Erasmus internship? Just go for it! – Interview with Simona

Erasmus internship? Just go for it! – Interview with Simona

TITLESimona is ambitious and a positive exchange student from Slovakia, passionate about traveling and exploring new places. The adventurous spirit of the girl brought her from Slovakia to ERASMUS internship in Spain, Valencia for 3 months. We took an interview with her and here is her story!
  • First of all, introduce us to yourself!
My name is Simona and currently I’m living in Valencia. I’ve arrived here for doing my ERASMUS internship in one company who is developing mobile applications. My task is to make translations from English to German, but if we are speaking in professional language- I was working with SEO and concept creation.
  • And from all millions of possibilities, you choose Valencia?
My final destination point was Spain, and the rest was not so important. Because I’ve been learning Spanish before and I wanted to improve it. Learning this language was the main reason for being here.
  • Looks like applying for the internship abroad worth it?
Hah, my answer is obvious! Actually, it does not even matter where you are going because it anyway will bring you to another level, enlarge your horizons, create new opinions and change your personality. You will meet so many unique people and new friends with who you will have different and interesting discussions. You will learn about new culture, you will see a new country and you will live a new life.
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  • As you mentioned before, you were enrolled  in Erasmus+ program. Who paid for your internship?
Yes, you are right. I had an ERASMUS+ scholarship and it means that EU paid for my scholarship. Also, as I was using Training Experience platform, I got some salary from my internship company.
  • What steps did you take in order to get a grant?
I applied in m University, made CV and good motivation letter and they just contacted me. After there were other steps to follow, which are specific for different universities.
  • What things for you were important to know before starting your ERASMUS? Can you share your experience for next generations?
I think every good coordinator need to say which documents you need if you go with ERASMUS program. Also, don’t forget about insurance. You should book accommodation at least for a couple of days if you want to book something else afterward. Hmmm… Find out about life costs and a situation with transportation.
  • What did you like most about Valencia?
I very like Valencia- it is not too big and not too small. It is a perfect city for me to live in. The cultural offer also is incredible- drinks, food… I will always remember tinto de verano, sangria, calimocho. From food, I like jamon, even if I do not prefer to eat meat, in this case, I am not a vegetarian, when it comes to Spanish ham.
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  • And if we speak not only about food?

Yes, I like the park, which was used to be a river and playground Gulliver. I recommend this places.
  • How did you find your accommodation?

I managed it before. I just googled it and via Happyforeignersworld platform I found a place. But I don’t recommend it because in my case they were trying to abuse me, did not want to give my deposit back without no reason, and I think, they are just cheating foreigners a lot. Don’t book you accommodation there!
  • Can you tell more about your accommodation? Location, size, price?

I was living in a double room with my boyfriend and it was 300 euros with bills. Nice location, 10 minutes from historical centrum.
  • What do you think about the weather here?
In Summer it is too hot for me and humidity are too high. I personally would not go to Valencia in summer, but during Spring I think it can be very convenient. But if you like to lay on the beach all day and get a tan- it is a perfect place for doing it.
  • Your goal was to improve your language! Did you reach it?
Generally speaking, I was studying it for 3 years and then I stopped. After I forgot a lot of stuff, because I was not in contact with Spanish people. Basically, knowledge of the language was somewhere in my head but just had to renew it. I can not say what level I had before, but for sure I improved it a lot. That is amazing because You can not know when extra knowledge of culture and language can be useful.
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  • What about Spanish people in general?
Generally, all people are nice, but Spanish people are especially nice and kind because they always want to help you in every situation, even If they cannot help you- they will try. I have only good experience with them.
  • Was there any kind of leisure activities here for you?
Here are many opportunities for traveling and a lot of organized trips, parties, language courses. I took apart for a lot of trips.
  • Can you tell more about your favorite trip?
One of my favorites trips was in a small village Soria, where we easily become members of ‘’Penjas’’ (groups of friends). We participated in the local festival and we were welcome as part of the family. Take into account, that not touristic and NOT crowded places can help you to see  the real Spanish culture. It was nice.
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  • Sounds nice… Did you find it hard to find a company to work with?
I did not have any specific requirement. I was open for any opportunity, and in my case, it was easy to find the internship.
  • Can you tell us more about your TX experience?
I found TX on the internet I had an interview and after 2 weeks I already had an internship place. The main boss is real professional especially in contact with clients. He always explains everything and gives to you clear instructions.
  • What did you like the most during the Internship?
I liked environment and atmosphere in office my colleges. I had a nice team.
  • What did you find hard in your internship?
If u don’t speak Spanish there can be difficulties, but as I knew the language, it was okay. If u come to Spain you need to have at least basics, because Spanish people are not so open for other languages.
  • Okey, and now we come to the most responsible question- What advice would you give to other students, who maybe have some doubts about ERASMUS?

Too big pressure, but I will try to formulate it as well as I can. It is absolutely normal, that in the beginning,  you are not sure about it- go or not to go.

There are many reasons for doubts- maybe you want to go with somebody, but your friend doesn’t want, or you afraid, or you want to stay with your family, or you afraid to speak in the different language and be away from your friends- FORGET ABOUT ALL THIS! Anyway, it is just a couple months and even if it will not be perfect- you can survive and in the end be very satisfied and proud of yourself. No matter where you go, you will come back as a new person- you will experience so many interesting things, while nothing in your home country will change- people will go to the same work and meet the same friends, who they know for years. You can not compare living at home and adventures and challenges which offer abroad internship

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If  you´re interested to do an internship abroad don´t hesitate to take a look on our offers, make an account on trainingexperience.org and start applying on your favourites. We are here for your questions and we can help you find the perfect internship without any cost involved. Find out more details here.

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