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15 Dec

Polar Bear Gift Shop, Anchorage, Alaska, Ayusa

December 15, 2017 @ 12:22PM
Year of travel: 2017
Agency: AYUSA
Agency Experience: Neutral

Someone made a mistake with my start date and when I told them, they behave nonchalantly. So I went 15 days earlier thinking that the employer would allow me to start working as already agreed, but this didn't happen because it is America.


Location: Anchorage, AK
Location Experience: Positive

In the beginning, it was hard for me beacuse of time zones and rain, but from day to day I got used to it and I could go back there again. I went there with idea that this is not the classic America we see on TV. The city is somehow sloppy, but it's lovely to me.


Employer: Polar Bear Gifts
Employer Experience: Neutral

I think that the shop owner still didn't know who I am :D The schedule is 10.25, we had overtime (15.30 $) for all their hollidays, and if you work second shift, it is gather when the shop closes. This was my first job, I had full time and this is a good part of this job because when it comes the end of the season (if you stay after 15th of september) they can't send you home because there is no work, like some other jobs. The experience is rated as neutral because some students were dismissed without no valid argument, the collective was not so FRIENDLY. The job at the cashier was interesting to me, I met a lot of people, learned something, the language improved. In addition to working on the cashier, you help customers, chat with them, match t-shirts, fill the shelves ... I've met a lot of people from the country and the region, as well as from America, which I'm very happy about and therefore can not give a negative rating. The second job: housekeeper in hotel Captain cook, schedule 12.50+tips, there's no overtime.


Lidija Šalipur

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