host organizations in these areas must provide excellent housing and extensive cultural activities for the SWT participants.

As per stricter Village of Lake Delton housing and zoning regulations, Greenheart Exchange will accept Wisconsin Dells, WI and Lake Delton, WI placements only with arranged housing.

The Department of State prohibits J-1 Summer Work Travel participants from working:


  • In positions with host organizations that fill non-seasonal or non-temporary job openings with participants with staggered vacation schedules;
  • In positions that could bring notoriety or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program;
  • In sales positions that require participants to purchase inventory that they must sell in order to support themselves;
  • In domestic help positions in private homes (e.g., child care, elder care, gardener, chauffeur);
  • As Pedi cab or rolling chair drivers or operators;
  • As operators or drivers of vehicles or vessels for which drivers’ licenses are required regardless of whether they carry passengers or not;
  • In positions related to clinical care that involves patient contact;
  • In any position in the adult entertainment industry (including, but not limited to jobs with escort services, adult book/video stores, and strip clubs);
  • In positions requiring any shift where hours will fall predominantly between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;
  • In positions declared hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor at Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570;
  • In positions that require sustained physical contact with other people and/or adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions guidelines (e.g., body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure);
  • In positions that are substantially commission-based and thus do not guarantee that participants will be paid minimum wage in accordance with federal and state standards;
  • In positions involved in gaming and gambling that include direct participation in wagering and/or betting;
  • In positions in chemical pest control, warehousing, catalogue/online order distribution centers;
  • In positions with travelling fairs or itinerant concessionaires;
  • In jobs that do not allow participants to work alongside U.S. citizens and interact regularly with U.S. citizens and to experience U.S. culture during the workday portion of their Summer Work Travel programs;
  • In positions that require licensing;
  • In positions for which there is another specific J category (e.g., camp counselor, intern, trainee);
  • After November 1, 2012, in positions in the North American Industry Classification System’s (NAICS) Goods-Producing Industries occupational categories industry sectors 11, 21, 23, 31–33 numbers (set forth at
  • In positions in kiosks
  • In positions with moving companies
  • In positions with staffing agencies
  • With third-party organizations. The participant must be hired, paid, and directly supervised by the same company.
  • With lifeguard companies that have not first completed a Greenheart questionnaire
  • In positions that involve door-to-door or traveling sales
  • In positions where manual labor is the primary focus and the facilitation of cultural exchange is lacking
  • In positions with tent companies
  • In laundry-only positions, or other positions with extensive periods of time in rotation.