Sunday, 18 February 2018

American life

By Latella Smit

Life in the States is kind of different and new, but super exciting every day.
There is so much I have seen and people I have met, from Romanians to Irish to Americans and a lot of our fellow South Africans!!!

In our first few weeks of living in the States we traveled to Miami, South Beach. The party beach as I heard from back home, I was super exited. Miami beach is stunning at night with the beautiful restaurants and clubs and street art and wow......THE BEACH off course...when you stand on the beach you can see all the lights in Ocean Drive Avenue, it is a must visit for sure.

We made friends with a fellow American Host and she took us to Deerfield Beach which was sooooooo stunningly beautiful and we went to the Cheesecake Factory which yeaahhpp is real and not just in the Big Bang Theory…

Then the month of December was hectic with the working hours, some staff were slamming 16 to 19 hours overtime, working till four in the morning. We all worked Christmas day and it was hard because we missed home and our family's but we supported each other and tried to make everyone feel good on the day. My housemates and I went to a local bar called "Trickys" or that’s what it used to be called its actually "Old Conner" now I think but everyone still calls it "Trickys". This is where almost all the South African staff of Boca West Country Club hang out.  On Mondays it's a dollar for a drink for lady's so yeap we take advantage of that.
So then New Year's came and we all worked long hours on that day, some straight through in to New Year’s Eve but I worked till 11 and rushed to...yeah yeah… "Trickys" and had some fun! The rest of the Boca staff arrived bit by bit, but overall a good end to the year 2017.

This year I did start off with a few travels and more to come so check out for my next blog where I will be telling you about my trip to Naples Beach, Marco Islands and the Everglades. I have to add that Florida is mind blowing and beautiful, the palm trees and the dams everywhere it's a sight to wake up to everyday and I love it!!

Until my next blog......

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Work Hard - Play Hard

By Claire Smith

3 months down already in Florida!! Time is flying by at work! We have already had a carnival, circus theme New Year’s event, huge ladies card party and even a South African inspired night for the members. 

Our theme buffets seem to be the highlight of our weekly events for our members. All our staff have such a great time at these dinners. Our South African them night was a huge hit! Our chefs prepared food items from all different provinces. Members are still raving about our bunny chows from Durban. 

It’s great that even though we work many hours week in and out for all these member events and day to day running of the country club we still manage to get some good team bonding time. We enjoy the odd off day together at the pool or inter club soccer game nights, a night on the town down town at Clematis Street or a good old braai.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Every Adventure Is Different

By Arthur Petersen

Being at Boca West Country Club is very thrilling, there’s a sense of anticipation when we put on our uniforms and head out to conquer the day. Followed by a very electrifying atmosphere we enter once arriving at work, it’s always fast paced and people are always moving around. 

It’s a thrill, always being in the thick of things. There’s always a rush, but it’s always easier when you have a great team of staff who are well trained and all have the capability of working together and making the jobs we all do so much better. Not only being able to rely on one another, but to also show the character and determination it takes to complete other tasks and duties that may not even fall in your job description. 

I would love to go up north, should it be in the cards, but till then all I can do is put my head down and work. Till the time comes. Working overtime does payout in the end so it’s something most of us recruits don’t mind. It may be tiring now but, it is well worth it. Till next time, peace and much love to you all!!!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Life Lately + Going Up North

By Catherine Lindebaum

I cannot believe it’s already February 2018, life certainly goes by fast when you’re having fun!

So just to catch up… Christmas was a real success and loved every bit of it!

New Year’s Eve was super fun. I normally work the Gala Dinner in the Main Dining Room, but this year I worked the Street Fair instead, and absolutely loved it. I did the entrance check-in and was put in charge of walking the band through the carnival. I even got to go on a few rides in my break.

Addison Reserve treated us to a mid-season employee appreciation get together at the bowling rink and everyone really enjoyed it.

Other than that, it’s been quite a busy month or so with a lot of events happening around the club. As well as interviews for up north. I’m going up to Vermont for the summer and it will be my second season there. I cannot wait to be on the lake and surrounded by nature.

All the best for 2018 and good luck for your Summer club interviews!

Thursday, 25 January 2018


By Nasiphi Sobahle

What does “Living the American dream” even mean?

How does one even comprehend “The Dream”?

