One Employer’s Journey into Spring Begins!
By: Eva Pacheco, Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Work and Travel Employer
Eva Pacheco is an employer from a seasonal community with CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program. Having cooperated with CCI Greenheart for several years on her international hiring, Eva was able to travel to Thailand to hire her Spring 2014 participants. Follow Eva on her Employer Journey! Watch her video here as well.
Starting the Journey with CCI Greenheart
CCI Greenheart introduces you to an employer representative right from the start. My contact is outstanding. He answers every silly question I throw at him and is always quick to remind me that no question is silly. Your representative is with you every step of the way!
The first step in participating in CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program is filling out your business’s Placement Agreement. The Placement Agreement is the document that your participants see when agreeing to work at your business. CCI Greenheart makes filling out the Placement Agreement a very easy process. It takes me about an hour to gather all of the information needed and complete the online form. Once it is done, it is just a matter of submitting it and waiting for approval! Joe is always sure to double-check my agreement to make sure I don’t miss anything. Then it only takes a few weeks, and I get a notification that our Placement Agreement is approved and I am ready to start preparations for my Spring hiring at the Job Fair in Thailand!
Picking a Country
Each participating country has a season where the students are available and it is dependent upon their school schedule. I come from a seasonal town and we are busiest from January through June. This gives me the opportunity to place students for the Winter and Spring Programs. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had students from Argentina and Peru for the Winter Program and I had my first Spring Program last year with Thailand students. I wanted to better understand where my participants came from, so I decided to travel with CCI Greenheart to Thailand to hire my participants. This option is great, because CCI Greenheart’s Job Fairs collaborate with overseas sending partners to conduct in-person hiring with employers. I’m excited to learn about Thailand and to get the chance to interview pre-screened applicants for my business.
How to Prepare
I’ve never traveled abroad before, so I had a ton of questions about how to prepare. I did my fair share of googling Thailand travel tips to help me understand what to expect – that is, until I received my CCI Greenheart resources! These resources walk you through everything from how to prepare your PowerPoint presentation for the fair, how to pack for easy traveling, what to expect at the fair and common customs to help you interact with locals without making any offensive social faux pas. I tend to overpack for everything (I’m a just-in-case kind of person), but the tips on what and how to pack were amazing! I was able to get everything into a small carry on bag- including some gifts from America with room to bring back some, too!
By this time, my CCI Greenheart representative has introduced me to the recruiting team that I’ll be working with in Thailand. Yes, a team. Not only do I have CCI Greenheart by my side every step of the way, but also now I have a team that will be in Thailand with me screening my applicants for my positions to help me find the best fit before I even get there. Anyone who has worked with other companies that facilitate SWT programs knows that this level of attention to detail and service is NOT common. To be honest, I feel kind of spoiled. I know this level of customer service is because they care so deeply about this program – the participants, the employers and the good they do in this world; it really is rewarding to be a part of.
In addition to my CCI Greenheart team, I received a full itinerary from the partner in Thailand. The itinerary was so exciting and detailed – down to which way to turn coming out of baggage claim at the airport, to where to meet my driver. It immediately set my mind at ease. I couldn’t wait to get there and meet the students in their own environment where they were comfortable and less nervous.
Check out my next blog post to see how my travels fared!