Testimonials

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I am really happy with how you helped me. You cared so much and you messaged me back every day, no matter what time it was. You really helped me a lot and I am really grateful for that. You did so much for me while I was here.


Xinyuan Zhang (CHI)

Journalism Internship

I spent one month with Lucie and Julian in Cape Town which is really short but also memorable. Bridging Gaps provided me with wonderful social events and they really care about everything about me. Let me feel safe and sound here.

Meanwhile, I really love the internship in Cape Town TV and the coworkers are so nice that I could do anything I want. Lucie also helped me a lot to solve the problem. Thanks to Bridging Gaps, thank you for the wonderful experience!

 

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You guys actually care and wanted to make sure I was getting the experience I actually came here for and I don’t think I would have gotten that kind of service from another agency.


Meghan Pearson (USA)

Human Rights & Marketing Dual Internship

Bridging Gaps exceeded my expectations time and time again. Without hesitation, I recommend them to anyone looking for a purposeful internship and an amazing living experience abroad.

I considered other placement companies but Bridging Gaps was the only company that not only listened, but sincerely cared about finding me the perfect internship and they succeeded! I absolutely LOVED my internship experience. I felt incredibly valued by the organization I interned at and gained unparalleled work experience that will actually help me land my dream job. 

Not only was I able to gain valuable work experience abroad, the Bridging Gaps staff guaranteed I made the most of living abroad as well. Bridging Gaps fully prepared me before my arrival and made sure every question was answered. Their staff is dedicated to making sure every intern is safe and comfortable during their trip and works tirelessly to resolve even the smallest problem. They even offer weekend activities like kayaking with penguins and paragliding. I cannot say enough about how great Bridging Gaps really is. Thank you so much for an amazing summer!

 

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As my mentors you guys have gone above and beyond time and time again! You have been so helpful throughout my time in Cape Town. When I go back to the UK if anyone is thinking of doing an internship abroad I will certainly say go with Bridging Gaps!


Ruth Ilott (UK)

Journalism Internship

Journalism Internship

Working for the Cape Argus has been a rewarding experience. I have had the opportunity to get fully stuck into what a journalist’s daily work life is really like. It has broadened my communication skills through my job being required to contact a variety of people and it has helped developed my interview skills. Through writing stories for the paper, I have gained a knowledge and understanding of how the Cape Town and South African community feel about certain issues within their society, and how there are certain people’s voices and stories out there that need to be told. I will take what I have learnt here back to the UK and it has given me the confidence to try and find future placements and opportunities in media outlets back home or elsewhere abroad.

My experience with Bridging Gaps has been fantastic. My supervisors, Lucie and Julian, very much care about their interns’ well-being and their experiences in Cape Town. They have been brilliant with making this experience a comfortable and enjoyable one through all their help and advice. They really do go above and beyond for you! They are very organised with providing you information about the city, your internship, accommodation etc. to make your stay a pleasant one. The social events that they have organised have been brilliant and I have met some lovely people on my internship in the group, my workplace and accommodation. Cape Town is such an interesting and awesome city to work in and explore. I would highly recommend Bridging Gaps to anyone planning to do an internship here.!

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The support you guys gave me during my time here was more than I expected. I always felt I could call you guys if I needed anything at all which was amazing!


Ilayda Cakir (Turkey/UK)

NGO and Animal & Wildlife Dual Internship

Amazing 4 weeks!

The internship Bridging Gaps found me was with the Underdog Project. The Underdog project facilities workshops for children from underprivileged schools and as well as teaching them life skills classes, they teach them how to look after and build a relationship with the rescue dogs that live at the the Domestic Animal Rescue Group shelter in Hout Bay. I’ve learned a lot about Animal Assisted Therapy, how communication is carried out and how much impact their project is making for the kids and the dogs! You will learn how to be patient and learn so much about social and emotional needs of at risk youth who live in the surrounding townships. I’ve met some incredible people and my experience was humbling, rewarding and something I will never forget.

Interning with Bridging Gaps was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! From day one I felt safe and in good hands. My mentors were amazing and were always there for me 24/7. They arranged weekly social events for us to see more of Cape Town and they made sure we got the most from our travel. I would definitely recommend Bridging Gaps! You won’t regret it!

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Oh I loved it! I really enjoyed the weekly social events and I really appreciated how often you were in contact with me to make sure everything was going well and I was enjoying myself and my internship. I felt like I could contact you or Julian whenever I needed to which made me feel really safe and comfortable here.


Taslima Kohinur (UK)

Marketing and Communications Internship

Cape Town!

Overall i had an exceptional experience in cape town.most importantly it taught me to be more open minded and independent.
in regards to my placement i received training on things ive never done before for example SEO on articles. my role was a content copywriter where i had to write a blog/article on chosen topics for example marketing silos or even if Facebook messenger is the new email.
The internship programme bridging gaps was a very helpful,well organised programme. always staying in contact with the interns and offering help.

Bridging gaps also organises weekend social events for interns such as table mountain, township tours and beach`s.
my overall experience was exceptional and i loved my four weeks in capetown especially the facts it was with bridging gaps.
i hope to come back one day as i fell in love with the city, however i felt 1 month was not enough to experience the whole city!

