By Caroline Calleja
In 2011 I decided I wanted to start travelling, meet new people and broaden my horizons. What better way to do this than with Workaway International!
I was hired as a hostess and even though I did not have a lot of experience in hospitality, I decided to be open-minded. I ended up enjoying every minute of it. I worked hard and met the love of my life, whom I later married.
I came back to South Africa after 6 long months of hosting however I knew I had to go back. I completed a season in Florida and New York, where I was asked to be a server. After that, I ‘climbed the ladder’ to Server Captain and then Assistant Dining Room Manager and during my season in New York, I ran the front desk.
I did this for three years and traveled every second I could. I visited 20 States, including Las Vegas, California, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston - the list goes on. All while working hard and saving money.
On my return to South Africa, I assisted with the opening of a restaurant and private members club in Cape Town and ran the restaurant for a while. I would not have been able to come back to South Africa and receive such a key position in a new establishment if it was not for the opportunity Workaway International has given me. I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and with Workaway International's continuous encouragement and motivation, anything is possible.
Thank you Workaway International for paving the road of my career!