Summer orientation a win-win-win-win situation

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s International Student Committee (QRCF-ISC), with a major hand from ResortQuest, is holding a free summer orientation for international workers at Sea Colony on Wednesday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m.

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

We also think it’s a great idea, for many different reasons.

For starters, it’s smart of ResortQuest to take the lead of this. They hire about one-third of the international student-workers who come to the community every year, and making employees comfortable is almost always a good thing. Someone who is distracted with thoughts of a million things that need to get solved is not going to be a productive employee. Help them get settled, and you are much more likely to have focused employees.

ResortQuest is also inviting local businesses to send their international employees to the orientation. This is both a great gesture by ResortQuest as far as maintaining local relationships, and because, again, it will be good for the workers to meet more people who are in the same position they are as they find themselves living and working in a foreign land. This is also, obviously, great for small businesses who don’t have the resources, space or time to do something like this in the midst of the busy season.

The orientation will include tips from local organizations, including Beebe Healthcare, local banks and police departments and a nonprofit J-1 visa sponsor. This will help integrate the students into the community, allow them to take advantage of more opportunities available to them and keep them active in the area, visiting local restaurants and businesses and generally taking a personal stake in our community.

By helping these student-workers get assimilated quickly, we are increasing the odds they have a remarkable experience here during their stay. That will lead to them sharing these great experiences with others when they return home, which could, in turn, lead to more workers wanting to come here next summer and some families possibly choosing to vacation here.

We applaud ResortQuest and QRCF-ISC for this program.