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CTR Berlin - Travel Writers, Reviewers, & Travel Researchers

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My own CityTravel Review experience

CTR was was the optimal experience for me and came around for me at just the right time. The programme is definitely a good mix of working and studying and combines many different elements. It is not your traditional type of internship and focusses on working in a team to create an online travel guide while learning German. I applied pretty early for the project and was for sure over the moon once I was selected. I was a little apprehensive at first before deciding if the project for me was right however they explained to me the main things that were involved in the project and I thought what the hell, i'll just give it all I've got!! I wanted to gain the full experience and wanted to learn as much German as I possibly could as I knew that this may be the only chance that I had as of course having a full time working position there is a remotely low chance of getting 3 months off to take some time out and learn a language somewhere completely different. I initially wanted to do simply 2 months however in the end opted for 3 months and was so glad I did. Berlin has to be one of the ultimate cities in Europe and enjoying every minute was my plan. I really don't have much negative to say about the project or any real qualms about the project as a whole. It was not as I expected but refreshingly better. Admittedly I don't think the project is for everyone and it is a kind of a risk involved with what to expect The co-ordinator that who called tried to give me as much info as possible to gain a view of possibly what to expect but again ultimately I did not find out until actually arriving, he more or less said the same. The project was well organised and indeed a good mix of project activities, language classes workshops and group meetings, we got plenty of free time to explore the city and had many high memorable moments. The first week was a little overloading for some of us but guess that was expected as there were so many new things. All in all if you want to really get to grips with the language I would recommend doing 2 or 3 months or if wanting to live in Germany or move on to a job in Germany by far the longer experience will give you the best preparation in my opinion. 1 month though for sure also gives you the basics and plenty of others loved that but if you do choose 1 month and you want to stay on longer this was not an option. My recommendation is if you want to do something different and have a valuable working experience or even do something that you might not get the chance ever to do again then simply go for it! It is not the easiest project that I did but was one of the most thrilling, satisfying and something I just wanted to get out of my system. Even if the project is not up your street Berlin's atmosphere in the Summer is quirky and unique. The city just has vibe. Was a great place to spend my summer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    0

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Compensation

    0

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Professional Development

    8

  • Community

    8

CTR project member

An excellent and exciting project to take part in, with language lessons and day trips thrown in as added extras! Fantastic idea which is very reasonably priced.
If there was one thing which could be improved, it would be the language lessons delivered by external tutors - they could be more closely tailored to the needs of the project members. Instead of focusing too much on grammar, pronunciation, essential vocabulary, basic introductory conversations and useful phrases should be focused on.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    5

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The kind of travel experience you will never forget

I had the great pleasure to be a participant on the CTR Berlin project during September 2015 and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

The worst thing about this programme is basically than it comes to an end. I wish I had chosen to stay three months instead of one, because one month is definitely not enough your time in a city like Berlin.

My overall opinion about the programme is excellent. I met really interesting people, I improved my english level a lot, I explored many hidden secrets of the city and I learnt many interesting things for my future.

If I had the chance to improve something about the programme, I would suggest to find accommodation with Wi-Fi, as it is basic and necessary. I missed a bit more contact with the german culture as well, as I did not have the chance to meet many german people and would have enjoyed a more immersive experience (although we had many interesting excursions and guided tours explaining german recent history).

In any case, I would recommend this experience to any curious and adventurous soul seeking for new experiences abroad.

10/10

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

CTR Berlin review

Being a part of the June and July 2015 Berlin program was one of the best experiences in my life. Met plenty of great people who I'm still in contact with. Only wish we had WiFi back at the apartments.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    6

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Niki's review

This program was lot of fun! I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in living in Berlin for 1-3 months. So long as you meet your review requirements, you get a lot of freedom to explore and do whatever you please.

Don't skip out on the languages classes and excursions!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Thumbs up ;) well worth it!

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience with CTR. Berlin was the best city and I had an amazingly productive summer. I was there for a really long period 3 months as I wanted to get to grips with the language as best as I could and to pave the way or use the whole project as a stepping stone for future work in Berlin and Germany.

I had fun in all the language classes and found the trainers humorous very well qualified and extremely patient with us !!!!! What drew me to the project was that it was a combination of many things in one project incorporating language, culture and an overall very valuable experience.

