Alina's Cape Town Internship Review

    Hospitality and Tourism  Internship In Cape Town, 2019


The city is very diverse! There are certain parts of the city that are so different from each other. There are some parts where I feel like I’m in England and then there are other parts where I feel like I’m actually in Africa. Then some streets feel very American, it's so different. I love it, there are so many things to see!

The city is very diverse! There are certain parts of the city that are so different from each other. There are some parts where I feel like I’m in England and then there are other parts where I feel like I’m actually in Africa. Then some streets feel very American, it's so different. I love it, there are so many things to see!

The city is very diverse! There are certain parts of the city that are so different from each other. There are some parts where I feel like I’m in England and then there are other parts where I feel like I’m actually in Africa. Then some streets feel very American, it's so different. I love it, there are so many things to see!

— Alina
Hospitality and Tourism internship in Cape Town review/testimonial by Alina Freund

Alina Freund

Cape Town Hospitality and Tourism Internship

Alina Freund is a graduate from Germany. She came to Cape Town in February 2019 for an 8 week internship. She completed a hospitality and tourism internship.

Alina's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:GER
Institute:Heidelberg University
Course:Translation studies
Internship Area(s):Hospitality and Tourism  
InternshipFocus Options:Tourism, youth travel, meaningful travel
Internship Year:2019
Internship Duration:8 weeks

Alina Freund

Hospitality and Tourism Internship

Alina Freund is a graduate from Germany. She came to Cape Town in February 2019 for an 8 week internship. She completed a hospitality and tourism internship.

Alina's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:GER
Institute:Heidelberg University
Course:Translation studies
Internship Area(s):Hospitality and Tourism  
InternshipFocus Options:Tourism, youth travel, meaningful travel
Internship Year:2019
Internship Duration:8 weeks

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Hospitality and Tourism Cape Town Internship Review by Alina Freund, Heidelberg University (GER)

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internship placement experience

Hospitality and Tourism Internship Placement Experience

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I wanted to do something in translation because I studied translation. I also wanted to be working somewhere, where I was trying different and new things often.

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

It was even better than I thought it would be! I did loads of different things; like I was a tour guide so I was able to join on many tours. I was also a translator for foreign guests. It was amazing, I had so many different opportunities!

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

It definitely did! My office suite skills, my translation skills, and working with people on a daily bases were skills I greatly improved. It helped me in many ways.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Definitely! I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cape Town is an amazing city.

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Yes, I think so. Being German and being able to translate for new customers made a big difference.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

What were your reasons for wanting to come to Cape Town to do an internship?

So in my case, I had to do an internship as part of my studies. I had to do an internship in an English speaking country and I chose Cape town because of cultural reasons and of course for the mountains and ocean. Cape Town is very beautiful!

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Did you receive sufficient levels of supervision and guidance from your colleagues at your host organization?

Well, my colleagues actually changed very early on in my internship, so there were times early on when I was given a lot of responsibility. But I thought this was really cool, it was a good experience and I learned a lot!

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, loads of responsibility!

It was even better than I thought it would be! I did loads of different things; like I was a tour guide so I was able to join on many tours. I was also a translator for foreign guests. It was amazing, I had so many different opportunities!

- Alina

It was even better than I thought it would be! I did loads of different things; like I was a tour guide so I was able to join on many tours. I was also a translator for foreign guests. It was amazing, I had so many different opportunities!

- Alina

It was even better than I thought it would be! I did loads of different things; like I was a tour guide so I was able to join on many tours. I was also a translator for foreign guests. It was amazing, I had so many different opportunities!

- Alina

It was even better than I thought it would be! I did loads of different things; like I was a tour guide so I was able to join on many tours. I was also a translator for foreign guests. It was amazing, I had so many different opportunities!

- Alina
 

Cape Town experience

Alina's Experience of Cape Town

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

Of course, before I came to Cape Town, everyone was telling me how dangerous it is, so there was a fear of being robbed and I was worried about people being dangerous.

What do you think about those fears now?

What do you think about those fears now?

I feel like it was so exaggerated by everyone. There are a few obvious rules we follow like you should not walk around at night as a girl, but its way less dangerous than people actually made it out to be. You just have to take certain precautions and then everything’s perfectly fine.

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

The city is very diverse! There are certain parts of the city that are so different from each other. There are some parts where I feel like I’m in England and then there are other parts where I feel like I’m actually in Africa. Then some streets feel very American, it’s so different. I love it, there are so many things to see!

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

Would you recommend Cape Town as a worthwhile and enjoyable place to visit?

Yes, definitely!

 

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

- Alina

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

- Alina

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

- Alina

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

- Alina

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

- Alina

Bridging Gap's service

Alina's Review of Our Internship Programme & Services

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

Yes, you definitely did! You got the internship for me. You picked me up at the airport and took me to my accommodation. The orientation was good and helpful. The information you gave me was very accurate and helpful.

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

It was amazing! You were always available when I had questions. You were very helpful and I loved the excursions and dinners!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Definitely the social events you organised for us and having this community of people doing things together! You made it effortless to meet new people and make friends. I loved the dinner meetups that you organized for all the interns!!

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Yes, I definitely would!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

I don’t know.

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Before you applied, how did you feel about the programme fees?

I initially thought it was a little expensive but after coming here and having this experience, it was definitely worth it!

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Having completed your placement and had the experiences you've have, what do you think about the fees now?

It was definitely worth it because of the service provided to us. The social events like the dinners and the outings were great and the sense of community you provide is excellent.

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

What would you say to someone that is considering an internship here but is concerned about the fees?

I would tell them its a good idea especially if you are coming alone.

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