Lucas Santos (Brazil)
Cultural Exchange Participant
USA Work & Travel
Great Wolf Lodge Resorts – Wisconsin Dells (2013)
Today I’ll finish my work season at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, which comes with a taste of happiness because I have crossed over the prejudice barrier.
A few years ago, I enrolled in an exchange program called “au pair” in which, after completing all the requirements, I was unable to attend because of the simple fact of being a “special needs” person; even though I proved by documents and photos that I was able.
But I didn’t give up.
Then I knew the work and travel program, which was introduced to Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, and they didn’t hesitate to interview me and did to me all the tests that a “normal” person would.
I was hired!
I am immensely proud to have worked in a place that cares about special needs accessibility and their well-being. GWL is a model to be followed by all the Brazilian water parks.
I am also very grateful for the credit that was placed in me, and for the opportunity that GWL gave me to show that WE ARE ALL ABLE, independent of the differences and limitations.
More than an international work experience, the GWL gave me friends and moments that I will carry for my whole life.
For all Lifeguards, Supervisors, and Managers, THANK YOU for sharing with me your knowledge. I hope I have passed to you guys something good as well.
I will miss you.
Keep in touch!
Wisconsin Dells – 2013