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Best three months of my life
Submitted by Chandler Scott - Rhode Island College | February 22, 2018
I have nothing but high remarks for CISabroad. From the very beginning of choosing a program, they were very welcoming and extremely helpful. They were able to answer all of my questions I had. This was one of the main reasons why I chose to go with CISabroad. They were eager to help and very affordable compared to other programs. Although the process to get all of the necessary documents was very stressful, CISabroad was very responsive and helped in any way they could. The pre-departure activities were very helpful to prepare me for a semester in London.
Arriving in London I was very nervous, to be so far away from home. But the CISabroad on-site staff were very warm and welcoming. My homesickness went away very quickly thanks to them.
The housing situation was great for interns. We were given a flat, we lived just like anyone else would have lived in London. I felt very independent having to buy groceries and cook for myself. All of these correspond perfectly with being an intern. It was like being in the real world with a job and everything. There was a grocery store right down the street from our flat which was very accommodating. There were also several restaurants as well. I think it was a perfect location in a nice residential area. We lived 15 minutes from Big Ben, so the location was perfect, right in Central London.
My internship placement was really good as well. I had a marketing internship for a health and wellness company. The commute to and from the office was easy. There was a tube station located right next to our flat which was a bonus.
With CISabroad there were also social programs that allowed us to meet other students in London as well as do new things in London. One for example was attending the evensong at Westminster Abbey. There was also a social program trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. I was very grateful for this opportunity to see other parts of the United Kingdom.
All in all, choosing CISabroad was one of the best decisions I could've done for myself. It allowed me to achieve my dream of seeing the world. It gave me friends that I will have for the rest of my life. And it allowed me to experience things I would not have been able to otherwise.
If you are reading this and you are deciding whether or not you should go abroad with CISabroad. I say go for it, you will not regret it.
Program: Intern in London (England)
Best experience for the best price
Submitted by Catherine Ann Boutwell - University of Alabama | February 21, 2018
First of all, I really loved the price tag of this program. It's one of the most price-conscious programs I could find anywhere from any provider that still included housing, excursions, and on-site support. Prague is a beautiful city, with a really cool history and tons of stuff to see. It's also really cheap. Most everyone speaks English, which is helpful as well. I also loved our on-site coordinator. Leah was so helpful, she never skirted around anyone's questions, which is really important when you're in a new environment like this and really need something. She went above and beyond all the time. There was nothing to complain with academics, the teachers are all very professional and knowledgeable. The Buddy System events and benefits on this program were phenomenal. There are so many things in place at VSE to make sure you interact with local students and have fun social stuff to do with your friends. I highly recommend this program.
Best semester of my life
Submitted by Haley - Western Kentucky University | February 21, 2018
Living in Edinburgh was the best time of my life, and CISAbroad made it all possible. Everything I need to have a smooth semester, from getting to Scotland, actually living there and attending classes, was all taken care of by the CIS team. I made life long friends through my program, who I will cherish forever. I’m so grateful to CISAbroad, and would recommend it to anyone.
Program: Semester in Edinburgh
Intern in Ecuador: Fall 2017
Submitted by EcuaInternF17 - - | January 31, 2018
Contact:I was an Intern in Ecuador during Fall 2017 for a month. The advisors (Brian, primarily) from CISAbroad stateside were great in helping me figure out the finances and what kind of internship I wanted. Since CISAbroad's presence in Ecuador with Diana, who heads local partner organization that arranges internships for other agencies than CISAbroad, they were able to meet my peculiar timeline (smack dab in the middle of the fall, mostly October) and knew of an organization that could fit my interests (youth development, community development, education-focused approaches).
Program: I was given the choice of a homestay or living with the volunteers in the organization. CISAbroad provided healthcare reimbursement option, orientation to the Ecuador and walking tour of downtown Quito, and a local phone, and even provided some activities with other interns/study abroad students. My host families were wonderful, and I felt safe and welcomed in the house.
Challenges: I didn't really know much my actual internship site when I went down, as my internship site talked to Ecuador CISAbroad, which than relayed info back to stateside CISAbroad, who then talked to me with fairly limited information. Once I was at my internship site (outside of main Quito), I worked more with my intern organization than CISAbroad simply due to proximity, and as such was more independent of CISAbroad than I'd originally thought. Also, I had to arrange my return transport to the airport independently.
Excursions: Quilotoa and meetings in Quito and Cumbaya were included (myself and another intern organized two more trips independently, but with s made through CISAbroad).
Diet: Everyone was very careful to look out for my diet, as stateside CISAbroad and Ecuador CISAbroad both talked food safety before I left, and directly after I arrived. Both host moms hammered home the importance of drinking only boiled water. I carried a bottle of it around with me everyday. My home meals were excellent, and we were able to find some great places for almuerzos and snacks. Lots of chicken, rice, potatoes, and bread options, which was just fine with me!
Overall: Brian and Diana helped me design an internship that really helped me grow in ways I couldn't have imagined! Be prepared to initiate communication, to have some dietary adjustments, to use public transport and to explore! Keep in mind that Quito and the surrounding areas are high altitude (body adjustments, and adjustments to heat). In my opinion, you really need to have some Spanish skills Finally, be prepared to have some adventures and some misadventures along the way. Overall, this was a positive experience that I would recommend checking into!
Program: Intern in Ecuador (Quito)
A Fun Experience
Submitted by james - University of Texas at Austin | January 31, 2018
Rather than write paragraphs the experience, I am just going to divide the experience into two lists:
Things I liked:
*An internship is much less stressful than a 'study abroad' internship because you don't bring work home with you. This means that you are free to do whatever outside of work hours, and on weekends.
*There were many planned cultural and social events planned by CISAbroad, but they were purely optional, meaning you could take advantage of them or do something else if you'd prefer. Of the ones I took part in, the weekend trips and the cooking class were the most fun.
*It varied by person, but the housing that I was placed in was probably in the best location we could have been in. It was in the middle of a tourist-y area so most of the restaurants and such spoke English.
*Staff members were always available if there was every an issue of any kind.
*My school (UT Austin) had several dozen students in the program, and all the guys were placed in the same apartment complex, so there was never a time where I felt I did not have someone to do things with. (this didn't seem to be true for the girls, and most other schools didn't have enough students in the same program for this to matter)
Things I didn't like:
*The weekend trips that required extra payment. While they were fun - I felt as though the prices they charged were somewhat high compared to going to those places on your own, especially considering the price of the program itself.
*I felt like the program was not very specific on what I should bring with me. I was unsure on whether I would need to bring towels or bedding with me.
*This is an issue specific to the country, but I had trouble adjusting to a lack of A/C