Global expertise, local knowledge
10 May 2017
PKF in San Diego had the privilege of hosting a J-1 12-month Secondee from January 2016 until January 2017. She was the delightful Maria Lorena Hermosa Bachero (Lorena) from PKF in Asunción, Paraguay.
All in all it was a very positive experience. It does take a tremendous amount of work with the application and documents needed to actually get the Secondee to be sitting at her new desk in the hosting country. It was worth it for me to use a J-1 Service who helped us every step of the way. We could not have done it without this service which only cost about $1500 US Dollars. We also paid for Lorena’s flights. She was responsible for her living expenses including a car. We paid for her salary and health benefits. We enjoyed sharing the San Diego and California culture. Lorena was very active in seeking out all sorts of places and experiences.
It is important that the Secondee be independent. They are here to support us during busy season but if they want the full benefit of coming to another country, sometimes they need to be pro-active and seek out “field trips” and culture with other employees/co-workers or even on their own. Regarding the real reason for coming to San Diego was to work, Lorena and we would agree that it can be challenging at first to understand the different levels of audit. Even though Lorena spoke English well, when it comes to terms and technical vocabulary, there is indeed an adjustment period. Also, it is important to know different levels of accounting. Lorena was a Manager at PKF Paraguay, but considered a Senior in San Diego.
Not only might we do things differently but when it is in a second language, that is an added situation. Lorena arrived right in the beginning of busy season and hit the ground running. It would have been very helpful if we had brought her on a bit prior to the busy season so she could have become acclimated prior to the rush. Lorena learned to thrive and grow and improve drastically throughout the year and we only wish her 12- month stay could have been longer.
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