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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

    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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Citytravelreview basics from my experience

CityTravelReview Berlin Project key facts from my experience

My background is in English literature at University. As or German I did GCSE but almost forgot all. I wanted to be part of a project that involved some parts of what I studied and something completely different. I did a lot of research on many projects and in the end I chose and was selected for the CTR project in Berlin. I was also tempted for Edinburgh but I wanted to go abroad and had already visited Edinburgh many times.

There are quite a few different options relating to study working type placements and I did A LOT of research in this area prior to joining this project.



CityTravelReview is one of the established organisations and they have run many projects over 10 years during all seasons so have a fair amount of experience. The Company is a registered UK trusted company and the ctr project is run by Motion Placements Ltd. They have won awards for the projects as best educational projects are also verified under a few trusted sources and under the companies house and to date have no negative issues standing. Their main popular projects take place in Berlin and Edinburgh but they also do run smaller projects in some other locations. Projects tend to fill quickly and there are 2 application rounds per year. I was in a team of 28 people. (July and August I was told are the most popular months where they allocate a few more spaces) Most were from the UK but we also had some team mates from the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Spain and some from Hong Kong so a good mix.



After leaving the project I did pass on my contact details as a few people each year give permission for future applicants to contact us for a short time. I no longer have time to answer the emails coming in and my name has now been taken from the ctr list. So to save anyone the trouble below here are the key places to look for info on CTR



- I requested a project schedule which holds the main information on the project.

- The citytravelreview website has a faqs page which answers the basic questions you may have.

- on the homepage there is a blog which is quite hidden as I never saw this first time around. There is a link called CTR Staff and Project Member interviews. This also holds quite a bit of info from past project members’ who have been on the projects so don’t overlook this. There is also a testimonial page called project members views on the website.

- There is a guides section on the website that lists some example guides made by past project members’

- Facebook page also has a gallery page with past members, accommodation pictures, class rooms, meetings and similar

- For anyone being selected standard procedure is that you are also are required to listen to how the project runs by a Project co-ordinator where they basically run through the same info that was sent but are they are there to answer any queries and will only process your place if you are in agreement with all terms and understand how the project works, I applied in first round applications so they also gave mea a few days to think if i definitely want to join the team. Those selected CTR provides all the main things within their project fee like apartment, classes, project activities workshops, all the structure, admin and organisation of the team and the main things you would expect from such a project. Food is the project members’ responsibility although ctr provides kitchen and cutlery, crockery utensils. There are basics items in the fridge together with welcome pack when they bring you tot he apartment. Not all apartments have a single room as they have different layouts. For those that want this they have to request this early and there is an extra fee of 25pounds per week.

- Project fee- There are scholorships and bursaries available and hardship funds. Though from my own experience pretty much most of the group members in my team paid themselves or had their parents pay the fee. Some though did use part of their student loan which is the easiest thing to do. I was not at all eligible for a hardship loan or any fee waiver programme like most of the group unfortunately. If It depends on a number of different factors but if you speak to the right people at your career hub then yes you may get full or partial funding, the rules change frequently. Be aware though the time it takes to process funding does vary considerably from university to university. Most I know that got funding had to pay some of the fee first to ctr to secure their place initially and then they were reimbursed by funding later (3-6 months later).

-language classes we were split into 2 groups. Absolute beginners and a low intermediate level. Fo most other things we were 2 groups for workshops and for all other meetings and project activities we were all together.

My impression was excellent and i do not regret joining and feel that in a way it did change my perspective on what I am doing. I like some others am working in Germany working in a temporary post in Franken working for an independent family run English/German translation company which produces tourist reading material so from ctr was a nice transition. I’m also getting to use a little German although missing the big team culture as most of my duties are individual tasks so is much quieter. I believe my team as a whole enjoyed the majority of the experience and from what I’ve read most people have also done the same. They structure the project quite simply which means you also get the freedom to also see Berlin the way you like. I have tried not to be biased and explain exactly the main facts which may clear something up for some. So hopefully my contribution helps and Good luck if you do join ctr!

