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Summer Packing Guide

Packing for your program abroad is likely to be one of two things: terribly exciting or just plain terrible. Often times the process can be a mixture of both, but deciding what to pack, how much to pack, and how to get it all into a couple of bags is sure to bring about some frustration. Luckily, we’re all seasoned travelers here at World Endeavors, and have a few tricks up our sleeves to help with even the most aggravating of packing dilemmas. Below are some of our favorite tried and true tips, tricks, and packing lists.

 

Tip #1: Sacrifice the non-essentials. Lay out everything you think you could ever possibly want to bring with you – shoes, shirts, books, bags, everything. Then, take some time to think about what you can live without. Think about the occasions you would wear certain items of clothing, when you would read that book, how often you really carry a bag with you, etc. Take out any items you see as non-essential. You’ll likely find yourself wishing you hadn’t brought them anyways.

Tip #2: Leave some space. You’ll want plenty of extra room in your suitcase for any treasures you may find abroad (we’d even recommend checking out what neat souvenirs to keep an eye out for before you go). It’s far better to leave any potentially unwanted items at home if it means that you’ll be able to bring some extra memories back home with you.

Tip #3: Pack another smaller bag or backpack in your suitcase. In the event that you don’t have enough space in your suitcase for the return trip, you’ll thank yourself that you packed an extra.

Tip #4: Go easy on the toiletries. These can sometimes be among the heaviest items in your suitcases. Pack the items you cannot go without, and leave the rest at home. Most items will be available in your host country for a similar price.

Tip #4: Check the voltage. Hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons are all heavy items, and may not work in your host country. We recommend leaving it at home – doing so may save you some trouble. If you cannot go without, just be sure to check the voltage before you go!

Tip #5: Check the weather. You’re not going to know the weather forecast for your entire program, but you can certainly stay up-to-date on trends and typical forecasts for the season. Check out our packing lists below for some seasonal packing inspiration.

 

Packing Lists:

Warm Weather Essentials

Cold Weather Essentials

Five Things to Do In: Buenos Aires

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Argentina’s capital is a city filled with adventure. This metropolis has long piqued the interest of travelers from around the world. Buenos Aires boasts a rich history that is evident in each aspect of its urban life. From the European influenced architecture to the colorful bustling streets, the city exudes a perfect blend of history and youth.

 

  1. La Cementerio de la Recoleta

Located on the outskirts of the city, La Cementerio de la Recoleta holds the graves of many notable people including Eva Perón, multiple presidents of Argentina, the founder of the Argentine navy, and various South American actors, artists, and writers. The cemetery, built on the former gardens of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar convent in 1822, contains many elaborate marble mausoleums. Tourists could spend hours meandering through the well-kept grounds and paying their respects to some of Argentina’s most influential figures.

 

  1. Anuva Wines

Anuva Wines hosts unique wine tasting experiences in their newly refurbished loft located in one of the chicest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Visitors have the opportunity to sample wines from throughout the country, which has become an internationally renowned wine producer. Anuva serves five limited production wines at a time, each sourced from local boutique wineries. The event lasts between one and a half to two hours and reservations are strongly recommended.

 

  1. Casa Rosada

Commissioned to be built in the 1860s, La Casa Rosada is the official residence of the President of Argentina. The official name of this mansion is la Casa de Gobierno, which means “House of Government,” but is more commonly called la Casa Rosada, which means “Pink House.” This is because Domingo Sarmiento, the seventh President of Argentina, had the exterior painted pink to alleviate tensions between the Federales, a political party associated with the color red, and the Unitarians, the opposing political party associated with the color white. The building also functions as a museum dedicated to former presidents. La Casa Rosada is an emblematic symbol of Buenos Aires and has been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina.

 

  1. La Boca

La Boca is an iconic neighborhood located in the southeastern corner of Buenos Aires. The cobblestone streets of La Boca are lined with charming pastel colored buildings that contribute to the romantic atmosphere of the neighborhood. La Boca is the birthplace of the sultry dance genre known as tango. Tango performers can be frequently spotted dancing in the pedestrian filled avenues. La Boca emits a strong European flavor reminiscent of its early Italian settlers from Genoa, who are thought to have named the area after the Genoese neighborhood of Boccadasse.

 

  1. MALBA

MALBA is the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, known in Spanish as el Museo de Arte Latino-Americano de Buenos Aires. The museum was opened in 2001 by businessman Eduardo Constantini, and featured pieces from his personal collection. The collection has since expanded to include works from modernist, Eurocentric, and surrealist artists. Exhibitions are periodically updated to showcase the progressing developments of Argentine art.

 

Experience Buenos Aires for yourself! Join World Endeavors for an internship or volunteer project in the heart of the city.

 

http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-argentina

http://worldendeavors.com/programs/volunteer/volunteer-in-argentina

New Programs

Over the past couple of months, we have had the pleasure of announcing the additions of many wonderful new programs. We are thrilled to be able to offer brand new destinations and programs around the world, and we cannot wait to hear stories from our participants’ adventures.  In case you missed any of our announcements, here’s a look into what’s new at World Endeavors:

 

Study:

*Summer Program: Fashion Events Promotion (Heriot-Watt University)

*Summer Program: Scottish Textiles Study Tour (Heriot-Watt University)

*Summer Program: Currach Building in Ireland

*Study Abroad at Heriot-Watt University – Semester & Academic Year

 

 *Still accepting applications – visit our website for details 

 

Volunteer:

Volunteer in India – New locations in Goa & Himachal Pradesh

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Vietnam

Volunteer in Argentina

 

Intern:

Intern in Paris, France

Intern in Nice, France

Intern in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Intern in Seville, Spain

Intern in Northern Ireland

Intern in Rome, Italy

Intern in Prague, Czech Republic

 

 

Interested in hearing more about the programs? Get in touch with a World Endeavors Advisor at (612)729-3400 or by email at info@worldendeavors.com. And, stay tuned for even more exciting announcements in the months ahead!

