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 Aya Adriela Culaton shares her experience training in Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Being among the lucky students to have been able to participate in an international on-the-job training is one of the biggest moments of my life. Never have I imagined that I would be broadening my knowledge and skills in a place far away from home and in a place I thought I would never be in. Let me share you some of my moments during my internship in the land of opportunities, the United States of America.
I worked in Green Bay’s Hyatt Regency as a food and beverage attendant. I also worked as a housekeeper and a banquet server.
The experience was like a roller-coaster ride. I met guests who will take time to chat with you and ask how your day was. I also met guests who wouldn’t even blink an eye when you drop their food at the table. I enjoyed what I was doing – being able to talk with people and know their stories and in return share my story, too.
Being able to work with a diverse group of nationalities – Americans, Indians, Taiwanese, Jamaicans, Russians and even Filipinos – made me more of an open-minded person. I learned about some of the world’s cultures.
My stay in Green Bay was not all work. It was about having fun as well. One of the things I enjoyed was watching a pre-season football game. I got to see the Green Bay Packers football team up-close and in their very own football field. Watching a football game is much like watching a basketball game. You get excited for every touchdown, you yell, and you get sad when you see your favorite player get tackled.
Green Bay is not that big of a city – no tall buildings and skyscrapers, no famous tourist spots and no numerous commercial and shopping centers. But the place will make you feel like you’re just at home with its peace and quiet.
I will forever cherish the memories at Green Bay, and I’ll never forget my colleagues who treated me as a part of their family.
I am beyond blessed and lucky to have had the opportunity to travel and learn immensely. As they say, “Travel is the best education.” – Aya Adriela Culaton
Aya with her certificate of appreciation presented by Hyatt Regency
Green Bay is the home of the Green Bay Packers football team.
Aya exploring Green Bay
Wisconsin is known to have the coldest winter season in America.
Aya with her co-interns taking a break from their duties
Aya Adriela Culaton is a graduating BS Hotel and Restaurant Management student of the University of Baguio.