AR: I když jsem milovníkem Turecka, tak Turecko nejsou jen pláže a promenády. Mnoho místních se necítí být svobodní a cítí, že země pod vedením současného prezidenta míří do záhuby. To je přesně i případ mého kamaráda, který se rozhodl svoji domovinu opustit a vydal se za štěstím do světa. Jak si žije, co všechno to obnáší? Procvičte si u toho svou angličtinu 😊
I grew up in Turkey and left the country in 2017 after the coup. I gave up my university studies because I felt there was no hope for the youth in Turkey any more. I saw destroyed lives of families, what was made by the government, and what affected my family as well. I couldn’t stand it any longer, so I found a sanctuary in the USA. Life has changed for me both internally and externally. I have completely a new life style today. There is lot to discover in Colorado and the States.
If you have a chance, WORK AND TRAVEL!
The decision to leave Turkey had been stuck in my head for 2-3 years because I already had an experience from USA. I have worked twice in US, thanks to Work and Travel. I learned a lot about life in USA and gained useful working experience. I used to work in Starbucks as well as a receptionist in a hotel. This summer, I went to USA for third time and decided not to come back. Since I have had some previous experience, I found a really good job and I took roots there.
From barista to supervisor
I got the chance to work as a supervisor in Starbucks. Started as a barista, however, now I’m in charge of making the schedule of the employees and placing the order for the store. The store is located in Snowmass (Aspen, Colorado, USA). This Starbucks is one of the most expensive Starbucks in the USA. The reason for that is that the store is located in the most expensive Ski Resort in US. I’ve been working here for almost a year. Because of my work ethics and dedication, I was offered to be a Supervisor.
Fortunately, I found this place through a friend. This Starbucks belongs to The Westin Hotels. The Hotel usually hires foreigners to work for them seasonally. In the USA you usually get paid weekly. My hourly rate is 18$. I work 40 hours a week.
The life here is expensive but the wages are worth it!
I live 2 minutes away from my job. Rents are typically higher here than anywhere else. It’s more convenient when you share your flat. As for me, I pay 700$ per month and share my room with a friend. There are varieties of lunch/dinner options in the USA. Where I live, eating outside is usually more expensive – at least 15$+ tips. Therefore, I usually cook at home. I’m Turkish, so I grew up in a place where the food is nutritious and rich. Nothing tastes same here. Most of the food in the USA is processed, but something that you can’t avoid eating. Transportation is more convenient here as well, because it is one of the most expensive places in the world. It’s easy to commute to job. I live on a mountain, where the altitude is approximately 3000m. The air is quite dry. My typical work day usually starts at 6 am until 3/4 pm. Where I live, there are hundreds of trails. There is a vast option of outdoor activities as well. I usually go for running, hiking or slacklining in summer, and winter is tempting for snowboard or ski.