Category Archives: Testimonials

Elesha Phillip – Grenada

I heard about the J-1 Intern/Trainee 2017 – 2018 Program during my time of study at the T.A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada when I made the decision to say yes to such a great opportunity. Placement for me was in the Food and Beverage department at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas. On embarking on my journey I was so scared and shaky but that quickly went away as I stepped into the workplace because the staff were very welcoming and excited to show me everything that I needed to learn and beyond. At approximately 3 months into the program, different opportunities began opening for me. I was given the opportunity to gain experience in bartending and being a hostess at the host company.

In addition, it was a great pleasure to explore the different cultures of the many people I have met from all over the world from places like Albania, South Africa, the Philippines, Jamaica etc.

Thanks to the J-1 Intern/Trainee Program for giving me the opportunity to travel, to gain knowledge and experience within the field of the Hospitality Industry.

 

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Staicyann Campbell – Jamaica

It’s a pleasure being a part of the J-1 Intern/Trainee 2017-2018 Program courtesy of Jobseekers International Placement Agency but not without its fair share of ups and downs. The program overall was a great experience as I have learnt a lot these past months. The Omni Mount Washington Hotel and Resort is a cut above the rest. The first stop was the Bretton Arms Inn fine dining at its best, breakfast in the main kitchen was a bomber the experience was a cut above the rest, Fabyans station and the Rosebrook Restaurant was the place to be. But with all that’s said and done, the friendship and bonding with my new family was something to behold.

Now, this is a message to the prospective participants: don’t miss out on the next opportunity to excel in your own right.

Sardia Allison – Jamaica

My relationship with Jobseekers International began three years ago. I participated in the J-1 Summer Work & Travel Program for two years and now I am currently on the J-1 Intern/Trainee Program, and I must say I have not had a moment of regret! I was placed at The Kennebunk Inn as a Chef Garde Manager where I got the opportunity to work with professional chefs who taught me a lot. I am at the end of my program and I can proudly say this has been an amazing experience. I can also proudly say I can plan and execute an event successfully. After two weeks of shadowing my supervisor, I was able to handle inventory on my own and ensure the preparation and presentation of dishes were to the standard of the restaurant.

I must say how grateful I am to Jobseekers International Placement Agency for their role in this opportunity as without them this wouldn’t be possible. Their keen vetting process to ensure I was placed in a job that is related to my career, and ensuring that I would be housed comfortably while being here says a lot about them positively. I must also emphasize how exciting the cultural exchange part of the program is, as I was happy to make new friends, some of which will last a lifetime, trying new foods and even learning new languages was a plus for me.

I recommend Jobseekers International Placement Agency to anyone willing to take the next step in building their career on an international level as I can guarantee it will be a decision you won’t regret!

Latoya Moore – Jamaica

This is my first time participating in the Jobseekers International J-1 Intern/Trainee Program and I’m happy to say I have no regrets. I started the program on March 10th, 2017 at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford, New York as a server and sometimes a bartender and it has been great thus far. I got to meet a lot of new people and learn about their culture. I participated in their Easter party, 4th of July and Labour day party. The members along with the manager, Mr. Phillip DuBon, and the kitchen staff makes the environment very comfortable to work in. This is an experience I’ll never forget. Thank you Ms.Wilson and thank you Jobseekers International Placement Agency.

Kimberley Charles – Grenada

I am forever grateful to Jobseekers International for this opportunity to partake in the J-1 Intern Program. I have been able to enhance my skills, gain knowledge and interact with individuals from different countries. So far in my program I have been able to do menu analysis, monthly inventory, enhance my knife skills and manage the daily breakfast line and banquet events. I have had the opportunity to visit New York mainly Brooklyn and Manhattan. I have had the pleasure of exploring Downtown Brooklyn and participate in the annual West Indian Day Parade. I will always be grateful to Jobseekers International for allowing me this opportunity!

Kodelia Joseph – Grenada

I’ve been participating in the JobSeekers International Placement Agency J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program for 2 years now. I’ve completed that program and I’m now participating in the J-1 Intern/Trainee Program. It’s an amazing experience where you get to travel, gain new experiences and skills based on the career you’re trying to achieve. I’m now a  Chef at Marriott Sawgrass Resort and my goal is to work at each station in the culinary department. Throughout this program, I’ve also met great people along the way from different countries who are like my family now.

