Intern Aboard HQ
Intern Abroad HQ is an amazing organization. Their team was phenomenal in providing as much information as possible when I was very sceptical and unsure. After all, one wanted to make sure they weren't being thrown into another continent without any support or idea! Dallas was very helpful in helping me prepare for my internship. Their online journal assignments were a great way for me to document and ponder my experiences as they happened and were very good at keeping tabs on me and my family when I had a medical emergency. This I cannot emphasize enough; they have your back from start to finish. My liaison-contact there, Elisha, is such an amazing guide and overall a chill dude to hang around with. For him, it is a matter of who he doesn't know him in Cape Town, which helped a lot when seeking the most beautiful locations and the best activities. The housing there is very college dorm-like. You may live with students, both from abroad or local, and the area of Obs (Observatory) is a unique and interesting community. One thing is for sure, there is always someone down to have fun with at the Freeland lodge. I am preparing to become an occupational therapist and chose this program to intern under. The Kaya branch of Akeso Clinics in Cape Town has a great team of psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers that had great methods in treating adolescents with mental health disorders and a whole variety of issues pertaining to being a troubled youth. I came to work every day caring for the patients and was privileged to see their progress as they worked out very difficult issues in a communal setting under professional guidance. Great people at Akeso - Kaya, they are very accommodating with interns and felt just like family. I cannot state enough how great my experience was. If anyone wanted to have a good experience interning in Cape Town I recommend coming with an open mind. Be accepting that things can be uncomfortable and different. Learn how to flourish with the idea that plans don't always go as they were intended and that the best moments can be spontaneous.
John Agonoy
Nationality: San Diego, USA
Age: 26
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Project: Occupational Therapy

I spent 6 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa doing an occupational therapy internship. I had the best 6 weeks of my life, and learned so much in such a short time. I was able to experience the incredibly welcoming culture of SA, gain valuable observation hours which will help me in the future, meet tons of awesome fellow interns and students, and experience many of the awesome activities and beauty of Cape Town and the surrounding area has to offer. I wish I could have spent so much more time here. Thank you to InternAbroad for answering all of my questions and making sure I was prepared and informed before my trip, as well as providing support during the trip if I ever needed it. To anyone who is thinking of doing an internship - don't let fear hold you back! Take an open mind, be flexible and enjoy your experience abroad!
Kaelyn Ratcliffe
Nationality: Ohio, USA
Age: 22
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Project: Occupational Therapy

I couldn’t have chosen a better place to have done my internship or even just to have visited. Cape Town is a city with the most welcoming locals, an incredibly humbling history, and views so stunning that even flicking through the photos of them on my phone still leaves me in shock, that I was able to take in such beautiful sights. Having the Intern Abroad HQ team every step of the way really did make my trip unforgettable and allowed me to have such a personal memorable experience. I wish that it would have been possible for me to remain on the internship in South Africa longer than two weeks, but now it just means that I’ll have to return in the future - either to reconnect with some of the people I was fortunate enough to meet, or to see what more Cape Town has to offer!
Bethan Froggatt-Thomas
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 21
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Project: Start Up Entrepreneurship

With traveling for an internship abroad, I have gained a deeper understanding of the field/industry I work in - both on a global scale and also specifically relevant to Samos Island, Greece. These experiences have helped me to see how I want to contribute to being part of the solution in the environmental movement. I have increased my sense of independence and confidence through new opportunities on my own as well. I am now comfortable with traveling and meeting new people, along with flying alone. I am not fearful to travel in the future and look forward to it! The goals that I’d set for my internship will follow me on every endeavor I take in life. I will continue to reflect back on them to see my growth and make sure I continue to meet my personal and professional objectives, moving forward. If it’s your first time traveling on our own, do not worry - everyone is nice and is willing to help you settle in! Make the best out of every situation even if it is not what you expected. Make sure you PACK according to the season and the packing list. You will not regret it!
Ann Marie Luppino
Nationality: USA
Age: 22
Destination: Greece
Project: Aegean Marine Conservation

I went on a six-week internship to Greece with Intern Abroad HQ and was working in Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Research. I always had someone to rely on with this company if I had any questions and concerns and they are very proactive in ensuring their interns get the best out of their experiences. You can tell they've been doing this a long time and companies like this help take the stress out of finding the right internship for you. I was lucky enough to have Dallas as my point of contact and she always went above and beyond to make sure everything was going according to plan and kept in contact during and after the internship.
Stephen Cull
Nationality: Australia
Age: 23
Destination: Greece
Project: Marine Mammals & Sea Turtle Conservation

