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 intern Ruth Grospe Rufin shares her experience training at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California from June 2018 to June 2019.
Sometimes all we need is to take chances. I have a heart full of wonderful desires in life. One of those is to see and experience the world.
It was in mid-2018 when I got the great news – I am flying to the United of States of America! I know it’s too mainstream, but I’ve always wanted to experience this country. But it is more than just getting that visa and stepping foot on US soil. So I left with a drive to spread my wings and with the goal of gaining more courage.
I was quite nervous at first because I am the first UB student to be deployed at the Meritage Resort and Spa. So I wore my smile as I arrived at the Meritage Resort and Spa. I was mesmerized because I was warmly welcomed by the people.
My internship enabled me to acquire new knowledge and skills because of the first-hand experience.
Wine tourism has been a staple for Napa Valley’s economy. I observed that there is strengthened solidarity among the industries in the place. The community and other stakeholders have active participation in the valley’s wine tourism industry.
Napa Valley lies 70 miles outside of San Francisco. Famous for its prized Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley boasts over 400 wineries, rendering it as one of the world’s premier wine regions. Truly, it’s a haven for wine lovers.
The Napa Valley lifestyle gives emphasis on wellness and relaxation. Another thing that I like about Napa is its weather – not too cold, not too hot. It doesn’t snow in Napa, but there are nearby places where snow can be experienced, such as Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.
One of the best parts of my international on-the-job training is the opportunity to travel around. I got the chance to visit San Francisco and see the famous Golden Gate Bridge. An impressive engineering masterpiece!
A night in Las Vegas, Nevada was another fantastic moment.
Another city that I would love to visit again is Los Angeles. I was amazed by its climate, diversity and progressive metropolis.
The journey helped me in many ways. The experience did not only enable me to gain more knowledge and acquire skills but wisdom as well. It reminded me how blessed I am, which sometimes I tend to forget. It made me grow both professionally and personally. This is one of the best journeys in my life thus far, and I thank God for the opportunity. –Ruth Grospe Rufin
Napa Valley boasts over 400 wineries, rendering it as one of the world’s premier wine regions.
Not surprisingly, wine tourism has been a staple for Napa Valley’s economy.
Ruth at the Meritage Resort and Spa upper deck overlooking the grape vineyards
where they set up wedding ceremonies
The Napa Valley lifestyle gives emphasis on wellness and relaxation.
Here, Ruth strolls around downtown Napa.
Ruth Grospe Rufin is a graduating BS Hotel and Restaurant Management student of the University of Baguio.