Half a year ago, upon completion of my bachelor degree and before I was about to venture into my career life, I made the decision to participate in Work and Travel USA (WAT) Program. I was blessed to receive support from my parent based on the reasons that I want to make new friends across the globe, gain experience to western country, have a glimpse in the working life and most importantly, to fulfill my dream to travel the world independently.
I received a job offer from Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina located on the Colorado river in Nevada, United States. My first impression on Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina was spectacular. It was a motel in a middle of nowhere surrounding by the Nevada desert and Lake Mahove. The sky was cloudless blue and the sparkling calm water was simply breathtaking. My first thought on the resort was a decent place equipped with the sense of tranquility and an ideal place to live on in middle of desert for the next 4 months.
|Desert in Nevada|
Each of us was provided with a private room inside dormitory. The rooms were equipped with a private bathroom, Direct TV, microware, refrigerator, air conditioner and a queen bed. The room was comfortable, as there have all the necessities.
|kayak on lake mohave|
|lunch time at cove cafe|
|heading to work|
|Cleaning the cove suite|
|Lovely note from motel guest|
|prank by hotel guest|
On my leisure time, I joined my company routine trip which brought the J1 exchange students to the down town, Las Vegas. This trip was operated on a weekly basis and we can decide where we want to go. Our weekly agenda were sight seeing and grocery shopping.
|Mandalay Beach @ Mandalay Hotel|
|Shop Shop Shop|
|Las Vegas Signboard - Welcome to Las Vegas!|
Every Wednesday night, the J1 exchange students from Malaysia, Kosovo, Turkey, Jamaica and Bulgaria organized a movie night in the community center. Everyone get to vote what movie they want to watch. We also had dinner together and shared different kind of food from different country. It was a good experience to talk to people with different background, learnt about their culture and traditions. We used to making joke with each other and laughed for the whole night. To me, it was akin to cultural exchange program.
I am certain that my experience has far exceeded my expectation in the WAT program. My 4 months working experience has given me the chance to explore United States and the working culture in resort industry allowing me to develop skills in hospitality. Also, I met such great likeminded and enthusiastic colleague who became good friends. These experiences are very valuable and memorable.