Friday, 16 November 2012

Living in the sunshine of Florida!

By Nasiphi Sobahle

Here we are, in sunny Florida, for a month now, WOW, it’s amazing how much time flies, it was just yesterday when we were in South Africa, all stressed about our visa interviews at the consulate but the most amazing part was anticipating our Departure dates…

It was just yesterday when we landed at JFK international Airport, Just the other day when we felt the pressure and information overload in our new work places… but look at us now !!!
Here is what the Workaway participants, from different country clubs have to say about living in the sunshine of Florida thus far….
…“Amazing, the club is an awesome club to work at, everyone is so friendly and helpful, I am loving every minute of this experience, thank you Workaway”_Jacqui Goodman – Mariner Sands

…”a state with a beauty of the restorative kind”_ Nolwandle Ngwenya – Gleneagles

…”beautiful and serene” _ Kirsty Bethwaite – Windsor

…” has been more than a dream, I have learned and seen things from a whole new perspective” _ Inga Songelwa – Mirasol

Everyone of us seems to be having the time of our lives in this place and we have Workaway to thank for all their hard work in making sure we were  selected in our respective clubs, I speak for many when I say, we are truly grateful, in fact… beyond GREATEFUL !!

And to wrap it up, I say FLORIDA IS :
“ A bucket full of fun, laughter, song and a great bunch of people whom you learn to call family”

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

My adventures!

By Cameron Smith

Hi I’m Cameron Smith. I’m 22 years of age. I’m currently studying BA Criminology through UNISA. I’m fond of sport and video games. It’s my first time entering the Workaway program. I’m going to the BallenIsles golf resort. I hope you enjoy my blog as I take you through my adventures.

The love of my life! My oldest brothers daughter, Mikayla, she is two years old.


My room! Very messy, I agree. But my parents are moving houses at the end of the year, so I decided to clear out my room so that they don’t have to pack up and move too much of my stuff. Good enough excuse?


A bath of clothes! Well during my clean out I thought I would get rid and donate all of the clothes I won’t be taking with me to America and won’t wear again. It’s amazing how many clothes you actually have in your cupboard and how many of them you don’t even wear!

Packed my whole life into one shoe box, all of the things that made memories and memories I would like to keep hold of. Huge mission!

After that huge clean out of my room I manage to pack one bag so far!

I have arrived in Florida and it has been a tiresome journey. I’ve landed up with some amazing house mates they have made me feel very welcome at home. The first few nights away from home were tough, as I said the people I’m with have really made my stay here welcome and eased the home sickness. Things can only get better from here, I started work and the staff at the country club I am with are really nice and helpful. When I start to explore the area more I will post some pictures of my adventures and the friends which I will make.

Until then…

Sunday, 4 November 2012

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Sunshine State...

By Andre Smith

Well, the last few months at Workaway have kept me very busy with coordinating everyone through the consulate to get their visa. This is probably one of the most stressful parts of the whole recruitment process as each participant’s fate lies in the hands of a consular officer who will decide their future.

This season was successful in everyone getting their visa. Considering that we sent through over 450 applicants at just 3 consulates in South Africa.

Whilst this whole process was taking place I was anxiously awaiting to hear my fate about whether I would get to go to the US again. I was fortunate enough this past season to work for a country club that made a permanent offer of employment to me, which would mean moving to the US fulltime.

After a long wait and with document’s being sent back and forth, my petition was finally approved. I too had to go through the process of going to the consulate to get my visa approved, which was quite nerve wrecking as the interview with the officer could go either way.

The good news is that my visa was approved and I am now preparing to depart for the US. I was all prepared to leaving this past Saturday, Nov 3. Unfortunately due to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy and the over 12000 delayed flights, I am now flying just a week later.

So the bonus is another week of vacation, before the madness of the season begins. I’ve made the most of getting out and enjoying all the things that I will miss whilst away.

Today I spent it relaxing in Blouberg looking back at the iconic view of Table Mountain and soaking up a bit of the “African” culture at Moyo enjoying a group of African dancers jiving to the beat.

Nowhere else in the world will you get to experience what we have here in our beautiful land. This is something you only appreciate when it’s not on your doorstep.

As I now finalize my last few things here and say goodbye to family and friends, I can not stop thinking about what an amazing opportunity lies ahead and the new chapter of my life is written. Some of which I will get to share with you.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

...Expectations made into reality...

By Nasiphi Sobahle

Greetings from the Sunny side of FLORIDA, VERO BEACH!!!

Oh, where do I begin when I have so much to say, so much to write about, from the beginning I guess.

Ever heard of expectations made into reality?
That is definitely Windsor Country Club &The Capri (Apartment Complex).

I must say, this is my second week in Vero Beach & I am still in awe, I’m still amazed about so many things, as much as I have been to the USA before, this all feels so new, so different and most of all, so AMAZING!!
Arriving at the Capri was beyond the word awesome, I was amazed by the warm welcome we received from the managers of the apartment complex ( Teressa& David Blair) who had everything ready & organized for us by the time we arrived, we were taken to our allocated rooms, one could swear we were like kids given candy, that was the excitement we all had, the place is amazing, the amenities being the Bonus.
We were given the weekend to recover from the Jet leg.

The welcome at Windsor Country Club was also a good one, everyone was so friendly and all we were ready for was a Great Season in this club.
We have a GREAT management team training us and the most amazing part about our job is how much “TEAMWORK” is practiced and emphasized in this department.

I speak for many when I say “expectations made into reality”, it keeps getting better, something to learn everyday.