For anyone who wants a great start for their career, I strongly recommend this program. It’s a major opportunity that you don’t want to miss out on.

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Cherissa McDonald – Grenada

Expressing my deepest and complete satisfaction with the opportunity granted to me through Jobseekers International to participate in this intern program. This training has thus far given me the opportunity to develop my skills, to grow and learn, and be able to gain individuality by applying myself. Based on my time completed, I have been able to learn three (3) of the four (4) kitchen stations, prepare and serve banqueting events by myself and also prepare the restaurant’s daily special, managing to set a kitchen record of 23 specials priced at $48 individually in one night.

I was also able to improve my communication skills and have been working well with each associate at the resort as well as the guests at buffet breakfasts and dinners. In addition, I have been able to make my way around the state to explore and enjoy scenic features as well as events and festivals of Kentucky including hiking to the Natural Bridge, Mammoth Caves and Cumberland Falls.

Again, I extend deep gratitude and appreciation for this opportunity as I continue with the rest of the program.

 

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Janeene Cumberbatch – Barbados

Participating in the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Through this program I was not only able to meet and interact with students my age from different cultures but I was able to build lifelong friendships as well. This program also allowed me to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Missouri. Furthermore my bosses and co-workers were very friendly and even went out of their way to make everyone feel welcomed. Having done the program I learnt a lot about life and surviving on my own which helped me a lot when I travelled to New York. I definitely will be going on the J1 Summer Work and Travel Program again.

Asheika Pryce – Jamaica

They say the only way to truly rediscover yourself is to be away from those who know you. Without the pressure of being that which people know you to be, you can truly be yourself. While I have experienced this before when I moved from Jamaica, a fresh experience this past summer has shined a new light as to who I really am. The break from the routine and the creation of many friendships and new experiences was more than I have the words to accurately express.

I visited some fun and interesting places including Sea World, Towers of America and Six Flags. Mexicans make up a huge part of San Antonio’s culture so I experienced that as well, mainly their food.

Working at ‘The Rainforest Café’ was fun and entertaining and an adventure for kids as well as for adults. Like their logo says “a wild place to show and eat”. Co-workers, supervisors and managers were a pleasure to work with.

Travelling is a mirror into one’s own self, seeing yourself through the eyes of new people and how you react to things when you experience them for the first time. This J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program gave me the opportunity to do just that. This is why I will certainly not resist the urge to participate in this program yet another time next year. Thank you Jobseekers. It was a well-spent summer.

 

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Lisa Thomas – Grenada

My experience was a great one. I enjoyed my trip to the U.S. The people I met while on this program were really nice. They did their best to show me what their country is like, making sure I had a taste of everything their culture had to offer. I made a lot of friends with whom I shared my culture and they loved it.

My trip back home was long and tiring but was also full of excitement because I got a chance to see a few other states I did not see upon my arrival in the U.S. This is an opportunity I would encourage young people to capitalize on.

This program was shared with us by Jobseekers International Placement Agency. The service I received before and during the program will always be remembered. The process was effortless with them, for what was simply just an awesome summer. I have to say thumbs up to Jobseekers. It was indeed an experience of a lifetime!

 

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Chantal Barrett – Jamaica

I am an intern at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs California. I was able to embark on this journey through JobSeekers International Placement Agency. So far I can say the decision to spend a year of my life in a new cultural environment and getting to meet different personalities from around the globe is one of the best one’s I’ve made in my young adult life. I have the opportunity to work with an amazingly talented Executive Pastry Chef who has already taught me so much and has assured me that over the remaining 10 months of my internship with her there is an endless abundance of knowledge she intends to pass on.

I would encourage anyone to take this step, be aware of what you intend to do with your life, make a plan as to how this opportunity can benefit your future plans/goals, then make the best of meeting all the new and interesting people you are bound to come across, and make life-lasting memories with. That said, it has so far been an eventful adventure being a part of this program, and I am eager to see what I discover in my remaining time here.

Thank you JobSeekers International.

 

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Shenai Millan – Jamaica

My summer experience was awesome. I was placed at the Tan Tar A Golf Resorts/Estates where I worked with the friendliest set of people I have ever met! On my first day in Missouri, the HR manager came by the dorms to take my roommate and me to the resort for orientation. She was very friendly and was always ready to offer assistance whenever needed.

