ELI Abroad Programs
Intern in Dublin! Work with marketing departments or firms in a wide range of areas. You will be able to work on specific projects, or be involved with long-term strategies....
ELI Abroad Reviews
Great for enthusiastic writers and solo travelers
Submitted by Abby Y. - - | March 30, 2018
ELI Abroad allowed me to dive into the fast-paced world of journalism all while experiencing the unique and dynamic culture of South India.
This is not a group program, and it's not likely that you'll be with other volunteers but for an independent traveler like myself, it can be incredibly rewarding. Having that solo experience really helped me in discovering South India and gave me more time to spend with my Indian co-workers.
The writing aspect was even more hands on than I expected. As a recent high school graduate, I had very little writing experience, but I still was included in the weekly meetings and invited to pitch ideas. I worked mostly online, monitoring social media platforms and publishing short articles, but I was also delegated to do phone interviews, experience pieces and food reviews that were published in the print magazine. I was sent out independently in assignments in the heart of Chennai within the first month of my internship.
I would highly recommend this program to gap yeat students looking to build their resume or writers that want to experience journalism from a different point of view.
Overall a meaningful and rewarding experience.
Human rights - legal internship
Submitted by dwest - - | March 26, 2018
My placement was great, i could not have asked for a better experience. I was able to help with court cases, attend mediations, and other events in the community with my site supervisor. I don't remember who my advisor at ELI was, but I found him to be very helpful. I got together a lot with some of the other interns who were also in Auckland. This is my second time going abroad with ELI, I did a trip 2 years ago. It's been awesome to see the world and new cultures!
One week left!
Submitted by Bailey Miller - University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire | July 05, 2017
Namaste! My name is Bailey Miller. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I am currently volunteering through Experiential Learning International (ELI) in Kathmandu, Nepal for 4 weeks. I have two placements- one in the Child Development Center (CDC) and the other in a local monastery. I just completed my third week and, sadly, only have one more to go. I’d love to take this opportunity to share with you my experience here in Kathmandu up to this point.
I spend Mondays and Fridays at the CDC, which is actually the lower level of a Kathmandu public school. I alternate between a 2-4 year old classroom and a 5-6 year old classroom. I collaborate and assist teachers in focusing on developmental milestones, play skills, hygiene, and teaching basic English. The children are energetic, loving, and hard working. As the CDC is part of a public school, I see children from all types of backgrounds. It is a very humbling and rewarding experience. It has allowed me to reflect on the value of education and revived my passion for working with others.
From Tuesday through Thursday, I additionally teach English to 25-30 students at a local monastery. The students are Buddhist monks between the ages of 8-16 years. The monastery, among many other aspects of this country, has exposed me to a completely different culture. I have become a more open minded individual. It is a guarantee that the students have taught me just as much, if not more, than I have taught them.
I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to spend time in Kathmandu. The ELI team has been an integral part of my journey in discovering ideal placements and has acted as a knowledgeable and reliable resource. I have developed great relationships with local Nepalese people and obtained an extremely valuable and fulfilling experience.
Nepal is a truly beautiful and fascinating country. The streets hustle and bustle with the noise of the city, yet people are patient and giving with their time and resources. Nepal has a history far beyond any I have experienced which takes the shape of beautiful stupas and temples. The food is (of course) fantastic and the other volunteers in our volunteer house are just as willing and excited to experience the city together. I wish I could stay in Kathmandu longer. One week left!
Program: Teach at a Buddhist Monastery
It was a great experience
Submitted by Courtney Adams - - | June 21, 2017
The application process was excellent. Everything was prompt and went smoothly. Staff was very helpful and timely with answering e-mails. And the ELI Portal definitely helped to keep things organized.
Malissa Spero was my advisor and she was amazing! Always timely with her responses and very informative. She always made me feel comfortable taking this trip and confident in using this program. Upon arrival I went to orientation in Dublin and we met everyone else who was just arriving to do a similar thing, and they told us some norms within our country and showed us a map of how to get around, as well as, how to act with our host families. My in-country coordinator was David. He was awesome, and very friendly. He made us all feel welcome and comfortable. He was so helpful through everything.
I worked for a communications company outside the city center. It was amazing! A typical day was me coming in at 10 and I would do my daily measuring of articles in the media for one of our clients, and then I would send e-mails, look up information that I was asked to gather, and wrote press releases. I also got to brainstorm pitch ideas for a new coffee shop that was set to open after my departure.
I stayed with a host family and they were great. It was a single mother, 18-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. We had no problems, she was very lenient, always had dinner around the same time on the table and offered me more than she had too. It was a great experience and I plan to keep in touch with them!
It definitely met my expectations
Submitted by Anders Mærkedahl Justesen - - | March 07, 2017
I worked with the Malongo Integrated SACCO Society Ltd in Iganga. Upon arrival, Michael Kaidhiwa who was my in-country coordinator, was very accommodating and helpful during my stay, he took me through the current situation of microfinance in Uganda, and more detailed the Iganga area. He was very kind, and also oriented me what possibilities I had available in my spare time, and what places I should travel in the weekends.
On a typical day I spend most time doing research for the SACCO, and doing so from the local Musana Sol View cafe, which I found to be a great study environment. Now and then I went on field trips with the loan officer, to first and foremost get loan repayments, but also later to do interviews the SACCO's members' relationships with the SACCO. And at least once a week I discussed my research and ideas for future changes in the SACCO with the manager. It definitely met my expectations, and has been truly educating. The only problem was if I was working with the same topic for too long, to a degree where it became too trivial, in which case it was easy to get my mind off it with a field trip or a simple change of topic until I was ready to get back.
I lived with the Kaidhiwa family, who was a truly friendly and hospitable host family, and I don't think I could have possible asked for any more in terms of accommodation.
The ELI Portal was definitely effective in helping me with the application process, I found it working exactly to fit the needs. My program adviser, Kevin O'Neill was very helpful and was always available whenever I had any questions. Its just that I found the application process pragmatic to say the least. It was easy because of the guidelines and the available assistance, but a little complicated in my case because I never made a whole resume and such before.
Program: Microfinance in Uganda