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CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

The Citytravelreview Berlin project is City Travel Review’s most established and most popular study/working project which has been running for around 10 years. CityTravelReview...

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Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    10

CTR working experience #GoForIt

The CTR project is part language learning and part working experience so between uni and work. Most team members were in their twenties and initially was recommended the project via uni through a few course mates. Was a good way to spend the summer especially if you have the free time in the summer or left uni and not sure what direction to go in. Meeting others and seeing what they’ve done also helped in my case. Some left uni and already had a good amount of working experience. The project had a little bit for all. I must admit I was originally not so interested in learning a language and leaned more to the working experience and the city of Berlin which was why I applied and the honest fact that I didn’t want to sit unemployed living again with my parents during the entire summer - I actually did get a lot from most parts on the project. All in team were from different backgrounds. I particularly am not talented in languages or in the future will most likely not go into a creative area however nevertheless got a lot from it and wanted to at least see something different from what i studied which was business studies. I now work in a finance department for a multi national company so completely the opposite of CTR, although ironically I did pick up the post with help from another project member of the team who was taking a career break from his company. The team working part of the project did also support my application as many of the working skills used are also the foundations to most teams. If you like meeting people, want something slightly different from the norm, pick up a bit of language, like alternative cities that are alot cheaper than London and not sure what your future direction is then would go for it!

Program: CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The CTR project in Berlin - tremendously worthwhile!

I found citytravelreview to be an interesting & enriching experience that I hopefully won’t forget! I was able to get an in-depth insight to varying industries through CTR and a view into the historic city of Berlin which I found fascinating. I studied history at University although the people I met on my team were from all differing backgrounds, from creative marketing, Geography, English Lang/literature to Politics and accounting- there was a complete spectrum and also what made it nice on the team were the different nationalities albeit most were from the UK. I very much enjoyed the workshop classes, language training and the general day to day duties. The main advantage for me was getting to meet and learn from a bunch of people with a vast amount of knowledge on so many aspects of Berlin from the world war history, Berlin wall and the Berlin culture of today which has changed so much in the past 10 years. I would recommend and endorse the project to anyone that wants to be in a more interactive environment. To be aware of though – there was quite a bit of moving around as there are project activities included most afternoons, most project members do have a room mate unless they request a single room (these are limited and there is an extra cost), it is also hard to prepare for the experience although in retrospect If I did it again I would have learnt some basic German which would have helped me more on my first week. The same applies having a little bit of knowledge on the areas of Berlin. My history in Uni helped with that. Berlin is pretty huge and good navigation became quite crucial especially when outside of the group. Although when we were on the project we did have this bubble feeling. To improve German we did have to get out of the group sometimes which also occasionally did feel more uncomfortable to do so. Berlin as a city itself is fairly cheap if you go to the right places and the staff at ctr were more than happy to share some quality inexpensive places and we of course had access to past project member guides created to see other views and make time comparisons. Berlin as a whole feels like a safe city within reason and has a unique vibe. After completing the project I personally was well supported from the staff I met on location but also from their back office as they provided me with documentation hours which I required for my placement back in Uni and they gave me certification for completion which I can use as a working reference for the period.

A time well spent with so many fun memories!

Program: CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The CityTravelReview experience in Berlin

Was a total life changing experience and off the usual chosen path. If you like creative environments working in teams and want to have the opportunity to live in a local area then this may possibly be for you. I enjoyed pretty much most aspects of the project from learning German while working in a relaxed environment. We got to really experience Berlin and to see the hidden sights.

We had a good combination of work and play.

If you get the chance to join the project grab this with both hands as you won't regret it!

Program: CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

CityTravelReview re-cap

I was on the citytravelreview project recently and here is a mini recap.

I wanted to do the CTR project for quite some time and knew others that had done this on my course in their first year. I finally did it on my last year of studies. Luckily the project did not interfere with my graduation. I stayed on in Berlin with one of my flat mates as we we both got temporary project research roles with a Berlin based media company actually completely through the CTR experience! I am now just enjoying my final days here in Berlin which I’ll miss alot. Undeniably the CTR placement was a positive and unique positive experience and glad I finally got to take part.

Involved learning some language (of course German) in which I knew nothing when joining and researching & writing (which i also had little experience in) about the city doing all kinds of activities relating mostly to the history of Berlin, culture and what was going on at the time. It was nice to be part of a group of like minds and definitey felt productive. We got to travel outside of Berlin on the weekends and also got a fair amount of free-time during afternoons/evenings. Doing the project was great as ctr is a platform where you feel you have a purpose for being there . There are so many artists, creatives etc that show up in Berlin and just live there knowing no German and just hanging around. With CTR I had the impression you could still feel the benefits of being on the streets of Berlin but also be more of a local as you feel you are actually living there and not just hanging aimlessly around. With the help of the classes we did get a better insight when maneuvering around the city and at least also when doing the weekly shopping chores. We also got to see the more hidden areas in the east side of Berlin and were not always on the central tourist path.

