Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

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About Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

Year Founded: 2005

Connect-123 offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad programs in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, Ireland, and China. In all countries, internship and volunteer work placements are hosted by local companies, nonprofit organizations, schools, research institutes, hospitals, and healthcare clinics. In South Africa, our study programs are offered through the University of Cape Town. Our experienced team advises program participants prior to departure and provides ongoing support and guidance upon arrival at their destination. We also offer participants the opportunity to combine experiential learning with academic studies on our accredited Social Entrepreneurship study abroad program.

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Internships in Cape Town, South Africa with Connect-123!

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Make your resume stand out against all the others with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa! Connect-123 helps those looking to add international work experience to

Education, Community Service & Social Work Internships

Spain : Barcelona

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of teaching, community service and social work related opportunities in Barcelona. Projects may include assisting with childhood literacy...

Marketing, Advertising & PR Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of marketing, advertising, and public relations internships in Barcelona. Marketing internships may involve social media marketing...

Internships in Dublin, Ireland with Connect-123!

Ireland : Dublin

Develop your international work experience with an internship in Dublin! Connect-123 has advisors in this beautiful and historic city to help you find the perfect placement...

Internships in Barcelona, Spain with Connect-123!

Spain : Barcelona

Experience life in Spain with an internship in Barcelona, one the most diverse and beloved cities in the world. Filled with stunning architecture, museums, and delicious

Marketing, Advertising & PR Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

As one of the most modern and rapidly growing cities in China, opportunities abound for those with a marketing, advertising, and public relations background in Shanghai.

Environment & Sustainable Development Internships

China : Shanghai

Connect-123 is an organization dedicated to finding students amazing internship placements around the world. By choosing to apply for a position in in the environment and...

Medical & Public Health Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

The Medical or Public Health Internship program gives you the opportunity to work with many of the leading hospitals, clinics, and public health research institutions in

Economic Development & Microfinance Internships

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of economic development and microfinance related opportunities in Buenos Aires. Participants can choose from placements researching...

Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Internships

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Intern in Buenos Aires and gain an understanding of the dynamics of local companies. Business consulting and finance opportunities include developing feasibility studies

Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Internships

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Connect-123 offers a wide range of business related internship opportunities in Cape Town, including business consulting, marketing, venture capital, microfinance, and emerging...

Human Rights Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Connect-123 offers a wide variety of human rights related internships in Cape Town including research and advocacy on socioeconomic rights, monitoring and evaluation of community...

Career-related Internships & Meaningful Volunteer Programs!

-Multi-Country Locations : Argentina, China and 3 other locations , Ireland, South Africa, Spain Show less

Whether you're looking for a hands-on, career related internship that will set you apart from the crowd or a chance to use your skills with meaningful volunteer project,

Meaningful Volunteer Programs in Dublin with Connect-123!

Ireland : Dublin

Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Dublin. There are a range of different areas to choose from...

Education, Community Service & Social Work Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 offers a range of different hands-on, career related internship opportunities in Dublin. Internships could involve assisting with childhood literacy projects,...

Tourism & Hospitality Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Dublin attracts millions of tourists from around the globe who come to soak up its rich heritage, city life and the surrounding breathtaking countryside. Connect-123 offers...

Medical & Public Health Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 works with several leading hospitals, clinics and public health research institutes in Dublin and coordinate both research-based and clinical health care programs....

Environment & Sustainable Development Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Also known as the "Emerald Isle", Ireland strives to maintain its green environment. Interns interested in the environment and sustainability will find opportunities available...

Human Rights Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 facilitates international internship positions, linking students and graduates with hands-on learning opportunities in Dublin for personal and career development....

Law & Public Policy Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 is in contact with several leading human rights organizations, legal centers and departments in and around Dublin and can facilitate a wide range of legal positions....

Design, Film & Photography Internships

Ireland : Dublin

We are in contact with several leading design agencies in and around Dublin and can facilitate a wide range of new media as well as traditional design internships. Design...

Journalism & Communications Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 is in contact with several leading publications and broadcasters in Dublin and can facilitate a wide range of positions, including opportunities at newspapers,...

Marketing, Advertising & PR Internships in Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

Dublin is fast becoming known as a creative hub, especially within the marketing, advertising, and PR industries. Connect-123 offers you the opportunity to work at a range...

Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Internships in Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

Dublin has seen a steady increase in Foreign Direct Investment and is home to some of the largest international business and banks. The current global recession has also

Teaching, Youth Development & Sports Volunteer Programs

Spain : Barcelona

Volunteer in Barcelona and focus on making a difference in the lives of local youth through different activities and programs. Participants can work with children and teens...

Meaningful Volunteer Programs in Barcelona with Connect-123!

Spain : Barcelona

Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Barcelona. There are a range of different areas to choose from...

Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, which has contributed to its cosmopolitan environment, diversity and openness to other cultures. The city also offers...

Medical & Public Health Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Participate in an internship in Barcelona and get an insight into one of the best healthcare systems in Europe. The city offers a wide scope of private facilities for medicine...

Environment & Sustainable Development Internships

Spain : Barcelona

As an environmental or sustainable development intern in Barcelona you will have the opportunity to work with one of Connect-123's wide network of local organizations. Opportunities...

Human Rights Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Participate in an internship focusing on human rights and learn about the core mission as well as the operations and logistics of Barcelona-based organizations. Connect-123...

Law & Public Policy Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Intern in Barcelona with a focus on law and public policy, gaining an understanding of international trends and obtaining direct work experience. As a Connect-123 intern

Design, Film & Photography Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

We are in contact with several leading design agencies in and around Barcelona and can facilitate a wide range of new media as well as traditional design internships. As

Journalism & Communications Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Intern in Barcelona in communications or journalism and obtain career related experience while learning about a new culture. Connect-123 has connections with many different...

Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Internships

Spain : Barcelona

Participate in an internship in Spain and gain insights into international business, financial operations, or start-up enterprises. Barcelona provides the perfect backdrop...

Economic Development & Microfinance Internships in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

If you are looking to expand your knowledge in the areas of economic development and microfinance, Barcelona provides the perfect environment for a hands-on educational experience....

Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Connect-123 is in touch with several leading hotels, travel agencies, and non-profit eco-tourism organizations in and around Cape Town and can facilitate a wide range of

Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city filled with European architecture, year round festivals, and endless events, while Argentina has some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world....

Law Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

We are in contact with several leading legal centers and departments in and around Shanghai and can facilitate a range of legal positions. With an internship in the legal...

Law & Public Policy Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Be exposed to legal issues unique to South Africa, as well as those that pertain to Africa in general, with a Law or Public Policy internship through Connect-123. With the...

Law & Public Policy Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

We are in contact with several leading human rights organizations, legal centers and departments in and around Buenos Aires and can facilitate a range of legal positions....

Design, Film & Photography Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 is in contact with several leading design agencies in Buenos Aires and can facilitate a wide range of new media as well as traditional design internships. Interns...

Marketing, Advertising & PR Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of advertising, marketing, and public relations opportunities in Buenos Aires. Advertising opportunities include both account management...

Environment & Sustainable Development Volunteer Programs

China : Shanghai

As China continues to go through a period of rapid economic growth, issues like pollution and how to create a more sustainable society grow as well. By volunteering through...

Community Service Volunteer Programs in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

If the idea of community service intrigues you, then consider working abroad as a volunteer in Shanghai and lending your skills to a variety of projects where your assistance...

Medical & Public Health Volunteer Programs in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

Medical and Public Health volunteers are provided special opportunities to use their knowledge and skills in Shanghai, China. By volunteering through Connect-123, volunteers...

Teaching, Youth Development & Sports Volunteer Programs

China : Shanghai

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of youth development, teaching or sports related volunteer programs. Opportunities include assisting with childhood literacy projects,...

Economic Development & Microfinance Volunteer Programs

China : Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the most rapidly growing cities in China with a growing population that is facing multiple economic and financial challenges, making it a perfect location...

Education, Community Service & Social Work Internships

China : Shanghai

The ability to intern in Shanghai will give you the opportunity to work with and change the lives of the local community members through community service, education, and...

Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Internships

China : Shanghai

Connect-123 will work with you to help you find the perfect internship that fits your expertise and interest. It will provide you with the best opportunities to gain experience...

Meaningful Volunteer Programs in Shanghai with Connect-123!

China : Shanghai

Work as a volunteer with one of the organizations in our networks of non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools throughout Shanghai and you'll have the opportunity to change...

Internships in Shanghai, China with Connect-123!

China : Shanghai

Looking for a way to make your resume really stand out? How about an international internship in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Connect-123 can help you find...

Meaningful Volunteer Programs in Buenos Aires - Connect-123!