I met great people on my team and can honestly say I loved every minute of the project. It was a really wise decision to stay longer as initially I was not sure whether to do 2 or 3 months however I really wanted to get as much language experience as possible, gain maximum immersion in a different culture and benefit from working on a work experience creating an online travel guide. After the project I have returned to Berlin!

I would definitely recommend CityTravelReview to anyone although would say that it is hard work and can have his ups and downs in terms of putting the jigsaw together, staying on top of time management, working in a team etc. Although from my side the ups for sure outweighed any downs. I found the accommodation fairly central, safe, practical and well equipped which was close to some great bars. It was a very interesting positive experience to live with so many like minded individuals and when we were not in class, group meetings or project activities the social life was mind blowing. However try not to stay up too late. Quite a few of us looked a little bleary eyed on some mornings. I would be happy to pass on my feedback if you look me up. I also passed on my contact details to ctr if any future project member wants to hear my experiences.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

CTR Berlin

I took part in the CTR Berlin project in July 2015. I really enjoyed the chance to live in the city whilst taking part in a project that allowed me to develop new skills. I hadn’t visited Berlin before and spending a month there really allowed me to familiarise myself with the city.

Creating the guidebook meant that a good amount of time was allowed for exploring Berlin. This was well balanced with writing workshops, language lessons and organised trips to certain attractions. I liked the group work element of the project and that everyone in the group had at least one role. I worked on the layout of the guidebook and appreciated the chance to utilise my design skills and the extra workshops put in place to help.

We had the weekends free and these were always a good chance to do things with other people on the project whether it was clubbing, trying out restaurants or wandering around the flea markets. It was really nice to make friends from all across the world who I still keep in contact with a year on. I was quite daunted by the prospect of going somewhere on my own to begin with but the group aspect of the CTR project, plus apartment accommodation, means you get to know people pretty quickly.

This project was really enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who really wants to experience Berlin whilst learning and working too.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Compensation

    1

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Professional Development

    9

  • Community

    6

Berlin August 2016

With great adoration and much respect I happily offer my survey and constructive feedback for the City Travel Review Program. So you know, I am an American female from the city of Los Angeles. In the past, I've had the luxury of traveling abroad for vacation purposes, but I've never undertaken such a detailed and comprehensive international expedition as I did with CTR's work/travel/live program.

This experience well exceeded my expectation. It presented me with a thorough exploration of the Berlin culture, people, food, and lifestyle. More than I could have ever anticipated or foreseen. I received an in-depth personal one-on-one analysis of the city by fully immersing myself into the throws of their everyday life beyond a travelers postcard perspective. That in and of itself was priceless.

With complete sincerity, I had the excellent fortune of stumbling upon this opportunity through a craigslist ad. Not a likely place one might think. In truth, that should've given me much pause and extreme hesitation as craigslist is not a safe way to advertise, especially toward young female adults, but luckily for me, despite my naivety, I encountered a new and exciting experience that was profoundly educational and remarkably gratifying.

I had many highs and quite a few lows throughout the journey that fully endeared me to the opportunity beyond the words that I'm capable of expressing right now. To offer some context, I am an African American young lady who would normally, under zero circumstances, travel outside of the states, by myself, and into a country that likely is akin to a 'culture shock.' Which it was! At first landing, I can wholeheartedly, and in all honesty, dare I say, scared. I was fearful of the people, of the language, of the environment... of E-V-E-R-Y-Thing! But I learned - very quickly. That that, was just ignorance. We fear what we don't know or understand. It's the natural human phenomenon of our nature. But so is curiosity. And upon learning, without the comfort of my trusty Americanized hotel and pool key, I found the greatest slice of self peace. It was a new found awareness that only uncharted waters could reveal. I found so much comfort in a strange land, among strange people, with strange food and smells, and it was all do to City Travel Review offering me the chance to explore past my backyard and preconceived notions. They provided the platform, guidance, and the structure, yet without training wheels. Which is precisely what I needed. The language classes were an excellent sales pitch to entice and peek my interest, but it proved to be vaguely useful to a minute degree. Mostly it helped bridge the comradery gap between the project participants and myself. And the fact that the teacher only spoke German was a bit isolating and difficult for me... though even that, was a growing pain worth exploring.

