An update from San Francisco

Newton is currently in San Francisco, on our Work and Travel USA 12 month program.

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It had always been a dream of mine to travel and spend a year abroad and in May of 2011; my dream came true thanks to the 12 month Work and Travel Visa USA program. While I’m sure many people chose or will choose to travel throughout the States, I decided to spend my entire time in San Francisco. San Francisco is an alluringly beautiful city filled with great people, awesome sights and attractions. Crossing the majestic and sometimes fog-obscured Golden Gate Bridge is a very special sight and it constantly reminds me of the dream I’m living. The city itself is bustling with activity and is full of charm, from the vintage yellow and green trams running up and down Market St to the cable car which feels akin to a roller coaster going down those steep San Francisco streets.

I consider myself pretty lucky to have found a job within two weeks of arriving and on top of that, in my chosen profession – the financial services industry. The firm I work at has a great history and my colleagues are just awesome. There’s so much experience within the firm that I learn something new every single day and then there’s the unlimited opportunities. I was extremely lucky to have been invited to attend the Schwab Impact 2011 Conference – a conference with over 4,000 attendees and guest speakers like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair of the U.K. and astronaut Mark Kelly, a decorated Navy captain of the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour. What an eye-opener the Conference was!

One thing that fellow Work and Travel Visa USA participants should be aware of though is the importance of an American credit score and how difficult it can be to find a place to rent, especially since it’s just so competitive. Imagine my initial shock when I turned up at an open home thinking I had a great chance only to find another one hundred people thinking the same thing…

So far I’ve had such an awesome time in San Francisco – really there’s nothing better than immersing yourself in a new city and living life to the fullest. I know I’ll never forget the time that I spend here.