ADRIEL ANJELO ALFONSO - Holy Angel University
I was assigned in California, I was a busser at first but I was transferred to a food runner. It was quite a stressful job, but it was really fun. It was fun serving people, I really enjoyed serving Americans with their big smiles when I bring their food. The challenge that we have faced comes down to the housing part, we didn’t have any Unity, we had some conflicts but in the end we managed to overcome it. Despite all that I just enjoyed it while I was there because it was only once, but I am planning to return there [USA] for my internship. It was really fun and Challenging, though there were some problems, we managed to overcome them. Totally it was really a fun experience and I suggest all students should try the work and travel. It was always a memorable moment when we travelled and explored new things, like one time we went to Las Vegas and it was like a dream come true for me. It was really unbelievable, the casinos, the buildings, I never really thought that Las Vegas will be that nice. Because I only see it in the internet and TV. We checked-in Caesars Palace, my dream come true, because I’ve only seen Caesars Palace once – in the movie ‘The Hangover’. When we checked-in it was mind-blowing, very big, and amazing.
The lesson that I learned is that it’s important to have unity in a foreign country. I would advise that they should always be united and try to make friends with everyone, they could have less conflicts. Overall it was a good experience.
MARK CONRAD ESTORQUE - ISHRM School System
I was assigned in Reno, Nevada as a Cook, the hotel has a lot of activities like bowling, car racing, bungee jumping and many others, the people whom I worked with were all so nice, I’m so glad that I became part of Grand Sierra Resort.
In the kitchen, we always worked as a team, at first I thought I will not be able to do this kind of thing but when I finished the program I never felt so confident! Now I feel like I can do more in my life and I really want to go back to the US. As I spent more time there I learned to adapt to their ways of life, I was having fun, enjoying and felt all sorts of emotions – Joy, Sadness, Love, Hope, and other emotions; I even found out that I have a hidden knack for bowling! Everything felt so fast, and in the blink of an eye I was on my way back to the Philippines, three months is just a very short period of time. I never felt even an ounce of regret since joining the summer work and travel program.
While in the US, my workmates and other J1 participants became my second family. There were those that I didn’t get along at first but in the end we became good friends, though I never really thought that they will warm up to me since I’m really boisterous and loud. It was a blessing to meet them.
After the program I got to travel to different places like, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New York, and Vancouver in Canada, but my most memorable experience is when I got to see snow for the first time, it returned me back to my childhood. As a whole traveling, seeing different places and doing it with friends is the best experience.
I strongly encourage everyone who is interested to join the program, this can be the stepping stone for their future careers. They will not regret even a minute of the experience that they will gain from joining this program. As they say “You need to get out of your comfort zone to discover yourself
KHRYSS TIMBRESA - Our Lady of Fatima University
I really appreciate how the Zip Travel Team took all the effort in accomplishing and helping us in all of the requirements. Thank you Zip family in helping us, students, fulfill the things that we've been longing for - to have our training in a country where we will be competitive enough to be professionals in our chosen career. Thank you so much for having the passion to help students. Not just for the sake of money maters but you have the heart to let us be in the field of a global experience. The application process was smooth and fast in our case and i believe that you did a lotta of work especially for us nine (9) students leaving for our internship in the United States.
Thanks for the hard work. I know that God will bless Zip abundantly with what all doing to us, Filipinos. I thank coz He's using the right person to help others. To Mr. Black I can see that you're not the type of guy that takes advantage to people instead you really have the heart to help students. My mother mentioned that also.