Tips or How to Get the Most Out of Internship Abroad

I can’t believe it’s only a few days left till my flight back to Toronto! I certainly enjoyed my stay here and I hope to come back one day to visit my new friends in Costa Rica. I feel sad to leave this beautiful country with such a unique culture, but at the same time I’m excited to go back to snowy Toronto, see my friends, and satisfy some cravings of food that I couldn’t get here haha. I’m also planning my trip to Russia to visit my family and I can’t be happier! I am so glad that one day I decided to visit GE Office to ask for more details about internships abroad, because I used to pass by the GEO ad at college every day and never consider it seriously…

So if you are thinking whether you should apply for a GEO program or not, if you’re hesitant and scared… Say YES! Say yes to challenges, new experiences, personal and professional growth, travelling, exploring new cultures, trying new food, and so much more… I want to encourage everyone to take this amazing opportunity while it’s there. I can certainly say that I have learnt a lot while being in Costa Rica; I’ve grown not only professionally, but also personally. So if you are planning to participate in one of the GEO programs I would like to give you some advices based on my experience here.

  1. Be open to everything new.

Remember that this is your chance to try something new, so go ahead and enjoy!

  1. Making friends is important.

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  1. Be friendly in general.

If you are a shy type of person try to open up and talk to the people around. Make yourself comfortable.

  1. Try to stay positive if you’re experiencing problems or feeling homesick.

It’s all about your attitude; it’s you who chooses what your experience is going to be like.

  1. Explore, explore, explore.

Sometimes you will feel like you are staying in one place and not learning much, in that case try to experience something new every day. Simply take a walk, look around, find a nice park, take pictures… there’s so much you can do in a foreign city.

  1. If you don’t speak much language of the country that you are going to, try to learn some useful words from the locals all the time!

They will be flattered that you’re excited to learn their language and you will gain valuable knowledge.

  1. Do the paper work ahead.

Prepare your documents before you leave! If you need to apply for visa, make sure you have everything ready, because in another country, especially if you don’t speak the language, it will be quite a problem to get around and do the paper work without somebody’s help.

I hope that these tips will help you to get the most out of your stay and enjoy it.

P.S. I can never thank GEO enough for this amazing experience I’ve had here. THANK YOU.

x

Valentina

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