When I was younger, I lived at an orphanage because I don’t have parents and I don’t have money to go to school. I wanted to study hospitality with EGBOK Mission because I want to have a good job and be able to support myself. When we visited hotels as part of our hospitality class with EGBOK Mission, we got to see lots of different rooms and many other parts of hotels. I liked when we got to meet with managers because they would speak to us about their experience and tell me things I did not know about. We also got to go to cooking class, but I was not very good. I am much better in the front of the house.
I wanted to go to the Paul Dubrule School of Hotel and Tourism because I wanted to continue studying about restaurants and I want to get a good job. EGBOK Mission volunteers helped me with the application and took me and other students to the entrance interview for the school. Before going, we practiced for the important day. I like Paul Dubrule School of Hotel and Tourism because I think it is the best school in Cambodia and I am lucky EGBOK Mission supports me to attend. We have many good teachers. All the students are friendly and we all help each other if we have problems.
At my first internship I learned about how to set up breakfast, lunch, and high tea. I also worked events in the ballroom. My other internship was at Sofitel Angkor Golf and Spa Resort. Here I got to practice my French that I learn at school because there are many guests from France and other parts of the world. Sometimes I worked at the bar and sometimes I served in the restaurant. When I work in the bar, I enjoy making cocktails. I have learned to make 29 different specialty cocktails. My favorite is the Angkor Breeze, which is special to Cambodia. I liked my supervisor there because he would teach me about how to make guests happy in the restaurant. When my guests are happy, I am happy! I enjoy speaking with my guests because all of them are interesting.
This week, I have been working on my resume to give to different hotels. When I graduate from hospitality school, I would like to be a bartender or a driver. I already have my driver’s license because EGBOK Mission supported me to attend driver’s training classes. Both of these jobs will allow me to practice my English to help me become a supervisor and then manager. EGBOK Mission volunteers also help me study extra English and computer classes at nights and on weekends to help improve my skills. If I save my money from my job, I will open a Mexican restaurant in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. I want to have a business because it is my dream for the future.