My name is Natasha Wood, I studied a B. Com in Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa. I participated in the Grand Tour Program to study the International Human Resource Management Minor in Doha, Qatar. Furthermore, to complete the degree an Internship in the industry is required in which Stenden helps to place students in the best properties worldwide. I was fortunate enough to be able to do my placement on The World Residence at Sea, the globes largest residential yacht.
The World Residence at Sea is a World of its own with 165 privately owned apartments in which folks live in part time and some residents full time. The vessel travels the entire World over a period of two years. During my placement I chose the Hotel Internship Program to complete, this included front of house departments such as Front Office and Concierge allowing time to be exposed to the sub departments such as Night Auditor and Travel Coordinator over a period of three months onboard.
The benefit of working onboard The World is networking is performed with fellow crew members who are from various countries worldwide. More so, traveling whilst working is another advantage as I was able to travel to the following 9 countries over the three-month period; Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore.
Moreover, when working on The World the shifts worked allow for the crew to be able to go ashore and explore the country docked or anchored in. However, the working hours are 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for a continuous three months. Furthermore, when working in the Concierge department the crew members in the department have the opportunity to accompany the participants, this is paid for by the company as each tour has to have a ship guide with them to ensure the outing is seamless.
This is an amazing opportunity as you are able to visit and join in on amazing opportunities in which I did such as; Enjoy lunch at a One Star Michelin star restaurant in Bangkok, Cruise through the picturesque Ha Long Bay and Kayak through the caves in Vietnam and not to mention the beautiful skylines in the cities docked in such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and much more.
One of my highlights from studying at Stenden South Africa was being able to do my internship on The World Residence at Sea which was a life time experience. This would not have been possible without the help of Mr. Steyn, the Career Coach at Stenden South Africa.