Polar Bear Gift Shop, Anchorage, Alaska, Ayusa

Experience with agency AYUSA was 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.

Experience with location Anchorage, AK was 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.

Experience with employer Polar Bear Gift Shop was 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.

This review represents personal opinion of Lidija Šalipur who was participating Work & Travel program in year of 2017 with agency AYUSA, working at Polar Bear Gift Shop in Anchorage, AK.

Dec 15, 2017