International Program Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get from the airport to the IHV?
There are 3-4 ways to get to the IHV from the
airport. If you arrive in Washington D.C., you can
choose between train or bus. If you arrive in
New York you can also fly by plane. If you choose
a plane from New York, it departs from La Guardia
to Newport News and then you can take a taxi to
the IHV. The most popular and cheapest way is
the bus. For schedules and rates you can check
the websites listed below.
Where will I live while working at
Most students working at BG/WCUSA will live in
the IHV (dormitory style) – private housing property
owned and subsidized by Busch Gardens. The
IHV is located 10-15 minutes from the parks.
When can I arrive to the IHV?
To minimize the time before starting to work
students must arrive on Sundays and Mondays.
Orientation and job assignments are done on
Tuesdays. The IHV is open 24 hours a day.
Can I live with my girlfriend/boyfriend in the same room?
Separate rooming facilities are provided for males
and females, co-habitation is not permitted.
Is there internet access in the IHV?
Free High-Speed internet access is available in the
IHV clubhouse for all residents. WiFi is available
everywhere in the IHV.
How do I call from the USA?
IHV rooms are equipped with phones for receiving/
making calls. Phone cards can be used to make
long distance and international calls. Local calls
are free. International phone cards can be
purchased in our employee store, local shops as
well as on the internet.
What is the legal age of drinking alcohol in the USA?
What are the rules about alcohol in the IHV?
The legal drinking age in the USA is 21. Alcoholic
beverages are permitted on IHV property.
Persons who are under the age of 21 who are
found drinking or are under the influence of
alcohol in the IHV may face separation. Persons over 21 years of age may have, in moderation, beer and wine on IHV property. No liquor products (vodka,
whiskey, gin, etc.) are allowed on IHV property.
Residents that violate this code are subject to disciplinary action and separation from the company.
How can I get from the IHV to BG/WCUSA?
Transportation to and from work is provided at no cost to residents.
How do I get my Social Security number?
Please do not fill out forms requesting a Social
Security number prior to arriving to the IHV.
Busch Gardens will complete this process with you
when you reach the IHV.
Can I choose my job at BG/WCUSA?
If hired, you will be assigned a job depending on Park needs during your job offer process.
How many hours can I work weekly?
BG/WCUSA doesn’t guarantee hours. Work hours may vary based upon park operating hours and park attendance as well as weather conditions.
How much will I earn per hour?
Pay rates are from $8.00 per hour depending on the exact job assignment. Team members are paid biweekly on Fridays.
Should I buy specific clothes to work?
A costume will be provided at no cost to you, for work
purposes. You will need to purchase or provide
appropriate footwear for this costume at the time it is
issued to you. We recommend that you buy shoes in the USA, because footwear may vary depending on the exact job assignment.
Can I have a second job?
It is permissible to have a second job. Remember that your primary job is BG/WCUSA and your second job should not interfere with your position in BGW/WCUSA.
What can I do in my free time?
There are many ways you can spend your free time.
Some may include excursions to Washington DC,
Virginia Beach, Jamestown and Yorktown. Team
Members have free access to the park as well as
Team Member only nights and special events at the
park. The IHV has many facilities for residents to use
in their free time including a swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball, bikes, billiards, table tennis as well as other organized free activities for residents. The local area is a tourist hot spot for great shopping. If you like designer clothes and great gifts, then shopping in Williamsburg is for you.
Typical positions for International Program participants are:
• Area Host/Hostess
• Food Handler
• Ride Operator
• Shallow Water Host/Hostess
• Gift Shop Host/Hostess.
For more information visit: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Career Opportunities | Busch Gardens Williamsburg | WaterCountryUSA.com