Tuesday, 16 February 2016

2016 - Workaway Florida Experience

By Melissa Chauvet

I’m glad to say we have arrived safely in Florida, United States. The Workaway group encountered somewhat of a delay with regards to the weather up in New York.

Due to the delay and the backlog in flights, we were held up in Johannesburg for five days. This however, was a small blessing in disguise, as all the new applicants had the opportunity to finally meet each other and get to know one another.

Arriving in New York we encountered cold temperatures of -1 degrees Celsius which was fairly "chilly" to say the least. Regardless of the weather, all of the applicants made it to their flights with time to spare and morale was at an all time high.

After we arrived in Fort Lauderdale we were warmly welcomed by the Palm Beach representative, who then took us back to our apartments where we were met by Angela, she was very welcoming and efficient at getting all of us to our accommodation.

We were all pleasantly surprised to know that we had the weekend off to recover from the jet lag and travel time.

Training started the following Monday. It was great seeing all the staff from my previous season, as well as meeting the new staff at Mirasol country club.

After completing a vigorous week of training, the new applicants where all eager to get on the floor and prove themselves.

The renovations at Mirasol are coming along at a rapid pace and should be completed by the end of March. For the meantime, we all eagerly await the grand opening!

Overall it has been an amazing journey, with all its speed bumps and hurdles and we are privileged to have been given this opportunity.

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