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Ukrainian Students Flock To Ocean City For Jobs

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So far, a group of Ukrainian students have found it simple enough to land work in Ocean City, Md.
So far, a group of Ukrainian students have found it simple enough to land work in Ocean City, Md.

In Maryland, college students from around the globe are starting to arrive in Ocean City with work and travel visas in hand for the summer season. But students from one country in particular are looking forward to the prospects of living and working at the beach.

Anne Marie Conestabile is the Program Director for United Work and Travel's summer exchange program in Ocean City. She says the demand for foreign workers is up this year from local employers, and hundreds of university students from around the world are beginning to arrive in town for the summer to meet that demand.

Conestabile says she was worried that the 50-plus Ukrainian students she's approved and found jobs for wouldn't be able to leave their country due to the current political turmoil and civil unrest, but as of now, the Ukrainian students are expected to arrive in about two weeks, and students from both sides of the current struggle in Ukraine are on the way to the resort.

"I have students coming from the west and students coming from the east of Ukraine, and so far the embassies have allowed them to obtain visas," Conestabile says. She adds all of the students in the j-1 visa program must be enrolled at a university, speak reasonably good English, and uphold a 3.5 GPA.

The students, who will be coming from all parts of the globe, will be working at hotels, restaurants and amusement parks in Ocean City, Md., but regardless of what's happening in their home countries, they'll have to return in September.


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