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Portland, ME 04101 USA
Tel: 1.888.268.6245
Fax: 207-553-5272

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Tel: 1.888.COUNCIL (1.888.268.6245)

Business Hours

June 1 – September 1:
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The rest of the year:

Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Now that you are here, make sure to take good care of yourself! Living and working in the U.S. will be an adjustment, and you need to be aware of U.S. laws and how to be safe. You will be covered by CIEE insurance while here, but make sure you understand the rules of the insurance, and prepare by researching what you need to do to if you become sick or injured. Don’t forget: CIEE is always here for you.

Bicycle Safety

A bicycle is the best and most cost effective way for you to get around. There are many sports or bicycle stores that sell used bicycles. You can also check the local paper or online classified ads to find bicycles for sale in your area. Make sure that you purchase a bicycle helmet as well.

Motorists in the U.S. are not accustomed to sharing the road with bicycles, so it is very important that you are cautious and alert when riding a bicycle. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and are required to follow and obey traffic laws. Following these tips will help to make sure that your experience is a safe one:

  • Wear a bicycle helmet
  • Wear bright clothing
  • Install reflectors and lights on the front and back of the bicycle, and always use lights at night
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Bike on the road where cars will see you, not on sidewalks
  • Use hand signals so others can anticipate your action
  • Verify the bicycle is functioning properly before using it

For information on bicycle safety, proper hand signals, and more, check out the following websites and video:

If you ask me if I want to go back - I'll say a big YEAH!. It was a great experience, which I owe to my agent and CIEE. Thank you, guys! You did a great job!.
Any commentary used in your video must be in English.

By entering the contest, you are agreeing to allow WYSE Work Abroad and CIEE to use your video to promote work abroad programs.

WYSE Work Abroad: Expand Your Horizons Video Contest

WYSE Work Abroad: Expand Your Horizons Video Contest

Enter the WYSE Work Abroad Video Contest and you could win US$2,000!

As a member of WYSE Work Abroad, CIEE encourages you to showcase your creative talents by joining WYSE Work Abroad’s “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest. Submit a 2-3 minute video about your work abroad, volunteer, work and travel, or internship experience, and you could win US $2,000!

Find out more about this exciting contest by visiting the contest microblog site:

The 2011 contest is now closed. Check back in April 2012 for details of the 2012 contest!

Be sure to notify WYSE Work Abroad that you’ve entered the contest by emailing them your name and the title of your video. You must also indicate that you are a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant.

If you have questions, please visit the WYSE Work Abroad website or email them at


CIEE Extras

CIEE is pleased to announce new benefits available to all CIEE Work & Travel USA participants. These benefits and services are provided to all students at little or no extra charge.

Student Advantage

Even if you have an ISIC card, the Student Advantage card can offer you extra discounts! For a membership cost of only US$12 (+$2.50 for shipping), CIEE Work & Travel USA participants can save on thousands of products and services around the USA, including trains, buses, even A|X Armani Exchange! Find out more.
ostelling International USA

Hostelling International USA provides high quality hostels in more than 70 locations throughout the U.S. Find out where they’re located, book your beds online, and access special offers just for Work & Travel USA participants here. Happy Travels!

Hostelworld offers some of the best deals on hostels and hotels around the world! And, with a Student Advantage membership, you can get even better deals! .
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