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Annette
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Life --> Changed

When I was an undergraduate student, I was ambitious, to say the least. I double-majored in Nutrition and Psychology, I was President of multiple organizations on campus, and I worked at my university counseling center. I had wanted to be a psychologist who worked with clients who suffer from eating disorders. As I was preparing for my junior year of undergrad, I knew I had to begin organizing my internship as part of my Psychology degree. As I watched my coursemates around me, I noticed a disturbing trend- they were arranging internships based on convenience. While I recognize that convenience can be a big factor, the point of an internship is supposed to be challenged, to be motivated to continue in the field, or inspired towards something else. When I came across Panrimo, I told them what I had wanted to do, thinking there was no way they could find an internship for something that specific. I was left dumbstruck when they found my perfect internship; an opportunity to fill the role as a Volunteer Assistant Psychologist on a new eating disorder unit at St. John's Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. I thought this was too good to be true. I remember thinking it was too good an opportunity, that it must be an elaborate scam. After many hours of investigating, I had to accept that it was indeed real. I got to not only sit in on clinical ward discussions with the care team but also contribute pertinent patient information as well. I was able to co-facilitate therapeutic sessions focusing on topics such as mindfulness, nutrition, art therapy, stress management, and emotional regulation. I had the opportunity to be able to provide support during meal times, periods of the day patients found to be particularly distressing. My internship experience was unique because I felt like someone thought that I was capable of doing more than intern cliches, such as make photocopies or fetch coffee. The work I was doing was a valuable clinical experience I don't think I could have had anywhere else. My advice to future participants is to trust yourself. For anything. Trust that you will be overwhelmed. At times, in an intense hospital environment, it can feel like you have gone from 0 to 60 in a blink of an eye, but in time you will catch up. Trust that you might not know everything, and that's okay. If you knew everything already, then this internship was not the challenging experience you needed. Trust your capabilities, your ability to learn, and most of all, your perspective. After I completed my internship, I left my new home feeling it wasn't "good-bye," but "See you later." That feeling turned out to be accurate. After a few years, I ended up coming back to the UK. I came to York to complete a Masters in Public Health and afterwards now work as a Health Science Researcher for a local company. I don't think I would have the life I have now if not for Panrimo and their amazing opportunity of a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
I feel that the staff who arrange the internship are very supportive. I like the idea of having a support person in the internship city. However, in my situation, I would have liked someone who was a little more attentive. Especially when it comes to the change of coming from a small, rural university in Pennsylvania to a major Scottish city. I think this role could be easily filled by a local student in the city for the summer. I feel this would be a good way to have someone who would be present, help them navigate the city, and support them during difficult periods- like when you're feeling homesick.
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Haley
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

City Life with a French Twist

Panrimo afforded a small provider experience to access the American Business School in the heart of Paris. This short-term summer program was great to accomplish some business courses in a condensed format. The pre-departure support was great and I appreciated the a la carte option since I was a student on a budget. My only complaint was that the on-site support was not as reliable as I would have expected. Other than that, I was very happy with my program.

What would you improve about this program?
Further training of on-site support staff.
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Liz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Prague + Panrimo= 10/10

As cheesy as the title may be, it is the honest truth. My time in Prague was perfect. I completely fell in love with city, the people, the culture... Everything about it was a perfect match for me. My neighborhood was extremely safe and residential but also close to the city center. Our flat was clean, modern, safe, and huge (I had my own bedroom and bathroom)!
Panrimo made the process as easy as it could possibly be. All of my paperwork was a cinch to complete with the help of the advisers (Thank you, Michael!) and they made me feel completely prepared and safe. Panrimo also has advisers in Prague for you to ask any questions and attend trips, give advice of where to go, help with travel... really anything you could possibly need.
The city itself is magnificently beautiful and has a small/communal sense about it, despite the fact there are over 1 million residents in Prague. I walked everywhere and city transport made life so easy (and I am one to get lost very easily).
I was able to travel to 10 different countries and a handful of cities within the Czech Republic.
This experience was everything I had hoped for and I wish I could do it again! I really could write a book about how amazing and magical Prague is, how much I would like everyone to visit it, and upload all 5,000 pictures that I took while I was there.

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been nice to have a few more activities with our advisers in Prague and people from the Panrimo. We did them often, but they were so fun I wish we did more.
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Jenny
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

It's on you

The placement process for Panrimo was frustrating. There was a lack of communication and a mix up with the length of my program. I had originally applied and paid a deposit for a 16 week program and found out three months later that I was only going to be interning for 12 weeks. I was not placed at my internship or given my housing placement until two weeks before I left for Madrid. Once I arrived in Madrid my onsite coordinator was very helpful in showing me my apartment and how to get to the city center. I lived on the outskirts of Madrid quite far from where I worked, about a 35 minute commute. I also lived alone, which was great when I had friends come visit, but bad when I was alone when my bathroom flooded or when my power went out. My internship at Bike Spain Tours was great, all my coworkers were very kind and accommodating. I learned a lot from this experience and definitely gained an even stronger sense of independence, but if I did not already have experience living in Spain I think I would have felt very isolated.

Response from Panrimo

Hi Jenny! We’re pleased to hear that your internship was a great fit and that your coworkers were kind and accommodating. We’re also glad that Laura was very helpful, she’s an excellent on-site coordinator! We do apologize that you experienced a lack of communication during the application process. Our staff in the US and abroad work extremely hard to make sure that we communicate clearly, and we are committed to improving this.

One of the biggest benefits of living and working abroad is the independence that students experience, and the skills and maturity that they develop. We are continually adding more activities for students and coordinators to make sure there is a strong sense of community, without impeding independent exploration. Your feedback is very helpful for us as we continue to expand our program in Madrid and other locations. Thank you for taking the time to review us, and best wishes for all your future travels!

