From Newcastle to Yosemite - Edvinas' Work America adventure

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Wild wild West Coast, this is the package some love the most! We are pleased to announce that our brand new Work America West Coast package is now OPEN for summer 2018! It's the laid back state with an abundance of sunshine and it could soon be the home of your next adventure.

Work America 2017 alumni Edvinas spent his summer in one of the world's most awe-inspiring locations, working at Aramark Yosemite National Park! We caught up with our West Coast wonder to see how he got on...

Hey Edvinas! Tell us, where did you spend your summer on our Work America programme?

I spent my summer working at Aramark Yosemite National Park in California.

That sounds awesome, and your pictures look amazing! What inspired you to sign up to the programme?

Well I first heard of the programme around three years ago back in high school, and it just seemed like the most amazing experience. Then last year my close friend spent his summer in Maryland and I was super jealous of him. I started looking online for ways to join a similar programme and BUNAC seemed the most reliable agency, offering the best seasonal work.

So what was a typical working day like for you?

Wake up in a tent. Cycle to work for 10 minutes through the forest. Work in the kitchen of a fancy hotel. Cycle back. Meet and make American and international friends. Enjoy the great outdoors by going hiking and rock climbing. Hang out with my new friends in the evening!

What were the highlights of your job?

Definitely working with so many people of all different culture and having fun chats with coworkers. Also, the free food!

What did you get up to in your spare time?

I was hiking a lot and would say I know Yosemite very, very well now! I was also learning how to climb and am now looking to join an indoor climbing gym. Hanging out with many people from all around the world was great too. Also, with the friends I made we camped in some pretty cool places around the park and did a four day trip to San Francisco, and .

What was the social life like where you were based?

There was a community centre that was dedicated just for employees, so this was where a lot of the action was happening. The community was incredibly friendly, open-minded and interesting. The centre's team would organise different events throughout the summer, like: hikes, stargazing, educational meetings, yoga classes, delivering watermelons to people working outside on a hot day, tie dye t-shirt day, we even had a DJ one night - plus many more!

Did you do much travelling in the US?

Other than camping in the park and going to San Francisco for a few days, I went on a four week road trip which was definitely a summer highlight! I visited eight western states, visiting LA, Las Vegas and San Diego while crossing the following National Parks off my bucket list: Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Yellowstone, Olympic, Crater Lake, while also experiencing Haystack rock, ice climb Mt. Hood and Highway 1. National parks and seeing how nature changes while driving from state to state was fascinating.

Ok and finally, what advice would you have for someone considering signing up to Work America?

Do it. Now. I am going to do this again! Also, I would like to say thank you for this life changing opportunity to BUNAC team :)

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