Submitted by Sophia Brelvi - North Carolina State University | October 10, 2014
I participated in a legal internship, and though it was not what I expected, the administration was really helpful and accommodating. I worked with an NGO and was expecting to do work related to law, but even though that did not work out as planned, it was not the fault of the administration. they reached out and asked if I wanted to be reassigned, but since I did not have much time, I decided against it. they were constantly in touch and readily available to help whenever needed. I would definitely go with them again in the future.
Everyone was really nice and would check up on me to make sure things were going well. The administration´s helpfulness and availability was great.
I was properly prepared for what to expect, and I liked that I was allowed to be independent.
My host lady was nice and very accommodating. The kitchen and utensils were kind of dirty, so I would rewash them before use. but other than that, my room was great, the neighborhood was safe and comfortable.
For a unique eating experience, definitely check out Café Manga in San Jose. it is a short walk from Mall San Pedro.
Felt At Home Abroad.
Submitted by Chris Fajardo - Baylor University | October 10, 2014
Costa Rica is a wonderful country, and making the transition into my home there was an easy one. The people are friendly and willing to help with Spanish.
The mountain in Santa Ana is a great place to watch the sunset.
Submitted by luis Felipe Monsalve Samame - California State University Fullerton | October 10, 2014
The internship was interesting because our surpassed my expectations. I am very thankful for the coordinator Christine Adamission who helped me through the process.
The person I lived with was amazing. To eat the best Chifrijo, go to Rio de Janeiro. Gray spot to visit is Puerto Viejo in Limon (Atlantic).
The More I Travel, The More I Realize We Are All The Same.
Submitted by Shawna Riggio - Undisclosed | October 10, 2014
Although people are from different places, the makeup of our souls and the essence that makes us emote are the same. We are more alike than we realize. It is our perceptions and stereotypes that separate us, not the realities.
My internship did not meet the expectations listed in the pre-departure manual or the expectations provided in orientation.
I proactively pursued intercambios and relationships with cultures different from my own.
I was very lucky, for I lived with a wonderful roommate.
My apartment was in a very safe neighborhood and I felt secure and safe inside my place of living.
We were provided health insurance. I never utilized any services.
Love Living In Barcelona Working Was Different
Submitted by Rachael McArthur - Undisclosed | October 10, 2014
Coming to Barcelona was a great choice. The World Internships staff was very helpful. Barcelona is a great city to do live in but coming to work is a little different. The placement I was put in was very slow paced, they did not have enough work for me to fill the hours that i required. Also the tasks I was told I would be doing before i left were not the same thing I would be doing once I got to the placement. I found it better to do and explore things on my own than with the SAE program people, I am a art student and wanted to see the art in Barcelona and do activities that were not so touristy which were most of the activities that they purposed. I loved living in Barcelona it is my favorite city, the only issue was the internship, not having enough work to do or employers not listening when i asked for more tasks. I spoke with the SAE staff over here to assist me in finding another internship but all they did was talk to my boss, the internship improved for a week then went back to me having no work. I suggest before you choose and internship look at all the choices that they have found for your field and make sure you will be needed for the time that you stay in Barcelona.
World Internships was very helpful and checked in with me to make sure my time here was going well.
I started out living in Gracia which was a perfect little barrio in barcelona and changed to raval which is very different so this allowed me to immerse myself in two different areas in barcelona
I choose to find my own place outside of the program through the website airbnb and managed to save some money that allowed me to travel around a lot more.
Robadores 23 is a small bar in Raval that has local music play every night and every sunday for 3 euros is local Flamenco dancing and singing. Much better than paying a lot of a money to see a show. Also follow the event flyers on the streets!! they are usually the local parties and events that occur in the city
I found the city pretty safe just be aware of your surroundings.