I feel coming from Hong Kong means I have a limited perspective on environmental education and sustainability, and having experienced this Environmental Conservation internship in Costa Rica, I feel more equipped to explore what I am interested in and who I define myself as a person. What I learnt from the experience has encouraged me but also opened my eyes. Seeing how the scientific world works within the context of a cloud forest research station has taught me that progress often comes through slow and continuous work seldom with major breakthroughs being made. I feel more knowledgeable now that I have worked in this incredibly unique ecosystem, working to ensure that others can enjoy this natural marvel is also inspiring for my own interests. After this internship, I intend to use this experience as a part of my university application; in particular using the conservation internship placement as a case study for sustainable tourism.
James Wright
Nationality: Hong Kong
Age: 22
Destination: Costa Rica
Project: Environmental Conservation

When I went into this experience, I really was feeling pretty unsure about everything. I had so many questions about the entire process, and the staff made sure all of my questions were answered and that I was sufficiently prepared for my trip. Once I got to Cusco, I was able to find a perfect balance between getting experience at the clinic and exploring the city. Throughout my time there, Intern Abroad did a great job of checking in and making sure that I was getting the most of my experience. I loved meeting so many people there, and I loved the work I got to do in the clinic there. In the clinic, I got to shadow the various doctors and learn a lot about medicine and the healthcare system in South America. I also got to learn a great deal of Spanish in the country. Overall, I had a great time, and I cannot wait to go back to Peru one day in the future!
Rahul Mehta
Nationality: Massachusetts, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

I encourage future interns to approach this program with an open mind, to be flexible and be willing to adapt to the teacher’s methods using the few resources they process to provide the best learning opportunities for their students. I would also advise interns to inquire about the specific needs of each student in order to know what approaches, methods and tools work best with them. Overall, I was inspired by the children. They are curious, caring, full of life, and love to learn. I would highly recommend this internship!
Isabella Jamieson
Nationality: Ontario, Canada
Age: 22
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Special Education

My passion in life is animals, particularly wildlife, and in turn the conservation of wildlife is what gets me out of bed every morning and keeps me going. This passion is in line with my academic and professional goals, as I am graduating with a degree in Environmental Sustainability with an emphasis in Conservation, and quite possibly will continue on to earn a master’s degree. My internship role focused on wildlife conservation and consisted of learning savannah ecology, animal behaviour, dealing with and safely conducting oneself around dangerous game, GPS, GIS, and other navigation skills, biodiversity survey techniques, habitat assessments, bird point counts, herbivore transects in relation to predator activity, the setting up of wildlife camera traps as well as the uploading and sorting of con-sequent photos, data logging, monitoring of high intensity sites, range and activity use of predatory species (lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas), recording kills made by predatory species, and ways in which to mitigate human to wildlife conflict. My recommendations to future interns on this program are to remember the values of both patience, as well as open-mindedness. Also, to bring sunscreen and make sure to stay hydrated!
Sarah Leaman
Nationality: San Diego, USA
Age: 31
Destination: Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
Project: Reserve Management - Dinokeng Game Reserve

My experience with Intern Abroad HQ was incredibly smooth, organized, and simply one I will never forget. From the moment I submitted my application, I was put in touch with a specialist at Intern Abroad HQ who provided me with all the information I required and was always available for an email or a phone call if I had any questions. The information package provided was incredibly detailed and answered all of the questions I had about the program and the process. I participated in the wildlife conservation internship at Dinokeng Game Reserve in South Africa. The moment I arrived at the airport I was met by my transfer to the reserve. The field guides I had on the reserve were extremely knowledgeable and helpful in being able to adjust to life on the reserve and the work to be done. Throughout my time the work involved a mix of both manual labour (fence and tree removal) as well as data collection. It was such a joy to wake up every morning surrounded by wildlife and then head out on the reserve and work so closely with the animals. The field guides also did a great job to break up the work throughout the day to avoid the high heat of the South African afternoons. Safety was also a major concern for the field guides and I never felt unsafe during my one month on the reserve. They even provided a lecture to review animal behaviour and how to conduct yourself should an encounter with an animal occur. On top of feeling like the work I was doing was making a concrete difference for the wildlife of Dinokeng, I also left the experience with friendships with people from around the world; many of which I know will last long after the experience ended. I cannot speak enough about how this experience challenged me and provided me with a feeling of accomplishment in the work I was doing. I will definitely be interning abroad again one day and know it will be with Intern Abroad HQ.
Jeff MacLeod
Nationality: Canada
Age: 26
Destination: Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
Project: Reserve Management - Dinokeng Game Reserve

