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Cultural Vistas Reviews
Submitted by Zack Herhold - San Jose | October 26, 2015
This program has far and away been the best thing I've ever participated in. It had everything I had asked for: good company, the opportunity to study and learn German, a chance to travel and visit historic locations and meet locals. I highly recommend this program.
Perfect balance of all things intercultural
Submitted by DawnN - Cortez, CO | December 18, 2014
The first two months of language classes provided a great base for getting to know the culture, the language and other people in my program. Living with a host family significantly improved my very basic level of German to a comfortable level of conversational German.
My the living situation for my permanent placement was not ideal because I had hoped to live with a host family again, not in an international dorm. However, the program emphasizes flexibility and I made the most of my situation. I made friends from across the globe and had plenty of independence and freedom.
My internship was perfect, as it gave me a great balance of German practice and immersion in a German workplace, while also giving me the experience to interact with plenty of international people in the volunteer work camps that I led.
Overall, EXCELLENT program to develop young professionalism and intercultural awareness!
Treasured Experience, Miscommunicated Expectations
Submitted by Intern in Córdoba - Minneapolis | July 22, 2014
Upon reflecting on my internship experience in 2007 with then CDS International (now Cultural Vistas), I learned a great deal and grew significantly as a global citizen of this world. I'm very thankful for my experience as it helped me stand out as a graduate school applicant and it's a treasured experience I reflect on often. While I enjoyed my homestay, loved the neighborhood I lived in, and appreciate that I'm still connected to my coworkers, I would have enjoyed my program more if the cultural differences about my internship would have been made known upfront. I received a cultural orientation on site where it was clarified, but I wished I'd learned that before leaving. I was expecting to gain a great deal of hands-on experience while working full time, but I was eventually cut down to four hours/day, M-Th. It was clear I was the first intern to be with the organization as they didn't always have something for me to do and that was frustrating to navigate at times. Expectations are difficult to manage for both parties when in an intercultural environment, but being more clear about positions and responsibilities would make for a more meaningful and fulfilling experience, both in and out of the internship assignment.
Program: Internship Program in Argentina
Cultural Vistas responded to this review February 19, 2016 at 8:09 AM
We appreciate your honest feedback. Whether left in a review here or within our post-program follow-up, we're always working to improve the experience of our participants.
We are glad to hear you treasured your experience abroad.
We're sorry that the expectations were not more clearly communicated at the onset of your program.
A lot has changed (including our name!) in the last eight-plus years, including our partner on the ground in Argentina so we do believe that future participants can count on an internship that fits their career interests.
Experience of a lifetime.
Submitted by Samuel Sprunger - Concordia College - Moorhead | July 09, 2014
My most memorable experience is when my host company for my internship took me to Berlin on a trade fair trip. I felt like more than an intern, i felt like i belonged.
So i could work abroad in Germany with a multi-national corporation. I wanted to improve my business German and practice the life skills i learned in the class room.
Program: Internship Program in Germany
Cultural Vistas responded to this review February 19, 2016 at 8:10 AM
We're glad to hear you had such a positive and memorable experience.