5 Ways to Prepare for an Internship Abroad

CISabroad blogger Katherine Wolfe participated in CISabroad’s Intern in New Zealand program during Summer 2017. A Marketing major at Ohio State University, Katherine offers five great ways to prepare for an amazing internship abroad experience – both mentally and logistically!  


1. First of all.. GET EXCITED!

This is going to be one of the most incredible experiences you’ve ever embarked on. You’ll meet amazing people who will change your thinking and your life in ways that you could never have imagined. No matter what type of internship you are going for, you will learn so much about the workforce and about how different places in the world treat the workplace. I was an Oklahoma girl doing a marketing internship in New Zealand, and the workplaces are quite different. In Oklahoma, I was used to a much more formal atmosphere, whereas New Zealand’s work style is laid back — most workplaces have an open layout and encourage camaraderie among employees.

2. Don’t forget to check the weather!

Depending on where you go, the weather may be the opposite of what you’re used to at home. I did my internship during New Zealand’s winter, which is my summer back home, so obviously it’s a little (a lot) chillier here than what I am normally used to in June and July. Make sure you research the weather where you are going and prepare accordingly. I underestimated the cold weather so I ended up having to buy a warmer coat once I got here!

3. Make sure you check with your workplace and ask about their everyday work attire.

There’s nothing worse than being extremely nervous on your first day and then showing up and being way under or overdressed. You’ill feel much more confident and prepared if you figure that out beforehand.

4. Even though most people don’t like to admit it or talk about it, homesickness is a real thing.

My advice for combating the inevitable homesickness is to prepare in advance. I knew that being gone for eight weeks was going to be difficult for me and I also knew that the first week or two was going to be the hardest. Instead of trying to avoid it, I mentally prepared myself beforehand that yes, I was probably going to struggle and maybe shed a few tears, but that it was going to be so worth it.

This ended up holding true. The first two weeks were hard and I did cry a few times, but because I had my awesome roommate and my family back home encouraging and supporting me, I was able to stay positive. I know that if I hadn’t committed to this experience, I would have been so upset with myself and would have truly regretted not taking this opportunity. When you are in the midst of a homesick spell, reach out to those around you because they’ll be so helpful and understanding. Also, don’t be afraid to call home — sometimes that’s what ends up being the most comforting. And lastly…don’t be embarrassed! Everyone gets homesick and sad even if they don’t admit it, so embrace the fact that you are so blessed to have a home that you miss so much.

5. Enjoy every moment!

For most, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t let a second pass you by without stepping back and realizing where you are and what you’re doing. Your time abroad is going to fly by and you’ll be back home before you know it, so take every chance you have to dive into the culture and travel around whatever country you’re in. Get out of your comfort zone and eat at places you wouldn’t normally, take spontaneous weekend trips, and take advantage of the fact that you are living in a new country and the world is at your fingertips!

One last thing… you are SO brave for putting yourself out there and going on this adventure, so never doubt yourself or your abilities. Most people want to study or intern abroad, but just don’t have the courage to commit. So be proud of yourself!


Curious about what an internship with CISabroad (like the one Katherine experienced) is like? Check out our Intern in New Zealand program (and other great New Zealand programs). SAVE $250 on any New Zealand program when you use the promo code KIWI250 and apply before Feb. 1. Email or chat with an advisor to see how we can customize a program for you!

My Barcelona Host Family

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Emma R., studies English Literature at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. Join her as she crosses the Atlantic to spend a semester interning in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain.


One of the most overwhelming situations in all of travel is knowing boundaries between people.. people of different cultures. You are never quite sure if it is okay to use/do/say something, but then again, does it speak of indifference and less of an effort to become part of that culture if you don’t use/say/do that thing?

As I was introduced to my host family, I expected that the “arrangement” would be similar to the “arrangements” my family and foreign students had back home. I assumed wrong.

The family that I am staying with is a mother and daughter (3 years old). Quite commonly, I am gone to explore, attend school or assist English language learners across town. The mother here is also very busy. She has 2 different jobs on top of being a mother and home owner. We haven’t forged a bond because a relationship takes time and it seems, we have few moments. No matter, I have learned from being in this home.

