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TESTIMONIALS from past Work and Travel students
With my friend we came to the island at 2015 summer, and so far it was the best summer. What made it so special? Of course people. Working with Pat at Caddy Shack was really great experience. I was selling ice cream so I met a lot of great new people who were interested in my accent (ha ha). Working with Pat wasn’t too difficult, she was great
boss. She was flexible with working schedule so me and my friend were able to have the same days off and do some fun stuff together, like going to the main island or just chilling at the beach. Living in the Island was super chill.
You just take a bicycle and go around the island just in an hour. Island not full of fancy shops and restaurants but its full of true, sincere people who will become friends for your life.
– Gabriele – Lithuania
Just like all other student, I decided to go to America, so I joined work and travel student program (WAT). At first, I had job in Boston. I was going to w
ork in Boston. But, when I reached at New York city I found out that my job was canceled because of some reason I did not know (lucky me). A guy from agency told me not to worry because as a part of WAT program regulations they had to give me a job so he promised that he would give me better job in 2 days. Next morning, he called me to say he had a great job in Kelleys Island. He said people are in Kelleys Island.
When I reached at Kelleys Island I met Pat Ahner and her father Danny Ahner. They were both mean well to me all the time. Since I could not speak English. They were always supportive to encourage me to speak in English as a result I did learn a lot from them. Just like the guy from agency said they are awesome. I could not find any word to describe them.
It has been four years since I left Kelleys Island. I still want to live and work in America especially somewhere near Kelleys Island.
– Ufuk – Turkey
I have only best memories about working with Pat. She taught me how to be an “owner“ of the shop. She showed me tricks how to talk with customers, how to sell. At first I was shy, because I have never done anything like this before. But her feedback helped me to be more confident about myself. Moreover, I was able to see her as the business owner, to see how she is running her own business, communicates with employees, solves everyday problems. I think it’s not often when you can be close to the boss. To conclude, I am glad that I have worked with her because she started me shaping as a young worker and gave me valuable lessons which I am using today at my current workplace.
- Egle – Lithuania
Kelleys is the island out of books with its own history and unique atmosphere, friendly community and beautiful nature. I’ve always wanted to go to a place like that.
It felt so good after living a non-stop life in a big city, everything is so green, the air is great. You can go swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, biking around the island, running or working out, eating out at local restaurants or seeing band performances. Also riding on golf carts was so fun, I’ve never rode on one before coming to the island. I still miss having bonfires with friends. If you like hiking there are trails for that. I was amazed by the nature, glaciers, quarry, wild animals close by.
I’m so glad I had a chance to get to know locals and their way of living life, and honestly, I felt relaxed and even though it’s a work program, I felt like I was on holidays.
There’s also an international dinner organized by locals, just go there and meet the nicest people and try the food they made.
I want to say a big thank to my employer Pat because working with her was a blast and to local community as well, because they all made us feel like home. Kelleys Island is forever in my heart.
– Tuyaara – Russia
“Life is short, if you must work, why not work on an island!” If you agree, here are a few options to consider:
1. The Island Mining Co. and Gem Mining Station
2. The Healing Seed Shoppe
Island Mining Co. and Gem Mining Station – fun for kids and adults
Rock and Gem Shop:
The Healing Seed Shoppe – heal your body and your soul
Type of Jobs: Summer Seasonal Shopkeeper.
Ideal availability: May 20 – Sept 8
Pay scale: Depends on experience, entry level is app 9.50-12.00
A typical scenario of income for the season: In 2019, one of the main employees net was appx $4200 for 3 months work.How it worked out: The gross was appx $5600 for the summer at $8.55 per hour for an accumulated 654 hrs in 2 positions. Stayed in Employee housing 94 days which totaled 940.00 for entire season. Completed the contract and received appx. $338 back from housing fee collected. total for housing ended up being apps 600. for the season.
The employee also held another morning job in a restaurant a few days a week, which afforded her additional income and access to food. At the end of the season, spent several weeks traveling around the country including Disneyland in California, before returning home.
Level of experience: Entry Level, no experience
necessary but willingness to work as described and make friends is essential.
Location: Caddy Shack Square, Kelleys Island, Ohio which is located in Lake Erie (one of the Great Lakes) – a summer seasonal tourist destination for local/regional and international travelers.
Hours 32-40 as a main job. Appx 15 hr as a part time job. Other positions might be available to first applicants for extra hours.
Island Mining Co. Duties: Opening / Closing / Keeping Shop area and Mining Station clean and in good working order.
Arriving at work with time to be ready to open at scheduled time. Be aware of inventory and reordering supplies etc. Guiding and assisting customers in purchases. Educate customers about the Gem Mining Station existence and process. Smiling, being courteous and helpful. Some moderate lifting and bending required, so much be physically fit without health conditions to perform the job.
The Healing Seed Shoppe Duties: Opening / Closing / Keeping Shop and treatment room areas clean and in good order. Laundering and folding therapy sheets. Appointment scheduling and cashiering.
Arriving at work with time to be ready to open at scheduled time. Be aware of inventory and reordering supplies etc. Guiding and assisting customers in purchases. Educate customers about the therapy services we offer. Smiling, being courteous and helpful. Some moderate lifting and bending required, so much be physically fit without health conditions to perform the job.
