Behind the Scenes: Audrey, Our Amazing Summer Intern, Reflects on Her Experience

by Audrey Chew

 

As I am graduating in the spring of 2017, this past summer was my final chance to explore new opportunities with no strings attached.

 

After weeks of research, I stumbled upon an internship vacancy with Stint Ireland. They were looking for someone to help manage their community of international intern and gap year participants. Both nervous and eager, I applied for the position and got called in for an interview.

 

What began as an interview ended up as a hilarious hangout session with newly made friends and colleagues.

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I Regret Taking a Gap Year, Said No One Ever

Malia Obama made headlines recently when she announced she’ll be taking a gap year before attending college at Harvard University.

 

Almost every major news organization picked up on this development and had something to say about the “gap year.” What is it? Why should young people take one? Why shouldn’t they? Almost every angle was broached.

 

So, without further ado, here’s our two cents.

 

The gap year is often discussed in relation to students who have graduated high school, about to enter college. However, a gap year is an excellent option for any individual, no matter their age, who need to take time away from their life for various reasons, whether it’s to get some perspective, recover from career burnout, or simply to take the opportunity to travel.

 

In this article, we’ll address a specific gap year geared towards young individuals who’ve recently graduated from college or grad school: the working holiday.

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working holidays discover a world of opportunities

Working Holidays: Discover a World of Opportunities

Please note that this tale recounts my working holiday without Stint as this was before Stint existed… Boy would that have made a difference in the first few weeks!

 

Three weeks into my working holiday in Dublin, I was still living in a 48-bed hostel room, homeless and jobless after 20 apartment viewings and countless online and on-site job applications.

 

I was living the dream.

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Doing what you love and loving what you do

Doing What You Love And Loving What You Do

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while, the muse shows up, too.” – Isabel Allende.

 

Born and raised in New York City, Jeffrey Shiau has been living in Dublin, Ireland since September 2013. When he’s not working hard to help Stint Ireland be the best it can be, he’s also a budding writer, photographer, avid traveler, and baseball player among other things. In our latest blog post, we decided to sit down with him to discuss his latest project, 100 Days of Irish Words.

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Why Living Abroad Is Worthwhile; And Why You Should Experience It For Yourself

Republished for Week 3 of our “I Dream Of Ireland” campaign.

 

I started a bucket list a few years ago back when I was in college. It was a typical school night, a night of reloading my Facebook newsfeed and neglecting my ten-page paper (probably due the next day). Bored of mindlessly scrolling through random statuses (what was the craze back then? FML? Double rainbow? Old Spice dude?), I decided to open up a word doc and create a bucket list. One minute, I was climbing Kilimanjaro, the next minute, I was gazing in awe at the Aurora Borealis.


It was one epic list.


Skydiving was one of the items on the list, something I wanted to do before I die… that is, when I’m 80 years old, having already lived a fulfilling life. But at the age of 20? I wasn’t so sure I was ready. I had my whole life ahead of me. I wanted to fall in love. I wanted to throw a baseball with my future children. I wanted to travel to different star systems and… anyway, I just didn’t want some freak accident to happen (although, I knew there was a better chance of getting into a car crash).

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“What Makes You Feel Most Alive?” Photo Contest

Contest (2)

 

We present to you the first contest of our “I Dream of Ireland” campaign.

 

Let us know what makes you happy and alive via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #dreamofireland.

 

Contest ends 12am EST, March 11, 2015. We look forward to your entries!

 

CONTEST PRIZES (Winners to be contacted on March 25, 2015)

First Prize: A free Stint Ireland Intern in Dublin program fee along with an Extreme Ireland Cliffs of Moher tour and tickets to a Happenings event.

Second Prize: A free Stint Ireland Work in Dublin program fee along with tickets to a Happenings event and a Gaelic Girl Three-bread mix set.

Runner-ups (3): A 10% discount on any Stint Ireland program fee.

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I Dream of Ireland: Week One

“I Dream Of Ireland” is…

a campaign. It’s a message to the world, a declaration about travel and experiences abroad with Ireland, front and center, as a must-go on your journeys.

an opportunity. It’s a chance to get inspired by other people’s stories and to learn about experiences in Ireland.

a celebration. It’s a party and we’ll be providing the entertainment. Indulge us and join the fun (on FB, Twitter, or Instagram), whether it’s through our weekly competitions or if you just feel inspired. You’re invited, just use #DreamOfIreland for the world to see!

 

“I Dream of Ireland” will run for three weeks from March 4 – 25, each with a theme.

Week 1 (March 4 – 10): Take a risk. Challenge yourself.

Week 2 (March 11 – 17): Breaking stereotypes about Ireland.

Week 3 (March 18 – 24): Stories and memories from traveling.

 

Where is the magic happening? (To be updated throughout the week.)

Week 3 is underway. Check it out!


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