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What separates Bridging Gaps from every other company is there love for what they do and the city that they live in. They truly care for each of their interns and provide tremendous help and support through the entire duration of the internship.


Leah MacAulay (CAN)

Architecture Internship

From the day I first registered with Bridging Gaps to the time that I left, they made me feel at home.

On my first day in Cape Town they greeted me with open arms, showed me around the city, took me to my home and provided me with a phone and all the necessary tools and information that I would need to have a safe and enjoyable time.

They worked very hard to find me an internship with everything that I asked for and on the first day at work they drove me and continued to do so until I felt comfortable enough to walk or cab. The weekend social events were everything that I could ask for and more. They were the perfect way to meet new people and take in the history and beauty of Cape Town.

What separates Bridging Gaps from every other company is there love for what they do and the city that they live in. They truly care for each of their interns and provide tremendous help and support through the entire duration of the internship.

Without the help of Bridging Gaps my internship would not have been nearly as enjoyable.


During my internship I was in close contact with my mentors and they always wanted to make sure if everything’s okay or if they could do anything for me. I really appreciate the way they took care of me.


Sarah Hieber (GER)

Tourism & Hospitality Internship

The process of organizing my internship and the communication with Bridging Gaps before I came to Cape Town was very uncomplicated and professional. The whole process of contacting them until they found the perfect internship for me did not even take one week.

Due to the fact that It was my first time visiting Cape Town I was very excited and a little nervous about what would expect me there. With their warm and friendly welcome at the airport my mentors took away all my nervousness. I felt comfortable and well looked after from the very first moment on.

They provided me a phone with a local SIM card, gave me useful tips on how I could spend my first days in Cape Town and accompanied me to my accommodation and my working place.

During my internship I was in close contact with my mentors and they always wanted to make sure if everything’s okay or if they could do anything for me. I really appreciate the way they took care of me.

If you’re planning on doing an internship here and are looking for a company to arrange it for you, I can highly recommend you doing it with Bridging Gaps!

I met so many great people and totally fell in love with Cape Town. This was my first but definitely not my last time in this beautiful country and I’m happy that I made the right choice!


If you are searching for a way to experience not only what Cape Town has to offer but also gaining work experience and being guided by fantastic mentors, I would strongly recommend Bridging Gaps.


Olivia Hollands-Hurst (UK)

Animal Science & Human Rights volunteer

If you are searching for a way to experience not only what Cape Town has to offer but also gaining work experience and being guided by fantastic mentors, I would strongly recommend Bridging Gaps.

I immediately felt at home when I was greeted by the Bridging Gaps mentors. They looked after me so well, from being settled in at the hostel, to being given a South African sim and phone to checking to see if I needed anything, and giving me advice on local restaurants/ bars and extra activities I could do.

The whole process before I came to Cape Town was coordinated very smoothly, the team at Bridging Gaps gave me a great choice of organisations to pick and choose from. The organisation they found for me was brilliant, The Underdog Project taught me so much more about animal therapy and the huge benefits their programme has to the kids and the dogs. Thanks to Bridging gaps I gained some valuable experience that should help me further in my career.

My only regret is that I wish I could have stayed longer!


I opted for your Bootstrap programme package because I knew I didn’t need all the added extras, but actually I was so surprised by how much the package included. Even the resources that I did receive from you exceeded my expectations!


Nothando Mahalobo (UK/SA)

Psychology Internship

Psychology Internship with Bridging Gaps

Nothando’s Review from Go Abroad | September 15, 2017

Communication with Bridging Gaps before my internship was pleasantly uncomplicated, and my time in Cape Town was really lovely.

Bridging Gaps was amazing at fetching me from the airport, supporting me during my stay in Cape Town and they organised fun trips to all the surrounding activities that Cape Town had to offer. In addition to this, they also provided a great “Starter Pack” full of information on exciting things to do in Cape Town as well as just general safety information.

I would strongly advise you to go with Bridging Gaps. You will be supported at all times, experience fun and creative places as well as have a great experience of Cape Town.


The programme coordinators also helped me get my bearings of Cape Town, informed me of the extensive activities the city offers and also gave me those little gems of knowledge that no guide book can provide.


Chloe Astin (UK)

Events management

Internship

My experience of Bridging Gaps was fantastic from start to finish.  My trip to Cape Town exceeded all expectations and this is down to the local programme coordinators. Right from the initial enquiry they were nothing but professional and friendly. Prior to my arrival they helped me arrange everything from my visa to accommodation and the ‘Events Management Internship’ they handpicked for me was a huge success and has helped me kickstart my career. I met some fantastic people at work and it gave me the confidence and experience I needed to get a job on my return to London.

The programme coordinators also helped me get my bearings of Cape Town, informed me of the extensive activities the city offers and also gave me those little gems of knowledge that no guide book can provide. I felt like a local in a matter of hours! They introduced me to wonderful people, both locals and other interns and set up lots of social opportunities to meet new people.

Cape Town is by far my favourite city in the world and I cannot wait to return. Thank you Bridging Gaps for all your help and for giving me an adventure of a lifetime!

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