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer with Connect-123 in one of Latin America's most exciting cities, Buenos Aires! We work with local schools, foundations, hospitals and NGOs to find you a volunteer...

Environment & Sustainable Development Internships

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer in Buenos Aires and assist in projects that have a direct impact on the environment. Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of environment and sustainability-focused...

Meaningful Volunteer Programs in Cape Town with Connect-123!

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Volunteer with Connect-123 in South Africa! Connect-123 works with local NGOs to find you a meaningful volunteer project based on your unique skills and interests. Opportunities...

Economic Development & Microfinance Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Take your internship experience to new heights with the variety of projects available from Connect-123 in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to calling this diverse city...

Journalism & Communications Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Intern in communications or journalism and take advantage of Connect-123's links with publications, agencies, and studios based in Buenos Aires. Participants may be placed...

Medical & Public Health Volunteer Programs in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer in Buenos Aires and focus on public health or medicine, assisting in community and organization projects and gaining insight into the dynamics of the international...

Education, Community Service & Social Work Internships

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 can facilitate a variety of education, community service, and social work related internships in Buenos Aires. Volunteers may choose from a variety of placements...

Medical & Public Health Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Start a career in medicine with a tailor made Medical Internship in Buenos Aires. Connect - 123 builds unique and practical internships based on the requirements and interests...

Human Rights Internships in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 creates Human Rights Internships around the needs and interests of each participant. Buenos Aires internships have included: gender rights research, working for...

Teaching, Youth Development & Sports Volunteer Programs

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of teaching, youth development, and sports related volunteer programs in Buenos Aires. Volunteers can make a difference in the lives...

Internships in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Connect-123!

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Participate in this extraordinary international work experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina! Connect-123 works with you to create a hands on, customized internship program...

Education, Community Service & Social Work Internships

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Experience life in a new culture while you gain valuable work experience with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa from Connect-123! We create customized internship programs...

Community Service & Human Rights Volunteer Programs

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

With Connect-123, volunteers are able to match their skills and interests with projects that will truly help make a difference in South African communities. This program

Medical & Public Health Volunteer Programs in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Work with several leading hospitals, clinics, public health research institutes, and universities in Cape Town with the help of Connect-123, where you can participate in

Environment, Animal Science & Wildlife Volunteer Programs

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Located in Cape Town, South Africa, Connect-123 connects participants interested in the environment, animal science, and wildlife with meaningful volunteer projects. Opportunities...

Teaching, Youth Development & Sports Volunteer Programs

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Work in Cape Town as a volunteer in youth development or education with Connect-123! Past opportunities have included assisting with childhood literacy projects, leading...

Study Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Connect-123's semester-long Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cape Town (UCT) provides a hands-on, one-of-a-kind experience of the challenges of entrepreneurship...

Medical & Public Health Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Whether you are looking for a research-based internship, or a clinical health internship, Connect-123 facilitates both in beautiful Cape Town, allowing interns the best opportunities...

Environment, Sustainabie Developement & Wildlife Internships

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Come to Cape Town to intern in the areas of Environment, Sustainable Development, or Wildlife! It is known as one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world....

Economic Development & Microfinance Volunteer Programs

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Be exposed to legal issues unique to South Africa, as well as those that pertain to Africa in general, with a Law or Public Policy internship through Connect-123. With the...

Teaching Program in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

We are in contact with several leading schools and non-profit organizations in Cape Town and have a wide range of opportunities in education available. Opportunities are...

Teaching Program in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer at schools and non-profit educational organizations as a teacher in Buenos Aires to give back to local community members, working to change their lives through

Journalism & Communications Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Do you dream of becoming a journalist or communications professional, but need more experience on your resume? Connect-123 makes it possible to facilitate a variety of internship...

Child Life Volunteer Program in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Connect-123's Child Life program at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town strives to normalize the hospital experience through play as well as provide developmentally...

Community Service & Human Rights Volunteer Programs

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer with an organization that specializes in finding personalized programs to meet the needs of each person looking to make a real difference. Connect-123 has onsite...

Economic Development & Microfinance Volunteer Programs

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Participate in a volunteer placement in Buenos Aires and make a difference while focusing on microfinance and economic development. Volunteers will work on projects such

Environment & Sustainable Development Volunteer Programs

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Volunteer in the beautiful country of Argentina and focus on projects that will make a difference in the community, and on the environment. Connect-123 can facilitate a range...

