By: Jan Kartusek, Work and Travel Summer 2014 Ambassador Scholar

Jan Kartusek is a Work and Travel participant from Slovakia, working in Alaska. Although this is Jan’s third time on the program, it is his first experience with Alaska. In his second blog post, he shares his experience in this host community.


I live in a shared condo with two other roommates in downtown Anchorage, which is a great location to spend free time. If I’m not working, I usually go shopping at the Wal-Mart to get some groceries. This is the closest store for me here. There are many bike routes around Anchorage, so as soon as I got my bike, I tried to ride them all. They offer beautiful views of the ocean, the city, and nearby mountains. Anchorage is also famous for its water base airport called Lakehood, which is the busiest of its kind in the entire world.

Since I live downtown, I found my other job in a gift shop at Captain Cook Hotel I spend a lot of time on the 4th Avenue meeting friends at the coffee places or shopping at the mall. Downtown is small, but really nice, and constantly full of tourists from all over the world. Every now and then, my friends and I go out and have fun at the local bars around city. We also made a road trip to Seward – a beautiful small town in Alaska – with our American friend, Jason. The drive from Anchorage to Seward is considered to be one of the most scenic drives in U.S., and I can confirm that. We stopped at the Wildlife Reservation on our way to see some of the most common animals that live here in Alaska, including bears, moose, buffalo and much more.

I also try to volunteer at least once a week at the Anchorage Pioneers’ Home which gives me a great opportunity to help others and to also learn many new things. My summer here has truly been wonderful and I have made a lot of friends from U.S. and other countries. I will try to meet some of them at my home in Slovakia or somewhere in Europe in the future.

I also try to play some golf in my free time, mostly after work, since I’m working at a golf course. But I still have a lot to learn about this amazing sport.

For more on Jan’s experience, watch his video below!