Wednesday, 31 July 2019

GV Hawaii Internship Experience!

Gaining Professional Experience, Culture, and Adventure All at Once!

My short but rewarding Internship Experience at GV Hawaii

Internship opportunities are essential for any student looking to advance his or her professional career. My name is Lea Hanka, and I am now a second year Bachelor of labor market management student at the University of Applied Labor Studies in Germany, through which I got the opportunity to absolve an Internship abroad. Growing up, I also spent some time working in Africa for a marine turtle sanctuary, learning about the sea life and African culture. This experience exposed me to diverse cultural environments and allowed me to become adaptable and more curious about the world, which led me to Hawaii. For the past month, I interned with ESL International Corporation dba. Global Village Hawaii, an English language school based in central Honolulu.

The challenge of writing this blog stems from trying to sum up weeks’ worth of great experiences (both personal and work related) in just a few paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship since the weeks continue to fly by, as I intern here, at Global Village Hawaii for my summer trimester in 2019. My past study experience has helped me develop a strong background for this kind of internship. However, in expanding to a larger region, working in a different culture and language, and applying newly acquired skills, I was a bit nervous to start. Being an intern at Global Village Hawaii has been a unique experience that has allowed me to understand real-world development work, practice newly acquired skills, gain professional experience while still having the opportunity and enough time to explore a whole new country.

I decided to arrive in Honolulu a few days before my internship start date to have more time to explore, get acquainted with Hawaiian culture, and feel more comfortable with speaking English in public again. In the first few days, I had already seen the Manoa Falls, hiked all the way up the Diamond Head, beat my fears and jumped in the water at the China Wall, saw the most beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and ate some amazing Hawaiian Malasadas at Leonards Bakery (Tip: be early or you will have to wait a really long time since they are so popular!).
On my first day, one of the first things I noticed about GVH was the company culture. Each employee I had the chance to meet had a smile on their face; I could tell they all appreciate working here. I quickly came to realize the recent accomplishments and credibility that GV achieved. In recognition of constantly providing outstanding service the LanguageCourse S.L. has certified GV with the “2018 Excellence Award”.

As the Marketing and Administrative Intern, I feel my duties are diverse, and ever-changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past weeks, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned and still do learn.
When I’m not talking to the students and answering their questions, I am most likely doing some research for the Marketing Department, help with handling the payment for the activities and programs, or working on organizing and evaluating the students data. I have worked on research regarding HTML / WordPress, content creation for social media and intriguing topics for the blog. Looking up information on these varying topics has exposed me to a lot of important operating cycles within Marketing and HR.

I can frankly say that my internship at GV Hawaii has already taught me more than I could have imagined and it is truly a pleasure to be an intern at GV Hawaii. Having an internship in another country gave me a new perspective into how much communication matters. Since a lot of the student here were from different countries, it was great to see English as the base language.
The culture of the organization is welcoming and amiable which will make it that much harder to say goodbye to everyone in August. However, I know that my experience has set me up for success as I look to after my graduation in July 2020. There are not enough words to describe how thankful I am to everyone at Global Village Hawaii for giving me the opportunity to learn so much in only one month. This has truly been a great learning experience!

Long story short: You have your entire life to travel to destinations you want to just ‘visit’! At what other point in your life will you have the time to live and explore while working in a different country for a whole month straight? Probably never!

Mahalo GV Hawaii!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Bishop Museum in Honolulu

A must see; The Bishop Museum in Honolulu

Located just outside of downtown Honolulu in Kalihi, you can find the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, which will transport you back to the traditional Hawaii. The largest museum in the state of Hawaii traces its beginnings to 1889 in honor of Charles Reed Bishop’s wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who was the last living heir of the Kamehameha Dynasty.

While being in Hawaii and feeling like you need a break from the sun or surf, remember that Hawaii does not only offer crystal clear water beaches, stunning hikes with scenic lookouts, but also great ways to explore the Polynesian culture which is a fundamental part of Hawaiian life

Outside view of Bishop Museum 

Today, the museum represents the interests of Native Hawaiians, holding an extensive collection of worthwhile artifacts and documents about Hawaii and Polynesia in seven different Signature Galleries such as the Hawaiian Hall, the Pacific Hall’s newly renovated two-story gallery or the Picture Gallery.
The three floors of Hawaiian Hall take visitors on a journey through the different realms of Hawai‘i.

