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THANK YOU for choosing Rehoboth Beach area for your work/travel program.
You are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.

This website will give you information about the International Student Outreach Program, which provides a welcome orientation session for all students, free dinners every Monday through Thursday, local cultural exchange opportunities and exciting trips planned just for you! We also have 150 bikes to loan to students for free, but you must be among the first 150 to sign up on the registration/bike request form below. For more information about bikes, including free repairs all summer, free helmets and lights, please click on the bike tab.


Please complete this registration/bike request form and submit.


Housing


Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes are very popular vacation destinations. Because of this, affordable, convenient housing is extremely difficult to find. You must arrange your housing before arriving in the U.S. Do not plan to find housing once you arrive.

Your sponsor organization will require you to give them your Rehoboth area address before you leave your home country. Ask your sponsor for housing help, ask your employer for help, check craigslist.com, the local paper (Cape Gazette) or contact a realtor.

Beware of housing scams. Check with your sponsor about housing you find on your own. Also, Bethany is 20 km from Rehoboth and you cannot live there and work here.

Orientation and Welcome


You are invited and encouraged to attend one of the Orientation and Welcome sessions as soon as you arrive in the Rehoboth area, preferably before you start working. There will be three orientations - please attend the one closest to your arrival date.

Orientations will be from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Please indicate which orientation you will be attending by filling in the form below the chosen date and clicking 'Sign Up'. The session will include information about transportation, personal safety, banking, applying for your social security card, exciting trips and cultural events planned for you, and important information you'll need during your stay.

If there is enough interest, we will try to arrange a bus to the Social Security Office after Orientations. The cost would be $10 for the round trip. If you are interested in this, click “Yes” on the sign up form.
You must have already registered with SEVIS before going to Social Security.

At orientation you will receive:

- A free lunch -
- A free backpack filled with information and goodies -
- Information about biking, trips, free dinners, and more -
- The chance to meet other students! -

Thursday, May 31

Ride to Social Security?

Friday, June 15

Ride to Social Security?

Thursday, June 28

Ride to Social Security?

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lutheran Church of our Savior
20276 Bay Vista Rd
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 3066

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lutheran Church of our Savior
20276 Bay Vista Rd
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 3066

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lutheran Church of our Savior
20276 Bay Vista Rd
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 3066

Free Dinners

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

6:00 - 8:00 PM

New Covenant Church
3072 Savannah E Dr
Get Directions

(302) 644 - 6800

(May 28 - Sept 3)

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 7743

(May 29 - Sept 4)

5:30 - 7:30 PM

St. Edmond’s Catholic Church
409 King Charles Ave
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 4550

(May 30 - Aug 29)

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Lutheran Church of our Savior
20276 Bay Vista Rd
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 3066

(May 31 - Aug 30)
No Dinner July 5

SOUP 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Epworth United Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Get Directions

(302) 227 - 7743

(June 3 - Sept 2)

Take a Student Home for Dinner

J-1 Students

If you would like to be invited to dinner at the home of local residents, we have residents who would like to host you. You can bring along a friend or two, just tell us your name and the name of the person(s) you will be bringing with you. Please sign up with your name, home country, and email and we will match you with a resident who would like to invite you to dinner.



Residents of Rehoboth, Dewey and Lewes

If you would like to host a J1 Visa student and a friend or two for dinner at your home, please sign up with your name and email. We will then forward you the name and email of a student and you can make arrangements with the student for dinner.

Transportation from the Airport to Rehoboth

Each of these companies provides shuttle service from the airports to Rehoboth.

Contact them to make arrangements.


BG Island: http://bgisland.net/Airport-Shuttle


E Point Student Travel Center: http://ocstudentcenter.com/airport-pick/


Resort Express: http://www.resortexpress.org/

Local Transportation in Rehoboth

The DART bus system goes from Lewes to Rehoboth to Dewey and surrounding areas.
Website: https://dartfirststate.com/information/routes/index.shtml/

Click on the tab for Sussex County. Route 206 and 215 will be convenient for most students.
Check the DART website often for updates to their seasonal beach bus service, which has increased hours and service in our area.
The bus is a safe, convenient alternative to biking on Coastal Highway. At this time, we are trying to arrange a reduced fare seasonal bus pass for students. If we are able to accomplish this, we will contact all sponsors and ask them to share the bus information with you.
Buses have racks on the front for bicycles.

2018 International Student Outreach Program Annual Bus Trips

This year we are having four bus trips.