I had the opportunity to work with a local midwife in Cusco, Peru this summer and it was fantastic! I worked with her side-by-side visiting patients in their homes, where we assessed their vitals, monitored their progress, assessed newborn vitals, conducted consultations, and held group antepartum classes/support sessions. I learned so much about the process of antepartum care, birth plans, health and wellness, and ancient Peruvian techniques for pain management and coping with labor and delivery. I worked with the midwife for 8 weeks, traveling with her to the Sacred Valley to see her patients two or three times a week. The days were very long, we usually left Cusco around 7am and got back around 10pm, sometimes later. There were three or four deliveries during the time I was interning, but unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of them. I think this was due to the language barrier (fluent Spanish is definitely necessary) and the haste required to travel to the Sacred Valley when delivery was imminent. I also took Spanish lessons during my internship. The lessons were great, and they organized weekly outings/events/parties for the interns, so it was super easy to meet people. I made a good group of friends there and we had tons of fun! I recently travelled to the UK and met up with a few of the friends I met in Peru :) Intern Abroad HQ was wonderful in helping me prepare for my trip. They were always there to answer questions, provide information, help me book excursions, and make sure everything was taken care of before I left. The insurance I got through them was also great, I got food poisoning and had to stay in the hospital overnight and everything was completely taken care of. Everything with them was perfectly smooth and easy, I can’t wait for my next internship trip!
Nikki Castro
Nationality: San Diego, USA
Age: 21
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Midwifery

I had a great experience with Intern Abroad HQ. I did the nursing internship in Peru for 4 weeks. I was placed in a hospital in the pediatric unit and learned a ton about how they practice medicine. Outside of the internship I was able to immerse myself in the Peruvian culture by the activities that were involved. My host family was very inviting and welcoming. I would definitely recommend interning in Peru as a nursing student.
Maddie Blommel
Nationality: Wisconsin, USA
Age: 22
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

I absolutely loved my experience. I learned real professional skills from the environmental conservational realm. The scientific directors and staff are wonderful people with the passion to influence future generations about the value of ecosystems. Additionally, they are true activists that dedicate their lives to conserving the ecological heritage of both marine and terrestrial services. Although some students found their management frustrating because they have deadlines for their masters or PhD, I had the honor to see their true motives which are to protect, conserve and spread awareness through monitoring ecosystem services with academic studies. I was disappointed when I realized I would not be taught to scuba dive, due to time frame issues I wish could've been addressed before I arrived. However, I gained a much broader experience in assisting in plenty of projects that matter for sustainable development. There are locations on a couple of islands for research - I absolutely love the Lipsi location because it is the perfect authentic Greek experience. You can experience a lot on foot, the locals are kind and the food is forever imprinted on my taste buds. Samos felt more like summer camp, it was hard to explore without a car, so I recommend getting an international license before you go abroad! Both locations are among the world's biodiversity hotspots. In my whole entire life, I have never felt so harmonized with nature and myself from being geographically located within organic balance. The abundance of species is something everyone must experience because this exemplifies diverse functionality. I am forever grateful for the alignment that I harbored in the Aegean Sea.
Meena Moss
Nationality: Canada
Age: 23
Destination: Greece
Project: Aegean Marine Conservation

I feel that I have grown a lot personally in terms of being more independent, culturally aware and being more open to new ideas and proactive at everything I do. It was also an extremely eye-opening experience to me, as I was so close to the sustainability issues that are often discussed in lecture rooms but rarely experienced first-hand like I have in Bali. Seeing with my own eyes and experiencing these problems, realizing that sustainability issues are impacting real human lives and communities instead of reading it from the media or hearing about them from another person really puts things in perspective, and gives me the motivation to do something about it.
Elizabeth Lo
Nationality: British
Age: 21
Destination: Bali
Project: NGO Management & Administration

Intern Abroad HQ gave me the opportunity to see the world in a safe and affordable way! I couldn't imagine my internship without this company, not only was the experience amazing but so was the support. I am so grateful to have the pleasure to use this company and I hope anyone who wants to educate abroad takes the chance to do so.
Francesca Solano
Nationality: South Carolina, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Bali, Indonesia
Project: Event Management & Public Relations

