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 Sacha Natalie Sannad shares her experience training in Phuket, Thailand.
I never thought of having my on-the-job training at Phuket, Thailand. I trained at the five-star JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. My six-month training was very enriching and exciting. It gave me a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the industry. What makes it an exceptional learning experience is that it’s a whole new environment, with different people, a different culture, a different lifestyle and a different language.
I worked at the food and beverage department and was assigned at the Japanese restaurant at the hotel. My work shift was from 2 PM until midnight. It was challenging since I had to do things that were new to me. Also, working with colleagues 10-20 years older than I am was sort of new to me. Thankfully, everyone was friendly and accommodating, and I didn’t have any difficulty asking questions or advice from my colleagues and superiors. I enjoyed the events the company organized, such as the Associate Week and the staff party, which allowed me to get to know more about the other associates. Every day was an opportunity to learn new things.
The most unforgettable part of the internship was the cultural experience itself – immersing in Thailand’s religion, music, sports and trying out their cuisine. I loved everything about it.
It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I acquired new knowledge and learned new skills, met new people, and gained a memorable experience. Indeed, my training was fulfilling, and I am truly blessed to have experienced such. – Sacha Natalie Sannad
Sacha with her co-intern and supervisors
Sacha with the other associates at the hotel
Buddhism is Thailand's dominant religion.
Phuket, which has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, is a rainforested, mountainous island.
Sacha Natalie Sannad is a graduating BS Tourism student of the University of Baguio.