Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An opportunity to see the world

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! 

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