My primary goals for this internship were to gain more experience working in the field, learn more about the Mediterranean climate and fauna. I would say that I definitely learned more about the Mediterranean fauna and the marine mammals. I also learned a lot about the water quality of Samos and how this related to the water quality standards put in place by local government and the EU.During my internship in Greece, I worked with the Microplastics team to quantify the number of microplastics found in bottled drinking water and the public water system. We also conducted a chemical analysis on water collected from the public water systems. With the Marine Conservation team, I worked with the artificial reef team to assess the biodiversity of fish found around the artificial reef and control sites. With the Terrestrial Conservation team, I worked with the golden jackal (Canis aureus) project studying their diet through scat analysis. My recommendations for future interns are to come into this program with an open mind and a willingness to learn and try new things. Ask questions always, whether it be about projects or the local community - there is always room to learn new things!
Sheldin Wilks
Nationality: Michigan, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Greece
Project: Laboratory Research & Microplastics

I had a wonderful time in Cusco, Peru where I worked in a small clinic near the Plaza De Armas. The program is very involved with your social life and helping you settle in to your homestay and work place. I learned so much in the 9 weeks I was there and enjoyed every last second. You can’t beat these prices and this program placement. I would recommend to anyone!
Isidra Garza
Nationality: New Mexico, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

My time spent abroad on my placement in Dinokeng, South Africa was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have asked for. Everyone is kind and welcoming getting there, and all your questions beforehand will quickly be answered by Intern Abroad. Highly recommend, I will cherish my time from this summer forever.
Sophie Gartenstein
Nationality: New York, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
Project: Reserve Management - Dinokeng Game Reserve

If I were to describe my Media internship in Greece in two words it would be - "valuable experience". It gave me everything I needed in a way I did not expect. I applied for my internship about six months before the departure date and throughout this whole time, I've been in contact with Dallas Boyd from Intern Abroad HQ, who has been a huge support and patiently answered all my questions and made sure I was prepared to leave. I came to Greece with a lot of expectations about how will it work and was originally disappointed with the reality. However, it turned out to be a benefit because I had to learn how to adjust and mainly how to work independently which I'm certain will be useful in the future. The host organization in Greece were very friendly, they are doing amazing work, and I felt proud to be part of them - even for just 4 weeks. I came to intern in Greece to specialize in Photography and to boost my portfolio with wildlife and nature images, but I ended up doing so much more than that. I got to document all the amazing surveys other people were doing which helped me learn more about conservation etc. I photographed dissections going on in the lab, which has definitely been a new experience for me. I edited a video for the conservation institute and I helped to improve their website and re-organize their image library. I felt like I was really making a difference and getting experience in my field which was the whole point of the internship. I'm very grateful that Intern Abroad HQ are making these internships affordable and helped me get the experience I needed. I would definitely consider this organization if I were to do some other internship in the future.
Hedvika Michnova
Nationality: Czech Republic
Age: 20
Destination: Greece
Project: Media, Communications & Public Relations

I spent 6 weeks interning at an NGO in San Ramón, Costa Rica. The work was challenging yet very rewarding and fostered spiritual, professional, and personal growth. I am so appreciative to have had this amazing opportunity and to have met such fantastic people. The memories made and the life lessons that I acquired will remain with me forever. I really enjoyed staying with a host family. This helped me to work more on my Spanish and become further acquainted with the culture. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, my host family became a second family to me. I would make the decision to intern through Intern Abroad HQ a million times over. Signing up is a very easy and organized process and the organization provides amazing support before, during and even after your time interning.
Kelsie Gronauer
Nationality: Mississippi, USA
Age: 21
Destination: Costa Rica
Project: Microfinance & Women's Empowerment

My experience through Intern HQ was wonderful! I interned for 6 weeks in Cusco at a local clinic, with the Physician’s Assistant Internship. The entire process, from application to completion, was smooth and understandable, and I knew that I had support with my internship the entire time. I learned so much in Peru and got so many opportunities to develop personally and professionally. Getting to practice my Spanish in a medical context and meeting people from all over the world were added benefits! It was really great to be able to experience a foreign environment in a safe and unique manner. It was really interesting to see how healthcare worked in Peru, and the internship lined up with my career goal of being a pediatrician. I worked from Monday through Friday from 8-12 or 1, and the rest of the time, I was free to explore Cusco and hang out with different people that I had met through volunteering dinners and the various activities of the week. Intern HQ provided me with an invaluable experience that I will always treasure.
Anna Chiang
Nationality: Berkeley, USA
Age: 19
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

