By: Naon Foongfuang, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

Naon Foongfuang is a Work and Travel participant from Thailand, working at a restaurant in the Chicagoland area. Below, she shares with CCI Greenheart what it is like to work during her program this spring.

Hello everybody! My name is Naon Foongfuang and I’m a Work and Travel participant from Thailand during this spring. I’ll be telling you guys about my work at an Indian restaurant in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In the restaurant I’m a server. It’s a very fun job.

Okay guys – let’s start my day! Our restaurant opens late in the morning around 11:30am and closes at 11:00pm on weekdays and at 12:00am on weekends. Everyday before we open the restaurant, I have to take out the clean plates from the dishwasher and dry them with a clean towel. After that’s done, I have to make the sauce that goes with every dish that the customers order. Then, when I am done with that I prepare the tables by putting the clean plates and chopsticks on the table. After that I’ll sweep the floor again to make sure the dining area is free from filth and debris before opening the doors.

As soon as the customers are seated, I introduce myself to them and serve them water to drink. This is the part of my job that I love the most, because I love to interact with the customers and I love to see them satisfied with the service I provide them. When it’s time for the lunch or dinner break (depending on my shift), my workers and I get to eat at the Indian buffet in the restaurant. To be honest I never had Indian food before I arrived to the United States, but as soon as I tried it, I couldn’t stop myself from eating more!

When the restaurant closes, my co-workers and I have several closing duties to do. We have to put up the chairs, sweep and mop the floor in the dining area, and when everything is all clean, it’s time to clock out and head home.

I really do enjoy working here!