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    Excellent write-up thanks Alex. I think you hit most the pertinent points very well and very accurately.
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    Consider volunteer/semi volunteer programs which include housing and doing odd jobs on the side. I have some ideas as to California but I rather keep them in private than publish them through the internet (becoming my concubine...just kidding more spiritual/existential stuff.) ask me PM only if you are flexible and and have posted here a decent amount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chloe View Post
    i have relatives in south carolina but i really dont want to go there.. i prefer california and close to nyc, because i dont want to be bored... thanks, i'll check the book
    Option: Go to Myrtle Beach, SC. They have jobs for young girls, and plenty of them..... I lived there for 7 years. It is a fun place. Big money during golf season and summer. You should have no problems making $15 an hour there with tips in the spring, summer, or fall, depending on where you work. I was making $125 a night at the least, cocktail waitressing in the 90's. There are a lot of restaurants and bars there, and it's pretty easy to get jobs. At least, when I was there it was. It may not be as easy now. (The US went through a rough period or two economically during the 90's, and it did not affect my income. Myrtle Beach is a very popular vacation destination.) SC is inexpensive, as well. If you come to California, it will be much-more expensive to live. I would suggest a resort town in any state for plentiful jobs that require little skill, but pay decent money, with tips. And a fun time.....
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    A comparison of cost of living in various parts of the country. I live in DC. It's pricey here, but I also make more than I would else where (handyman). Also included: Raleigh, NYC, LA, and a few randoms.

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    Keep in mind that jobs that pay 8-10/hr are very common here. Jobs like stocker in a grocery or retail.

    You haven't mentioned what you are good at. With 6-9 months you could get good at fixing things. If you want you can try something like handyman repair (basic stuff around the house) and ask 15/hr many places (that's where I started), but you'd have to establish yourself via word of mouth.

    For something more regular you could get good at something like fixing up bicycles. A job at a bike shop might get you 12/hr.

    You could do something artistic, like making crafts and selling them, but that can be risky/non profitable.

    Waiter/bar experience can get you a job any where. The best places to work (best tip $) will want experienced workers, so in the next 6 months get yourself a job at home and bring that experience here. It's a stable way to make income, but it's not to my personal liking. You could also tend bar. Different hours, I'm not sure if one is more profitable than the other.
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    Also, keep in mind regional pickups. An area that gets hit by storms and hurricanes might have it's own mini-industry in storm preparedness like boarding up shop windows, or delivering goods. I'm thinking of SC.

    Or if you were in the North in the winter (I know you said summer) but as example: you can become an auxiliary plow driver. It's not a full time thing unless you want it to be: the state government contracts out to whoever they can because they can't afford to maintain a huge fleet for non-stop snow.

    If you can run a saw you can work on all those fallen limbs, too.

    I'm sorry if these are all labor sort jobs, it's what *I* would do.

    Umm...tourist areas that are hit hard in the summer need extra workers in those industries.

    Also, volunteering can open doors. I volunteered up in Vermont for flood relief and I could have readily got a job with the people there - I connected with them well. @Halla74 is right: networking opens doors to jobs you couldn't find otherwise.
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    In the networking vein, are you on CouchSurfing? Even if you don't plan to CouchSurf, it's a community. There are meetups and forums great for this sort of thing where you can ask questions and spread the word.

    I've heard of people using couchsurfing to find places to live for work.

    You really should join. CS is a great program (I'm a member). I highly recommend you look into it.