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Carly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Prague is the BEST!

My time in Prague changed me for the better, entirely! Panrimo's support before, during, and after my program took loads of stress off of me so I could better enjoy my time abroad. Strolling the cobblestone streets of Prague instilled in me an appreciation for living on such old land that so many Greats inhabited before me. My perspective of life shifted as I became more aware of how big and diverse the world is! Without the help of Panrimo and their wonderful advisors, I would have never had an opportunity such as this. I felt as though the program was organized and clear and I was comfortable knowing I had the support, feedback and advice of my Panrimo advisors and coordinators at my disposal. Because Panrimo is a smaller, more intimate study abroad provider, I felt like I was important to them. This was also a comfort because I know it is possible with larger providers to become lumped and lost among hundreds of other study abroad students. There were a handful of other Panrimo students with me there and we did participate in planned group activities sometimes, but I also felt like I had the freedom to take trips of my own and create my own schedule, which was very nice!

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Experience for Independent Student

I couldn't have asked for a better experience living abroad in Madrid. That being said, I know that my experience here with Panrimo would not suit everyone. Panrimo provided me with the most amazing Madrid contact (Laura) who was always available if I needed help, and made the excursions culturally significant as well as fun. Madrid is a fantastic city, so I was surrounded by opportunities to get involved with other international students and the local community. Unlike most study abroad programs from the U.S., I was not part of a large group of American students and lived in an apartment with Erasmus students. This was great for me because I am fine with taking the initiative to meet people/socialize, but I can see where this would be out of some students' comfort zones. That being said, I think that one of the most valuable aspects of my experience has been the variety of different people I've met from all over the world--something that a lot of my friends in programs have missed out on. The living situation put me in the perfect location at the heart of the city.
One of the biggest issues I had with the program was Panrimo's 'Hispanic Studies' contact at the Universidad de Carlos III, who provided hardly any support. She made multiple errors in documents that were required for me to obtain my Visa, which led to the process being more challenging than it had to be. My classes at the Universidad de Carlos III were in English and not easy. Many of the courses I took were translated from Spanish and taught by professors who really shouldn't have been teaching in English. This communication gap in combination with the Spanish style of teaching definitely made advanced subjects harder. I was grateful to be able to continue my degree studies in Madrid, though, and it was fantastic being able to meet people in my major from all over the world.

What would you improve about this program?
Leonor (the "coordinator" of the Hispanic Studies program for UC3M) is terrible and provided absolutely nothing. A lot of the logistics regarding school, Visas, and transitioning (SIM card, metro pass, bank account) were left up to me to figure out, although Laura was quick to offer assistance in any way she could.
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Rosa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Journalism internship in Madrid's finest magazine

If you're looking for an internship to help broaden your experience in every way, then this is the internship for you.

The magazine I worked for (Guidepost) was a blessing. I literally took control of all aspects of journalism, and also helped to advertise. I must admit, it was not what I was expecting. This internship is not a strict structured internship, but they have a flexibility that allows you to take full advantage of the internship or not. The choice is really yours. Work days consist of short meetings two days a week. Other than that you are expected to experience the Madrid life and search for stories.

The program itself allows you to gain a sense of its culture. They schedule day trips and activities to help you to get to know Spain. While still allowing you to explore the country itself.

This experience will be as productive and fun as you make.

What would you improve about this program?
My one complaint would be housing.

Not everyone was satisfied with their housing situation, but from our experiences in the homes we were placed in we gained life long friends and new connections that in-turn introduced us to new parts of the city.

Like I said before, this experience is what you make of it. So, don't spend time complaining, enjoy!
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Teresa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely perfect location and great program

From the initial application process to being abroad, Panrimo staff were on top of being there checking in on me and other participants. Prague was an absolutely beautiful, international, and safe city that will forever hold great memories for me. The details of my internship with the National Museum was a little unclear at first, but it was smooth to work out with the employer and Panrimo the expectations after arrival to Czech Republic. There is definitely great opportunity to bond with your program buddies, and Sam and Fillip are awesome guys who take care of you. The biggest thing to know is that this program is what you make of it, so don't get discouraged too easily and know that you have to put in some effort to meet others, but once you break out of your bubble you will meet some of the greatest people in this wonderful city.

What would you improve about this program?
There could be more detailed and concrete job descriptions for the internships, just for preparation process. However, the communication between Panrimo and the participants is absolutely spot on.
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Rachel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From West Virginia to the Czech Republic

The night before I left for Prague I thought that I had made the wrong choice. It was my first time traveling outside of the US and I thought that I was going to be dumped into a city in a terrible apartment with no real understanding of the language or public transportation (where I live "public transportation" isn't really a thing, we're too small of a town). I WAS WRONG. Panrimo made sure that I wasn't just dumped completely outside of of my comfort zone but at the same time allowed me to develop my own skills and independence. They ensured that I was in a safe neighborhood and introduced me to Sam and Filip - locals who took our group on fun excursions and made sure to help answer any of our questions. I couldn't have asked for a better experience or a better group to have help me find my place within the fairy tale city of Prague. I would suggest that if this is your first time traveling to a foreign country to chose Panrimo because of their excellent care and staff.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing about this program it would be to provide drop-off transportation for the airport.
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Amber
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Panrimo London

My experience with Panrimo was well worth it and an invaluable experience. Panrimo was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had and did a very good job placing me. My internship was great and full of insight and valuable relationships and in addition the people I worked with made the job fun and were very nice and welcoming.

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend better preparation for the cost of living and travel expenses. Going in I realized there would be expenses but was not aware that the travel expenses would be as high as they were. I would also encourage more contact with the employer about expectations, dress code,etc. before departure to London. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would recommend it to others in the future.