By: Jesse Ruvalcaba, Good Nite Inn, Work and Travel Employer

Jesse Ruvalcaba is an employer from a seasonal community with CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program. Having cooperated with CCI Greenheart for several years on his international hiring, Jesse was able to travel to China to hire his Summer 2014 participants. Follow Jesse on his Employer Journey!

Although I’m happy to be back from China, I must say that I have a newfound respect for our students, CCI Greenheart, and our Work and Travel Program.

I had the opportunity to travel alongside CCI and meet and interview potential participants in China. It was interesting to experience their culture, way of life, and delicious cuisine (some of the best food I have ever had). The Job Fair was exceptional, with CCI Greenheart doing a great job of pre-selecting candidates and streamlining the process. This made my job of interviewing them extremely easy and very smooth. The process also allowed me to meet the participants one-on-one, which resulted in a much better understanding of their personalities and backgrounds. It also allowed me time to gather as much information as possible, so I could ensure a good fit for our property and the participant.  As a side note, in the past I’ve interviewed via Skype, but you just don’t get the same information and impression that you get when you travel and meet people face to face.

This trip gave me a whole new perspective of the program and was an eye-opening “adventure,” to say the least. I must say that traveling abroad is definitely an experience worth sharing and something that I would encourage others to do, should they ever have the opportunity.

Want to hear more? Watch as Jesse discusses his experience below!