Top Five Things to Do In: Seville, Spain

Just an hour east of Spain’s southwestern coast sits the city of Seville, the capital and largest city within the region of Andalusia. The city, situated along the River Guadalquivir, blends old and new with intricately designed architecture spanning centuries, lasting cultural traditions, and a thriving culinary scene. From the many museums to the must-see monuments, visitors are sure to enjoy their time in this enchanting city. Below are our top five “musts” in Seville to add to your list.

 

  1. Alcázarof Seville

The Alcázar, originally a Moorish fort, is the royal palace of Seville. The structure was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and is the oldest palace still in use in Europe. Spend your time marveling at the intricate detailing and gorgeous tile throughout the Alcázar – one of the most iconic structures in Seville.

  1. Maria Luisa Park

Maria Luisa Park, a public park stretching along the river, was formerly the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo. In preparation for the World’s Fair in 1929, the park was redeveloped and a variety of native and exotic plant species were planted throughout the grounds. With many monuments, fountains, and ponds scattered throughout the park, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the city.

  1. Plaza de España

Once you’ve spent sufficient time strolling through the park, head out to explore the Plaza de España. Conveniently located along the park’s edge, the complex forms a large half-circle with buildings representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. The Plaza was initially built during the World’s Fair, although it now consists mainly of government buildings. With beautiful buildings designed in the Renaissance Revival style, the Plaza is very much worth a visit.

  1. El Rinconcillo

Established in 1670, El Rinconcillo is Seville’s oldest tapas bar. The historic local eatery, located in the city’s Macarena district, serves up a variety of dishes. With classic interiors and a cozy atmosphere, it’s no surprise that this family-owned restaurant has been a favorite for so long. Be sure to make a reservation as the place tends to fill up fast!

  1. Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located in Seville’s old quarter. Completed in 2011, the structure is new to the city, but has become an iconic piece of architecture. The structure is organized into four levels and houses a museum of Roman and Moorish remains, a market, a restaurant, and an open-air public plaza.

 

Interested in getting a taste of Seville? Check out World Endeavors study and intern programs on our website, or get in touch with a World Endeavors Advisor to hear more.

 

 

Study, Intern or Volunteer: Which Program is Right for You?

Today’s study abroad opportunities are limitless. In addition to conventional study abroad programs, students (and graduates!) now have the choice between a myriad of other program types as well. From internships to volunteer programs, students have the unique opportunity to find a program that directly caters to them. The question is – how do you know which program to choose?  Below are a few benefits and features of each program type to help guide you in your search for the perfect program.

 

  1. Study Abroad

Typical lengths: Summer, Semester, Academic Year, J-Term, May Term

 Today’s conventional study abroad programs offer courses in everything from Anthropology to Distilling. Gone are the days when students from only a handful of academic disciplines were able to study abroad. Nowadays, students looking to earn credit towards their major or fulfill general university requirements have the opportunity to choose from a variety of available courses and programs. If you have a set timeframe in which to study abroad – a semester, for example – or you’re interested in studying a variety of subjects then a study program may be the best fit for you.

 

  1. Volunteer Abroad

Typical Length: 2 – 12 weeks

 Volunteer opportunities offer individuals of all ages the opportunity to travel abroad for a shorter time frame. Participants have the chance to choose between everything from assisting a local wildlife organization to teaching English at a nearby school. Volunteer projects are typically short-term, incredibly immersive, and allow participants the chance to make a difference in their host country. Volunteering abroad is a great fit for students interested in a meaningful experience during a school break, those who feel passionately about a specific cause and individuals who may not be eligible for traditional study abroad programs (i.e. retirees, high school graduates, families, etc.).

 

  1. Internships Abroad

Typical length: 1 – 6 months

 Internships programs have become increasingly available over the years. With a wide range of options for professional fields, locations, and time frames, individuals have a lot of choices! These programs are all about expanding your knowledge within your field and gaining hands-on experience in a new setting. We recommend intern abroad programs for students interested in learning more about a particular field and recent graduates looking to gain professional experience before entering the workforce. With many options for start dates and durations, individuals can choose to go for one month, a semester, six months, or anywhere in between.

 

New Programs: Intern in Northern Ireland and Seville, Spain

On the heels of our Study Abroad at Heriot-Watt University announcement, comes the addition of two brand new internship program locations: Northern Ireland and Seville, Spain. We’ve offered study abroad programs in both locations for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our opportunities. Read on to hear more about these new internship programs.

With a wide range of available internship fields, our Intern in Northern Ireland program offers something for everyone. In addition to internships in such fields as Criminal Justice, Interior Design, and Marketing, participants can also intern in the fields of Peace & Reconciliation, Human Rights, and Social Enterprise. Depending on their specific internship placement, participants may be based in Belfast, Derry, or other locations throughout Northern Ireland. Please visit our website to learn more about interning in Northern Ireland.

For students with an interest in expanding their knowledge of the Spanish language while gaining hands-on experience in their field, our intern program in Seville provides the perfect opportunity. The city is the economic, cultural, and political capital of Andalusia, and participants are sure to experience it all in beautiful Seville. Participants can choose from a range of internship fields including Visual Arts, Social Work, Event Management, and Media Studies. Please visit our website to learn more about interning in Seville.

Questions about our new programs? Visit our website or get in touch with a World Endeavors representative:

Intern in Seville, Spain: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-spain-seville

Intern in Northern Ireland: http://worldendeavors.com/programs/intern/intern-in-northern-ireland-multiple-locations

Phone: 612.729.3400

Email: info@worldendeavors.com