Working in the USA for 12 months

Trip Start Jan 01, 1990
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Trip End Feb 18, 2009


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Greenwich Country Club

Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

My second time working overseas was when I spent a year in the USA in Greenwich, Connecticut in June 2003 and June 2004 which is 45 mins outside New York by train.
 
The year I spent in the states was as part of my internship for university and I had got the job through my university. The 2 managers of the country club Jim and Steve came over and were doing the interviews for the positions, the job I had applied to was as a sports intern. I was offered the job a few weeks later, but I was also offered a job in Florida working in Universal studios working in a hotel running the sports department. I opted for the job outside New York as I felt it had more to offer me.
 
There was a few other people that I knew going to America with me Karl who would be spending a year there with me and turned out to be one of my best mates, Nicole who worked in the tennis department with me, Krishna who ended up being my host mate in my last year of uni and a few other people who I got to know.
 
I flew out of London with Karl and arrived in New York where we would be picked up by someone from the country club. When we arrived we were meet by a South American waiter who worked at the country club, he was not the most chatty of fellows but the scenery driving from the airport was amazing. We landed at night so we were driving past New York at night. This was the first time I had seen New York and seeing it at night was an amazing sight. It really is like it is in the films.
 
When we arrived to the country club I was sharing a room with Karl and one of my other mates from uni Mark. The next day I started work and I was working in the Tennis department. My role was basically the intern and I had to do all the managerial work for the tennis department such as accounts, paper work, booking lessons and other tasks. As I went on through out the year I also started to coach tennis to the members kids as well as doing squash of which I was starting to improve as I was playing regularly with Karl as we could use the country clubs facilities. I also improved my tennis game as we got to play a fair bit as well, although I was better at squash it had to be said.
 
As well as working in the tennis department I got to work as a lifeguard which was a great laugh and I also got to work on the sports camps coaching and playing various sports to the members kids which was good fun as well. I did a few shifts in the golf shop as well cleaning clubs which was a bit mundane but we had fun all the same and I also worked some shifts in the locker room cleaning members shoes of which I use to get tipped quite lot of money $1-5 dollars each time the money started to rack up. I found the country club an easy way to make money as well I would restring members rackets of which I would get paid $8 a racket, coach tennis and squash of which I would get $20 an hour and also do jobs such as shinning shoes, this is all on top of getting an hourly wage as well, America really is the land of opportunities.
 
In September a lot of interns left the country club to go back to University so myself and Karl managed to move down to the student dorms or monkey house as it was commonly referred to stay down there. We moved in with Gary Owens who ended up to be one of my best mates in the world and we have so much in common apart from X Factor and all those bad reality shows which he loved and I didn't and the fact that he is a avid Southampton fan as well which I am not.
 
Myself, Karl and Gary became the best of mates and got on really well, we were all sporty, outgoing and confident so together we use to have a great laugh. Myself and Gary were a bit more well behaved than Karl and a few times we were woken up. One occasion I was woken up at 6am by the golf course manager as he had found Karl asleep on the manager's mat at the end of our corridor. Karl was so out of it that we couldn't wake him up and we had to end up carrying him into his bed, I would of hated have know what would of happened to him if the manager had walked out of his room to discover Karl asleep on his mat.
 
Whilst in America I got another job as a rugby coach at a local high school Greenwich High School, my girlfriend at the time who was a teacher at the school got me the job. I started to coach in February and my first session was in the school car park as it was to much snow on the field. I was working alongside Steve Lapham who was the sports teacher at the school as well as Joe who was an ex player for the school and John Porter.
 
I use to coach the high school rugby team as often as possible as they had practice Monday - Friday after school. What I liked about the American school sports system is that everyone had to belong to a team and go to training. Some of the kids on the rugby team were not the most athletic but it encouraged a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and a sense of belonging.
 
There was 2 teams at the school and we would play rugby against other local schools from the North eastern states of America. Towards the end of the season the team was starting to really take shape and they came 5th in the north eastern championship. Some of the players had great talent and potential but were taught rugby to late on in their life to really develop properly.
 
Coaching the high school rugby team was a real highlight and the kids at the school were really great along with the staff at the school. 
  
As well as coaching rugby I also joined a local rugby team New York and Connecticut Crusaders or NYCON as they were also called. We played in the north eastern division 1 of the states. I played scrum half often for both the first and second teams at the club. The standard of rugby was not the best as it is not a big sport in the US but the guys in the team were really nice and we would always have social events out in Stanford afterwards which was a great laugh. 
 
The country club I worked at also had a golf course and on monday the course would be shut and staff were allowed to go and play. I use to have to work sometimes on the monday but other times I would get the day off. Myself, Karl and Gary would go and play golf together which was quite amusing. Myself and Karl were not good golf players but we would hit a good shot now and again, it was more fun just being out in the open air and walking around. 
 
Every tuesday during the summer months the interns from the country club and some other staff members use to go down to the local football pitch and play football against a load of south american and spanish guys. It was always great fun having a kick around against them and it became a tradition really every tuesday after work all the staff would head down and we would always get a dominos pizza after the game which was always good as well. 

During my time out in the US I had a few visits take who took advantage of the fact I was living out there and came to stay with me, the first being my mate Rich from back home. Rich came during Febuary when it was at its coldest and always snowing. We did the normal touristy things and went to New York and some of the local sights.

Matt my old house mate from Uni also came to stay with me for 3 weeks. Matt and Rich stayed on the floor of my room so we now had 4 people in our very cramped room but it was all fun and we made the most of it. When Matt was here we again went to New York a few times and also went to visit Phily and Boston.  
 
My parents and my two sisters also came out to see me during my time in the states. This was my first time being overseas for Christmas and my parents had a time share near where I worked so they came over for Christmas. It was really nice to see them at Christmas and it definatley felt like Christmas with the snow and fact that it was nice and cold. During the time my parents were over we visited Boston and of course New York. 
 
 Final thoughts on my year in the US

I really had an amazing time in the US. I meet some freinds for life in the form of Karl and Gary and got to see quite a bit of the country as well which was great. I also learnt alot about myself and what kind of person I was and in terms of working experience I learnt alot as well. There was certain things I liked about the American culture and certain things I didnt like. I didnt like the falsness of the people I was having to deal with at the country club money can not always buy happeness and thats definatley what I found out working at this country club because the majority of people were definatley quite shallow people.
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