Work and Travel is actually a government-sponsored program
Wrong. The Govt. only authorizes certain groups to process visa applications and such.
Some of these organizations, although organized as non-profits, are anything but. Just look at the fees quoted in the article. One should really look at the tax returns filed for CET to see how much Rick Anaya is getting paid, for example.
I was especially disappointed to see the "pass the buck" nature of the responses. everyone involved seemed to blame someone else. Was no one checking? No follow up? Pretty obviously not, once the payments were received.
Edit: this is from the CETUSA website:
Your International Employees
* Can work up to 4 months
* Are highly motivated to work and gain experience
* Flourish in a diverse, multi-cultural environment
* Are bilingual and often multilingual
* Work for the same pay as U.S. citizens in similar positions
* Pay federal and state taxes but are exempt from paying Social Security, Medicare and Federal Unemployment Taxes
* Have their own medical insurance coverage provided by CETUSA
J-1 visa employees work in a variety of diverse environments. These include: amusement and theme parks, hotels, restaurants, seafood processing, hospitality, landscaping, national parks and campgrounds, in lifeguard positions and in factory/production work.
Nice cost savings aspect...