Sure that she wanted to go someplace far, far away, and to Asia if possible, Natacha Thevenot nonetheless hesitated between Vatel Bangkok and Vatel Manila when she was applying for the Marco Polo program in her second year.
“I ended up choosing Manila because for me, it was less known to the general public and would be an occasion for me to stand out. When you’re a student and can live for several months in a new country, it’s fantastic.
It’s much better than being on vacation because you’ve got the time to fully comprehend the local culture and to learn how to work with other nationalities and at the same time, it takes less time, meaning less stress, than being hired for a job on the other side of the word without a return ticket.”
Once her application had been accepted, Natacha started the administrative work and quickly received her visa for the Philippines. At the same time, Vatel Manila sent her a very detailed student guide book, which reassured her.
Natacha understood this concept quickly: she would have to be very open-minded and be able to adapt herself if she wanted to succeed.
“I’m pretty much like a chameleon who changes colors to adapt itself to its environment. Everyone is not so lucky, as I’ve met other students who were more withdrawn and who weren’t able to blend into this new environment and culture. That’s a mistake, in my opinion, as I’m always the one who takes the first step to get the ball rolling.
Of course, Manila can be very disconcerting with its over-population and its Asian customs that are very different from ours, but Filipinos are always very warm and friendly to anyone who gives them a big smile.”
“A great opportunity that I immediately accepted. But to be frank with you, I hated it. Working all day in an office in a 600-room hotel, that’s just not my cup of tea at all.
What I learned from this is that my professional projects must target operational functions and in particular, managing small to medium sized restaurants.”
Just 20 years old and Emma has already lived in France, in Germany, in Belgium and in England. She’ll tell us about her international experience with the Marco Polo exchange program from Paris to Brussels.Read more
Emma Lacour, who loves travelling and showing her photos on gastronomy and the French art of hospitality on Instagram, tells us why she decided to study in this field.Read more
Mathilde Corbin, who has taught at Vatel Nimes for the past five years, is an expert in events management and a coach for MBA students in this Specialization.Read more
A green Vatel logo, students waiting on tables, at the cash register and advising clients: it’s evident, we’re at a Vatel Cafe!Read more
To thank them for a year of working together, the Lyon Metropolis in an Awards Ceremony, pays homage to what Vatel Lyon students have accomplished.
Currently, in her 2nd undergraduate year, Océane Pilot has already and repeatedly experienced the power of the alumni network of Vatel Bordeaux. Testimonial.Read more
What do Vatel students do when they are not training or in class? Some, like Maxime Culosse, decide to beef up their resumes.Read more
While the international outreach and mixture of theory and practical application convinced Milo’s parents, it was employability and quick promotions in the hospitality industry that seduced Edouard’s...Read more
Red alert! We found Tokyo, Berlin, Rio, Denver and even "El Professor" in the South of France: they were hidden among the Vatel Nîmes first year students during their orientation weekend in Fréjus! #moneyheistRead more
From Montenegro, Tunisia and India, more than 60 students came to Nimes to do their international internship at the Vatel Hotel.Read more
Food and beverage manager and sommelier at Les Tables Vatel in Bordeaux, Julien Borreil likes to learn and discover.Read more
Accepted at Vatel Nantes, Lou Nguyen ends her admission interview by trying on clothing. By the way though, why wear a uniform and what do students think about this?Read more
Hired even before they received their degrees, the Vatel Lyon class of 2018 has great jobs again this year!Read more
How can students appreciate and retain a theoretical course? With a professor who has worked in this industry and has lots of stories to tell!Read more
You could say that Irene Melero, who speaks Spanish, Italian and French, is an expert in how to learn foreign languages! Let’s have a look at her background and educational philosophy.Read more
Vatel Nimes 4th year students came in second place in the nationwide “Challenges for Youth and Companies” competition. What did they decide to promote? A hotel of course!Read more
Vatel students: your 4th year mission, should you choose to accept it, is the following: drawing up a development strategy to increase Chinese tourism in your city, working closely with the Lyon Metropolis.Read more
A 2010 alumnus, Francois Perraud is now a Financial Controller at the Nantes Radisson Blu. Coming September, he’ll also be a Vatel Nantes faculty member!Read more
Vatel Bordeaux Academic Director Ludovic Glorieux presents his missions and a complete overview of the strengths and challenges for the Vatel Group entity in Gironde.Read more
Who is Isabelle Cassini, a Vatel Nantes professor?Read more
The next Worldwide Hospitality Awards will be held in one month: support the Marco Polo program candidacy by voting here right now!Read more
We wish you all a great academic year and a special welcome to the first class of Vatel Nantes.