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Pol
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been thinking about what to write for a while now and I still don't know where to start. Me living in Thailand for almost five months on my own?? You tell me that in 2018 and I wouldn't have believed you!

But yet here I am, back home after having interned in Bangkok for 20 weeks from October 1 to February 14. In this day and age where having a degree does not separate you from your peers and jobs available for recent graduates are scarce and usually underpaid I knew I had to find a way to somehow make my CV stand out from the rest. I'm not going to lie. The thought of leaving my comfort zone was scary. I've been lucky enough to travel to many places from a young age but I did so with my family or friends by my side. Honestly, I just didn't think I was ready, though I didn't tell anyone that.

However, I felt like that was something I needed to do. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and I kept a positive attitude at all times. I was prepared to live the experience of a lifetime so I embraced the challenge. In the end, I must say, I did not feel like I was overcoming any sort of challenge whatsoever. P.I (aka Aaron) picked me up at the airport, helped me settle in, and gave me many tips about navigating through the city and Thai culture. I was even more excited to get started!!!

What I am most grateful for is definitely having had the opportunity to intern for a leading international PR & Comms agency, where I made tons of friends from all over the world and gave me the headstart to my career I was looking for. Spain has been in total lockdown for over a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic but I am starting a new job in finance next Monday!!! We as a country are preparing for an upcoming economic crisis and this 22-year old just got a full-time job in one of the most renowned Spanish companies. THANK YOU!!

I'm sure I'll still leave some things out but I want to stress how happy I was in Bangkok and how easy it was for me to feel welcomed into Thailand. I used every weekend to walk around the city and I ate street food daily. P.I and my coworkers even taught me some basic Thai sentences which made the locals comfortable around me. I think I can still order some Thai food as of late April lol!! Btw, in addition to Bangkok, I visited Phuket, Krabi, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (I visited to Petronas Twin Towers on Christmas Day!!!)

I will cherish all the memories I made in Thailand forever. My favorite with P.I is definitely going to the nationally-televised Muay-Thai fight. I still get goosebumps. That was epic!!!

Thailand, I will for sure be back at some point.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Not being able to withdraw money with my credit card when I had no money left
I asked a coworker to do that for me. My family sent her the required amount onto her account. Thank you Pim!!
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Manitej
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Business development & Marketing internship in Hong Kong has been a life-changing experience and I am very happy with the overall outcome. Next Step Connections (NSC) has made sure that my application process is smooth and I am matched with companies that best fit my profile and expectations. Interning in Hong Kong allowed me to network with people around the world and the local working culture has provided me an insight into the level of competition in Hong Kong. NSC’s staff member, Jacky Mo’s continuous help and support have made sure that I was safe and had the best time even when the city was facing tough situations with continuous protests. The chance to explore the diversity, festivals and local culture has been a significant part during my internship period.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
My friends wanted me to try snake soup before I leave Hong Kong, since you can't usually find it in most places around the world.
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Ryuma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you NEXSTEP for the incredible service and support you provided me throughout my program. The knowledge, networks, job skills and overall experience I gained have not only increased my confidence as I prepare to enter the workforce, but are actually paying off in the first couple of interviews.

I want to thank the people and professional friends I made in Thailand for hosting me and opening my eyes to the incredible businesses, startups, and networking opportunities available in Bangkok, which was super developed, entertaining and fun to live and work in.

I also appreciated how close it was to several other of the most amazing countries I have visited including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia.

If you have the chance I recommend studying and doing a professional internship abroad with NEXSTEP in Bangkok, Thailand. This has been the most memorable experience of my life. I am sad that it will soon come to an end. All I can say is Bangkok, you’re the best, thanks for the journey of a lifetime. I’ll be back again soon.

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I got my first internship, which brought me the most significant job opportunity, out of Jacky Mo's enthusiastic attitude of his work. Jacky's professional and positive guidance lead me to an exceeding choice out of a long list of firms which he built up for me individually. Before encountered Jacky and his team, With no experience of finding such an essential turning point of my life, I was frustrated and didn't know what to do, thank God there're such a group of people concentrating on helping graduate students like me.
I got my first internship, which brought me the most significant job opportunity, out of Jacky Mo's enthusiastic attitude of his work. Jacky's professional and positive guidance lead me to an exceeding choice out of a long list of firms which he built up for me individually. Before encountered Jacky and his team, With no experience of finding such an essential turning point of my life, I was frustrated and didn't know what to do, thank God there're such a group of people concentrating on helping graduate students like me.

