You guys literally found me the perfect internship which is crazy!
When I booked with you I had already spoken to pretty much every internship company across the globe. I thought you were really great in the services you provide and also the option of the different packages you offer which really makes you stand out.
I think even from when I first arrived you guys were so sweet. You met me with water and a sandwich, which seems like such a small thing but was just what I needed after a long flight. Little touches like that are really special. Also taking me to my first day and making sure I know where to go, little thoughtful details like that are what makes you guys such a great organization. Also knowing if anything happened you guys would be there.
I wanted something different and adventurous. When I looked up what Cape Town had to offer, like the beaches, mountains and all sorts of very touristy things to do, I thought that getting to do my internship in a city like that sounded like a dream!
From what I’ve seen from other internship companies and heard from other people doing internships here in Cape Town, it seems like the quality of the internship placements that Bridging Gaps secures are much higher. I think that's quite unique! (and am very grateful for it too)
Yes for me I think it was the placement! I couldn’t have found this placement myself, and even my supervisor said she wouldn’t have wanted to hire interns who just came by themselves. She only hires interns that come through an agency. That way, she only needs to focus on my internship and the work at hand, and not the many other things that come along with doing an internship abroad. Like my accommodation, safety, social events and making friends, were all handled by Bridging Gaps.
You guys were always available when I needed you. You would get back to me almost immediately every time I messaged you or called. The orientation was very detailed and realistic. Your info was very real, not sugar-coated in any way, and I appreciated the honesty.
It went far beyond what I expected. I am really glad that I had experience with my placement. Working at the organisation I did my internship in has been one of the most important experiences of my life. I learnt a variety of areas from Environmental Law to Forced Migration. I was very satisfied.
Really good! I felt like if I ever needed information or help with anything I could contact you at any time. I appreciated how you always checked up on how I was doing at work and how I was settling in. It never felt like I arrived here and then was just forgotten about. You were a part of my Cape Town experience!
This is the second time I’ve come to South Africa on an internship program with Bridging Gaps. It was so amazing the last time, that I really wanted to come back again. South Africa is known for its wildlife and biodiversity so it was the obvious choice to do a nature conservation internship here… again!
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!
Yes as soon as I showed my interest in coming, Lucie was very helpful and always got back to me very quickly. I felt like I could ask her whatever I wanted, and I’d get a response. Her information was always very accurate. Yeah there was good communication, and you were always there for support and advice so it was great.
The one thing I love the most about Bridging Gaps are the people that work for the company are really relatable and young and friendly! We often went out for dinner together or went out for coffee to chat a few times. It was always so easy to chat to them because they just acted like friends!
Yeah, absolutely I was actually so impressed by Lucie. This was one of the reasons why I chose Bridging Gaps. I was actually looking at another well-established company. Then I had one phone call with Lucie and I was like, yes absolutely! And then the whole way through, she constantly checked in, nearly answered all my questions before I even got to ask them. She always gave me information when I needed it.
From the minute I had been in touch with Lucie about applying, she made sure that the placement I was looking for matched me perfectly! From then I had full faith in them as they always kept me up to date and briefed me on what to expect when I arrived! Bridging Gaps provided one of the best services I have experienced so far!
Yes, the placement search was very good. Lucie was able to quickly secure many options for me and I got to choose which one I liked best. The communication between us before my arrival was just spot on. And the info you provided me was accurate.
I loved it! I thought it was great. There are so many experiences here, Boulders beach, Table Mountain. I felt like everything that I did was the coolest thing I had ever done! Then I’d try something new, and feel like that was the coolest thing I had ever done!
I think how quickly and easy it was to get the internship. I was very busy and stressed with exams, and all I had to do was send over 3 documents and Lucie just took it from there! And another best feature is the amount of contact and support you have here, The weekly whatsapp messages just checking in to see how I was doing, and that kind of support you give the interns. I know it’s in your company values and you really follow them!
You guys were awesome! First of all you helped organise so many events, like paragliding, skydiving and an amazing safari. You also were so helpful recommending places to go and getting us discounts! You’ve also been helpful with your constant check ins with us, and it was great to see if an intern was having a tough time, you stepped in and helped arrange a whole new internship for them within a matter of days. The social activities are also great!
I’d tell them that you will have a great time. You can have a great time in Cape Town on your own, but through Bridging Gaps, you’re going to meet so many more people, you’re going to have people a phone call away if you need help, you’ll also have people who have a knowledge of what its like to live in Cape Town, and what its like to intern here. So, if this is what you need to do for your career I’d recommend it!
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.
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.
Thanks so much for all your effort and this amazing experience!
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!