While this is a work programme, you must come to the USA with enough funds to pay for your initial expenses and to support yourself until you receive your first pay cheque.
You must submit a bank statement to the US Embassy/Consulate and at US Immigration in order to prove that you can support yourself and will not pose a burden on the US Government. Keep in mind that you should have sufficient start up funds (min $1500) when entering the US
Credit cards - A credit card is advisable as it is accepted in most stores in the USA and can provide emergency funds if something should go wrong.
You should budget for expenses that may incur prior to receiving your first pay cheque. These include: travel to employer, food, housing, housing deposit, transportation to and from work, temporary housing until you find permanent housing if your employ