They select all the teams as they want to have a good bunch of people which makes sense really. I Can recommend but would in my opinion say to do this before you are 30. Most of the team were early -mid 20’s age range and when i did it team was filled with likeminded people. These are opportunities you have to grasp early before settling into a career. Had no particular grumbles. If you though really want to get to grips with the language then is probably better to stay longer than 1 month.

Program: CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    10

Abroad travel research CTR experience

I didn’t want to put my name on the list of past project members for CTR to be contacted not because I didn’t want to but honestly I am awful with managing my inbox and right now I’m also backpacking around Europe after finishing Uni and now again in Germany for few days travelling onwards to Spain then France until my budget runs out. I hope to do some English teaching and in the summer grape picking or volunteer outdoor work.

So instead I opted to do this link to give my experience. So here is a detailed version of my experience.

I was first made aware of CTR a few years back from the times online newspaper, was tempted but the dates clashed. I did a gap year before uni via projects abroad and recently also did a short stint admin internship in New York. The Project Co-ordinator from CTR stated the main points about the project . What I liked was that it was not sold to me. I was selected to join the project but they also wanted to make sure that I really wanted to join and that I would be a right fit for the team. I had no experience in working on a travel research team and absolutely no German but was assured this was fine as most were from different backgrounds and had varying experiences.

My journey began fully when I picked up a case study on ideas for placements from my uni tutor. My uni tutor knew a couple of people on my course who were also on the team last year and one whose sister also did it years ago which is how he knew of it originally. They also said it was a little like the erasmus programme which i also did for 1 semester. This time I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

I was searching for something to do that was a little more interactive. I wanted to do something offline for once in my life. We did though have internet as roaming has now been abolished in the EU and was like using my phone in the UK so I could still be contacted easily by friends and family abroad like at home. We’ll see how long that lasts with Brexit though. But during the days we were so involved with either workshops, classes or out and about in the city that we were definitely online less. The project encouraged us more to go out more and get out of our comfort zone.

CityTravelReview is a verified and medium sized trusted organisation. Most of their advertising is word of mouth and in some of the career libraries/Hubs and Uni exhibitions. They have been running quite a few years and they have had alot of projects especially in Berlin and in Edinburgh which we were also told were the most popular projects. They also do other locations but all only in Europe. Most project members’ are in their 20’s and not only students.

There are other projects out there but quite honestly I’ve never seen anything the same or really similar to what CTR does so they are in quite a niche audience. The notion that you can just go to Berlin or Edinburgh for cheaper is kind of absurd and ridiculous. Which I read on a forum. Besides most people can simply travel to a place and hang out there for a month or 2 if you have the time. Don’t get me wrong as I’m now backbacking around europe which is great and can recommend but you also meet loads of people that are just travelling and the ones you meet that also are doing a mix of projects and travelling definitely in a way feel more at peace with themselves for choosing to do so. You may spend less if you really budget but you will probably be in a hostel with other random people which is also fun for a short time at least and although travelling can be inspiring there are times I am also searching for something else meaningful to do alongside to justify the travel and to keep my experience on my cv when I do start to apply for proper jobs again which will be soon. You kind of feel bad when you travel and see how others lead their lives while you yourself are basically on holiday. I see great value in these short types of projects and the shame is that many of the gap type organisations that provide these things are very expensive and only seem reachable to those with rich parents. Alot don’t even provide you with anthing. I did a gap year but I wanted to get a balance of some work and then the freedom to travel a month or 2 and then again to get involved in a paid bar job or even voluntary position

Take a look at the blog on their homepage, fb and a project schedule to get the lowdown If you are selected you have to speak with a project co-ordinator as well. This is not an interview but they do want to grasp if you are right for the team and do thoroughly let you know what is involved in the experience.. The main website to be totally honest can be a little confusing as their is quite a lot of content.

CTR packs enough into the experience while you can still enjoy and do your own things. It still is reasonably priced for the experience if you do get in. I cannot quite recommend it enough as I had a ball! Negatives though are that you have to choose your exact duration before you go and cannot stay longer if you choose 1 month. If you pay a deposit and cannot go you will most likely lose this so you definitely have to be sure you want to go so you cannot go half into this as they also need team members’ to commit which I can understand and from a project members point of view you don’t wanna show up to a team and you find you are the only one so this reduces the risk of people opting out last minute. Being in a group of internationals it is quite easy to always stay in the group and not break away sometimes as the group feels more like a safety net. If you like independence you have to try to sometimes go off alone or mix with the locals more. This was the only stumbling block i saw as I was used to more independent travel. Also be aware most project members have to commit early to get in as some of the dates go quicker than others due to some securing their place speedily. Overall in my opinion It is a fabulous way to enjoy the summer whilst also doing something that is a productively good way to use your time. Oh and did I mention was a fun way to learn a language.

Program: CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

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