I am aware of the foods that appear in the fridge, the customs around common things like chores and showering. I have greeted arrivals with kisses and I have become accustomed to living in such tight walls. Traveling through and living in are immensely different. Time is the ultimate decider of what you learn. In close second becomes willingness to feel uncomfortable. Though I am aware of these differences, I am constantly in battle with the willingness to let go and adapt.

Unless out with friends, I eat dinner every night with my host family, which I must compliment. I am always thrilled to see what will be on the table. It is the only time during the day that we can connect. Normally, we talk about expected plans for the upcoming days but recently, we have attempted something more personal. I think it is important to keep confidential (so I won’t even be mentioning the topics) but it is the most precious gift to get personal. “Truth is the first chapter in the book of wisdom,” and we are here to become wise, to learn, to grow in the ways of our world.

One of my wishes is that my presence can be a cultural experience for my family, as well. I would like to be able to say “I helped my host family with…” or “yeah, I got to teach/show them…” I know I can encourage the exchange by making the family a common dinner from home or showing them pictures of activities that are truly alien to them. I want to inspire travel to my homeland as much as I want to be immersed in theirs.

I am used to assuming. I need to rid myself of such ignorance and slowly, I am doing so through this experience living with a host family. I realize this every day.


To all our study abroad students, past and present. What did you learned from living with a host family? Where did you study abroad?

 

A Letter From an Intern in China

Living in your comfort zone will kill you. For someone who’s understanding of the Chinese language can be rightly called mediocre, it was intimidating to say the least to intern in China with such a professional and fast-paced company such as Across China (ACC). The company works with large names such as BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz therefore my personal expectations to do my job well were not small. Although my fears were many, I quickly found my rhythm. After all one can only be brave when they are afraid.

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While my work was kept to relatively simple tasks, they remained vital to the success of the project as a whole. Furthermore, the opportunities to prove myself in more difficult tasks were plenty, which proved rewarding as well as motivating towards my work ethic. Aside from the usual duties given to an intern, such as scanning or copying documents and moving things from one place to another, my experience with ACC has given me more opportunities to travel around. Even better, the business trips to different provinces of China to support my team were paid for. This included transportation as well as my accommodation at comfortable hotels. My most recent adventure brought me to the city of Chengdu, the largest city in the Sichuan province. Even though I had to work long hours on-site, I got to see exactly what my company was doing. Extravagant is the word that would describe this larger than life car show, which can also be used to describe the rest of China, which I soon realized lovs to make all things extravagant. I got to see booths from legendary brands like Lamborghini and Aston Martin, among the myriad of other brands which attended this exhibition.

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When I wasn’t working, I was exploring. My colleagues quickly became my friends and tour guides, taking me to local restaurants and famous places. I got to experience first hand the Chinese culture, and more so the plethora of sub-cultures within it. The food was diverse and delicious. Chengdu is known for its spicy cuisine which I was fortunate enough to try many times. I was able to hear the local dialect which differed greatly from the Beijing or Shanghai dialects. Additionally, I felt the uniqueness of Chengdu in its romantic architecture and environment. The buildings were gorgeous and sky scraping. I quickly learned that it is part of the Chinese culture to go out with your supervisors to eat and drink all night, never rejecting their offers and staying up with them until the middle of the night chatting. But even just walking down the streets of Chengdu one can truly feel the dynamic atmosphere and relish in its abundant culture. It was the Paris of China, a genuinely beautiful city.

I owe my enriching experiences in Chengdu to those very same fears I first confronted in working on my own in a foreign country. Your comfort zone will kill you, and I’m so glad I didn’t stay there.

-Richard Lee

Across China Public Relations Intern

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Interning Abroad: Do I Choose New Zealand or Australia?

