The company I work for, Work and Travel Group, held the largest alumni summer work and travel event in the history of the world this past November.
We had a massive Thanksgiving event at Mikser House in Belgrade Serbia on Thanksgiving.
We brought in over 500 former students from 2008- 2016 to experience an American Thanksgiving and to win some prizes.
Once the students arrived, they were given coupons for two free alcoholic beverages and unlimited soda, juice and soft drinks. We started off serving some Serbian pies and American pie for them to snack on before our main course.
We let the students mingle for an hour and then had the prize giveaway. We had the students from work and travel 2015 submit their favorite picture from their summer in the US. Once we received the photo, we placed it on our Facebook page to see which one received the most likes. The three with the most likes, received a refund of their program fee which was between $1,000 and $1,300! The prize money came from CIEE and Work and Travel Group.
I was the host of the entire event so I had to nibble around between talking and preparing for my next presentation. I hated that part of the event because I love to eat.
After dinner, it was time to interview a few of our students about their experiences in the USA.
The last segment of the night was another prize giveaway. Puzzle Group donated three vacation packages to be given away at random. We used a lotto wheel to randomly select a number that was on top of their ticket.
The night ended around 11pm when the buses arrived to bring the Nis and Novi Sad students back to their cities. I felt my night was successful as the host. I only had a few minor errors in my presentations. Not bad for someone who hated public speaking in high school.
We had a 5 minutes video made about the whole entire event that you can watch here. A great time was had by all of the attendees.