Since I've never went to America and that I decided to sign up to the program alone, it was very important to choose a good agency. I did a brief research, went in person to those agencies whose offers I liked and, without any hesitation, picked Work & Travel Group.
My wish was to go to the Martha's Vineyard. Despite the story of my friend that I will not be able to go because Martha is for the students who have already been in America, I put it on the first place.
In the program I applied at the end of November 2015, and the first interview I had at the end of January. At that time I had to prepare for this important day, a preparation which featured classes of English, which are included in the price of the program, potential issues that may happen during the interview, pointing to the usual mistakes while answering to the recruiter and guidance to leave a better impression to the employer.
The first class we had with Charles Cather, who was in charge to evaluate our level of English and to guide us through a list of possible questions.
I had an interview via Skype, and I got the job. The day after there was the last interview for that employer and position, and in the office of the agency there were students who have already been selected.
However, the agency has contacted the employers, sent them my CV and managed to subsequently put me on the list. I went to the interview and got the job. And this is just to demonstrate the efficiency and professionalism of the agency, and that we should not listen to anyone else except yourselves. :)
I got a job in a restaurant and the employer required from us to have ServSafe certificate. We had two hours with Troy Neuenburg, who teaches us very useful things for restaurants and pointed out the differences in working in a restaurant here in Serbia and in America.
We had the preparation for the Embassy, when we once again have a time with Charles, who helped us in the best way possible to give answers to questions that will help us to set up for the interview. I got the visa.
Then, the preparation before we leave followed. All the preparation that we need had been organized in the form of meetings at the agency and we always get all the information we needed for the next step.
We had a big conference in Belgrade, where we received very useful tips about the way of life in America, what are our rights, how to ride a bicycle, which is the best way to send money (PayPal), we learned something about the banks, cards mobile phones, etc.
I have traveled in the first round in mid-May. From Belgrade to Boston, then bus to Woods Hole and then by ferry to Martha. Because the greatest number of students goes in this period, the agency offered to us to organize a bus from Boston to the ferry. So it was. I remember when we got to Boston, we had a small problem to get the bus driver. :) And we were trying, the man did not answer for some reason, but eventually we found him and everything went well. :) I just want to emphasize that it was not the fault of the Agency, but there has been a misunderstanding between the driver and his company.