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Griffin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

My internship through Intern Abroad was a truly rewarding experience. I gained valuable knowledge and skills while contributing to a meaningful organization. I really appreciated the supportive and collaborative work environment at the organization and I felt encouraged to ask questions and take on new challenges. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone interested in microfinance or community banking projects in the development space. The support from Intern Abroad was exceptionally and I would highly recommend them.

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India
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

GIS in Gondwana

I have just returned from the best 6 weeks in Gondwana Game Reserve (South Africa) completing the 'GIS and Reserve Management' internship, run by Intern Abroad HQ and Wildlife Ecological Investments (WEI). During my time in Gondwana, I gained valuable insight into how conservation practices work within a reserve, I have developed my GIS mapping skills to new levels via a lecture series and research report, and also improved my cultural awareness and communication skills in a mixed- nationality camp. On top of this, I have come away with some amazing memories and close up animal experiences. The highlight of my trip would have to be the sunset drives every Sunday, where we drive to a viewpoint and watch the African sun setting over Gondwana's beautifully hilly landscape. It was an unforgettable experience, and I would recommend this internship to anyone who wants to learn or improve their GIS mapping skills, and is passionate about applying this in a conservation setting.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment would have to be:
We were out on the car one day collecting game data, and it was an extremely hot day. The game route we were taking happened to pass the volunteer wild swimming spot that we sometimes use. The field coordinator recognised that we were all very hot in the back of the car and let us jump into the swimming spot in all of our clothes, spontaneously, in between data collection. This was funny as the water source had recently been used by the elephants, and we came out covered in elephant muck! But it was great fun.
Pros
  • Close wild animal encounters.
  • Sunny weather.
  • Friendly staff.
Cons
  • Lots of spiders.
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James
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An enjoyable and enlightening experience

I'm writing this 4 months into my 6 months on the Sustainable Business and Environmental Tourism Internship in Quepos, Costa Rica and I can safely say I've made the best choice I could have. The internship has been really interesting and I've been supported well throughout. Intern Abroad provide weekly reflection reviews for the first 12 weeks which really make the experience useful in developing my own professional skills. On arrival, travel was arranged for me and the accommodation has been fantastic throughout with lovely food. I feel like I've really immersed myself in the culture and helped make a difference to the company while learning a bit more about the business practices needed for a charity.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I'm doing my best to immerse myself into the culture and my home stay mother has really helped me with that by giving us a typical Costa Rican meal for breakfast and dinner very often. Upon learning I was keen to try everything, she made me cow's tongue or "lengua" for dinner one night to try. I ended up really enjoying it as well!
Pros
  • Beautiful wildlife
  • A lovely team around you with many other interns to socialize with
  • A chance to practise your spanish (a lot of people speak english too so you won't get too stuck)
Cons
  • Costa Rica is quite expensive
  • There isn't a lot of nightlife if you're looking for that kind of thing
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Ashley
2/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Not what was advertised

The internship was advertised as educational with conservation opportunities. That is not at all what I got. It was a scuba diving vacation with no other structured activities and all the other interns got drunk every night of the week. All optional activities costed lots of money and if you didn’t want to pay for it you sat at home bored. There was not much to do in camp and not much to do in the small town we were located in. The internship description said they provided food (which they did) but it was so basic I couldn’t even make a legit meal out of the ingredients.The company that hosted the internship in country forced me to pay a lot of extra money upon arrival for things which were not disclosed beforehand. I felt like it was a waste of time and money and do not recommend.

Pros
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Cool way to see South Africa
Cons
  • No education or conservation efforts
  • No structured or organized activities other than scuba diving with no purpose
  • I was charged extra money upon arrival that was not disclosed beforehand
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Dear Ashley,

Thank you for taking the time to share feedback. We are sorry to hear that you do not recommend this program. We always encourage participants to please contact us at any time throughout their experience if dissatisfaction is being experienced. Likewise, the onsite staff members and supervisors greatly appreciate feedback in real-time, as they're in a position to provide immediate support and guidance.

The scuba diving internship program is designed to be entry-level, tailored towards providing young people with PADI dive tuition and an introduction to Indian Ocean marine ecology (via online training presentations). Diving activities throughout the year are always subject to weather and seasonal conditions. Outside of this Monday-Friday schedule, interns have free time (including free time on weekends) and are free to independently plan their own leisure and tourism activities.

For this program, a cook prepares dinners at the camp, Monday through Friday. Participants are free to prepare their own meals outside of this service, utilizing food which is provided for this purpose (particular dietary requirements must be communicated in advance). Sodwana Bay is a small coastal town and there is access to restaurants, cafes, and other facilities which people are free to access at their leisure.

I understand that during your stay, there were some group activities arranged, such as the Kosi Bay Day Trip and various art/craft sessions. Participation is always optional and our Program Guide, which interns receive in advance, provides guidance concerning free time, meals, and personal spending budgets.

I remain available to discuss your experience directly and address any outstanding questions which may have arisen, so you are welcome to contact me.

