Agency Experience: Positive
Everything was OK by them, camaraderie, or a little more professionalism would not be hurt. The biggest gripe for sponsorship agency in America - CIEE is that me two days before leaving on a trip notified by e-mail that my schedule was altered with 8 $ level of 5,75 $ and you can not do anything here! Later I discovered that it was the failure of the agency itself, because the employer has never changed the schedule of 5.75$.
Location: Chatham, MA
Location Experience: Positive
Small and peaceful place, but I really liked it. Nature is beautiful !! There are several beaches on the ocean, but I swim more like lakes (warmer and calmer water, no wind) which normally has at every step. The relief is mainly corrugated character, but with no major hills / mountains. So it's little real trouble, riding a bike, but nothing terrible. One can find another job without any problems, but if you want a high hourly rate, then it is not so easy, but possible! >> TRANSPORTATION: As for transport, I have only used the bike and I was not exactly easy because we all have jobs and accommodation away from each other. So it 3-4 times a day 20 minutes purchases at least an hour. Forget the bus to work, except perhaps to the nearby where you can bike. http://www.chathamhoodbikes.com/ - if you can not find your way from some of the bike, it can be purchased for ~ 125 $ (but mostly older bikes) http://www.capecodtransit.org/h2o-route.htm - a little tug with that bus will because it is quite slow (you can stop anywhere outside the station, as well as for output) All in all, the scooter would be the best solution, and only with the car you have a huge advantage. >> ACCOMMODATION: Eh, accommodation can be a problem. Difficult it is, but I do not know anyone that came without advance secured. I have no concrete information to give you where to turn, I'm all known ad: http://capecod.craigslist.org/search/roo In addition, employers should ask just in case. The sooner you start to look better! Price averaged $ 125 / week.
Employer: Chatham Bars Inn
Employer Experience: Negative
****On other matters, and because, in a comment below. Chatham Bars Inn was my primary employer over whom I have received a visa. I personally do not recommend it! Although, on the other hand, it is a small selection of employers who provide sponsorship, and depending on the agency may not be able to choose. >>About the nature of the transaction: I worked at Food Runner position. In essence: you get an order from the waiter, wait until all the chefs to prepare and carry that food on the table and some specific place on the table. It works simply, but it requires that you always be on the hot line in the kitchen, and requires a certain amount of responsibility that journey after dish go to the hundreds of you can be a small thing when you do not (often) there are some special requirements from the customer so you need to know all the ingredients of this dish contains successfully identify and organize what that where that goes. So you should always be careful in case you are stealing some mistake chef or waiter. All this requires constant communication with them and then finally the guests, in order to fulfill their every request. When crowded, there is the main boss who organizes all this, however, less of the brain. Mainly hot plates (sometimes heavily boiling) and is almost always necessary to bring three dishes at once. But all learn and gain a sense. None of us did not deal with this business, we are all around very quickly and learned everything. >>The biggest gripe managers. Basically that crazy of them. In addition to the psychological burden, there is another - a schedule of working hours for the current week. It changes every week, you never know what you're doing-time, it can be any time in the period from 11h to 23h (eg one day 11-17, the second 16-23, third 12-23h), then I can move on other positions literally do whatever they want. So that is the biggest practical problem is that you are so take a good part of the day so you can have a second job just to 11h in the morning. Many do not mind being fixed schedule or to distribute the people in shifts as everywhere else does. However, someone was lucky with the schedule and knew, or at least could guess when you will work. It all depends on where the restaurant and in what position you're doing. Next, they asked me a couple of times that the roadwork something else out of the restaurant (a type of loading / unloading, general assistance wherever necessary). And when all is added to the minimum wage. . . In principle, it is not scary, blunt man at all, but definitely not a place that makes a man contented and happy. The only thing I was tied there are people with whom I worked there. Em Party, em our people who were in great numbers, so I submitted all a little easier. Yet at the end, not sorry to leave.
Comment: Until a social security number, be some 7-10 days, although in practice it anywhere is not a condition for getting a job, and can subsequently be communicated to the employer. Be sure to go to the search of another job as quickly as possible. The biggest disadvantage in the search for another job did was exactly my dear sponsor "Chatham Bars Inn" for all other employers avoid to hire someone who works here because they were already burned. Literally me for a few good places door was closed only for the reason I have been employed in the CBI. There are so many. Chatham Bars Inn - $ 5.75 + tips, you go out on average about 11 $ (never me the average hourly rate was not higher than the $ 11.4 was in, it was out of season). The first few weeks I had to 50-55h a week, but only until they reached all the people, soon after the limit was 38h, and later in September I hardly had the 25th Pleasant Bay Village - dishwasher - almost the whole season I did that morning from 8 am to 12 am, $ 11, usually about 20-25 hours Chatham Hood Bikes - bike mechanics - radio whenever I had free time, $ 10 in the beginning, when I settled down increased to $ 12 Wequassetts Resort - servers assistant - only a few weeks in September from 6h to 13h, 5 $ + tips, again about 11 $ on average out Chatham Squire - busser - I'm only doing it when I'm off the CBI, which means only two days a week because the working time in both places overlapped, generally around $ 120 per night, but there is always crowded and is very hard to do because will not take a second one has to be very fast. Since the first time I was in America, I was able to attain its "excessive" expectations of earnings (as everyone gets dark it was impossible first year) can reach about 12,000 (that I have left after hours work program). It was not easy, I had a lot of luck, but I worked all day every day, so about 15-16 weeks. Every free moment I used to work somewhere. I have not even spent. Even the food because I had the great fortune to wherever I was working had something to eat, sometimes less sometimes more, but enough. All in all, I am overwhelmed by this experience, I have seen a lot, learned, I tried, I met many different people from all over the world. All you otherwise never would have had the chance. A very worthwhile experience !!!