By Chante and Edridge-Ernest Johnson
In 2011 myself and my now husband enrolled into the Workaway International programme – it was the best decision we ever made! We worked in a Florida Country Club for the first 6 months and then moved up north in Philadelphia for the next 6 months.
Our experience with Workaway International was amazing. We got to travel around the USA and it was here where we found our passion for hospitality. The Country Clubs were beautiful and had the highest quality of service.
In 2012, we returned back to South Africa and knew that we had to pursue a hospitality career because of the experience we had in America. We would not allow ourselves to do anything else. Within two weeks we landed jobs as a Food & Beverage Manager / Supervisor, we received these jobs due to our experience on the Workaway International programme.
We then decided to travel some more and journeyed abroad to Dubai where we worked as a Restaurant Manager and Training & Development Manager. A year later, I became pregnant with our first daughter and we decided to head back to South Africa to raise her among family. The experiences in the US and Dubai allowed us to save a lot of money which then helped us start our own business.
We opened Elite Hospitality Training on the 1st of February 2017; it is a company that offers different training for positions in the hospitality industry. We would never have pursued this industry if it was not for the Workaway International programme. We would not be where we are today without this amazing door into the hospitality industry. Thanks Workaway International!