Economic Development & Microfinance Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

Connect-123 works with you to provide an internship that best matches your interests and skills and can facilitate a wide range of Economic development and Microfinance internships...

Journalism & Communications Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

Located in the bustling city of Shanghai, Connect-123 features amazing journalism and communications internships in the heart of the Chinese economy. With the help of a Connect-123...

Teaching Program in China

China : Shanghai

As a teacher in Shanghai, your work will help to change the lives of local community members through the gift of education. Teach at schools and non-profit educational organizations,...

Marketing, Advertising & PR Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

With a Connect-123 internship in Marketing, Advertising, or Public Relations, you can get the experience you need to set yourself apart from the crowd, with one of the world's...

Design, Film & Photography Internships in Cape Town

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Get some hands-on experience in the design, film, or photography fields with a Connect-123 internship in Cape Town! Design interns can work with leading design agencies on...

Design, Film & Photography Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

Connect-123's design, film, and photography internships provide participants amazing opportunities to gain international work experience! Within the design field, opportunities...

Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Shanghai

China : Shanghai

Interested in a going into a hospitality or tourism career but don't have the experience needed? Take your resumé to the next level with Connect-123, where you can find

Environment & Sustainable Development Volunteer Programs

Spain : Barcelona

Participate in a sustainable development or environment-related volunteering program in Barcelona! Volunteers will work with like-minded individuals, both local Barcelonans...

Economic Development & Microfinance Volunteer Programs

Spain : Barcelona

Volunteering in economic development or microfinance in Barcelona will give you the opportunity to be involved in meaningful projects ranging from research and evaluation...

Community Service & Human Rights Volunteer Programs

Spain : Barcelona

As a volunteer you can use your unique set of skills to benefit a local community in Barcelona through a range of different Connect-123 volunteer program opportunities. A...

Medical & Public Health Volunteer Programs in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Make a difference with local people by volunteering in a public health or medical placement in the amazing city of Barcelona. Participants can learn about public health or...

Economic Development & Microfinance Internships

Ireland : Dublin

Given the current economic situation in Ireland, Dublin is a great environment to gain first hand experience working in a regenerating economy. Connect-123 can facilitate...

Environment & Sustainable Development Volunteer Programs

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide variety of environment and sustainable development related volunteer positions that allow you to participate in a variety of projects, working...

Economic Development & Microfinance Volunteer Programs

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of economic development and microfinance volunteer opportunities in Dublin, including projects in microfinance, teaching / mentoring,...

Community Service & Human Rights Volunteer Programs

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of community service and human rights volunteer opportunities in Dublin, including working with nonprofits, hospitals, schools, clinics...

Medical & Public Health Volunteer Programs

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 is in contact with local hospitals, research institutes and hospices and can facilitate both research-based and clinical volunteer positions in Dublin. Possible...

Teaching, Youth Development & Sports Volunteer Programs

Ireland : Dublin

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide range of teaching, youth development and sports related volunteer projects in Dublin. Opportunities include volunteering in schools in lower-income...

Teaching Program in Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Volunteer as a teacher at schools or local non-profit educational organizations in Barcelona! You can give back to local communities by working with students from the early...

Teaching Program in Ireland

Ireland : Dublin

We are in contact with several leading schools and non-profit organizations in Dublin and have a wide range of opportunities in education available. Opportunities are available...

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Staff Interviews

  • Steven Levy - International Program Development

    Steven Levy of Connect 123

    Connect-123 has been sending individuals and groups to exciting international destinations, like Barcelona, Dublin, and Shanghai, for intern, volunteer, and study programs since its founding in 2005. Steven Levy, has been the energy pushing Connect-123 to what it is today, along with his wife, and the organization’s co-founder, Lea. When they decided to develop Connect-123, they were inspired by their own experiences abroad and driven by a desire to provide hands-on international work experience for students from around the world. Steven and Lea now live in Barcelona, where they continue to make Connect-123 programs successful.

    Connect-123 specializes in offering customized internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs. Did you participate in an international program while earning your undergraduate degree at Cornell? How have your experiences abroad helped you to develop Connect-123’s programs? 

    In 1991, just before my last semester at Cornell and just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, I moved to Moscow. I stayed with a friend’s family, quickly learned to speak Russian, and within a few months, starting working as photojournalist with the Associated Press. While I had the previous summer had an internship at Citibank in New York, where I learned valuable skills, my experience in Moscow, where I stayed for nine years, was life-changing.

