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TM and HRM students experience Work and Travel Program in the U.S.

Students from the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB) traveled to the United States of America (U.S.A.) to join the US Work and Travel program.

Four B.S. Tourism Management (TM) students and three B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management (HM) students from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) traveled to the United States of America (U.S.A.) last May 21, 2019 to join thousands of students from different parts of the world in the US Work and Travel program

As part of the 3-month cultural exchange program, these students were exposed to the American way of life and given the chance to learn cross-cultural skills and flexibility in a globalized world as they adapt to a new environment, earning them lifelong friends from different parts of the globe in the process.

The students were hired at hotel properties in Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin and were assigned to positions in Food and Beverage and Housekeeping. They were able to

Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) student Einar Gabriel Ocampo hard at work at his assigned location, Travelodge by Wyndham Hotels Nebraska.

immerse themselves in hospitality and tourism operations where they had the chance to apply and further develop their skills as well as learn new ones as they were exposed to the standard hospitality industry practices in the U.S.

HRM student, Einar Gabriel Ocampo, said that he found adjusting to his new environment easy because MCL provided up-to-date information on the new trends in the industry. He was assigned to Travelodge by Wyndham Hotels Nebraska, where his supervisor commented that he was able to quickly pick up the skills taught to him in their training.

Accompanying him in Travelodge was Roen Nataya, also an HRM student, who stated that the work and travel experience was fun, as it allowed him to push for improvement as well as appreciate the industry.

HRM student Jaren Bongais, meanwhile, credited his MCL education for his promotion after only two weeks at Wingate by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells. He said that his confidence allowed him to socialize and work with foreigners effectively.

Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) student Jaren Bongais, one of the students to partake in the program, credited MCL for his quick promotion at Wingate by Wyndham Wisconsin Dells.

Sarah Millicent Atienza – a TM student assigned to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park in Denver, Colorado – said that she was thankful for this wonderful experience. According to her, she appreciated the training given to her by her professors in MCL because it instilled in her confidence and grace under pressure. This was a big advantage because her job required daily interaction with guests and colleagues of varying nationalities.

Along with Sarah, her fellow TM students Chanelle Lyka Palima, Christianne Cyvil Silverio and Ramona Camille Vergel De Dios also went to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for their training. They said that being exposed to a different culture broadened their horizons by making them ready to work with people of different cultural backgrounds.

Tourism Management (TM) students Ramona Camille Vergel De Dios and Chanelle Lyka Palima enjoying the sights.

Aside from providing them with experience that will help them in their courses, they will also be bringing home with them fond memories of the United States, along with important life lessons on independent living, time and money management, decision-making, and improving confidence levels. This Summer Work and Travel Program molded them into better professionals not just because of the technical skills, but also by driving their passion towards their chosen career path.

The students under this year’s Work and Travel Program will return to the Philippines around August in time for the academic year 2019-2020 to finish their respective academic programs.

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