Internship in a German Zoo! Past Review

By (Wildlife Conservation, Juniata College) - abroad from 03/02/2015 to 05/29/2015 with

EPA Internships in Europe: Bonn/Cologne - University study and Internships

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I definitely improved my German, which was great. Also, despite the handwork, it was worthwhile to be working in a German zoo to gain experience in my field and make connections.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Course work was pretty good. If there had been more it would have been too much on top of the internship hours.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host-mom was great.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is basically no opportunity to make friends in this program because it is so small - in most instances the internship location is filled with older adults who aren't exactly interested in hanging out with young interns. That can make the program a little lonely. The cultural integration was great though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experiences with healthcare in Germany.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

When you budgeted everything it was easy.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Approximately 70-90€
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just watch how much you spend in the leading months up to when you plan to go abroad and put as much as you can to the side.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 399
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Work experience
  • German language improvement
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Social aspect
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the program size would be so small and that there would be little to no opportunity to make friends there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!