    Also, Meetup.org might have some stuff worth looking at.
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    Any job opening paying $15/hr in the U.S. right now will have minimally a couple of hundred applicants. Your best bets for landing that short-term are to either a.) See if your friends who live here have some connection they could turn you on to or b.) have a talent or characterisitic that would make you very valuable to a prospective employer for three months, and sell them on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chloe View Post
    i dont know for sure... never been there.. but most people told me to avoid South..People that live there..for number of reasons... .
    take no offense.
    I grew up in the South, and lived there for 34 years. The cities are much better than the rural areas. You will find more open-minded people there. However, it will be nothing on the healthy open-mindedness you will find in cities elsewhere. It's a different sort, completely. Issues are sweeping in the south, and they leave no one untouched. If you are only there for 3 months, it will most-likely not affect you, but expect alot of gross ignorance. (Ignorance is relative, however, so what one person thinks is ignorant, the next will not). I was miserable for 34 years in the south, and never knew how great it could be until I moved to California. There's alot to be said for the rumors. 3 months in a city in the south will do you no harm, and it may be fun if you pick a resort area. Charlotte and Raleigh leave much to be desired when it comes to entertainment. Don't look to the south to find fascinating, short of DisneyWorld. It does have some nice beaches here-and-there, and that's your best bet when it comes to entertainment. However, I'm not sure if I would encourage any young girl to visit a big city like NY or LA alone. I wouldn't even do that without an escort lol.... which is why I recommended Myrtle Beach. It's a fun resort town, with jobs and stuff to do, and it's near your family.
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    wow - thanks for so many answers..
    @Halla74, @ICUP, @Bamboo, @earthtrekker1775 @spamtar and @highlander

    (and others if i missed someone)

    Dont know where to start - some of it is confusing I must admit, I mean, this is natural that different people have somehow different perspective of South USA like ICUP and Halla... I never planned to go in the middle of NYC or LA, but I'd like to be in the area. But I will definately consider NC now too.
    ICUP, i never planned to go alone - I am going with CCUSA programme (it's a program for non-US college students to go working up to 4 months in the US + 1 month of travelling), so I will unite with couple of other people and go to the same place..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    A comparison of cost of living in various parts of the country. I live in DC. It's pricey here, but I also make more than I would else where (handyman). Also included: Raleigh, NYC, LA, and a few randoms.

    link

    Keep in mind that jobs that pay 8-10/hr are very common here. Jobs like stocker in a grocery or retail.

    You haven't mentioned what you are good at. With 6-9 months you could get good at fixing things. If you want you can try something like handyman repair (basic stuff around the house) and ask 15/hr many places (that's where I started), but you'd have to establish yourself via word of mouth.

    For something more regular you could get good at something like fixing up bicycles. A job at a bike shop might get you 12/hr.

    You could do something artistic, like making crafts and selling them, but that can be risky/non profitable.

    Waiter/bar experience can get you a job any where. The best places to work (best tip $) will want experienced workers, so in the next 6 months get yourself a job at home and bring that experience here. It's a stable way to make income, but it's not to my personal liking. You could also tend bar. Different hours, I'm not sure if one is more profitable than the other.
    Thanks for infos.
    I think I should avoid even thinking of fixing things because I am total idiot for such stuff.
    I am good at things that aren't marketable especially in a foreign country for 3 months - I have something like BS in Medical science (it was integrated with MS so not really a diplomma) and I am very good in math.. so nothing of this can be get paid.
    In Croatia I give tutoring in Math, but I can barely find people to teach, I doubt it would even be possible in USA, esp cos I dont have BS in math.
    so waitressing it is.. which is great too!
    crafts - good idea, but where to sell those ?


    In the networking vein, are you on CouchSurfing? Even if you don't plan to CouchSurf, it's a community. There are meetups and forums great for this sort of thing where you can ask questions and spread the word.

    I've heard of people using couchsurfing to find places to live for work.

    You really should join. CS is a great program (I'm a member). I highly recommend you look into it.

    Also, Meetup.org might have some stuff worth looking at.
    I am not, I guess I've heard of it, I'll check it,thanks



    About volounteering - I am confused though. i talked to a guy from Croatia who was working somewhere as bartender or something in the US, for 4 months and he said after 4 months working 45 hrs per week he had 6000 USD saved, when he payed rent, bills, food etc...
    I think he said he had 12 USD/hr...

    thing is - I want to go for experience, but I am not so sure I would like to go if I'll come home completely broke, since I can then work on our coast for 1000 USD/month + bed + food, which ends up even more profitable maybe.

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