Thursday, 18 August 2016

Getting closer!

By Stormy Cousins

It has been a whirlwind, helping potential Workaway candidates with their recruitment process during my time at home.

While I have been helping out and preparing the new applicants for their possible journeys, I have found myself getting more and more excited to return to Florida...

My first stop when I get back to America is Starbucks but there are many other things I’m looking forward to. It is going to be great seeing all my old Boca West friends again, as well as making new friends with some of the new applicants. I am also excited to be starting a new position, with new challenges that will help me learn and grow in the industry.

That is why this programme is such a great opportunity. While it is amazing to go to America and experience a different country and culture, you also get to experience so much on a professional level. My advice to the new applicants is to take in as much knowledge as you can when you are there, and live as many great experiences as you can.

Travelling is very easy in America. Some of my adventures were to the Everglades, Universal Studios and Key West. In my photos you will see some of my memories!

Travel, make new friends and grow! Best of luck!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Florida, here I come!

By Kelly Garcia

It feels like I have been in Chicago for a while but it has not even been two months yet. This season is just winding down quickly and autumn (fall) is almost here. Guests have started to leave already, so the past few days have been all about bittersweet goodbyes. My team members were fun as usual - always making me laugh and teaching me the way of 'Murica.

For our final outing, the entire group went to Six Flags amusement park and I finally got to do the Goliath - the most extreme rollercoaster of its kind! I have been to Six Flags thrice and the rain has stopped me every time. However, this time I got my adrenaline rush - I have never screamed so loudly in my life! It was by far my favorite experience but I could not do that giant drop again. Well, not until next year!

Tonight we have a huge surprise party for a member's 60th birthday. Her husband went all out for this party and I mean ALL OUT! He even got a stage built on the beach. She is one lucky lady. It should be a good night.    

To top my week off, I heard that I have a job in Florida! What a relief it is not to worry about that any more. And the best part is that I am going with two of my good friends. Even though I still have a few months left in Chicago, I cannot help but get excited for my new adventure in Florida!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The last stretch...

By Melissa Chauvet

We are approaching the end of our search for candidates. Our final presentation is on Sunday, 7 August, so make sure not to miss it!

I must commend the candidates who have already been for their country club interviews – you all looked smart and carried yourselves in a very professional manner. Congratulations for reaching this stage of the process – I am sure your application approval is not far off.

For those still waiting for your interview, remember that it is advisable to be well-groomed and dressed; tattoos should be covered if visible and, guys to be clean shaven. The first impression is the last impression.

October is around the corner and the experience awaiting you in the States will be unforgettable.  I will be returning to America for the third time this year and believe me - the excitement never wears off.  To my fellow returners, it is almost time to pack again for the long trip and in just a few months we will be falling back into our jobs, reuniting with our managers and co-workers, and happy to reconnect with the members of these prestigious clubs.

Those who are interested in going on this programme in the future should make a note that the recruitment process takes place every year from May to October. Visit our website for more details and in the meantime try to gain experience in the position you are interested in, as it will be advantageous.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Working Class!

By Jasper Burger

South African’s are hard workers, we are not afraid to get stuck in. Along with our work ethics and friendly attitude we are in high demand overseas.

The South African hospitality industry and golf clubs are in great shape and supply solid experience for waitrons, pro shop assistants and golf attendants. South Africans know their stuff and excel at providing good service.

Wherever I go in this country, when I am  promoting Workaway  International, I see South Africans with their smiling faces, great service ethic and cool, interesting  stories;  I know they would  do well on the Workaway  programme. Some of the people I meet in local restaurants or hotels have already worked in Europe and USA and are now putting the skills they developed to good use.  Some of those I meet wish they had made use of the opportunity to travel when they were younger.

