City Travel Review
The Citytravelreview Berlin project is City Travel Review’s most established and most popular working project. The program has expanded capacity this year and have released...
City Travel Review a must do!
Submitted by Jasmin - Adelaide | October 27, 2016
I completed the City Travel Review program in Berlin in 2010 and absolutely loved every minute of it. From independent living in an apartment block - making you feel like a resident of the city, not just a tourist! - to the fantastic structure of the program - half day language lessons with free time in the afternoon to work on the guidebook project - I cannot recommend this experience enough to anyone looking to study/work/learn abroad. This experience gave me a newfound freedom, independence and outlook on life and made me catch the travel bug big time! More importantly, I also made lifelong friends on the program that I am still in regular contact with six years later!
A great educational and cultural experience.
Submitted by Stephen Bott - Leicestershire | October 27, 2016
What a unique thing to do. There are not many programmes where you can go to language school in the morning and then write a book in the afternoon. It was a project full of opportunities, packed with culture, meeting and working with new people with the same objective - the sheer amount you learned about Berlin and then publish those experiences in order to help others was fulfilling. And to see the end result made all the effort worth it. I was fortunate to take part in the first ever CTR project: I felt that we put together something special - a springboard for CTR to get better and better. I fully recommend CTR to Go Abroad and hope that it can be showcased at Nafsa.
Productive and Fun Summer
Submitted by Isabel Gibert - Lund University | October 27, 2016
My experience with the city travel review project was fantastic from beginning to end, I participated as a student first and then as a project assistant and in both experiences I had a really good time. The team was well organized, the people I worked with was really nice and basically everything worked.
Is a creative way of getting to know a new city, learn new skills and also have fun. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys travelling, meeting new people, wants to develop his or her writing skills or is just simply curious!
My City Travel Review experience
Submitted by Karen F - - | October 25, 2016
Overall I really had a fantastic time on the CTR Berlin project from start to finish. I met a bunch of fantastic like minded people and enjoyed almost every minute. We had some late nights, some last minute hard working and at times were a little under pressure with a few sleepless nights (self inflicted) however it was well worth it! CTR is a project for those that want to learn a foreign language (I learnt from scratch) and work in a team to create an online published travel guide. The main reasons I joined was that I wanted to do something slightly different from my friends and I desperately wanted to take the chance to join the team while I still could before starting my longer term career.
For me it was exactly what I was looking for as I wanted to live in Germany which I do now with the help of ctr and some out of office networking. I also wanted to get some good working experience in a creative field while picking up some contacts.
The project was very informative, interactive and something a little off the beaten track from other things that I've been a part of. We saw a ton of Berlin although be prepared to do a lot of walking. If you don't like walking is probably not the best project for you. Berlin was really massive and it takes a while to get from A to B including a series of trains, trams or buses. All of the project Members lived closeby in my apartment block so is a pretty social place during downtime, free time and on the weekends.
Most of our ctr meetings took place bang in the centre of the city so we got a real city vibe. It was a lot of a fun however is definitely not a walk in the park as described on our first day by the staff and after the honeymoon phase (first week) I was definitely challenged in the language classes to say the least. I did start to fall a little behind during the 2nd week but the teacher I had was really nice and friendly and after a couple of shaky classes I soon got my foot hold. I still keep in touch with CTR and some of the others on my project and as I now live in Germany I have been back to Berlin a lot to visit with friends staying mainly in Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain as this is mainly where my group spent the majority of our time in Berlin and the areas I know best. A few of us on the project also had a mini reunion at Badeschiff (a beach/swimming pool) which was our summer 'tanning hangout' that was introduced to us via ctr. To summarise I was really glad i found the project and my experience was that I enjoyed it thoroughly from language classes, workshops, the activities and overall vibe. Our group bonded really well with a mix of nationalities- mainly most were from the UK, some US & Canada, Australia, a few from Spain, Italy and France. It is the case that you get out of the project what you put in and definitely some of the group work we did at times was testing and for a few days I did end up feeling a little lost and slightly confused and not what I initially expected but this was just part of the exhilarating time. Getting the confidence to use my German outside of class was also a little awkward and I made a zillion mistakes but as time went on I saw the progress and couldn't get any worse than when I first threw myself into the situation. If you want to pick up the basics of a language (like i kind of did), practice in a real life environment and work together in a young team working environment in one of the best capital cities in Europe (my opinion):) then you are well suited.
The advice though I would give if you are thinking of applying to CTR Berlin is to be prepared to get a little out of your comfort zone sometimes, do a lot of walking, be prepared to be offline more than usual (which didn't bother me and I found refreshing) .
We were also out and about a lot. Be aware of time management (the time flies after week 1) and last but not least definitely try and get comfortable with the unknown:)
I was recommended the project by a previous member and I'm so glad I got to take part. Haven't looked back since!