My two month public health internship in Cape Town, South Africa was unique, adventurous, and unforgettable. I made a significant impact in the health field at my internship location during the day and experience the beauty of South Africa during the rest of the day/weekends. My accommodations were a one minute walk from town, which allowed me to maximize everyday enjoyment in the city. It was convenient living near the grocery store, coffee shops, the local bar/pub, clothing stores, and restaurants. I followed all safety procedures and did not experience unfortunate events. The assurance of safety allowed me to enjoy activities in the city, such as hiking table mountain, shopping at the water front, watch the sunset with friends, wine tasting, swimming at camps bay, and dancing on Long Street. I also met a lot of other international students and local students that accompanied me during my activities. My new friends made every event unforgettable and left unique memories. I also went on adventures that I have never done at my home country such as shark diving, go on a safari, pet a cheetah, bungee jumping off the world’s tallest bungee jump bridge, tandem paragliding, and kayaking. It’s amazing how much I was able to accomplish while working an 8-4 job. This was truly an experience of a life time.
Aaron Menz
Nationality: San Diego, USA
Age: 27
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
Project: Public Health

Considering my long-term goal is to become a PA, this internship provided me with some entry-level medical experience. Although it was in a different country, it was valuable to see how medicine is practiced differently between two countries (U.S and Peru). Learning how to evaluate patients, do physicals, checkups, vitals, vaccinations and teach patients how to improve their health, I believe is a valuable step forward to my long-term goal. I used my skills that I had learned from back home to help with medical treatments and diagnosis. This knowledge provided me the ability to help the medical staff, however there were many times that I had to learn different ways of how to do things based on the Peruvian medical system. Every time something was performed by the medical staff I carefully observed and sometimes would note that things were done differently in the U.S and they were interested to know how.
Anjeza Hoxhallari
Nationality: Massachusetts, USA
Age: 22
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

Thanks to my experience as an intern, I’ve never felt more knowledgeable of the field I hope to enter professionally. I’m certain the knowledge and experience I gained from working around the center will be acknowledged by future employers and those I work with. I hope that knowledge continues to grow throughout my final year in university and afterwards. I have gained learning in the practical side of my college major, working in the laboratory and working intimately with patients, which is crucial to a career in the medical field. For example, I gained experience performing blood analysis, urine analysis and stool analysis. I shadowed nurses in triage and assisted with taking blood samples. I have accomplished all of my goals and learned a lot about a culture I was unfamiliar with. This included improving my Spanish skills and increasing my knowledge of Cusco’s culture and history.
Mario Caballero
Nationality: Virginia, USA
Age: 21
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

My experience with Intern Abroad HQ was nothing less than amazing. It was an eye opening and life-changing experience for me. Going into the program I had originally planned on volunteering but when I heard you could intern I realized I wanted to do that instead. My plan is to go into Occupational Therapy and this internship was the perfect opportunity and experience for that. Working with underprivileged children and learning disabilities was something I haven’t done before. Seeing how happy they were to be shown love and support from not only the therapist but other volunteers and interns like myself, was a great feeling. Of course, there were some difficult times while I was there, such as communication and transportation because they are much different than what I am used to from back home. However, if you aren’t a little uncomfortable while traveling in another country and immersing yourself in another culture then you wouldn’t be doing it right  It can be scary and overwhelming but what you learn and who you meet in the end is so worth it! I highly suggest working with Intern HQ and gaining the knowledge and amazing experiences in another culture!
Kayla Myott
Nationality: Michigan, USA
Age: 24
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

The whole experience became something that I will always keep in my heart, it was just an amazing opportunity that I will never forget. The internship was a great experience for me to try different specialties in a short-term period, which helps me to pre-select what would give me joy to work on in the future. I am already missing the clinics a lot. I feel more confident, I feel more skilled, and have acquired knowledge that I know I can use in future.
Ana Pereira
Nationality: Brazilian
Age: 23
Destination: Cusco, Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant

While in Guatemala for 6 weeks, Intern Abroad HQ allowed me to combine my program work with their experiential learning program. The guidance provided through the Intern Abroad HQ program provided fresh structure and insight and the reflections on things like culture, communication, problem-solving and expectations really helped with my adjustment period and ability to think outside the box. I'd definitely recommend this approach to anyone else looking to intern abroad!
Samuel John
Nationality: New Zealand
Age: 30
Destination: Guatemala
Project: Environmental Conservation

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