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!

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