Housekeeping is no easy task but my manager made it fun and at the end of each day I never left work feeling unappreciated. Through interaction, I learnt more about the American culture and taught them about my Jamaican culture. We were later joined by 8 Chinese girls. We all got acquainted instantly. I learned how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese and was also informed about Chinese laws.

On my final day at Tan Tar A Golf Resorts/Estates, we celebrated International Housekeeping Day. There was a potluck and everyone was told to take a dish. There was a variety of dishes which included a Jamaican dish (from yours truly), Chinese dishes, American dishes and Mexican dishes. All in all, I truly felt like a part of a family and hope to return.

I can’t find the right words to truly express how great my summer experience was. Thank you JobSeekers and thank you Tan Tar A Golf!!!

 

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Simone Daniels – Barbados

Going away for the first time without any family members or anyone that I know was very terrifying but everyone there quickly made me feel at home. Like everything for the first time, it started off a bit rough in terms of settling in and becoming adjusted to my new responsibilities.

The J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program was an experience I will never forget. Not only did I make new friends with persons from all over the globe, but I also grew as a person. Living on your own and without any parental supervision gives you a little taste of adulthood and what real responsibilities feel like. Not only did I make a lot of money but I also got to learn the culture of persons from Russia, Colombia, Jamaica, Grenada, France, Ukraine, Thailand and of course the U.S.

This was all possible because JoSseekers brought the program to our shores. Thank you for the opportunity JobSeekers. It was awesome.

 

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Elvis David – St. Lucia

I’m from the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia and I was able to go on the J-1 Intern Program in the U.S. with the help of JobSeekers International about 11 months ago. Thank you Pheona! I am almost done with my internship here in the U.S. It has been a wonderful experience. Since I’m about to finish, I look forward to sharing my newly gained knowledge with everyone back home and somehow taking off later on another adventure in some other country to better understand their culture. Thank you a million JobSeekers. It was a blast.

 

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Glema Mitchell- Grenada

Signing up for this program was the first great step for my culinary experience. I know at the end I would’ve grown not only as an upcoming chef but also as a young woman. Not only have I gained from this experience but I have also become a great asset to my host company.

I’ve always felt safe with JobSeekers as I was reassured that I will have a placement soon. Information was always there when I needed it and once started the process went by smoothly.

I will always encourage students to participate in the J-1 Intern Program. It is definitely a step in the right direction for your future. My advice to anyone planning on participating in this program is to use your waiting period wisely, as it is much shorter than you may realize. Ensure that you have everything in place so when it’s time you’re ready to move.

 

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Karrow Gordon – Jamaica

Since I have been on the J-1 Trainee Program, I have had a life changing experience. I have been exposed to new cultures, people from across the world and have had hands on experience in a number of international cuisines. This experience will surely make me far more marketable in my home country. Thank you Jobseekers International for a smooth and hassle free process. I am currently completing my training in the Culinary Arts despite all the advise not to do it… “these programs can’t be trusted,” they would say. I can now personally recommend Jobseekers to my friends and families who have almost completed their process as well. Thumps up to you Jobseekers.

Nathaniel Francis – Grenada

I was informed about the J-1 Intern Program while in college but decided to wait another two years after college to participate. All of that changed once I received a phone call asking if I was interested in a position in New York. I said yes and the process began.

I was introduced to a very friendly, hardworking and dedicated staff member from Jobseekers International, without whom none of my progress would have been possible. I have to agree that I gave her a bit of trouble but she always gave it her best to see that everything was somewhat perfect in order to avoid any problems later on down the road.

Due to Jobseekers and my former lecturers at the T.A. Marryshow Community College I am able to move closer to my dream of becoming a certified Executive Chef and owning my own restaurant. The opportunity to learn is tremendous not just culinary, but mentally and life lessons. I have even picked up on some Spanish. “La mejor oportunidad y estoy agradecido”; “it’s a great opportunity and I am grateful” for it.

Adasha Grant – Grenada

The J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program is a great program. It allows students to travel and experience other cultures and share their culture with other students across the world. I must say it was an enjoyable, informative and productive experience for me. I was exposed to a diversity of different cultures. It was so exciting for me to share my culture and let others know about my beautiful country. I also took part in some cultural activities and was able to share in the July 4th celebrations. It was a wonderful experience for me, it was a summer earning and having fun. I just want to say a special thank you to Jobseekers International for bringing this program to my country, for the great service before, during and after the program. It was simple a splendid summer 2015.