There were challenges in relating to my flat mates and unfortunately I didn't create much of a bond with them, but I attribute that to different interests and ages. Though I do think CTR would benefit greatly if they were afforded the opportunity to expand their advertising to a broader range of participants. Personally, I felt as though, not being from the UK, created an unspoken divide between me and the majority of the other attendees because they were all from the same general area. Familiarity breeds comfort. Naturally.

I understand the comfort of familiarity ll too well being American. In my humble opinion, many Americans, are so conditioned and brainwashed to believe that world revolves around us. It's a sad case of ignorance that runs rampant inside the US borders which unfortunately keeps many of us from exploring beyond that great pond. So I believe it would be lovely if a vast majority of other countries and nationalities, especially from the states, were all able to immerse themselves into a company like City Travel Review. It is imperative that something or someone shine a spotlight on this infrastructure and allocate additional funding &/or advertising because it already has built-in notoriety. At least it does to those of us who know its value first hand. And of course, the true notoriety and fame of this organization comes from people who created this company. They joined hand and hand with many people across borders and boundaries to unify and bind ties through the simplest of gestures. Writing and sharing. Sharing travel experiences is by far one of the most strengthening and uniting tools to bridge the world. All in all, City Travel Review is a rare jewel worth finding and polishing which makes it that much more imperative that a gem like that be mounted and set high for everyone to see and potentially take part in.

As far as feedback goes, I can't really offer much. There isn't much to shake a finger at or complain over. Truly, everything that I could suggest pales in comparison to the significant personal growth and uncharted maturity it offers to all people, nations, and beliefs. Personally for me, not only did I grow a profound faith in City Travel as a trust worthy company, but I grew an admiration and respect for a country that I was mildly, if barely, educated on in my own nation. Nothing surpasses human interaction and meeting the world at its doorstep by fully immersing yourself into it the way CTR offers its participant. There was just enough hands-on education and personal interaction, as equally as there was freedom of exploration and latitude of growth. I grew. Immensely. I grew an independence muscle I never knew existed. I can't tell you how super proud I am of myself for breaking my biased mold of the world without the rose colored glasses of vacation shades. That experience alone has encouraged me in so many ways to be mindful, tolerant, knowledgeable, and aware that it's immeasurable. I can only hope to participate again sometime in the near future or in some other capacity as it was genuinely a life shaping experience.

Though I will say, someone must really do something about getting wifi in the flats. That was an excruciating task to not have contact or internet connection to communicate with friends and family. Traversing the city for free internet connectivity proved to be beyond difficult. But breaking away from reality TV and social media was a forced blessing in disguise so the upside of that should equally be commended. But if I can offer some constructive criticism try offering an international sim card to the participants. But in lue of the financial costs of remaining technologically afloat with having to buy sim cards, adapters, and gigabytes, even with all that, I wouldn't change anything about my experience... except my mattress! :D

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    5

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Berlin summer 2010

Citytravelreview facilitated one of the best summers of my life. The opportunity to live in, and write about one of the world's most fascinating cities was truly an unforgettable experience. The team at Citytravelreview were fantastic, from setting up our apartments, to organising language lessons and writing workshops. CTR made everyone on the experience feel right at home in Berlin.

Without this experience I wouldn't of made as diverse and close friends that I did, we lived together, explored together and most importantly, partied together. It was an amazing bonding experience and to this day I am in close contact with many of the participants of CTR.

I heartily recommend anyone thinking about participating in any of CTR's programs to do so.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing trip!

I took part in the Barcelona CTR project in 2015, and had such an incredible three weeks! We got to explore an incredible city, improve our Spanish, meet new people from all over the world and create a professional publication all at the same time.

The trip gave me a great opportunity to learn how I could cope outside of my comfort zone. I’d never even been on a plane by myself before, but such a positive experience resulting from flying off to live in a new city with complete strangers for three weeks has given me the confidence to challenge myself more, and now I find myself five weeks into a nine-month teaching placement in Seville, Spain!