Internships are all about experiences and opportunities, and the world is your oyster when doing it abroad. Interning abroad is a fantastic idea as it demonstrates to future employers your flexibility and adaptability to the work environment–a quality that is prized in almost every field. When deciding whether to intern abroad in Australia or New Zealand, it’s almost impossible to go wrong. Fortunately, the seemingly difficult choice between them comes down to just three F’s: your field, your finances, and your future.

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The Field

The first consideration is the type of work you will be doing in your internship. Australia and New Zealand are similar culturally, but the types of businesses you will find in each country vary.

If your internship includes work in ecology, forestry, agriculture, or tourism, then New Zealand is the best destination for you. As one of the most naturally beautiful nations on Earth, New Zealand is a prime tourist destination for people from all over the world. In fact, the tourism industry accounts for nearly 10% of all jobs in New Zealand, and nearly 10% of the nation’s GDP as well. Anyone looking to work in the tourism management or hospitality fields would be hard pressed to find a better location for an internship abroad than New Zealand.

Most of these tourists are drawn to the natural purity New Zealand boast as second to none. As a result, the ecological well-being of the country is central to its economy. Jobs are plentiful in the fields of ecology, natural resource management, and forestry, and the potential learning experience provided by an internship in these fields is world class.

Lastly, agriculture is the largest sector of the New Zealand economy with major production areas in beef and dairy cattle, sheep for wool and meat, and crops such as hay for livestock feeding. Those studying agriculture would be well served by an internship in New Zealand, as many farming techniques utilized by the Kiwis are comparatively different from large scale farming techniques seen in North America.

Australia, on the other hand, is a thoroughly interconnected nation in the global economy, and certainly more so than New Zealand. Since Australia is substantially larger than New Zealand, internship placements here will be much more varied in their topic areas. Internships can be found in just about any field one could find in the United States. Financial sector internships with large, multinational corporations are available in the major cities while positions in the field of zoology and marine biology are plentiful in both urban and rural settings.

Furthermore, positions in science and engineering will tend to be more widely available in Australia. The medical science field can provide an interesting intern experience, allowing for comparisons with the American health care system. Finally, the presence of the large manufacturing companies provide positions in several branches of the engineering sector including chemical, industrial, and civil engineering.

budgetThe Finances

If one nation doesn’t stand out on the merit of the field you are studying, then the cost of living may be a deciding factor. Both countries are thoroughly modern and neither is necessarily better or worse, but there are several key differences. For starters, the cost of living will vary somewhat between the two, as well as between locations within the countries. In New Zealand  the cost of living  may be noticeably cheaper. Keep your eye on the exchange rate.

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The final factor that should be taken into consideration is the simple question, “Why am I doing my internship abroad?” Is your goal to someday move to the country you will be going to, or are you interested in a temporary placement and nothing more? If the latter is true, then Australia may be the better choice with its plentiful multinational corporations. Experience here is very applicable to experience with a US company, and skills acquired can easily be transferred to a career back home. New Zealand, on the other hand, could be the better choice if your goal is to one day return in order to work in your field long term. The compact size of the country allows for more connections between business contacts and the smaller average size of companies means a good internship experience can potentially turn into a concrete job offer, something that is essential to obtaining an immigration visa.


Deciding to complete an internship with CISabroad is a fantastic educational decision. The experience of adjusting to the professional world in another country is a great resume booster, and learning to assimilate to life overseas can prove to be invaluable life skill. If your goal is to intern in Australia or New Zealand then congratulations, you’ve already made a solid choice. Choosing between the two nations is perhaps the most difficult obstacle remaining. When doing so, just keep in mind which country would be best for your F’s: your field, your finances, and your future. If you can come up with an answer for each, then your destination country should quickly become clear.

Still having a hard time making a decision? Call our advisors at CISabroad – 877-617-9090; we can also connect you with our alumni network! We wish you the best of luck in this journey.

 

How to Combat Homesickness

 

Feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed?

When I was attending pre-departure sessions at my home University, one of the topics that was discussed a lot was culture shock and homesickness. While I had heard these terms before, and certainly experienced them to some degree in previous travels, they made it sound like a seriously debilitating condition. And while some travelers do experience this high level of discomfort, for the most part it’s something that can be avoided or minimized.