    







Father and son on at Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa

    Steven with his son Zach at Clifton beach, Cape Town.

    We started Connect-123 to help students have similar life-changing experiences through international internships, providing practical, personalized support from pre-trip advice to post-program assistance to our alumni. 

    You had substantial experience in running various businesses in multiple different countries, before you ventured into experiential travel and international education. What intrigued you about the industry that motivated you to switch the focus of your business endeavors?

    In 2005, I led an investment fund in Cape Town, helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses. As part of this work, I started an internship program linking international students with entrepreneurs and right away saw the value for both students and local businesses.  Together with my wife and co-founder Lea, we thought it would be fun to expand the model and link students from all backgrounds – for example, marketing, health care, law, engineering, and journalism – with projects in Cape Town at local companies, non-profits, schools, and hospitals. From the start, participants were having transformational experiences, local organizations were excited to have more students, and it felt meaningful to play a role in making it happen. 

    What is one challenge you have overcome in the history of Connect-123 that you feel stands as a turning point for the organization?

    Our expansion to Argentina in 2009 was certainly a turning point.  Until then, we had demonstrated that we could facilitate great experiences for students in Cape Town, but could we provide the same high level of service in other countries and could we maintain our company culture, values, and mission as we expand internationally? Our success in Buenos Aires gave us the confidence to later expand to Shanghai, Dublin, and Barcelona. 

    By forming partnerships with various businesses and institutions around the world, Connect-123 is able to provide a wide range of programs for international participants. How do you select and maintain partnerships across the globe and ensure participant satisfaction? 

    We have full-time, local staff in each program location and meet with host organizations prior to recommending them to students. During these meetings, we assess buy-in to the concept.  Is the organization truly interested in gaining from the skills of an international student and willing to create time for training and feedback? Is the organization excited about the concept of cultural exchange and having an international co-worker? We measure satisfaction via individual feedback/coaching sessions with participants as well as ongoing discussions with supervisors. Carefully setting expectations and actively monitoring feedback helps ensure success for both participants and host organizations.

    What individuals are best suited for Connect-123 programs? What are the determining factors for having a successful program experiences in your opinion?

    Applicants with great attitudes have great experiences, and we look for individuals who are flexible, culturally aware, motivated, and fun. Since we link students to projects at their skill level, we do not have prerequisites or language requirements and we can work with a wide range of applicants, from gap year to post-grad.

    Though Connect-123 offers a wide array of programs, the organization still manages to cater to individual preferences. How do you continue to maintain programs that keep up with the demands of students as well as the trends in international education?

    Over the years, we’ve noticed some major trends in international education including a shift toward experiential learning – including internship, volunteer and service learning programs – and a shift toward students wanting customized programs that uniquely fit their goals, duration and timing. From the start, Connect-123 has catered for individual preferences, with literally hundreds of project options in each location, flexible start dates/durations, and flexible housing options.

    Connect-123 offers programs in five key cities – Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, and Shanghai. What factors drove you to select the locations? What city can we expect to find Connect-123 programs in next?

    We select cities based on diversity, cultural experience, and fun. We now offer programs on four continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America – but in just five key cities, where we have full-time, on-the-ground staff. For us, maintaining quality is everything and focusing on fewer destinations helps us provide great support. That said, Lea and I have always loved traveling in Southeast Asia, and for new Connect-123 destinations, both Thailand and Vietnam are high on our list, so stay tuned!

    What program is the most popular currently? What do you think is the biggest draw to the program?

    Dublin is by far our fastest growing program and, since we work with many U.S. students, I think the biggest draws include cultural ties, English language, and proximity to the U.S.

    Though Connect-123 programs can vary greatly, spanning many subjects and locations, what do you see as the staple component of Connect-123 programs that make them such a success?

    Though we work with hundreds of students each year and run programs in five countries, Connect-123 is family-run and we take a personalized approach with each applicant, from advising during the placement process, to providing 24/7 support and guidance in each program location, to helping program alumni by providing reference letters, ideas, and contacts as they develop their careers. 

    How do you hope to develop Connect-123’s programs in the coming months?

    We continually review feedback and look to promote great ideas from one program location throughout our network. For example, in Cape Town, we developed a monthly workshop for participants to help them reflect how they’ll best communicate the value of their international experience to future employers or to grad school admission committees, and in the coming months, we’ll be offering this workshop in other destinations. Developing innovative programs for our participants is a continual process!