Thanks to the whole CTR team for great memories, friends and skills for my CV!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An amazing experience which shaped my career

I went on the City Travel Review programme in Summer 2010, just after graduating. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it and got out of it! The course was really well structured, offering daily language lessons alongside practical advice from journalists and a visit to one of Berlin's biggest magazines. We were given help and support as we put together our city guides, as well as being shown the sights of Berlin and getting a real insider's look at life in the city.
It was a brilliant month and was part of my decision to go into journalism professionally, and I got a job at Metro a few months later. It also ignited a love of Berlin - I've been back several times since!
I can't recommend it enough. It was a brilliant, educational and fun experience, and I made several good friends who I've kept in touch with in the five years since.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

City Travel Review - Berlin 2009

When I was an undergrad I wanted to do something worthwhile with my final summer before going into my honours year and when I found out about City Travel Review it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something different and relevant. I was studying Event Management and the project team made an effort to ensure that the reviews I was writing and practical experience I gained was relevant to my field of study. Completing my internship alongside predominately journalism student gave me invaluable an insight into the field of press and journalism and how this is linked to events.

The immersive nature of the project, living, reviewing, working and socialising with the rest of the interns was such a strong experience and it changed the way I approach teamwork and relationship building. We were a very mixed bunch and quickly learned to draw from our different strengths and weaknesses to get the project complete. We were encourage to support each other by the project leaders and this increased valuable communication and interactions. We had a common goal and an amazing city to explore together and from the project I still have many friends who are people I would not have crossed paths with otherwise. I often draw on examples from this experience during interviews when I am asked to give examples of building effective relationships for example.

Since the trip I am also still very much in love with Berlin and return whenever I can. The structure of this project included a well thought out balance of being guided around the city but also given enough time to make your own opportunities to explore, meet and interacts with locals and find interesting events or venues to write about. I felt fully supported and confident in the project leaders throughout the experience.

This unique experience in Berlin has definitely contributed to my ability to travel alone, work in cities and situations outwith my comfort zone and build the most unlikely of friendships. The slight anxiety I felt when I first landed in Berlin disappeared as soon as I was met at the airport and only returned at the end of the experience when I worried that this might be the last beer I shared with the team - my new 'Berlin Family'.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    10

City Travel Review: Berlin 2010

I took part in CTR's 2010 summer programme in Berlin as part of the eight-week group who researched, wrote, edited and designed a 142 page full colour guide book to the city.
This experience, without a doubt, led me to where I am today in terms of my career. It gave me the creative tools to learn how to craft my writing through a series of workshops as well as an insight into the design aspect of printed publishing. I now work as the deputy editor of a newspaper.
Not only was the programme immense fun, it gave me access into another culture through German language lessons and organised trips around the city along with being immersed into daily life whilst living in our apartments in East Berlin.
Some of the friendships I made during that eight weeks are still the strongest I could have ever hoped for. Although many of us live all over the world, we still keep in touch and, when we can, meet up to reminisce over best summer of our lives.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

City Travel Review - german and travel writing

I studied this program in the summer of 2010 in Berlin and it was one of the best experiences of my life! The program was well organised, varied and a lot of fun. It was a great way to meet students from all over the world, while gaining valuable language and literature skills along the way. I'd recommend City Travel Review to everyone.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Living and Learning in Berlin

I had a really wonderful time on the Travel Review Guide. Having studied journalism in London, I was keen to gain firsthand experience and after reading about the position in my university career site, I thought I'd give it a go. From the moment I arrived at the airport in Berlin, I was greeted by a cheeky but cheerful Jeremy - who was kind and brave enough to carry my LARGE suitcase - all the way to house and through several modes of transport. (I think I packed for three months instead of three weeks!! :-D)
The staff were all extremely professional, helpful and friendly and what I really enjoyed was the fact that the trip involved daily German lessons, where we could learn the language as well as work in a professional capacity through creating, designing and writing for the youth-based magazine. As well as this, we also had the chance to experience and learn about different parts of life, culture and history in and around Berlin.

There were times to reflect on the capital's past and also look as people developing their future.

There is so much to enjoy on this trip! From Currywurst to kebabs; and beer to Bear Pit Karaoke (I hope they still do this!!! - Google it if you need to! :-D)

I highly recommend this placement. You will experience the best of the city and discover so many hidden gems.

