'A friend told me about Oxonnet. He was so happy working in a hotel and he recommended me to try to talk with that agency and start a new experience. I did well contacting with Oxonnet, they were very friendly and after an interview and some information about me, they quickly found me an opportunity to work with a Hotel. Thank you!' Inigo
‘I'm really enjoying this experience very much. People are really friendly and helpful since the first day, making me feel part of the Team. I have all the facilities I need, such as an individual room, washing machine, bathroom, meals... If I have a problem or a request I feel comfortable to ask the manager or the house keeper. The island doesn't have many things to do or many places to go, but I have to admit that I'm quite happy living here.’ Elena, Isle of Wight
‘My experience at the Hotel is good, the work is quite hard (we start working at 6.30 and for long hard hours) but I knew that before coming. The first week was quite hard for me because everything was new, but my housemates and workmates are very nice and they make everything easy for me. I think that I am very lucky, most of the managers are very nice and they have helped me in every moment. The hotel also provides English lessons for 2 hours a week, which is great for improving our English! A lovely teacher comes to the hotel on Wednesday afternoon and we do lots of speaking and vocabulary that helps us in our everyday life.’ Ane, Dartmouth
‘I arrived a year ago and I think I'm settled and adapted to work and life in the UK.
St. Ives is a lovely town and very beautiful, and the hotel is always very busy. The manager is very nice and helpful as well. I'm always very busy and always flexible doing whatever they ask me, which helps. I'm working as a waiter three days per week and then housekeeping, and two days in the kitchen doing sandwiches and salads, and then kitchen porter, general cleaning and storage.’ Oscar, Cornwall
‘From the first day here everything was easy and the staff great. I arrived without any problem, 2 days later I started working in the hotel as a waiter in the F&B department, I earned my first salary at the end of the month. I normally worked 40 hours per week, although some weeks were less than 35...but, it is not a problem, because the other weeks compensate that one. We do not have problems with the food or the facilities, the accommodation is really comfortable and we have our own laundry room, etc. I also want to say thank you to OXONNET for your work and for understanding me and thank you for your attention.’ Aythami, Chelmsford
‘My experience at the Bear Hotel is amazing. I live near the hotel and I am sharing a house with others workers but I have my own room. I am improving my work and my English every day. Thanks for find this nice place, I would recommend Oxonnet to all the people who want to work in UK’. Aitor, Wales
‘At first it's a little bit difficult to get used to so many changes in your life. It's not only a new language; it's everything...new country, new people, new job, new culture. About housekeeping, it's a tough job, and it's not easy to practice your English because you don't have much contact with the guests and some colleagues are from eastern countries.
I write again following my last report,
Well, I have been back in Spain for 7 months, and if I have to sum up everything in one word, that would be "enriching".
The housekeeping work became easier and easier with time, as I got used to it and got some experience, and the atmosphere at work also improved: I got to know a lot of the staff, and it's always more pleasant to work surrounded by friends. My goal was to improve my English, this was fully accomplished and I just passed the advanced English exam of the Cambridge school. After two months in staff accommodation, I moved to the closest village, with some English friends to spend my days off and enjoy the non-working hours, this is where I got to improve my English the most. As the time went by, I started loving that little place, surrounded by stunning landscapes and full of hiking possibilities. Exeter is just about half an hour away, so if I ever needed to do some shopping or anything else, I just grabbed the bus and headed there.
Now I'm back in Spain with some saved money, a very enriching experience in my backpack, a wider knowledge about England and its people, and above all, some very good friends. All good!’ Maria, Near Exeter
‘I am glad to tell you that I am very happy with the job and with the hotel. The manager is really nice and he helps me with everything I need. He helped me to do my bank account and national insurance in the first week I was here. I work as a general assistant and my duties are waiting on tables, cleaning and housekeeping. We start at 7:30 in the morning until 13:00 and we come back at 19:00 until 21:30 for guest dinner, so it is very good because you have some free time in the afternoon. We usually have 2 days off per week and in total we do about 39 h/week. They paid us every Friday and any extra hours we have worked. After one month and a half I am completely settled and I am enjoying a lot my time here. My colleagues are nice and there is a good work environment. Every day we eat breakfast at 9:30, dinner at 17:30 and we can ask for a sandwich for lunch if we want. I would sincerely recommend this experience to anyone. Thanks for your interest in my life here. ‘ Estela, Cumbria