Harvey's summer adventures Stateside

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Work America 2016 AND 2017 alumni Harvey spent two summers Stateside, working as a lifeguard and games cashier on the USA's east coast. We caught up with our American dreamer to see how he got on...

Hey Harvey! So tell us, where did you spend your summers working on BUNAC's Work America programme?

I've done the programme twice: in 2016 I worked at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia and in 2017 I worked at Trimper's Rides in Ocean City, Maryland.

Awesome! And where did you hear about the programme?

My mum took part in a BUNAC programme when she was a student! She said it was an amazing experience and that I had to do it for myself. After I decided going Stateside for the summer was something I was interested in doing, I signed up and started to apply for jobs on the BUNAC Job Zone.

What was a typical working day like for you?

I had two totally different jobs during my two summers on the Work America programme. Therefore, my typical days were slightly different during my first and second year.

Summer 2016: I was a lifeguard at a water park in Virginia during my first summer. It was a fantastic experience working here and a typical day included: sitting guard over the lazy river, catching some rays and keeping patrons safe. Alongside this, each day I was interacting and having fun with guests on the different waterslides and conversing with people from all over the world.

Summer 2017: Here I was working as a games cashier in a family run amusement park. With an emphasis on family, at Trimper’s Rides I really felt like one of the gang. A typical day involved talking, shouting and singing into the microphone to encourage customers to play the game you were promoting. Interacting with the customers definitely added excitement to your day. A personal highlight was definitely working on the basketball game and being able to perfect my shot on the non-regulation-rimmed hoop.

And what were the highlights of your job?

Highlights of both jobs were getting to meet new people, whether it was just a passing conversation with a New Yorker, adamant that he was more Scottish than me, or swapping stories with American college students. Also, getting to know people who are now some of my best friends, by working at the waterpark, pushing boats down waterslides together.

What did you do in your spare time?

I had a good laugh with the fellow Work America participants, making friends from all over the world. During my first year I chilled out at our little housing village and on my second the beach was the preferred hangout, as it was so close by - we practically lived on the thing.

What was the social life like where you were based?

Ace.  Both years the social life aspect made my whole summer!

Did you do much travelling in the USA? Let us know you highlights!

My trips were quality! I recruited an all star team for my road trip in 2017 - some from my first summer of work, some from my second and my best mate from home (who also came to work at Trimper’s Rides). We flew to Dallas (did not buy a club), hopped on a bus to Austin where we well and truly kept it weird. We then jumped on a plane to Las Vegas where we met Dana White and got a monumental “Sup” from Ice Cube. At this point we hired a mini van and zoomed down to San Diego, cruised up to sunny Los Angeles (where we looked out of place in the Hills) and voyaged up to Yosemite. After this we headed towards San Francisco and became Oakland Raiders casuals for a good three hours at the stadium, followed by a trip to Portland where we became at one with nature (and Carls Jnr) - lastly we shot up to Seattle for our last adventure and said our goodbyes.

Finally, what advice would you have for someone considering signing up to Work America?

I was hesitant to take part in this programme at first – I was young and slightly scared of the world.  The thought of rewinding two years and making the decision not to do Work America and missing out on this chance makes me feel sick!   I’d say jump in and just enjoy it, you can make it quality for yourself - get involved!

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