I believe Dreams differ from person to person, depending on what really drives, motivates and keeps them alive, contrary to how the oxford dictionary defines “Dreams” and the actual act of dreams, Dreams keep you awake at night, they somehow haunt you until you attend to them and the dream I am about to talk about is a dream that has been haunting me for the past 3.5 Years.

Fast forward… it was January 11 2018 when my New Year began, when I uttered the words “Happy New Year Nasiphi” and for the first time in a long time, I believed that things will only get better from here going forward in regards to keeping my eyes on the price and the end goal. I woke up that morning with so much joy, contentment and all emotions positive as I waited for my dear Friend Keagan Meth (Mirasol Country Club) who wanted to tag along with me and witness my “American Dream” come to life, a friend that supports me on days that I don’t even have faith in myself.

I mean, I was heading to Miami to meet ASHLEY HORNER!!!
You probably wondering who Ashley Horner is, please allow me to tell you a little about her. Ashley Horner is a Humanitarian, A philanthropist that stands for the broken, above everything else; Ashley Horner is a Fitness Celebrity that I have been looking up to since three and a half years ago when I first discovered her on social media.
Now this makes sense to those that personally know me and those that follow me on social media because my passion deeply lies in Humanitarian/Philanthropy work and Fitness, apart from the Hospitality Industry, so one can only imagine how much this meant to me.

I will not bore you with all the details but all in all, this was a beautiful day, It doesn’t happen often that one gets to hang out with their Icon, It doesn’t happen every day that we get to have substantial conversations with people of Ashely Horner’s Stature and the highlight of this day was having a workout session coached by her, this was the cream of the cup. 

Thank you Workaway International for the Golden Ticket to the USA.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

December Festivities

By Emma Seager

December time is always exciting in America! From the lights to the Christmas decor. But the events we do at the club are a treat all on their own! This year was my first year at Polo Club, and I was blown away! My favorite event had to be the polo street fair, I was in charge of the ice beer wall. The fair was all you can eat-all you can drink with unlimited rides! Basically heaven on earth if I do say so myself...

Then was the Arcade night, another favorite where they brought in a roller skate rink and transformed the room into a mini dave and busters! There were unlimited games for everyone and you bet I had my fun playing PAC man! 

I was also lucky enough to visit my boyfriend in New York and got to see all the Christmas decor and the famous New York Christmas tree!!! It was incredible! I am having such an amazing season and I can't wait to see what is in store for the next few months! 

I was also able to attend a friends Christmas party! It's always fun to see co-workers from previous clubs and have a change of atmosphere! I got to take my old roommate who is like my sister now, she and I had a fantastic night at the Jupiter Hills Christmas Party.

Not to mention all my other adventures on Atlantic Avenue! My favorite is the unlimited mimosas on Sundays which is always followed by a Sandbar session 👍

In a few weeks Polo is taking all the international staff to Universal Studios so I'll be keeping you posted on that!

Monday, 8 January 2018

“Keys” to unlock the New Year, 2018

By Nasiphi Sobahle

Let me begin by wishing each and every one reading this a Happy and Healthy New Year, May you find what you are seeking, and to the Workaways of this winter season (2017/18), Do not forget the reason why you are here because I believe we are all working towards something great, It is time to hit “Refresh” as the new year opens its arms with another 365 days for us to embrace.

It was January 02 2018 at 5.40am when we boarded the bus to Key West, Key West is one of the most beautiful places in Florida, it is an island city in the United States of America and in all honesty, I wasn’t too thrilled when our Country Club (Hunters Run) announced that they will be taking the Workaways of the club to the Keys for the New Year. I mean, I have done this trip with my club before so what was going to be different? I then had to speak to myself and change the negative thinking, this was going to be a trip with different people so the experience was inevitably going to be different, I was also reminded of how bad Key West was hit by Hurricane Irma and I was interested in seeing how the island city looks like after the terrible natural disaster, I wanted to see how the Florida keys were coming back to life and to my surprise, there was so much recovery, it was impressive.

The plan was to “bring and braai” at the beach, a famous way of gathering in our country but the weather did not permit, Plan B had to come into play and we decided to Explore the Island City of Key West, We visited Aquariums, Art Galleries, Museums, Historic Homes and the highlight for me was parading the famous “Duval Street” that is known as Key West’s main tourist strip, with restaurants/Bars and shops designed to entertain tourists. The day could have not been spent any better. We braved the cold and enjoyed the field trip.

Once again, May you have a prosperous 2018!