I made friends and memories for life on this trip and I'm sure that anyone who takes the chance will experience the same and hopefully even more!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Creative teaching in Berlin

I worked as a german teacher at the city travel review programme in Berlin in summer 2010 and 2011. It was a great experience to be part of that programme as I not only had the possibility to organise my lessons by myself but I was also totally free to adjust the content of the lessons to the needs and interests of young journalists all over the world. The students were enthusiastic and very hard working and due to the programme they got the chance to get to know this city through a totally different perspective. Working within this team was like being in a family, everyone was helping everyone and the energy was great.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Great experience before entering job life

Actually, I joined the travel writers programme in Edinburgh/UK, in autumn 2009 (aged 25), after studying marketing at University. The Citytravelreview study-work-programme was the perfect match of experiencing team work in an international project team, getting to know a foreign country/city/lifestyle and practicing intercultural competence. During the morning one had the chance to join classes, learn knew research as well as writing tools and write creative texts with the input from professional teachers or journalists. In the afternoons and on the weekends one had the chance to get to know the city and locals and work on the project, either alone or with others from the team. The project helped me to gain experience with working abroad, which enhances my CV. Furthermore, it enabled long-term friendship with people from all over the world, even long-term professional relationships. I can imagine, this study-work-programme is also a good chance to try new things if you are not 100% sure what you want to do for your living after school or university. In a nutshell, I would not want to miss this unique experience!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Berlin Laid Bare

I can't lavish enough praise on the program Jeremy and Lutz have assembled with CTR. I was fortunate enough to hear about it after having just graduated from my University in the summer of 2011. I had just gotten a degree in English and Creative Writing that I didn't quite know what I wanted to do with, but what I did know was that I wanted to write and travel. City Travel Review fit perfectly into my plans. Before I knew what had hit me, I was eating currywurst (go to Curry 36 for the best) and turning a spotlight onto the Berlin hostel and cafe scene. Along with a team of students from around the world, I dug into the city of Berlin and helped put together a comprehensive travel guide of all the things that make the city one of the very best that Europe has to offer!

A typical day would see me spring out of bread, spread some nutella on a sandwich for a quick breakfast and then run to German class to get an even deeper insight into my temporary home. Then, in the afternoon, Jeremy and Lutz would lead us on an excursion to gain valuable hands-on experience by talking with journalists at a Berlin paper or radio program. After our group met to run over that day's assignments, I would then spend the early evening hours lounging at a cafe. Can anyone resist ordering a second slice of Cafe Anna Blume's sensational Black Forest Cake? I certainly couldn't.

Then it was off to a club to hear the newest tracks from Europe's hottest DJs. Oh, this was a lifestyle I could get used to! But thankfully, what I take from CTR aren't just fond memories. The work I have done since, with international companies like Matador, Plarium, and even GoAbroad, has all sprung out of that initial summer in Berlin. Since then, I have lived abroad in four countries and am living in my fifth right now. And it's all thanks to Jeremy, Lutz, and the remarkable team they have assembled at CTR.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best experience of my life!!!

I can still remember stepping off the plane in Berlin and walking out to see the program directors holding the sign with my name so I would know they were there to pick me up! It was a whirlwind of a day and my first trip overseas so I was a little nervous. I learned so much about Germany, and the culture. Everything was organized and well planned out for the participants. There was never a dull moment. I would take that same experience a 2nd time in a heartbeat! I made some lifelong friends from Ireland and London that I've kept in contact with over the last 8 years and even was able to visit them both in the U.K. I feel that immersion programs are a vital need. They teach so much in a short time and help the participants step out of their element, and learn so much they might have never learned on their own. I will always cherish the memories made, lessons learned, and friends I made.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

City Travel Review a must do!

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!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    0

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    0

  • Social Life

    9

A great educational and cultural experience

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.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Productive and fun summer

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!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

My City Travel Review experience

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!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing chance to design a guide

Hi took the CTR experience and was one of the few with no UK nationality, which was an extra challenge in terms of language. I designed the whole guide and used this experience for future opportunities in terms of job interviews. It was a great immersion experience!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

CTR Berlin

We spent a month visiting and reviewing ten venues in the city, from museums to night clubs, in a team of eleven, which was a highly enjoyable, cultural experience. We also had German language classes four days a week, as well as writing workshops in which I had the pleasure of working with journalists of the Guardian. This meant being self sufficient in locating unique places to review in the foreign capital, and the guidance from the ctr team was invaluable in helping us make the most of this. As the youngest member of the team at age 19, (age range 21-28), this is an experience I will never forget and has inspired me to pursue a career in content writing or journalism.