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Florence for fun, literally.
My experience was wonderful. Most of that resulted from the contacts I made. My fluency in Italian made me much more respected within the community I interacted with. Many young Italians loved the fact that I was from California. Also, I really lucked out with the housing I got.
World Internships was excellent in setting everything up and communicating regularly initially. However, once I had arrived in Italy, I had questions and concerns that arose and the response time was much slower than reasonable, if there was any reply at all. My student colleagues experienced this as well.
The apartment was amazing. It was on the side of the river opposite the Duomo, aka the more Italian side. Therefore I was always conveniently located when my Italian friends wanted to hang out in Santo Spirito, for example.
It's really hard to immerse yourself culturally in Florence, in my experience. Sure there is Italian stuff everywhere, but Florentines really don't like Americans, for the most part. Additionally, they all want to prove to you that they can speak English, so it's hard to gain language use unless you are pretty fluent already.
Florence is safer than the cities I have lived in (Sacramento, CA and San Diego, CA) in many respects. People are out longer, the Florence city center is much more compact, and it's pretty noisy until about 4 am. I have found that in Florence, and Europe in general, one has to worry much more about their personal property than their personal safety.
Don't just go to American bars and clubs. Introduce yourself to the locals. It's really hit and miss, but sometimes you'll meet Italian friends that you will keep for life.
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Reviewed by Melea Blanch on .
My internship was amazing. Not only because World Internships found everything for me and gave me options on my internship, but they also made traveling easy. They had a driver at the airport for me who speaks great english. There were also trips that I could take if I wanted to. There were some that were better to go through the school, but some cities were better to just hop on a train and go. All the train stations are set up the same and very easy to use. You can look up times for the train online then when you are going to leave in about 30 min we would go to the train station and buy our tickets and hop on. Also we would check the return times and just play it by ear for when we would leave. My work was amazing but didn't have me working on the weekends so that is when we would travel. Our apartment was also just down the street from the central market which was very convenient. Overall it was amazing. I had a couple roommates who went through a different organization that did not provide airport pick up, charged a little more, and they sent them all emails asking about leaving for their trip when they had already been there for a month and a half. World Internships was the way to go.
World Internships in Italy Amazed!
Reviewed by Bryanna Blechschmidt on .
World Internships was awesome! They took care of everything I could have possibly needed and were very prompt with it all. Christina was who I had most contact with and she was amazing. I was sending her emails on a daily basis before I left and she was able to help out with every last questing I had. Since I had never left the country before, let alone travel to the other side of the world by myself, it was comforting to have someone helping me every step of the way. It was also a huge stress relief to have someone else dealing with all the paperwork :) I had a great experience and would absolutely recommend World Internships to anyone!
World Internships in Italy Studying abroad in Italy was a unique and special experience that I will hold many of these amazing memories for the rest of my life.
Reviewed by Alexi Nash on .
I had an incredible experience in Italy and met so many other amazing interns in my same situation. I was immersed in the culture, traveling, eating, and learning the language and customs. I hope to go back next summer to go backpacking and hopefully I'll be able to be somewhat of a tour guide for my family and friends. Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity!
World Internships in Italy World Internships was great help!
Reviewed by Emily Ushko on .
World Internships helped me every step of the way. Helped find an internship, enrolled me in a school, and found me housing. They were really the best!
World Internships in Italy Ecstatic
Reviewed by Michael Franzidis on .
I have not a single bad thing to say about the experience.
Before I even arrived in Italy my program administrator, Christine, was so friendly and helpful, answering my thousands of emails and questions quickly. She even called me for a mock interview as I didn't have much interviewing experience and then gave me helpful tips.
When I got to Italy the taxi driver was waiting for me, as was my landlady. The house I stayed in was very nice and my housemates were all awesome.
The job experience they lined up for me was really enjoyable, they hooked me up with the nicest group of people, I never expected that I would ever like a boss so much. The work was interesting, for the most part, and all the people were incredibly friendly, helping me so much with my Italian.
My program administrator, Christine, also organised a crazy trip to Perugia for the chocolate festival, where I met a couple of great people, including someone from Florence who I have stayed friends with.
I don't mean to knock other travel companies at all, but a few of my friends that I met here came through other agencies and I know that a few of them have been quite unhappy with their living situations, landladies or with the administration in general. I've not had any problems at all and really loved every aspect of my trip
World Internships in Italy It's Up to You
Reviewed by Johnny Snelgrove on .
Spending three months in Italy changed my life. Much of it came from my own personal decisions and travels. Some of my best friends there weren't involved with the program at all, and I met them through traveling and exploring on my own. Within the program, I also met a host of awesome people who also had a lasting impact on my life and travels abroad. Just go, don't be afraid to explore on your own, and suspend all expectations.