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Workaway FAQ

Application Process

Requirements

Our Country Clubs ideally look for the following criteria when choosing who to hire. 

  • Have an Irish or UK Passport
  • Have at least 1 yrs experience in Hospitality/Customer Service
  • Ideally be between 21-29 – (ask for more details)
  • Warm, Friendly and Helpful Personality
  • Okay sharing a room with a stranger
  • Committed to being in Florida from October through to June
  • No Criminal Convictions (ask for more details)

How to Apply

To apply or simply find out more about living and working in the USA through our Workaway programme,

Simply click Here to head to the application page. 

Costs

These Costs Only Apply If You Have Been Successfully Hired

 

Police Clearance fee payable to police / agency

Republic of Ireland – No Charge
Northern Ireland/United Kingdom – £45.00


US Embassy Appointment Fee – payable to US Consulate
Visa processing fee $190


Recommend spending money
To tide you over for the first 2 to 3 weeks you will need $800


 

PLEASE NOTE
You will be refunded your police clearance fee and visa cost  within the first month of your employment.
Payable in Irish currency or Euro’s at current exchange rate.

Interviews

We usually host face to face to interviews with specific clubs on specific dates and times during the month of July in Dublin.

We also host Skype interviews with specific clubs on specific dates and times during the month of August.

Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Can I live and work with my Boyfriend/Girlfriend?

The simple answer here is Yes you can however we cannot guarantee you will both be offered positions by the same clubs.

What we can guarantee is we will work with you to try and secure you both interviews with the same club

Then we leave it up to you both to shine and impress the interviewer. 

Club Locations

The majority of clubs are located on the east coast of Florida in 

  • Boca Raton
  • Vero Beach
  • Stuart
  • Delray Beach
  • Jupiter Beach

We do have one club located on the west coast of Florida located in

  • Sarasota

Positions

We typically have opportunities each for year for

  • Bartenders
  • Servers (waiter/waitress)
  • Hosts (receptionist for restaurants)
  • Line Cook (chef de partie)
  • Dishwasher
  • Food Expo (commis chef)
  • Tennis Attendants (have a playing interest in tennis)
  • Golf Attendant (have a playing interest in golf)
  • Fitness Attendant (be a member of a gym)

Screening Process

Profile Test

We have broken the assessment tests down into three separate and equally important sections, This will allow you to take them 1 at a time and only need between 10 to 20 minutes per test. However it is imperative that you find the time to complete all three sections.

  1. Personality
  2. Aptitude
  3. Skills

Likewise if you choose and have 40 mins free you can simply complete them all at once.

Build Your Profile

Once you have completed the assessment center, We will invite you to start building your profile through our platform.

Once we have your profile complete we will share this with the Clubs to secure you interviews.

What we will need from you.

  • Profile Picture
  • Updated CV
  • Video Clips

Enrollment Form

You will need to sign our Enrollment form which we will send to you electronically

The Interview Stage

What to wear

First impressions are vital as this is the image a prospective employer may carry with him/her forever, and may even set the tone of the interview. You want to make a good one if you are serious about clinching the position. “Dress appropriately and look neat and presentable, A suit is always recommended for males but definitely a shirt and tie with trousers and shoes.

You should avoid bright colours and patterned clothes – try sticking to colours like grey, white and blue as these are more professional and show sophistication and maturity, We also recommend not wearing excessive jewellery, ensuring your hair and nails are clean and neat, and paying attention to your body language which sometimes speaks louder than words.

Be Punctual

The number one rule of any interview is to not be late. Always ensure that you leave home earlier than usual so that you are on time. Being punctual shows that you have respect for other people’s time, and that you appreciate them making time to see you.

Being late creates an immediate negative impression which may lead prospective employers to think that you are unreliable and tardy. If you are visiting a venue you aren’t familiar with, give yourself an extra 15 – 30 minutes to allow for any unexpected traffic or in case you get lost.

Be Mannerly

Greet your interviewer(s) by standing up and instigating a firm handshake with a warm smile. This will illustrate great professionalism as well as favourable etiquette.

One of the most important, and often a determining factor of the interview’s outcome, is the use of cell phones. We cant stress enough, switch off your Mobile before entering the interview. It is the height of rudeness to answer a ringing phone during an interview, let alone have it ring aloud – in many cases; it will mean you won’t even be considered for the position.

You should also be mindful of your language and avoid swearing, offensive jokes or bad-mouthing others.

Location

We will share the location of interviews with you through email and in our Workaway Slack channel so please make sure to have notification turned on

Be Knowledgeable

It is crucial that you do thorough research on your prospective employer – both the company and person, if possible – ahead of the interview,. This will ensure that you are able to hold an intelligent discussion about the company during your interview, and will help you to assess what questions they may ask and what they may be looking for in a prospective employee.