Thursday, July 12th and Tuesday, August 7th to our nation’s capital, Washington, D. C.
Wednesday July 25th and Thursday, August 23rd to the historic area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

These trips provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about our history, visit interesting museums, and see unique architecture both old and new. Each trip will take about 2 1/2 -3 hours by bus from the K Mart parking lot in Rehoboth to each destination. Bus will leave K Mart at 7:00 a.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. Each trip will cost $25 and the fee is not refundable. Please set aside these dates in your schedule with your employers so you can get off work and attend these trips.
Tickets will be on sale at the church dinners, at orientations, and at the DelDOT Bicycle Garage located in the park and ride lot. See bike tab for directions and hours for the DelDOT Bicycle Garage.
Get your tickets early, as space is limited. We look forward to your participation.
If you have questions, email: j1rehobothtrips@gmail.com

Washington, DC

Washington, DC - July 12th and August 7th

Cost: $25

Time: 7:00am - 9:30pm

On the trip to Washington, D.C, our bus(s) will drop students off at the National Mall. This will provide an opportunity to walk to several wonderful free museums including: the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Hirshorn (Art) Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. It is also be possible to walk near the following buildings and monuments: the U. S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and the Washington Monument. Public restrooms are available in most facilities and many have cafeterias where you can buy food and drinks. Note that every public museum has security measures in place and bags and backpacks will be checked.

Access map below using this link.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA - July 25th and August 23rd

Cost: $25

Time: 7:00am - 9:30pm

On the trip to Philadelphia, our bus(s) will drop you off in the Independence National Historical Park. This is considered the birthplace of our country and America’s most historic square mile. Places to visit and enjoy include: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, the President’s House, the Independence Visitor Center, the Free Quaker Meeting House, the National Constitution Center, the Christ Church Burial Ground, the U. S. Mint. Other places and facilities to enjoy include: Society Hill and Penn’s Landing, the Franklin Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Access map below included in brochure using this link.

Free Lunches

All students are invited to free Grab-And-Go lunches on
Friday, July 13 and Friday, August 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The lunch will be in a bag, ready for you to take back to work, to the beach, or wherever you want!


Pick up your lunch at the Village Improvement Association clubhouse.
It is just off the boardwalk between Lake Avenue and Grenoble Place. It's a green building. The front faces the boardwalk, behind some tall grass, the back has a fenced in parking lot with an entrance door. This is at the north end of the boardwalk.







Bike Program

FINDING A BIKE:
  • The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has 150 free bikes with proper lighting to loan students.

  • Sign up to request a bicycle by filling out the Registration/Bike Request Form at the top of the website.

  • You will be required to attend one safety information session in order to receive a bicycle. We will schedule you for a safety session based on your arrival date.

  • Please understand that we will have more students than bikes.

  • If DelDOT is not able to provide you with a bike, we recommend shopping for one at WalMart, asking your landlord or employer if they have a bike for you, or contacting the local thrift shops to see if they have any bikes for sale. Also, consider using the bus.

REPAIRS:
  • Free repairs are available to all J1 students, even if you are not riding a DelDOT bike.

  • Mechanics will be available to make repairs on Mondays and Fridays from 9 AM to 11 AM and Wednesdays from 3 PM to 5 PM. Repairs will begin May 21 until September 7.

  • All repairs will be made at the DelDOT Bicycle Garage which is located in the Rehoboth Park and Ride lot, located off Shuttle Road near the intersection of Coastal Highway and Rehoboth Avenue. Look for the DelDOT Bicycle Garage sign on the white barn in the corner. There is an entrance to the Park and Ride lot off Shuttle Road for cars/bikes and entrances for pedestrians/bikes around the lot, including directly behind Fresh Market.

  • If you cannot ride your bike, you can take it with you on the DART bus. DART buses go to the Rehoboth Park and Ride lot.

  • If you cannot be at the repair garage when mechanics are working, you can lock your bike to the rack outside the DelDOT Bicycle Garage and send an email to bicycles4students@gmail.com Give us the combination to your lock, a description of the bike, and tell us what's wrong with it.

  • All bikes left must have a combination lock (not a key). We will email you when your bike is fixed and ready to be picked up.

LOCKS:

Every year dozens of bikes are stolen. You will need to buy a good combination lock (not a lock with a key) and keep your bike locked at all times. If you are getting a free bike loaned to you by DelDOT, you must bring a bicycle combination lock with you to the safety session or purchase one from us at the session.

SAFETY:

Helmets are highly recommended and will be given to everyone who gets a bike from DelDOT. If you need a helmet, you can get a free one at the DelDOT Bicycle Garage during repair hours or at the student dinners on June 12, 14, 20, 26 and July 2, 11. We cannot over emphasize the need to wear a helmet. Coastal Highway has a lot of traffic and a lot of drivers who are on vacation and not familiar with the area. Serious accidents happen every summer and a helmet could save your life.

BICYCLE LAWS:

A bicycle is a vehicle and bicyclists must obey the same laws as drivers of other vehicles. Delaware State law requires the following of all bicyclists: Bicyclists must obey all traffic laws including stopping at red lights and stop signs, as well as yielding at yield signs and to pedestrians; A bicycle must have a headlight in front and rear red reflector or rear light if ridden in low light conditions. DelDOT bikes come with lights, and free lights will be given out at the DelDOT Bicycle Garage during repair hours or at the student dinners on June 12, 14, 20, 26 and July 2, 11. If you are stopped for riding a bike at night without lights, you will have to pay a fine. If you are riding on the street, you must ride on the right side of the street, in the same direction as traffic, not facing traffic. Bicycles are encouraged to ride on the sidewalks on either side of Coastal Highway in the same direction as traffic, but bikes are not allowed on the sidewalks in the town of Rehoboth.