Participant Updates » Brad - WATUSA in Washington DC
Hi. My name’s Brad Stewart and I come from Broke in NSW and I recently arrived in America on the 12 month Work and Travel visa. This was all possible thanks to Student Placement Australia (SPA) whose website I had spotted whilst surfing the internet.
The application process was easy. I simply called the SPA office and they provided me with all the information I needed. I was so keen and eager to get to the US that I wanted to do everything as quickly as possible, and SPA made it happen! They took care of everything. All I did was sign the pages and email them back, they sent the visa pages to America then all I had to do was wait for them to come back with approval so I could book my flight. I was over the moon that it only took a couple of weeks from the start of the application process to when I left Australia.
Another perk that the Work and Travel USA program offers is that it gives you the freedom to find where you want to live and work whilst you’re in America. It’s so great that you can go wherever you want and live there for as long as you want (up to a year)! I feel this is something that really makes the experience so much more enjoyable. You really can come and see as much of this wonderful country as you want.
I have been here in America for a couple of months now and I’m currently working as a chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Georgetown in Washington DC. In a way I was lucky that I had qualified as a chef within a year and was still eligible for the program, otherwise I would have missed out on this great adventure!
I’m also lucky that I will be here for the inauguration of the new President Elect, Barack Obama, so it really is an exciting time to be in Washington!
I recommend anyone who would like to come to the US to contact Student Placement Australia and get the ball rolling. I am very grateful that I came across their website and for their assistance in making the whole experience so enjoyable!