I was lucky in my semester abroad to only really experience homesickness once. It was in the first few weeks of semester, when I suddenly came down with one of the worst throat infections/sicknesses I’d ever had. I’ll spare you the details but when I went to the nurse about it, she looked inside my mouth and said “OH that is gross!” I felt terrible and could barely leave my room. All I wanted in that week was my mum (yes, Australian spelling) to come and make me soup and look after me. I Skyped her and she told me, “I know you’re sick, but there’s a small problem of a 16 hour flight separating us. There’s not much I can do except tell you to eat your fruit and veggies!” And she was right. I had to firstly, look after myself, and then cope with my homesickness. Some of the techniques I used are below, thrown in with a couple extra helpful ones.

The most important thing to remember is that you’re in the midst of an amazing experience abroad! No one can control how much fun you have or how many opportunities you take advantage of except you! Look around and appreciate where you are, and how hard you worked to get there. And then you can write home and make everyone jealous 🙂

 

How to cope with homesickness:

 

  1. Make new friends

This is perhaps the most important technique in combatting homesickness, and even holding it off completely. One of the triggers for feeling homesick is definitely feeling alone, or not having anyone to confide in. We are sociable creatures by habit and need interaction with people to feel happy. Take the time to get to know your roommate, your flat mates, people in your classes, local students and internationals. (Top tip! You’ll probably find amongst the international students that many people are feeling similarly to you, they are, after all in the same position.)

 

  1. Enjoy your time alone

Equally, maybe being around and meeting new people all the time is part of the reason you’re finding the transition so overwhelming. Make time to be on your own, and enjoy your own company. Do some exercise, explore a tourist attraction you’ve wanted to see. Start a journal, and write about your experiences so far.

 

  1. Take advantage of campus life

Not only would this be a great way to meet people, but it can also help you become immersed in the foreign culture and a way to keep yourself busy. Join a club, try for a sports team, look out for outdoor adventure trips or check out what events are being held on campus.

 

  1. Take advantage of location

How often are you going to find yourself in Florence? Or London? Or Barcelona? I can probably safely assume that you’ve researched the city you’re in before you got there, and so you probably came across some things you want to do/see/experience. Take a day and explore the area near you. Little alleyways , cafes, shops, attractions etc. Plan a trip to a city nearby with a friend! There’s so many things to do, take advantage of the fact you’re in a different country and culture and take the time to do things you wouldn’t normally at home.

 

  1. Treat yourself

I have developed a fail safe routine for when I’m feeling down, and it always manages to cheer me up. Maybe you have one too? Or, find your favorite food, TV show, book and take some time out to just treat yourself to a few of your favorite things. (Top tip! Chocolate never fails me.)

 

  1. Write letters/emails/correspondence back home. Detail why you’re enjoying yourself, write about the highlights. This can turn your attitude around

What better way to put yourself in a good mood than to write home to loved ones about how much fun you’re having? The memories alone will be enough to cheer you up. Maybe you had the most incredible French crepe ever, or you swear you spotted Will and Kate outside Buckingham Palace. The only frustrating thing will be when you try to write about how funny it was when Toby dropped his gelato on the sidewalk and an old woman yelled at him, because you know they won’t get it.

 

  1. FOMO while abroad. Take a break from social media

People joke about having FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), but it is a real thing. It’s not easy to scroll through endless photos of Becky’s 21st that you missed out on. One thing that can be a good cure for this is taking a break from social media. You can miss out on a couple of funny cat videos, it won’t be that bad. In the meantime focus on making new memories with your new friends, and then you can go back on social media and make everyone jealous of what a great time you’re having.

 

  1. Definitely go outside of your room

It’s easy to get caught up in homesickness and culture shock and just want to spend time in your room. It’s not easy to make friends when you aren’t feeling your best. But staying in your room can increase feelings of isolation. One of the ways to combat homesickness and culture shock is to go out into the world and expose yourself to new things. They more you do this, the more habituated you will feel in your new environment. Even stepping out to breathe fresh air can help, and put things in perspective. Look around, and instead of feeling like a fish out of water, appreciate how different this culture is to yours. Isn’t it amazing that we can live in the same world and be the same human beings and live so differently? Start small and gradually you’ll adjust.

