Editor's Note: The University of Baguio deploys its Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism students in establishments in the country and abroad for its local and international on-the-job training program. For over five years, UB has deployed more than 200 trainees in more than three countries across Asia and America. In the following article, UB trainees Vernalyn Castro and Gerrylyn Lazaro share their experience training in Florida, U.S.A.
Vernalyn Castro and Gerrylyn Lazaro with the crew of the Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin
The theories and concepts we have learned in school were put into practice during our international on-the-job training at Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Destin, Florida. It was such an amazing experience in that everyday we experienced and learned something new. Everyday we looked forward to what would happen. There may have been bad days which left us exhausted, but at the end of the day we aimed to do better.
Our training gave us the opportunity to meet people of different nationalities, broadening our knowledge and understanding of the different cultures of the world. It helped us to better adapt to and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
Visiting the places that were once just taught in school has also been one of the most fulfilling experiences from our training. When we were physically there, it didn’t sink in at first. But with our feet stepping into the very places, it was surreal.
More importantly, our training taught us about building relationships, it taught us independence, it reminded us how beautiful the world is. –Vernalyn Castro and Gerrylyn Lazaro
Vernalyn and Gerrylyn basking in the afternoon sun at a white sand beach in Destin, Florida
Vernalyn and Gerrylyn taking a stroll at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California
Vernalyn and Gerrylyn hiked the Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona for six hours and 30 minutes.
Visiting Disney World – the "happiest place on Earth" – in Orlando, Florida
“The Crossroads of the World” – Times Square, NYC
Vernalyn Castro and Gerrylyn Lazaro are senior BS Tourism students of the University of Baguio.