You should also try to speak to others who are currently working for the company, or who have worked for it before, so that you can gain a better understanding of the company culture, management style and the duties your position will entail.

Medicals / Police Clearance / Embassy Appointments

Police Clearance

It is compulsory for all successfully hired people to secure and provide a clean police certificate showing NO criminal convictions in the last 5 years.


Republic Of Ireland -A Police Certificate is issued by the Superintendent in the District where the relevant applicant resides, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland. Please go to our Station Directory to find out who your District Superintendent is.

Steps to securing a Police Clearance:

  • Bring proof of address
  • Bring Signed Offer Letter
  • Bring Photo Id

United Kingdom/Northern Ireland- A Police certificate is issues through the online platform and can be found by click HERE. Please make sure to read all the steps and follow the instructions clearly.


Important Note

We cannot issue you a ticket to fly without receiving your police clearance and in most cases this will take ten days to receive back once you have applied.

Medical Exam

It is compulsory for successfully hired people to attend and complete a medical exam at our clinic in Dublin. We will cover all the costs associated to this exam an provide you with a link to book your appointment at the clinic.

The exam will take roughly 1 hr and will consist of the following

  • General Health Q&A
  • Chest Xray
  • Blood Test
  • Urine Sample

The purpose of this exam is to make sure we have a record of your heath and any previously existing conditions in advance of providing you with health insurance in USA.

We also use this exam to make sure nobody is currently using any illegal drugs as The Workaway Programme has a complete zero tolerance approach to any drug use.

Important Note

  • Do not take any pain killers for 7 days leading up to your exam as products’ such as Nurofen plus or Solpadeine.
  • There is NO need to fast before your medical.

US Embassy

Typically in the 1st week of September we will be inviting you to start the process of securing your H2B visa which allows you to live and work in the USA.

This is one of the most tedious processes you will ever go through but together we will get you through it. The important things to remember here are read all the information and instructions you are provided with. if you simply follow them one step at a time you will sail through this, However if all else fails please go to the slack platform and ask your questions there.

Important Notes

  • You will need to have $190 in your bank account at time of application.
  • You will need an electronic US Passport Size photo
  • This H2B visa will only allow you to work with your chosen club

Please make sure to visit the Slack Channel securing “My H2B” where we have laid out the process into three separate steps. 

  1. DS-260 Application 
  2. Securing Embassy Appointment 
  3. The day of Embassy Appointment 

 

 

Time to Fly

The Airport

We will meet you at the check in area on the morning of your flight, typically everyone flies out with their team or part of their team so nobody is left flying alone.

Once you land at your final destination there will be transportation organized to pick you up and take you to the apartments – details will have been shared with you in advance along with your E-Ticket.

Important Note

Remember if there is any issues or delays during your travel day you are advised to immediately get in touch with us through slack and we will assist you and more importantly make sure your club in Florida are kept in the loop.

Tickets

We will issue you with an E-Ticket that will be emailed to you with your flight details including connections if any. It is imperative that you double check the name on the ticket is the same as on your passport.

Our advice is to not self check-in on any apps but to arrive at check-in desk as suggested and along with your team check-in together. this way everyone can get seats together.

What to Pack

You are allowed 1 checked piece of luggage weighing no more than 23 KG, 1 carry on bag and 1 purse or laptop bag.

Tips for packing

Delays during Travel

If there is any issues or delays with your travel, immediately get in touch with us through the slack channel and we will help resolve the issues.

While also keeping your club in Florida in the loop so they can make sure your driver is aware.

Life in USA

Settling In

Travelling abroad is very exciting, but coming across any inconveniences like getting sick, being unsure about how to spend your free time, or suffering from home-sickness could put a dampener on your trip. We has some tips we have learned from the last 10+ yrs to ensure that you stay happy and healthy while working overseas.

Accommodation

You may arrange your own accommodation or for a nominal fee, make use of the experienced team of the appointed housing company, who will arrange accommodation on your behalf. If you decide to secure accommodation from the appointed housing company, you will be required to sign a sub-lease for the apartment and will be subjected to all terms and conditions therein.

If you decide to utilize the housing option, you cannot during the employment contract decide to move to your own accommodation. Be prepared to share a 2 to 3 bedroom apartment with another 3 to 5 co-ed flatmates. Flatmate requests will be honoured whenever possible. However, they (including same gender requests) cannot be guaranteed.

Many of the apartments provide such amenities as microwaves, dishwasher, swimming pools, exercise facilities, and laundromats. However, housing is assigned randomly and the amenities may vary. Grocery, pharmacy and miscellaneous shopping are within city bus routes and biking/walking distance from the location of the housing.

