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Evolve Abroad

About

We are an organization that provides, specialized internships and practicums, study abroad courses and skilled volunteer placements. We offer a holistic approach which includes, theoretical learning, practical application, and skills development with input from trained professional mentors who are already experts in their field.

Reviews

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Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fulfilling and supportive experience!

While I was initially reluctant to complete a virtual internship experience, I am glad that I chose to do so via Evolve Abroad. From the start my mentor, Shayle, was incredibly supportive and it was an overall amazing experience.

As a global communications student with an interest in international development, Evolve Abroad’s “Era of Sustainable Development” program was a brilliant combination of learning about the challenges of sustainable development via coursework and working with an organization on the frontlines of sustainable development projects. Prior to the program you work with Evolve Abroad to determine your interests and goals regarding your internship and career and they place you with one of their partner organizations to complete work directly related to gaining experience and knowledge in your field and area of interests. They reviewed my internship placement match with me as soon as it was made to double check if it was what I was looking for, which was incredibly reassuring. Shayle and Natalie frequently checked back over the course of my internship to make sure I was getting on alright with my work and if I needed assistance. They also analyze your strengths and weaknesses at the start of the program and work with you on overcoming those weaknesses as part of your career development throughout the program. For instance, I worked to develop my network and networking skills with Shayle.

I interned with Action Change and while there was certainly a challenge to adapt to the virtual workspace, I was well supported by Evolve Abroad’s team and my coworkers at Action Change. The work you do is incredibly fulfilling, especially the more you learn via the online course in sustainable development with your intern cohorts. I learned a lot and ultimately feel as if I accomplished far more than I set out to do.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
An online internship may seem like it isn't worth it, but I guarantee you it is. You learn a lot and you should definitely take advantage of everything you learn and the connections you make with your cohort. Go to every cohort meeting if you can. The discussions are eye-opening; you get to see your coursework and internship work through the different perspectives of your cohort. Also, take advantage of the fantastic support provided by Evolve Abroad. Natalie and Shayle are always willing to help.
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Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Online Turtle Data Research

I was able to work with the Two Oceans Aquarium and their turtle rehabilitation division. I was able to analyze the data they had collected over the years to help them better find, feed, and heal sea turtles. I was also able to attend their online classes about marine life and conservation. I also helped with graphic design to create some informative posters about sea turtles. I would also connect with the other students who had various other fields of study a few times a week to hang out online and play trivia games with. All the people I interacted with were so kind and friendly. I felt so welcome and valued. I was also enrolled in an online course about environmental sustainability. This was an amazing class where I learned so much about the world, people, and resources. Sadly, I was not able to go to South Africa due to COVID, but I would have had an amazing and safe accommodation just minutes from the beach. Evolve Abroad is an awesome program that truly wants to help people make connections, develop skills, and have fun.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Buy travel insurance. I wasn't able to go to South Africa because of COVID, but I'm glad I got insurance on my plane ticket. You never know what'll happen, and the insurance was sure nice to have in this case!
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Elena
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My own Experience in Evolve´s Abroad SDGs course

I think Evolve Abroad is an amazing organization and the course I took was truly life-changing. I had a great time learning with students from Canada, the USA, and South Africa and with my lovely teacher Natalie. The course was something that opened my eyes and made me realize that the clock is ticking. If you are hesitating about taking the course, well don't, there is simply no reason to. Taking the course will mean for you to meet new people and learn so much about the world and its issues. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to know about the SDGs and about everything else that I have learned in the course.

What would you improve about this program?

I think that what I would like to see improved in the program is the follow-up of activities or ways of involving participants after the course. I would have liked us to create something at the end of the course or plan a project together. I feel that we have been already informed and given the necessary knowledge, now we just need a little vision to be more involved.
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Chelsea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My online internship experience

I loved every moment of my online internship, it was a completely invaluable experience and I am so happy I had the opportunity to do it. My mentor and course facilitators were second to none, they provided me with incredible support and insight throughout my entire programme, which is what really made this experience so unique. Another amazing aspect of these internships is being able to connect and talk to people from all over the world, this was really great when it came to discussing our course material and doing our reflections as you get to hear other peoples opinions and how their lives differ to others in different countries.

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Samantha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Evolve Aboard - Cape Town, South Africa

I had such an amazing time studying with Evolve Abroad in South Africa! The administrators were so encouraging when I expressed interest in getting me involved with schools in a another country. The traveling opportunities were so much fun, and I enjoyed our excursions a lot. The coursework was heavy, but not overwhelming. I was still able to get time to really get out and explore Cape Town and most of the learning occurred when I interacted with the schools faculty. The location of the campus is absolutely gorgeous - a wonderful place that I spent relaxing.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would probably try to go further out of Cape Town and get more experience in there rougher parts of Africa.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Natalie Sitarenios

Job Title
Student Coordinator
I am a mother and wife to a beautiful baby and husband. I have been teaching abroad for 7 years and absolutely love it. Really enjoying my current job.
Natalie Sitarenios

What is your favorite travel memory?

Going with my husband, my boyfriend at the time, to the Philippines and learning how to surf. It was such an amazing experience, being in the little town Baler. Everyone was extremely friendly and so welcoming. We really enjoyed walking everywhere and trying most of the food. We also met a comedian who was quite funny and so down-to-earth. He joined our table too!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Yes, I have experienced a few things that have made me less ignorant and more open-minded. I have also learnt a bit more from various cultures and countries. I have also experienced a few things in my own country which I wasn’t aware of before.

It is especially nice working for a kind and understanding boss who helps and encourages you along the way.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I have not been with Evolve Abroad long enough to have a return student, but my first student loved Cape Town so much and really enjoyed the staff and course from Evolve Abroad that she has asked for a permanent job here 😂

We still stay in contact to this day and she often asks about the students and staff.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would like to go on the marine biology program as I haven’t studied or experienced the program and would love to learn something new and interesting.

Marine biology interests me most as it has to do with nature and life. I really enjoy learning about nature and would like to be more educated in this field.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our hospitality is something to be proud of as we really go out of our way to make students feel comfortable and a part of the family.

The in-depth experiences are also something to be proud of. We try our best to give the students what they need and want. We let them explore and often they get to learn and discover more about themselves.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

That the students learnt, loved and experienced what they came for.

You need to treat everyone with respect, no matter your status. It is important to be punctual and have initiative. Always thinking of something new and interesting to add to stay with the times. Working as a team will add to the success and make things a little easier.