After two days of travelling, I finally arrived in Auckland, „The City of Sails” on May 1st, 2016 at 5.45 pm. My advisor and her son have already waited for me at the airport. I can exactly remember the ride to our house, we heard Roses from The Chainsmokers on the radio and Monique explained to me, that the winter has just began in New Zealand, which sounds really strange to me after a 42 hours flight from the West at the beginning of May. In the beginning of my internship, I lived at the Northshore in Browns Bay, a wonderful suburb northern to Auckland, perfect for families and 30 kilometres away from my new workplace in Penrose. At first, I thought it would not be a problem to take the bus and the train. But after spending four hours every day travelling in overcrowded public means of transport, I noticed, that the public transport in Auckland is new and improvable, but it would not be faster to drive with the car because of heavy traffic jam.
Nicole's internship in Auckland
I did my internship at a national travel organisation, which offers bus tours for the whole country. From Monday to Wednesday I worked in the Operations Department, from Thursday to Sunday I helped in the Customer Service of the reservation department. As I just did my school leaving examination in Germany last year, I have never worked in an office before. I was happy that they showed me my own desk and gave me a coffee mug with the company logo. In the beginning there was a lot to learn and I had to get used to sit from 8 am to 5 pm in front of a computer - just a typical office job.
After four months here in New Zealand I can recommend a stay abroad organised by Studentsgoabroad to everyone as I am absolutely glad to made this experience. My internship offered me the possibility to get an insight in different departments of this company. Furthermore I learned to work independent, to bear responsibility and of course I could widen my command of English. As I did the internship not as a part of my studies, I did not have to work on a report for my university and so I had the possibility to work on projects for the company besides my daily tasks in the Operations Department.
In the meantime I moved to Hillsborough, which is only 7 kilometres away from my place of work, 10 kilometres south of the inner city and directly by the sea. One thing is clear: New Zealand is by far one of the most beautiful countries in the world with gorgeous beaches, breathtaking sceneries and impressive national parks. Besides the job and on a day off there are so many leisure activities for example rafting, swimming in the Hot Pools in Rotorua, visiting vineyards on Waiheke Islands, discovering the French Markets in Parnell on the weekend, cheering for the All Blacks in Eden Park or hiking in the Alps in Tongario National Park.
All in all, I am really happy about my decision to go with Studentsgoabroad to New Zealand. I could also profit from the professional perspective: I got an insight in all areas of the enterprise, I extended my Business English and learned to work on my own with responsibility from 8 am to 5 pm in the office. Personally I could learn a lot, as I was for the first time away from home for such along time and did everything completely on my own. I can only recommend this challenge to everyone and I am proud of doing this experience thanks to Studentsgoabroad.
"I can exactly remember the ride to our house, we heard Roses from The Chainsmokers on the radio and Monique explained to me, that the winter has just began in New Zealand, which sounds really strange to me after a 42 hours flight from the West at the beginning of May."