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Student Work USA @ Gaylord Resorts
Welcome to the spectacular Gaylord Texan Hotel experience! Overlooking beautiful Lake Grapevine and brimming with authentic Texas style and hospitality. The awe-inspiring Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Centre invites guests to experience all the energy and excitement of the Lone Star State. Beneath the signature glass atriums, Gaylord offers some of the most distinctive shopping, dining and recreation options in the area, to delight leisure and business travellers alike. You will be amazed at the 4.5 acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways, where you will find world-class entertainment and activities. Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, the Gaylord Texan is an ideal location for meetings, conventions and corporate events, offering over 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including the 180,000 square foot Longhorn Exhibit Hall.
OVC Success Story: Faith embraces cultural exchange and has a fantastic time at the Gaylord, her story features on the department of state website:
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Check out ICE* 2015/2016 Season
OVC invites all 2016 tertiary students or even those graduating to become a part of the ICE* experience. Gaylord Resort employees are not just employees, they are STARS! Every year the Gaylord Texan transforms 2.5million pounds of ice into a winter wonderland and invites local residents and Americans from all over the US and further to visit ICE* during the holiday season. All J1 Stars will work as ICE* attraction attendants helping guests through the ICE tent, taking photos, interacting with each family and ensuring they have the best experience possible when visiting the resort and attractions
Welcome to ICE*
ICE* is a hand carved adventure for Americans to enjoy with their family and friends. The ICE* tent transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Through the maze inside you will see huge ice sculptures, ice slides, and each year there is a unique theme throughout. 2014 hosted Frosty the Snowman and 2015 Christmas around the world.
ICE* attraction attendants/STARS will arrive in 2 groups to begin their winter adventure. ICE* attendants will be required to assist guests on the rides, ensure safety within the ICE* tent, excite guests, hand out ICE* parkas, interact with the guests and help with any additional duties set out by ICE*. STARS will have to rotate through various positions within the ICE* tent during their daily shifts. Due to the extreme temperatures inside the tent i.e. -12 degrees, STARS will work inside and outside the tent... be ready for a unique icy winter!
STARS come to the US from many international destinations, so you are sure to meet other students, as well as many local Texans during your time in the US. Gaylord Texan also provide fun cultural opportunities such as attending the Texan Rodeo, local attractions as well as hosting various staff functions during your time at the resort.
Housing for STARS:
Housing will be provided for all STARS and will be confirmed before departure to the USA! Housing will be on a shared basis, there will be 4 people sharing a fully furnished unit. Housing is at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and is within walking distance to work. Accommodation includes breakfast daily, laundry facilities, WIFI, gym and other hotel facilities. There is also a local 7/11, large outlet mall within walking distance. There is a complimentary shuttle to work, the mall and downtown as well. Each unit has 2 queen beds, a kitchen, bathroom and small lounge area. Rooms are priced at approx. $125 per week per STAR. 2 weeks rent is required to be paid prior to departure to the US, along with a security deposit.
Hours, Pay and Benefits:
STARS will work 32 hours minimum per week and could work up to 40 or more hours during the busy seasons and with a second job. All STARS will be paid $10 per hour. STARS who perform really well in their first position stand a chance for a second job placement during the season at ICE*. All students will earn enough money weekly to pay rent, buy food and other personal expenses, and it is also possible to save money to bring back to SA at the end of the season dependent on lifestyle whilst there. Included in your weekly accommodation you will receive a continental buffet breakfast. Whilst on duty at ICE* all STARS will receive a daily food credit of $3 to use at Chuck Wagon, so most food that one needs is included daily for free!!
To be eligible to work at the Gaylord Resorts, OVC will be looking for full-time tertiary students aged 18 and older, who have enthusiasm, drive, people skills, are reliable, punctual, have a good command of the English language, and those who are keen to share their South African culture with the American guests at the resorts.
All students must be available to depart on the departure dates set out for 2016 during the months of November and must have a valid passport and funds available to travel. So start saving now and make sure you have a valid passport too.
(A student is defined as a person attending a tertiary education centre that is recognized by the Education Department). Technikon students are also accepted. As long as you have completed at least 6 months of study at a tertiary level during 2016, you are eligible to apply. We regret that no UNISA students are eligible to apply, unless attending full-time lectures.
OVC will host 2 departure dates for this years STARS! All students must be available to leave on the dates below and must have completed all final exams before departure to the USA.
Gaylord 2016 Season:
Departure 04 Nov 2016 - Orientation 7/8 Nov to work until approx. 7 Jan 2017
Departure 18 Nov 2016 - Orientation 21/22 Nov to work until approx. 7 Jan 2017
All STARS travel to the USA on a J1 Student Working Visa. This is a cultural exchange program and aims to allow students not only to work, but to travel in the USA.
After completing your contract at ICE* all students will have up to 30 days to travel within the USA! This means that if you are a STAR returning to your next year of study, you would be able to travel from around early Jan 2017 to the 30th of Jan 2017, or simply return to SA after your contract ends. If you are a graduate STAR, you would be able to travel anywhere in the US up to early Feb 2017. A great opportunity to visit family, friends or even book a Topdeck USA tour to travel to all the famous sites the US has to offer! Past STARS have travelled to New York, Orlando, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and many more fantastic destinations in the US.
|Other fees||Housing $350|
|Airfare (approx)||R12 000 to R14 000|
|Recommended Spending Money||$300.00|
All STARS must apply now and applications will close around the 7th of September 2016. OVC have many positions available, and placing couples or friends together is possible. We will host our international recruiters in September 2016 at venues round the country. Interviews must be attended in person, so do not lose out, book your spot now!!
OVC offices will send all STARS the starter email. Complete the online application, as well as gather the necessary documents to apply. Have your application fee ready and book your pre-screening interview at your local OVC office.
OVC will pre-screen all candidates and determine their eligibility for the program. We will also be hosting presentations from now until the end of August for all applicants and parents that would like to come in and find out more. So contact your local OVC office to book an appointment.
TEXAS - Gaylord Texan
Texas is the second largest US state behind Alaska and is home to over 26.5 million Americans. In Texas, everything is bigger! Southern style you will be able to experience first-hand living 30mins from one of the main cities in Texas, Dallas! Texas is well known for their Cowboys, Rodeo’s and Western country music, so slap on your cowboy boots and stetson hat and get ready to experience some Southern Hospitality!
Texas has a lot to offer, including the Cowboy stadium for football fans. Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is home to NASCAR and the X-Games. For the great outdoors, visit Palo Duro Canyon for some kayaking, canoeing and breathless landscapes! Embrace your inner cowboy and ride off into the sunset because cowboys are alive and kicking in Texas – visit a Rodeo or give horseback riding a go whilst visiting a local ranch! Food is more than a meal, it’s a way of life in Texas – try out the unique Tex-Mex creation, best bowl of chilli, or simply sip on some of the tastiest wines Texas produces due to their unique climate! Six Flags Theme Park is not far from Dallas and is ready and waiting for the adrenaline junkies! In Texas, there is something for everyone and so many places to be explored. What are you waiting for?!
Want to visit greater Texas? – click on this link to see all of the local attractions, places to stay, travel tools and more - http://www.traveltex.com/
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