The LEX Language Internship was one of the most memorable experience of my life. A decade later, I still tell stories from my time spent with this incredible organization. It's not just a travel program; they are actively dedicated to fostering human empathy across language, cultures, and generations.
This internship provides a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in a place AND within a community of highly enthusiastic and nurturing people. Most LEX members have experienced at least one cultural exchange and know what it's like to be in your shoes. This is honestly one of the most significant ways that this program differs from any other travel program. Coworkers, friends, and host families are committed to supporting you in a cultural journey. LEX creates a secure sense of family through regular meetings locally and regionally where people openly share powerful stories of discovery through cultural exchange.
When you get to the office you are always warmly greeted into a fun, playful, curious, and enthusiastic environment. The office is always buzzing with activity and I always loved picking up and helping out with the day-to-day shuffle. Even though there are also plenty of time for independent focused work, there are tons of opportunities to talk to visitors, participate in workshops, and meet with people face-to-face. I sometimes joked that my desk would get lonely.
Becoming a member of a host family is a major part of this program. Having a sense of responsibility and belonging is very important when traveling abroad for an extended stay. I really valued the candid and casual moments of living with a host family. These were very close and supportive relationships that developed over the course of the program. I was lucky to have two host families during my year and both families are still in touch with me today.
During the program you will attend regular local club activities which is a great opportunity to meet people nearby and form friendships outside of the office and your host family. The meetings are always full of fun, games, music and lighthearted curiosity for language learning. It's a wonderful way to explore new languages, form relationships and have fun! The local club members sometimes feel like an extended family.