Being a proud hard-working South African citizen definitely makes us stand out abroad – our work ethic is exactly what members are looking for when they offer the life-changing opportunity to work abroad. I am so proud of this heritage and to be able to help my countrymen and women in the service industry broaden their horizons.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Life in Chicago

By Nivedna Sewchurran

As the summer season gets done, we have the option of going up north, my option lately was Lake Shore Country Club, in Glencoe Chicago. This beautiful club on the lake shore which is Lake Michigan, one of the super lakes in America..

On our off days we were lucky enough to get to hang out on the bluff... Which over-looks the lake, which in my opinion looks like an ocean.

Lake shore Country Club is a really old club, with amazing members as well as employees...

Chicago is one of the city's that are on the Great Lakes that tunnel through the city...

For all the South Africans it's one of the city's that are blessed with a Nandos, as we all know, it's one of South Africans Famous restaurants. Which made me feel like I was at home..

I was blessed enough to meet Scottie Pippen who is part of the world of fame in basket ball, who played with Michelle Jordan as part of the Bulls...

My first few days at Lake Shore I had trouble sleeping, however I got to experience the amazing sunrises..

Bon fires are a must at Lake Shore and we always try our best to have one every weekend, and relax after a crazy week of work.

Chicago has become one of the greatest places I have been, also know as the Windy City..

Monday, 25 July 2016

New Experiences...

By Storm Pearton

My first season on the Workaway programme has been a very interesting and entertaining one. I had been briefed on what to expect but I was still very nervous. The flight there was long but enjoyable with friendly people who were joining me on this adventure. We had few hours to spare when we arrived in New York before boarding our connecting flight, and as it was snowing some of us got to experience the magic of snow for the first time.

Arriving at our country club was quite overwhelming due to its size and pristine condition. Team members who had been on the Florida Workaway programme before were kind enough to show us around and guide us to places where we could stock up on essentials for the first two weeks. Training started the following day - it was intense, exciting and a bit daunting to see the high standard expected but the staff and everyone was very helpful and in no time I got the hang of things.

Our club was under renovation so my first official shift was in a huge tent where service standards were still of exceptional quality. As the renovations were coming to an end in the new club house we were taken on a walk-though. It was an eye-opener – the new club house was like nothing I had ever seen before;  I felt like I was in a wonderland. The service was impeccable, the food unbelievable, and the members friendly and excited that the South Africans had arrived. They were so interested in my life and my country that they made my first experience a warm and welcoming one. The American staff were more than helpful and friendly, helping me along wherever they could. The work is hard and you can push some good hours certain weeks, which sometimes took a lot out of me, but at the end of the day when that pay cheque comes, it is all worth it.

I was able to play some golf and better my game, which was a great privilege as the golf course is world class and has hosted a Major golf tournament for many years. The apartments where we stayed were more than suitable for a good time – we had the use of a 24-hour gym and swimming pool, which I made good use of on my off days, especially during the hot Florida summer.

I am so happy that I took the leap and signed up for this experience. I have matured in many different ways and I cannot wait to go back for another season, to learn more, have more fun and make more memories.

Monday, 18 July 2016

"I've come to look for America" ... Again!

By Kelly Garcia

I’m singing the words of Simon and Garfunkel yet again as I make my way back to the U.S.

It was a long wait but the day has finally arrived! I'm heading back to Lake Shore Country Club and all it has to offer: a great working environment, awesome staff and let's not forget the private beach on Lake Michigan!

Taking a break to see my family and home was just what I needed to replenish my energy tanks before the new season. I’ve got myself ready for an awfully long flight but it will give me time to get pumped and ready for my cabana restaurant and all the shopping I’m planning to do this time round.

Strangely, I am almost as nervous as I was the first time I left but this time I know there are great friends waiting for me.

That has to be the best and worst part of the programme – meeting amazing people (for the most part) and never seeing them again. Even just crossing paths with certain people on this program has helped me grow in ways I didn't even realize at the time.

The ones I won't see again I'll always remember. And the ones I'll see on Friday... Well, I cannot contain my excitement!