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Brooke Matta

Brooke Matta
Brooke is an Admissions Counselor for Global Experiences. Before coming to GE, Brooke lived in Costa Rica and taught english in countries around the world.

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Intern Experience: Deja's Tourism Internship in Florence

Brooke Matta | March.25.2020

Deja C. is a graduating senior from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign whose educational background is in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism.

During the summer of 2019, she interned with a tour company in the charming city of Florence, Italy. Overall, she was most excited to step outside of her comfort zone and experience the tourism industry from a new perspective. 

Read about Deja's unforgettable experience and watch her video to see what one of her days looked like interning abroad!

A Guide to the Best Instagram Hotspots Around the World

Brooke Matta | September.18.2019

We live in such a connected world that traveling means sharing your experiences online with your friends and family. If you’re a prolific poster, everyone who follows you on social media sees what you’re seeing, where you’re going, and probably even what you’re eating.

Instagram is currently the most popular platform to post real-time photos and video updates -- it has the capacity to turn a hidden gem into an “Instagram hotspot” overnight. All it takes is a few beautiful photos and geotags to showcase a new travel spot to the Instagram community.

You’ll undoubtedly want to see the sites that your host city is famous for while living and traveling abroad during your international internship. So, we’ve compiled a list of 47 Instagram hotspots for you to visit in each city, but we also encourage you to venture off the beaten path and find some hidden gems yourself!

How to Live like a Local in San José, Costa Rica

Brooke Matta | February.14.2019

 

San José is one of the easiest cities to acclimate to in all of Latin America. It helps when Costa Ricans, affectionately known as “Ticos,” are extremely warm and welcoming.

San José’s extensive network of buses makes exploring and traveling around the country a piece of cake. Plus Costa Rican food is fresh, comforting, and not too spicy — easy for everyone to enjoy!

Once you land in San José, you’ll find yourself navigating the city and living like a local in no time. Brooke studied abroad in Costa Rica, so continue reading for her tips to help you get there!

Intern Experience: Nikkie’s Art Education Internship in Florence

Brooke Matta | November.08.2018

 

Nikkie S. is a recent grad from San Francisco State University whose educational background is in Studio Art. During the fall of 2017, she landed an internship in her dream city of Florence, Italy. She felt that it was the perfect location for her to gain professional experience in both art and education.

Read more about Nikkie’s unforgettable experience, and watch her Snapchat takeover to see the day in the life of a Global Experiences’ intern.

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