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22 February 2016


by Sandra Alves (Portugal), Les Roches Jin Jiang Student, Management Trainee at Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan

I am literally at the lowest point on earth but definitely not at my lowest point!
It has been about two weeks since I have started my internship at the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, a vast resort property located at the Dead Sea in Jordan – the lowest point on Earth.

My internship consists of a six months cross-training internship as a management trainee in both the Food&Beverage and Events departments which was designed to my preferences and strengths with the help of the hotel’s HR department.

Having a clear structure for the duration of the internship is definitely something I’ll recommend for other students.

Upon arrival I was greeted warmly at the HR office and given a brief overlook of what was going to happen on the first two days I was there. Then, they drove me to the staff house and gave me a tour of what I would be calling “home “for the next six months.

The day after arrival was orientation. I had a tour of the hotel and outlets I would be working in during my internship and I have to say: It was mesmerizing!

View from the restaurant 'Obelisk'

At first glance the scenery is seemingly too magical to take in, it is completely breathtaking.

The first few days were a flood of information, not only about the hotel, but also about local customs as Jordan is a country located in the Middle East with a deeply rooted culture.

I started my internship at the all-day dining restaurant Obelisk, serving buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During my time at Obelisk I’ve learnt the basic day-to-day operations of an all day dining buffet restaurant, which included opening and closing procedures of the restaurant, serving guests, working as a hostess and remembering all items on the buffet, which was quite an interesting challenge given the local delicacies. Other than working at the Obelisk I also had the opportunity to support the banqueting team setting up large gala and meeting dinners where I learnt that you can turn any space into a beautiful event venue!

Besides my working duties, I have to say that since the Dead Sea is right in front of the resort, a swim there is a must!

Moreover, Jordan is also known for its historical and biblical sights (a lot of them not far from the Dead Sea), which include Petra, Mount Nebo, The Baptismal Site, Wadi Rum (the desert where “The Martian” was filmed) and many more that need to be added to my bucket list!

View from the restaurant Obelisk












A day to remember during my last two weeks here was a day I felt a little nostalgic. After having escorted guests to their seats and acknowledged their choice for the amazing view they would enjoy during their meal, they said:
“Well, you get to enjoy this view everyday!”

That is when I realized how blessed I am to have the opportunity to work at such an amazing place!

To conclude, what I have learnt from the first weeks in a completely new environment is that change is beautifully difficult, and that we should always try to see the world from different perspectives.

Next stop for my training as a management trainee starting March 1st: Ashur, our Italian Restaurant.

Italian Restaurant Ashur













Make sure to stay tuned for more highlights from the lowest point on Earth!