 

Lauren is a student marketing intern from Australia majoring in Media and Communications, who studied abroad here in the US. After completing her semester abroad program, traveling, and now interning over a time period for more than 6 months, Lauren is pretty confident she knows a thing or two about being homesick. We hope you find these tips useful and if you have any others please comment below! You’ll be helping lots of students around the world. 

 

Why You Should Make Studying in Melbourne, Australia a Priority

 

Lauren

 

G’day! My name is Lauren Connelly and I am the newest student marketing intern at CISabroad. “I come from a land down under! …” No but all cheesy 80’s songs aside, I am originally from Australia (Melbourne) and I have been in the US on a study abroad program at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and I am here at CISabroad for a few weeks before I go back home.

I have been really enjoying my time here in the United States, and have many new experiences under my belt, including but not limited to trying to not fall on the ice on my way to work, and taking numerous photos of the snow which is my main fascination at the moment. Can you tell we Aussies don’t see snow very often?

After a recent conversation I had with an American, where I was asked such questions as ‘Where did you learn your English? Its really good!’ and ‘Do you have to wear masks to protect yourself from the giant spiders?’ I realized that maybe Australia isn’t as well known as I thought. I also know that for a lot of people when Australia is mentioned, places like Sydney or the Gold Coast come to mind. And while these are great destinations, I am here to (in)formally put Melbourne on the map! For anyone planning to travel or study in Australia in the near future, make sure you put Melbourne in your top list of places to visit. It’s an amazing place, and while you’re there make sure you tick off some of the following items on the Melbourne Bucket List, created by yours truly.
Safe Travels! ~Lauren

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Melbourne City by night

Study abroad in Melbourne, Australia Bucket List

Outer city Melbourne

Outer city Melbourne

Inner city Melbourne

Inner city Melbourne

1. Study in the Melbourne public library in the city – and depending on season join the masses of Melbournians that eat lunch on the lawn out front

2. Depending on season, check out free events in Federation Square, from live music to exhibitions and activities

3. Walk along the Yarra River for scenery and culture, great restaurants and shops at SouthBank nearby

 

Southbank at night

Southbank at night

4. Shop in Bourke Street Mall, followed by The Emporium and Melbourne Central all within 5 minutes of each other

5. Walk down the amazing graffiti filled laneways off Bourke Street

Graffitied laneways are famous in Melbourne

Graffitied laneways are famous in Melbourne

6. Have a coffee in Degraves Street

7. See an Australian Football game at the iconic MCG

8. Visit the Queen Victoria Market for fresh and local produce as well as locally made clothes, crafts and gifts. Pick up a good selection of your favourite foods and head to:

9. Royal Botanic Gardens for a picnic. Here you can stop by the Shrine, honoring our troops, The Melbourne Observatory for stargazing, and in the summer you can watch outdoor cinema at Moonlight Cinema, or performances of Wind in the Willows and select Shakespeare works.

10. See a show, whether that be a production by local Melbourne Theatre Company or a world premiere show in the heart of the city

11. Take a tram to St Kilda, and spend the day at the beach, visiting Luna Park or immersing yourself in St Kilda’s rich culture

Beach Boxes at St Kilda Beach

Beach Boxes at St Kilda Beach

12. Alternatively take a short train trip to Brighton for a beach experience free of crowds

13. Take advantage of Melbourne’s extremely popular café/breakfast culture by choosing a café in suburbs such as Fitzroy, Richmond, Brunswick and Carlton, famous for their unique café style and menus. (Check out new addition Cat Cafe! A cafe with cats!) While here, be on the lookout for popular food trucks that often set up camp for lunch and dinner

14. Explore Brunswick Street for unique boutiques, restaurants and nightlife

15. Go to one of many outdoor cinema locations to catch current movies or cult classics

16. Take a Beyonce dance class, dedicated to learning Beyonce’s routines and performances

17. Eat yum cha in Melbourne’s China Town

18. Make sure you check out on of Melbourne’s famed rooftop bars, most can be discovered on main streets of the center of the city

Rooftop Bar in Melbourne

Rooftop Bar in Melbourne

 

Share your Global Appetite – Share your Study Abroad Experience

In South Africa, Site Director, Athena Lamberis, uses cooking as a social tool for study abroad students to explore and celebrate South African culture, history and communities.