If you choose to arrange your own accommodation you will not be able to move into the optional housing offered through the program at a later date. Unfortunately, there is only enough housing available for those who opt to utilize the housing accommodation.

Accommodation is approximately between $160 and $170 per week

Medical Insurance

Visiting a doctor or a hospital in the US may be very different than what you are accustomed to. Outlined below are the steps you should take to get the best benefit from your travel insurance coverage:

  1. If you have a LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY immediately call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. If the treatment was not life threatening and you were not ADMITTED into the facility you will be responsible for paying $350.00 U.S.
  2. For all other doctor visits, exams, shots, etc. you should contact Olympus Managed Health Care to ensure that the doctor or facility that you plan on going to is “In-Network” and covered under this health plan.

Important Notes

Carry your insurance ID card with you at all times. When you go to a Doctor’s office or to the Hospital, be sure to bring your insurance identification card.

With the MyInsurance Mobile app you have all your travel information right at your fingertips: Show your Insurance ID- Card on your phone to the doctor, view all important contact details and service hotlines, search for a doctor or hospital near your location and view the summary of your benefits.

Download the App

  1. MdNow walk in clinics are “In-Network” and are open 365 days a year from 8am to 8pm.  You will have to pay $100 non refundable fee to be seen and MUST take your insurance card and a photo ID to any walk-in clinic. http://www.mymdnow.com/locations/
  2. You may save some money by going to a CVS or Walgreens on-site clinic that is staffed by a nurse practitioner. While not a doctor, these health-care professionals can help if you need some medications for an infection, minor injuries etc. Not all Walgreens or CVS have this benefit. You can go to the Walgreens, or CVS web-site to find a store with this feature nearest your location.
    Walgreens – http://www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/healthcare-clinic.jsp
    CVS – http://www.minuteclinic.com/en/USA/
  3. To submit a claim, use the information on the www.eSecutive.com/myinsurance web site. It has claim forms, procedures, and other important insurance coverage information.
  4. Worker’s Compensation.  If you are injured while at work it is imperative that you inform management immediately. Do not leave work before informing your shift manager. Work related injuries are covered by Worker’s Compensation Insurance rather than your Workaway provided insurance. Worker’s Compensation coverage is through your employer that is why notification to your supervisor is mandatory.
  5. Walgreens, CVS, Target, Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie all have pharmacy departments that can be a great source of helpful advice.  Ask to speak with the pharmacist and explain your situation, the pharmacist can suggest certain medications etc. Remember: Pharmacist advice is FREE.
  6. Unwell? Unsure? Confused? Need Help? Have Questions? Your Housing Manager is on hand to help you if you have questions or are unsure which option you should choose.
  7. For minor ailments such as sore throat, tickly cough, grazed knee, minor cuts and scrapes and hangovers, most of these things can be taken care of at home. Make sure you keep a few first aid essentials in your apartment.

Emergencies

911 can be used to report any emergency. This includes medical emergencies, fire and suspected acts of violence and / or crime. Workaway International encourages the use of 911 in any situation where the participant feels concerned for his / her or any other person’s safety or health. In the event that there is a fire in your apartment, irrespective of how small, it is imperative that the fire department be called out to inspect the apartment.

It is important to carry your medical insurance card in your wallet. Should you be involved in an accident, emergency services personnel will most likely check your wallet for identification and information on your medical insurance provider.

WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT US:

My first season with Workaway was a rollercoaster style of journey, from being homesick at the start to not wanting to leave early when clubs were forced to go into lockdown due to COVID-19.

The whole process for Workaway was very smooth and if any problems arose John Fingleton from bē was ready to assist. Moving away from home was tough at the start being homesick, My parents, work colleagues and the support from bē and my Club in Florida kept my head above water and helped me to get through the shaky start.

I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons in the Hospitality Industry.

Luke Wynne

Luke has completed 1 season with Workaway and is already looking forward to securing his place for the coming season.

Quite possibly the best decision I made following my masters graduation. I applied, was successful and have not looked back.

If you want to gain experience in the industry or are simply looking to spend 8 months in the Florida sunshine whilst earning, then don’t hesitate to reach out to John. He will walk you through every step!

I know it sounds too good to be true but it really is an amazing opportunity and not one to pass up!

Lauren Cunningham

Lauren has spent the last 3 years in USA developing and growing her career between Florida and Massachusetts, Currently speaking with her Club about progressing her career into a more senior management role.

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to grow in the hospitality industry or if you simply want to travel!

I’ve had the time of my life in Florida & working for Boca West has truly been an experience I will never forget.

An amazing club with amazing people! If you are on the fence about applying – take that leap of faith, you won’t regret it!

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer has completed 1 seasons in USA through Workaway and is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to develop and grow her career further in the Hospitality Industry.