Meet Frankie, our Site Director in Sorrento, Italy!
Why are you excited to work for CIS Abroad?
I am super excited to be working for CIS Abroad because I can share my passion for travel and education with the students and really contribute to making their time abroad a meaningful and unforgettable experience!
Describe a memorable moment from abroad
One of the most memorable moments abroad I can remember is my solo backpacking trip through India. I spent 2 intense months exploring different regions of the country! I survived a monsoon, rode camels through the desert along the Pakistani border, trekked through the Himalayas, and learned so much about myself along the journey.
What has your career path looked like? How did you end up in the field of International Education?
After finishing up my college degree stateside, I took a job in Madrid as an English language assistant in a public elementary school. Afterward, I moved to Palma de Mallorca where I worked as an ESL classroom teacher and helped organize and lead international exchange trips for students to several European countries. During my time in Mallorca, I networked with European colleagues and helped promote international education at the elementary school level so that students could experience life outside of their comfort zones at an early age and be exposed to different cultures in order to become more globally-engaged citizens.
A typical weekend for me is…
Going on a hike in the mountains near Sorrento and exploring the Amalfi Coast, having a pizza with friends, or spending a day in Napoli. I love visiting the amazing museums, shopping in the antique stores, or checking out the new art galleries in the historical center!
5 words that describe yourself
Friendly, ambitious, empathetic, curious, and eventful
Do not be afraid to interact with the locals and ask questions while at a cafe or in a shop. Oftentimes, they can lead you to the hidden gems you would never be able to find without their help.
Hear what students, interns, and alumni have to say
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Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CIS Abroad.
One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.
Edinboro University of PA
I will forever have a respect for all cultures and people. My favorite aspect of the program was the weekend trips and weekly activities planned for the students.
University of Arkansas
The excursions included in the CIS Abroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.
CIS Abroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.
Colby Sawyer College
This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn't everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.
Keene State University
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.
University of South Carolina
This program made me realize how much I want travel, culture and adventure to be a part of my life forever.
One of the best aspects of the program was my site director, who is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. The difference between my experience and my fellow students' experiences in other programs was very noticeable.
Loyola University Chicago
Studying abroad enhanced my Spanish-speaking skills, gave me deep friendships, and positively challenged the ways I viewed my own family, culture, and country. I’ve become a better student, sister, daughter, and friend. I can never see the world through the same lenses again. To that I am forever grateful.
Point Loma Nazarene University
This program gave me so many opportunities to learn about the Irish culture and took us on trips with locals to get the full experience. I was extremely prepared through CISabroad and was never nervous about any plans. I mostly miss the amazing people and culture of Ireland.
Boise State University
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.