As a part of a welcome or farewell activity, students get to experience cultural traditions, techniques, and flavors through different South African culinary cooking classes in local homes.  They assist in preparing unique local dishes and share a communal meal together, while learning about local dishes and cooking techniques.

A variety of spices are used in the cuisine of South Africa

A variety of spices are used in the cuisine of South Africa

Athena writes, “Learning how to prepare local cuisines and sharing a meal with locals is a way to promote cross-cultural understanding through our universal language of food. When surroundings, culture or language abroad come across as different, the one thing that can bring people together is food.
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CISabroad students share a meal with local friends.

One student before her return home explained how first, she didn’t know how to cook and secondly, didn’t know how to share about her experience abroad with friends and family at home – but after the cooking experience, she decided to use the skills she gained and cook a traditional South African meal for her family and friends at home as a delicious way to introduce and integrate her stories and experiences abroad.”
See Chili Bite recipe below by Cape Malay cuisine of Cape Town – Gamidah Jacobs. Enjoy as a snack or appetizer this Thanksgiving!
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Elizabeth S. CISabroad Alumni Ambassador from Mt Mary College eats a chicken foot known as “walkie talkie.”

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Chili Bites

Chili Bites

Fried Chili Bites Recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup pea flour or chick pea flour
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. fennel
1 tsp. leaf masala or roasted masala
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. chili powder
1 onion finely chopped
3-4 spinach leaves
Approximately a cup of water, till consistency is not too thick and not too thin, in between.
For a cup of chili bites, add 1 tsp. baking powder, the rest can be frozen. Takes about 1 hour to defrost the rest that was in the freezer. Just before frying, add the baking powder. Heat frying oil of choice to high. Spoon a heaping spoonful of dough and drop in the oil. Fry until golden brown. Place on dish with a paper towel to absorb excess oil and cool.
Home from studying abroad? What will you share with your family this Thanksgiving? Comment below.

CISabroad Alumni T-Shirt Design Winner

Porchia Bradford is a senior at Hampton University and a 2014 CISabroad summer intern in South Africa.

Read more about her travels, photographs, and international internship on her blog, Porchia Presents. Porchia is a CISabroad Alumn Ambassador and is happy to answer any questions you may have about her experience. Contact her directly at porchia.jb (at) gmail.com

 Why choose an internship in South Africa?

Porchia Bradford
I’ve always wanted to visit the African continent to experience its rich culture. I casually spoke with the CISabroad representative at my university and he mentioned that you all had a program in South Africa. I did my research and I was sold! I worked at Positive Dialogue Communications, a public relations firm just outside of the city center. My eight week stay went by super fast.. so I guess that’s an indication of a great time! What inspired your design? Being in South Africa made me hungry for more. As I researched new destinations, I realized that we often limit ourselves because of factors that are workable. I wanted the shirt to be a reminder to everyone that this world is here for us! So if we want to wander from continent to continent, DO IT, because the world is ours!

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“The World is Mine!” (front image for t-shirt). Designed by Summer Intern in South Africa student,  Porchia Bradford.

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Wanderer (Back image for t-shirt). Designed by Summer Intern in South Africa student, Porchia Bradford.

What’s your background in design? I have no formal background. I like seeing what’s in my head come to life so I dabble in design when I have free time. What’s next? I will be returning to school this fall to complete my last semester of undergrad. What’s your dream job? My dream job is to be a public servant. I haven’t quite figured out which direction I want to take but I am considering city management. Also, I have this burning desire to open a Dippin’ Dots franchise in my hometown of Newnan, Georgia! Any tips for future “wanderers” and CISabroad study abroad/ intern students? Immerse yourself in the native culture!

