Exploring the Berlin Wall on the 30th Anniversary of its Fall

Duncan Hamshere | November.22.2019

This year will mark 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall stood for 28 years, which encompassed a period of history that marked a high point in tension, fear and folly between the world’s major powers during the Cold War.

For any visitor to Berlin, viewing the sections of the Wall that remain and understanding what the Wall meant and what it has led to are a must. 

Learn more about Germany’s culture and explore these six memorial sites to embrace the fall of the Berlin Wall.  

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!

Top 10 Tips For Traveling Solo

Emily TahaBurt | August.22.2019

In London, I hugged my friends goodbye as she headed to the airport. Wandering around trying to figure out where I was going next, I realized I was now entirely on my own in an unfamiliar city.

Here I was, the last of a group of three to still be traveling, but I was so anxious about getting lost or losing my wallet that I struggled to even enjoy it. I had a few weeks until I joined my family in Egypt and hastily made arrangements to travel alone for the first time in London, Barcelona and Athens, where I would then take a short flight to Cairo.

While traveling with my friends, they seemed to know exactly where everything was, always made itineraries that seemed to make the most sense, looked at maps and found the cheapest routes. I still needed to build the confidence and skills they had. So traveling with my friends was a practice run - now was my time to experience traveling solo.

Traveling alone was something I definitely never considered or thought was an option for myself. But by the end of the journey I made on my own, it ended up being one of my favorite travel experiences and I’ve traveled several times alone since.

Here’s what I learned from my solo travels, why I travel alone (and why you should too), and my top 10 tips!

6 Don't-Miss Holidays in London and Dublin

Dan Elias Bliss | August.08.2019

 

History and modern day meet in London and Dublin, but what remains the same, their incredible holidays. Both of these terrific cities are full of late nights and long celebrations. Check out our guide to don't-miss holidays you’ll want to celebrate during your international internship in London or Dublin.

GE Team Shares Favorite Memories From Around The World

Global Experiences | August.02.2019

 

Global Experiences is made up of world travelers. We have spanned the globe and touched nearly every corner of the world.

From study abroad, work visas, long holidays, or our own international internships, our team has made memories abroad that will last a lifetime. Read on for our team's favorite stories around the world!

Ireland’s Most Recognizable Sites in Pop Culture and Films

Emily TahaBurt | July.17.2019

 

While interning abroad in Dublin, naturally you want to take advantage of your free time and explore the city. It’s tempting to want to see as many of its most popular sites as possible, from Trinity College to Grafton Street to Kilmainham Gaol.

That said, the beauty of the Irish landscape and countryside is common knowledge as well, but less known is that it contains some of the most recognizable sites in pop culture and films that you may not even realize.

Among the highest-grossing movie franchises, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, and most-viewed television show of all time, Game of Thrones, feature Ireland’s stunning landscape. These franchises and their fantasy theme, embrace the scenic staggering cliffs, rolling green fields, and rocky beaches that seem wild and magical - a place where adventure happens.

This puts Ireland on your next go-to list, not only learn about the history of a fascinating country, but to also enjoy some of the sites of your favorite nerdy movies. Read below to find out how you could be walking in the shoes of some of your favorite and most iconic characters across Ireland.

How to Live like a Local in Florence

Cheyanne Johansson | July.03.2019

The sound of a busy city, the robust smell of espresso, and an accordion echoing in the distance. This is what you wake up to every morning in the beautiful city of Florence.

Florence is the pinnacle of art, food, fashion, and music, and is sure to ignite your sense of adventure. Being the free spirited lover of landscapes and all things artistic that I am, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to intern abroad.

Exceeding all expectations, Florence not only captivated my thirst for new experiences, but it left all six of my senses buzzing with euphoria. Here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to help you live your best life in Florence, Italy.

Finding Your LGBTQ+ Community Abroad & Celebrating Pride

Andrew Parr | June.27.2019

It’s that time of year; more and more rainbows are rolling out at your local Targets and even pasted on plastic mouthwash containers.

Pride is everywhere in the United States, which is completely different from over a decade ago. Gay marriage existed in only select states, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy featured gay men that happened to fit most stereotypes, and many subcultures of the LGBTQ+ were generally unknown to the public at large.

It wasn’t unusual for people from this community to escape to international locations where gender and fashion seemed more fluid - Spain, Italy, and France - just to name a few.

As the U.S. has generally become more progressive in LGBTQ+ rights and certainly enjoys the commercialism, what is the rest of the world doing?

Why do people from these communities all over the world flock to large cities to participate in lavish parades, attend wild parties, and often spend sleepless nights reciting favorite movie/tv lines and dancing to the divas of the past and present?

It’s quite simple. They feel at home.

Celebrate These Iconic Holidays While Interning Abroad in Costa Rica

Dan Elias Bliss | January.10.2019

 

 Costa Rica is known for its unique culture, amazing people, and breathtaking landscapes. Throughout the summer, Costa Ricans celebrate some incredible holidays you won't want to miss while living and interning abroad in San José!

How to Rock Your Internship

Laura Eshelman | September.21.2018

 

Have you landed an internship? Excellent. You rock. Getting internships now can be just as hard as getting a job. You’re in a class with so many smart, determined young professionals. Now that you’ve found yourself with an internship, you should be very proud. Pat yourself on the back and prepare - because it’s going to be a rewarding, fulfilling, and mentally stimulating few months.

Your main goal now is to make an unforgettable impression during your internship. You’ll meet a lot of new people and professionals in your field, complete a range of tasks, and have some solid examples of work you can share with future employers. Here are a few tips and tricks to absolutely crush your internship.

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