Upon graduation in 1967, Welch became a Case Worker for the Department of Social Services in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He continued to write poetry and to make art as he became more involved in the community arts movement. That same year he became a Substitute teacher in Brooklyn. In the summer of 1968 George decides to leave America for Paris, he travels throughout Europe starting in Amsterdam, staying with artist Sam Middleton, a good friend of Eric Dolphy who had just married a dancer. George and a friend decide to Trace the Black Sea of East Europe, stopping in Prague. Later the Adriatic Coast, the Mediterranean straits to the Riviera and south through the straits of Gibraltar on to North Africa.