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    10

Learning working project in Berlin with CityTravelReview

I stumbled on this project through my university. One of my lecturers recommended it as one of the possible learning experiences out of term time. I’m currently travelling around Germany, Austria, Switzerland on a 6 week history/culture touring group so the German I learnt at CTR that I can remember has been useful to say the least.

Drawbacks -
You have to commit usually early to get on the project. I didn’t join the project until July but had to secure the place in October although was easy to pay rest of balance in timed instalment. This didn’t much matter to them. Getting in on the 2nd round applications can be more challenging but not impossible. More people apply and at some stage the project fee can increase in 2nd round apps if you apply the wrong side of 2nd round apps.

If you want to have a single room in accommodation you can apply for this but not everyone can have one as was told there are not enough of these. The default is with room-mate. Don’t know though if this is always the case? Depends on personal preference if this is a drawback. If though being selected definitely check if you can have one if this is a must have on the list.

Positives –
If you’re not sure what area you want to go into or just need some breathing space the project covers different elements. All briefly scratched. Incorporates learning a language, exploring and discovering another city while working in a team researching the city and surroundings. There were some areas I surprisingly enjoyed and there was a mixture of a meeting and outdoor activities.

I had a great time. I’m not sure still yet what I want to tie myself down to but as an experience to do out of term time if you get the chance then I would completely recommend. If anything else you at least also have it on your CV as doing something when not in Uni and someone that can vouch and support to what you did. It can look a bit better on your CV than writing worked on supermarket Till entire summer. Not that I’m against that and some people have to take paid work but I figured I have years of paid work ahead. Of course depends on your particular circumstance. I was involved in the guide ‘Wir Sind Berlin‘ in Spring and I put my name on the list with a ctr project co-ordinator as a contact if any future applicants wanna contact me? Please be aware that I am travelling right now so am slower to come back but I am open and happy to mail or speak to anyone for a limited period if they are considering this .

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

CityTravelReview (CTR Project) my positive view of the project and a wondeful city!

I was on this project with the interest to learn some German and work in a team to build a digital travel guide on the the things we discovered in the City of Berlin in Germany.This was in my case a must do experience and I highly appreciated my time in the team away abroad. The CTR programme organised the experience and provided most of the main essentials like accommodation, basics in the flat, language classes, workshops, Outdoor programme activities, staff and assistance. Food and free time was our department. They sent the necessary preparation, collected me at the airport (the most daunting part) and brought me to the apartment after giving a lowdown of how the the first few days theoretically playout. I was in a flat with a couple of others in the east side district and the full team was located in the same building blocks. We took part in German training classes, workshops, team meetings and we had a number of project visits, activities and a couple of excursions outside of the city (e.g Potsdam Palace region). These consisted mainly of walking tours, visiting landmarks I relished the experience and endorse it. I was there for a month and got to see the main sites of the city. I could have easily stayed the entire summer and wanted to but couldn’t join for 2 or 3 months due to other committments previously arranged. The project was structured. Laid back than my usual placements and had a degree of flexibility which gave the team enough freedom and free-time. We mainly hung out with the group on the weekends/evenings and I went away on one weekend on a backpacking type bus with my flatmates to Poland. The group bonded well and I’d definitely do this again if i had the chance. I stayed to this day in contact with CTR and am now back in the south of Germany this time for 3 months for a temporary post in a small publishing firm working as a digital researcher which i enjoy but is definitely more isolated and the early mornings feel sluggish as I need to commute and be in work by 7:45am. A few of the staff assisted mea in finding the post which I am clearly indebted for even though i need to drink vast amounts of coffee to deal with the early mornings. Language staff, workshop staff and guides on site were also helpful, upbeat and supported throughout the course.

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

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