Type of employees we are looking for: Friendly, positive, helpful, like to make people happy, efficient, conscientious, reliable, honest, good communicator, good listener, confidently and compassionately able to communicate in difficult situations, willing to enthusiastically speak and interact with every customer. Alert of the store surroundings. Problem-solving skills. Self-motivated. Willing to work alone. Interested in using their experience with the store to build their own business in their country. Treat the store as their own by taking interest in sales and growth along with suggestions and follow-through with changes.
If you are that person or wish to become this person, please firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you!
Please take the fun personality test on this link and email the personality type results with the info below.
Entitle Email: Job Application for Island Mining Co.
Include in your email:
Phone / Text number:
Male or Female:
– Would you require Shared Dorm-style Employee Housing at 10.00 per day (3.60 per day refunded with completion of contract)
– Would you have your own housing on-island.
– Would you live off-island but able to commute at your own expense (instead of opting for housing)
How would your friends describe you?
What is your goal for the summer? (financial, experience, improve english, make friends, etc.)
Which position interests you or both?
What do you think will be your favorite part of this job and why?
(please include an ex-employers contact info along with any other reliable reference with contact info)
Our Local Coffee / Bakery / Wonderful array of Take-out Prepared Foods
Check out Taste by the Lake on Facebook!
You simply have to stop for a burger at the Tiki Bar Grill (they are amazing burgers) Jim is grilling’ up burgers, hotdogs and brats. Be sure to ask about the grilled pineapple shots! Located inside the Tiki Bar. Watchin’ the game at the Tiki Bar and Burgers from the grill….can’t get any better than that!
Stop in to the Kelleys Island Clothing Co. for all your Kelleys Island gear!
Entering this quaint (and adorable) Snack Shack is a step-back-in-time featuring cotton candy and caramel popcorn. What a great addition to the Square!!
and Patty’s Condo on the Lake (shown below)
If you are going to stay on the island…by all means….Get the view! Kelleys Island, Ohio USA
Danny’s Million Dollar View: 3B/1B (2 dbl beds, 2 twin bed, 1 bed with tub/shower) is situated on the southeast end of the island with awesome lake view of Cedar Point Amusement Park. A quaint A-frame 70’s colonial decor cottage on Lake Erie with plenty of parking for boat trailers (tidy fishermen welcome!!), lovely corner lakefront / lake view. Loft with pool table.
Good for a couple who wants to spend time together in a quiet place with and excellent view (there is an extra guest fee).
This view is for sale. If you want to come to envision the possible 2M house you can build, we highly recommend you spend some time here.
(Prices included bed tax of 6%)
Legend has it that Danny won this wooded property in a friendly card game in the 70’s and eventually built this A-frame house affording the Million-Dollar View!
This property will offer you an inspiring view. It has one of the most desirable views of the Lake and Ceder Point Amusement Park. It is from this view that my father, Dan Ahner created and fulfilled his dreams. (i.e. Caddy Shack Square etc).
The price of this property is set for 2 people. If you would like to bring a bigger group to brainstorm your future, the house has capacity for 6 adults (fees may apply).
You can easily see in the pictures that this property is not luxury or updated. There are many other properties on the island that would offer a better value if you are looking for just a place to stay while your are in the island.
There are 2 bedrooms which each have double beds and one bedroom which has twin beds. The bathroom has a bathtub/shower combo with shower curtain. The Kitchen has fridge/freezer, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, coffee pot. Dishes, utensils, pans. (All appliances need to be turned off when not attended). Washer and Dryer available for your use.
In addition, the Garage was split into an apartment for his daughter Patty, and eventually an upstairs apartment was added, commonly called “the Condo” and is also available by the week through AirBNB (Patty’s Condo on the Lake: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25783966)
I hope that the time you spend on this property inspires you to become the best version of yourself. This is a place where you can take a break from your life to think beyond your imagination.
Come and get inspire!
This view is for sale, take advantage while it last.
We hope you enjoy your stay!
You have full access to the house. Please note: Wifi is available but direct ethernet connection to router is not listed as an amenity and is not available in the house. The island has an ongoing challenge with internet service but generally it is stable but not guaranteed.
Owner more responsive (by text) between 11:30am-12:30pm and between 7pm and 8 pm
Not handicap accessible. There are 3 steps to reach deck and side entrance door. Stairs to upstairs loft where pool table is located. Not handicap accessible.
No parties or events (thank you for respecting the house)
NO SMOKING inside home
Children under 21 would need to be supervised
Self check-in with keypad (request code before your visit for smooth transition)
Owner lives behind house in lower garage apartment. Noise level must be kept reasonable so as not to bother neighbors at any time.
Windows/doors need to be closed (locked as well to protect valuables) when not in the house in case of unexpected rain which can damage interior.
If you would like to rent a golf cart or a bike for the duration of your rental, we can help arrange that for you if you let us know ahead.
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Patty’s Condo on the Lake: 1B/1B (1 dbl bed, 1 bath with shower) is a lovely 2nd level garage condo built in 2017 with stairlift from deck (3 steps to deck) perfect for 2 people looking to get-away for the week or weekend with separate entrance. Shared screened-in Patio with Amazing Lakefront View.
Owner lives below in separate apartment.
(Prices included state and local bed tax of 6%)
Just the right size for a couple with one double bed, kitchenette, living/dining area. Great view from the shared screened in porch!
Access to whole condo and shared screened in porch.