Kind regards,
Karen - South Africa Program Manager
karen@internhq.com

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ana sofia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

amazing remote internship in Valencia

This experience has helped me develop my understanding of how an organization operates in every way possible. During my internship I helped with market research in Mexico for companies that would be good prospective customers. I chose to participate in this remote internship because it allowed me the freedom to work from home, while getting involved in a field I love with an international company. Reflecting on the experience, I'm most proud of my professional growth and all the knowledge I gained. I feel really good with this experience and how much it has helped me in a professional and personal way.

Pros
  • personal growth
  • learn about the industry
  • amazing support
Cons
  • none
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Zeeshan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Intern abroad morroco 2023

Morroco is the perfect country to do your internship in. It is a beautiful country and filled with amazing people. Intern abroad made sure of our safety and that we were staying in a fabulous morrocan riyad. This internship helped me gain a huge amount of experience which I know will help me with my future ambitions. I also made many new friends along the way and experienced the different cultural aspects of the country. The food in morroco is also very lovely and there are many restaurants all over Rabat.

Pros
  • Amazing people
  • Great experience for CV/Resume
  • Food
Cons
  • Tourist prices
  • Bugs/insects
  • Language barrier
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Solé
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Program

For a very long time, I had been searching for the right work abroad experience and finally came across this program. Intern HQ Abroad fulfilled all of my expectations during my ten week long Human Rights & NGO Support internship in Rabat, Morocco. From the very beginning, everything was spectacular. The airport pickup was smooth, the daily breakfasts and dinners were delicious (and very traditional), and Dallas was extremely attentive to all of the intern's requests. Food is cheap and accessible inside and outside the Medina. I felt completely safe, supported, and comfortable in the riad. There were local program supervisors/assistants frequently in communication with the interns and physically present at the riad to impart important information to us regarding work placements, our whereabouts, etc. The quality of the internship work was good; we were placed with an excellent national organization and given enough time to deliver projects. The NGO team was kind and actively collaborated with us. The general profile of interns participating in the program is early-twenties youth coming from various international backgrounds, like the UK, the Americas, and China. Commuting in Rabat was easier than I expected: the bus fare is only 5 Dirhams, the Tram is 6 dirhams, public transit is equipped with air conditioning and free Wifi, there's a bullet train from Casablanca to Tangier, there are taxis everywhere, and local drivers are accessible. Pedestrians navigate the busy streets with caution and confidence. Aside from the capital (which, by the way, is the most relaxed city in Morocco) there are multiple destinations that can be easily accessed within Morocco via train - interns have the chance to plan little weekend trips. We were able to visit the beautiful cities of Fez, Essaouira, Marrakech, Tangier, and Casablanca. The weather in Morocco during the summer is hot and sunny. Cities closer to the coast offer a more pleasant/balanced climate. The ocean view is gorgeous. Overall the experience was fantastic, it was an opportunity to meet interesting people, make local connections, immerse ourselves in the beauty of Moroccan culture and become familiar with the dynamics of an NGO in the humanitarian sector. This internship felt like a dream.

Pros
  • Opportunities for adventure
  • Cultural variety
  • Program support
Cons
  • Taxi drivers overcharge
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Anya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best company to use to make your dream internship a reality

I recently completed an internship with Intern Abroad HQ and I cannot recommend this company enough- my trip was an incredible experience which is down to their professionalism and exemplary organisation. I found the company to be extremely helpful, with any questions I had being responded to quickly and efficiently. I felt safe and secure when travelling to my internship location, as I knew that I was able to contact Intern Abroad HQ at any time if I needed. If you are a student looking for an internship to broaden your knowledge of other cultures and to help progress in your desired career, this is the company to use!

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Lowie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Microfinance internship San Ramon, Costa Rica

I had the privilege of working with a company that is specialised in constructing social houses during my internship. My primary role involved supporting administrative tasks and collaborating with the team to implement solutions that improved efficiency. Engaging in constant Spanish conversations with the locals, making a significant impact in my role, and exploring remarkable places all contributed to creating great memories that will last forever.

This would not been possible without the Intern Abroad team and their exceptional support. Their correct communication ensured that every aspect was taken care of. Whenever I had a question, they provided clear and friendly answers very quickly. The level of support I received was truly remarkable, making my journey smooth and enjoyable.

Moreover, I was incredibly fortunate to have the best host family during my time abroad. Their support and kindness made my experience even more special, and I'm grateful for everything they did for me.

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Makenzie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Live ya lifeeeee

Zanzibar is the most amazing island- the culture is so fun, with everyone dancing on the streets, doing flips on the beach, and singing afrobeat at the nightclubs. Intern Abroad was fun in particular because I was paired with the most amazing host family who made the best food, and I was put in the hospital to learn the culture and grow my pharmaceutical knowledge. From about 8-12 I would attend my volunteering position, I'd eat lunch at 1, and then from 2-7 I had free time to roam about Stone Town. I would for sure recommend- do this while you can and while you're young!

Pros
  • Local cuisine
  • Watching and learning afrodance
  • Understanding the Tanzanian healthcare system
Cons
  • Was paired with a boy just us two in my apartment
  • There were local pharmacy students who I had to share my mentor with
  • Make sure you don't go during rainy season