International student workers get free summer orientation

Date Published: 
June 20, 2014

As the local population swells each summer season, some of the area’s international visitors are in the area to work, not just vacation. While living in a new country can tough, international students can learn about their temporary Delaware home with a free summer orientation, set for Wednesday, June 25.

ResortQuest has invited local businesses to send international student employees to the orientation at no cost, beginning with a bicycle safety session at 9:30 a.m. and orientation lunch at 11:30 a.m., at Sea Colony.

During lunch, students will receive tips and resources from local organizations, including Beebe Healthcare, local banks, local police departments and CIEE (a nonprofit J-1 visa sponsor).

“I think it’s a great program. It’s just really makes their entry into our area seamless,” said Kristie Maravelli, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber oversees the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s International Student Committee, spearheaded by ResortQuest, which hires about a third of the area’s international visitors each year. The QRCF-ISC was founded five or six years ago, to help integrate and welcome the new international student workers.

“It gets these young kids assimilated to the community right away. We talk about everything,” Maravelli noted — such as local noise ordinances, drinking age, local transportation options, renting a house, opening a bank account and keeping money safe. Maravalli said it also eases the transition as the regular tourists flock to town.

Bike Smart also donates bicycles to many of these students, but the committee is facing a shortage of bikes. They welcome anyone who is able to donate a new or used bicycle or funding to obtain more.

For more information, contact Kristie Maravalli at (302) 539-2100, ext. 115, or Kelly Fullerman at Kelly.Fullerman@resortquest.com. Businesses can also email Fullerman to register workers for the orientation session.