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Lovin' It? Thai Students Happily Work at McDonald's in US

Lovin' It? Thai Students Happily Work at McDonald's in US

Every Summer thousands of Thai college students come to the US and change into McDonald's uniforms. They not only do it with a smile, they pay money for it.

The reward? Slapping foreign work experience — American work experience — on their resumes. Thai employers value foreign work experience, seeing it as initiative, in the country's ultracompetitive postcollege job market.

Agents (seems like the polite term) set up work visas, secure job placements, and, maybe, include plane tickets for $3,000 plus — a large sum when converted into Thai bahts. Students typically earn about half the money back; however, most consider the work experience and language skills worth it.

One student, who wound up in Mobile, AL, because she heard it was cheap, found the small town to be far from her image of America. Yet, she doesn't regret it. "Honestly," she said, “If I had money, I’d go back.”


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geebers geebers 8 years
Im was on a twilightsucks board and used Spike (said "Real Vampires don't Sparkle" )
Pegona Pegona 8 years
Well, I think that traveling abroad is more fun and more educational if you're WORKING abroad, so it sounds like a pretty good deal. $1500 for a summer on the other side of the world, complete language immersion, sounds great.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
thanks Star, I was going to put spike, but the look on angels face fit better!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I feel sorry if one of these kids ends up in my town. That'll be a real experience for them. CG - love the new avatar. Angel beats Edward anyday. :)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
This sounds like a better racket then that program where they have you work at the theme parks.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would think that most foriegn peoples "image" of america never lives up to its ideal. My cousins from norway found that out quickly. When visiting me they said "you arent tan" and i said "well no" and they said "i thought everyone in florida was tan" .....
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