Top 10 Travel Writing Prompts

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Interested in being a travel writer? We’ve found that when students go abroad often times they suddenly found an inspiration that propels them into “blogland.” We have compiled 10 of our favorite travel writing prompts to inspire your next travel writings. Matthew, a current intern in South Africa, recently wrote for the first time after being on an international internship program for 2.5 week. He’s fallen in love. Sometimes love inspires us to write. Shakespeare was king of that idea. Matthew has fallen in love with South Africa, he writes:

So from seeing all the natural beauty this place (South Africa) has to offer, to experiencing local food and the people, I have fallen in love. It also helps that I have made so many friends with the people who I live with. I live with people from all over the world and I can honestly say that I have made friends I know I will have for a lifetime. Everyone is open-minded and is excited to meet new people and try new things. It’s hard to find people like this back home and it has made me feel apart of something bigger than myself for the first time in my life. I feel so much more grounded and have much more clarity being here and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I’m so excited to see what is in store the next 5 in a half weeks. I love and miss all my friends and family dearly, but we will see each other soon enough!

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Writing helps synthesize cultural adaptation, process foreign experiences, and document the changes that are happening right in front of our eyes! At CISabroad we love to read our student’s expressive writing and we’ve compiled a list of top ten writing prompts for a successful travel blog while studying abroad.

1. Write freely. Grammar and editing can come later. Sit down and just write for one minute without stopping.

2. Find a local busy coffee shop and describe the scene around you.

3.  Have you fallen in love with a destination, new tradition, or new language? Tell the world about it!

4. Pick one new thing you learned today. Tell the world.

5. Describe an obstacle you overcame.

6. Tell a story about the people you are traveling with or people you have met.

7. What tips do you want to share with other travelers?

8. Write about your favorite dish or snack  from where you are and how it is prepared.

9. Write about the most amazing moment of your trip so far.

10. Share your #ootd. What is the ideal outfit to wear in your location?

Comment below with links to your blogs!

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Life of an Intern: Barcelona

Ashanka Kumari is a featured blogger and a student at the University of Alabama who currently has an internship in Barcelona, Spain.

Today was a sad day because it marks my last day at my internship. I didn’t realize it until I uploaded my last article for Le CITY Deluxe: Kusama Showcase Article. It was ironic that the article was for an event in America, in New York specifically, which was the last place I was before I came to Spain.

In the last hour or so of my time at my internship, my supervisor/boss completed my final evaluation for UA and handed me a copy of the latest Russian Deluxe magazine. At first I just thought she was showing me the new cover, but then she told me that I had articles in it and the magazine was mine to keep.

I couldn’t believe it! Not only one, but three times did I find articles with my name beside them as the author. I was emphatic to say the least. I absolutely loved my experience at my first internship and wish I could continue to intern there, but sadly, as with most good things, they come to an end. My boss told me to expect another package in August or September with another magazine in which I will have been published. I can’t describe how happy I am about being published internationally! Here is a link to the web version of the Russian print magazine for those who are interested: Russian Deluxe Web Version.

Guacamole and hummus with nachos

After work, I treated myself to a nice three course 11 euro lunch at a restaurant I had been passing daily after work each day. The restaurant had a special vegetarian menu which was perfect and it had a large variety to choose from. I had hummus and guacamole dip with nachos, a pizza and an incredibly, mouthwatering slice of chocolate cake with cherry sauce (loved the sauce!) for dessert. It was a good self treat to celebrate completing my first internship.

Instead of just walking to the metro and going home, I decided to wander around and perhaps do a little shopping. I went down several streets and found a few shops where I got a couple of things for friends and family. I think I am about done with my souvenir shopping though — I think I will go somewhere else once more to make sure I covered everyone at home.

After shopping, I went back to my home stay and relaxed for a few hours before having dinner and going to bed. I have two more days left in Spain – Unbelievable!

Have you ever interned in a foreign country? What did you like most about it? Leave a comment below!