Akhil Krishnan is from India and participated in the J-1 Cultural Exchange program in 2019 at one of our luxury Marriott hotels in sunny Santa Monica, California! He truly made the most out of his opportunity to expand his hospitality career and participate in cultural activities while embracing American culture.

What was the name of your host company (hotel)?

– JW Marriott Santa Monica, CA

When did you complete your program?

– July 2019

Did you use your 30 day grace period to travel after your program? If so, where did you travel to?

– Yes, Houston, Texas

What was the best part about being on the J-1 Cultural Exchange Program?

– Got to experience and learn so much about the culture and hospitality standards. Became Associate of the Month twice in December 2018 and January 2019. Also got Spirit to Serve Award twice for getting most mentions by guest in all feedback platforms.

What were some of the best cultural activities in USA, that you participated in?

– Became Certified Ambassador for Santa Monica city and enjoyed every bit of it.

What are you doing now? How did the J-1 Cultural Exchange Program help you move forward in your career?

– Currently I am working as Assistant Learning & Development Manager for The Leela Palace Udaipur, India and being a part of Front Office operations during the J-1 program is helping me alot during my trainings here.