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Houcem
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As I was desperately looking for international internships opportunities in different platforms, something different about NSC captured my attention. Their programs were well detailed and explained, the process of internship selection was smooth and their follow-up was on point.

From the day that I arrived in Hong Kong, They insured that I'm enjoying every moment of this experience! They guided me through my stay there and allowed my ease of integration through many diverse community events.

If you want to embrace a professional enjoyable experience as per your preferences in Hong Kong. NSC is the way to go!
I would definitely recommend NSC to my friends, to come and enjoy this unique experience that I had over here. Not only gaining valuable experience internationally but also get to know amazing people in NSC community.

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Fernando
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came to Hong Kong under this program not knowing what to expect and I couldn't have been more impressed. They will take care of everything you need and you'll make friends along the way, for them it's not just business but a personal responsibility to make sure that you are enjoying your experience. Professionally, they found me an internship in a company of my favorite sector, they were supportive along my entire internship even after having a couple of bumps during this period. The final result has been me getting hired in the company, working on the sector I wanted and making great friends. If you are thinking about enlisting in this program, I couldn't recommend it enough. Hong Kong is an incredible place that will surprise you in many ways, make sure you are ready to enjoy it to the fullest. You'll be in the best hands!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure you go open minded and ready to learn, get ready to enjoy and discover an incredible place. You'll be taken care of so make sure so discover all the hidden gems that Hong Kong offers.
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Tracey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This internship was such an amazing experience - I learned a lot about myself and grew mentally as well. My time in Thailand helped me recapture a sense of adventure that being stuck in Austin, TX shut me out of. I learned a lot about a culture that I had never expected to know so much about and it made me realize how much in the world is going on and I don’t even realize it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who feels like their stuck and is itching to try something new and break out of their shell. On this trip I met so many cool people, kind Thai souls that let me into part of their lives, my company’s employees that pushed me to do more, and the students on the program with me, they are truly friends that turned into family! But to be honest the best thing I experienced on this trip was the food - it changed my entire perspective on food in general and my tastebuds are happier so.

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Jak
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Greatest experience of my college career, you wont regret it. This was my first time overseas and not gonna lie I was pretty scared when my plane landed at the airport. Id seen photos and videos about Thailand but I had no idea what it was like. However,​ the Nexstep staff really made Thailand feel like home. After just ome week they gave me the confidence to explore Bangkok alone unaided. One month later I successfully explored Myanmar unaided and made more than 1 dozen friends there. Many fantastic programs at the Mahidol University. I've been a part of the environmental departments UN beach cleanups on the island of Koh Sak. There is a professor at the University who runs them regularly. Many cool scientific projects for those willing to bug professors. Salaya campus is also a really good center point for those wanting to travel around Thailand on the weekends. Overall best experience of my college career and if I could do it again I would

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Candice
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After going on an exchange program in Bangkok, I have been actively pursuing ways to come back to Thailand again and again. This internship program made me felt at home in Thailand. I really enjoyed this program especially the people, the culture and social practices in Thailand. First of all, this program matched me with the perfect internship company in the education field. It allowed me to learn from the best professionals in the education field and expanding my social network. Through my internship, I was able to participate in incredible workshops in the chosen field and meet lots of awesome people.

The program also came with weekly networking and career developing events. These were valuable opportunities to get to hear from leading professionals in different areas. I got a chance to socialise with other interns from the globe too, which is always a plus. Another highlight would be cultural excursion. The internship team took us to different parts of Bangkok. Students were able to explore the beauty of this city and appreciate its history.

The internship team was very friendly. They are always there for any help and support even after the end of the internship.

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Kasun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Next Step team in Bangkok, Thailand was incredible! PA and Jason were extremely helpful and always showed an effort to help and excel. They always seemed to show an understanding hand in even the most difficult scenarios. This proved to be crucial in prospering in a country like Thailand, for conditions can get very tough and challenging. Thankfully however, the Next Step team provided all the tools and resources to alleviate all said conditions. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a personal development experience to go through this program. Not only did the program leaving highly satisfied, but I left with friends and cherished memories. From words of appreciation and help to gestures of empathy and kindness, this program provides the complete package.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Seek discomfort. Cherish the journey, not the destination. Trust the moment, live in the moment.