In addition to the Bishop Museum, the Island of Oahu offers even more cultural activities to explore. The Shinto Shrines, the USS Arizona Memorial ‘Pearl Harbor’, the lolani Palace or the Polynesian Cultural Center are all unique in their own way and countless things to do every day of the week. 


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Hawaii is one of a handful of minority-majority states in the U.S. where a rainbow of ethnicities and cultures form the majority of the population. This and the frequent sightings of rainbows on the archipelago earn Hawaii the nickname of the rainbow state. Tourists and international students alike easily feel at home with the islands’ friendly and relaxed vibes.

Against this background, Hawaii also makes its unique contributions to the already diverse linguistic origins of many English words commonly used in contemporary America. Aloha , mahalo, and ono are some words visitors to the state will hear spoken among locals. Can you guess what languages these everyday English words are evolved from? Do you know what they mean? [answers below]
  1. gungho
  2. glitch
  3. karaoke
  4. kindergarten
  5. guru  

Global Village Hawaii embodies the diversity of the state and the English language. Its faculty and staff come from many parts of the United States and the world. They are conversant in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Spanish, French, and Serbian. They are, however, united in their passion for helping students communicate in English with ease and confidence. Come experience the learning, the aloha, the natural beauty, and the fun! 

  1.  gungho [Chinese] – (overly) enthusiastic and eager in a na├»ve way
  2. glitch [Yiddish] – a small technical problem
  3. karaoke [Japanese] – singing by following music and lyrics on screen
  4. kindergarten [German] – school for children before primary school
  5.  guru [Sanskrit] – expert teacher


Monday, 4 February 2019

Vancouver Island: the choices are endless

GV Victoria - There are so many opportunities for outdoor recreation on Vancouver Island, you could spend several months here and still have discoveries to make.

At GV Victoria, we offer a wide variety of one-time activity add-ons to supplement your study abroad experience.

For more information, please contact 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Calgary, North America's "Most Livable City"

GV Calgary - Recently, Calgary was voted the 4th most livable city in the World and the most liveable city in North America. Read about it in The Calgary Herald newspaper here.

One of the many advantages of GV Calgary is that we provide access to the Rockies, plus a variety of free events right inside the school - like Pilates and Zumba classes. We also offer Calgary winter activities like ice skating and tobogganing. Check out our events calendar.

This YouTube video also shows the active life style of people who live in and visit Calgary!

Monday, 28 January 2019

Skip, flip and glide

GV Vancouver - Did you know that Vancouver is the Greenest City on the planet after Copenhagen?  Buttressed by the world famous Stanley Park Seawall, 400 hectares of Westcoast Rainforest and beaches, Vancouver is teeming with outdoor recreation – walking, running, cycling, and swimming.  Looking for something more adventurous?  Try kayaking or Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in Deep Cove!  Located in North Vancouver, the hidden and quant village of Deep Cove overlooks a stunning 25 km fiord with calm waters and dramatic wilderness scenery for walking and hiking.  Be sure to regularly check out our Global Village Calendar for organized scheduled activities, including skiing/snowboarding.  Looking for outdoor clothing and equipment? Vancouver is home to some of the world’s most reputable suppliers of outdoor and fitness gear and clothing, including Lululemon, ArcTeryx, Mountain Equipment Coop.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Beautify your mind, soul and body

GV Hawaii - English plus Fitness or Yoga are the perfect combinations for a healthy body, soul, and mind! By adding a moderate amount of exercise and/or yoga into your daily life in paradise, you can improve your well-being and quality of life in Hawaii.

With English + Fitness, you will have one to one personal fitness training sessions teaching you proper exercise and fitness tips and techniques along with nutritional advice to support you in reaching your health and fitness goals.

With English + Yoga, you will also have one to one yoga sessions learning to invigorate your soul, mind, and body through proper exercise, peaceful relaxation, breathing and meditation.

Heal your mind, soul, and body by signing up today! Contact us at