What you should know before you pack for your internship abroad

What you should know before you pack for your internship abroad

I guess everyone knows the hassle and stress when you have to pack for your internship abroad. You probably only have one suitcase and no idea how you are going to survive such a long time without your wardrobe? I can reassure you, we are able to live with less than we accept! I am currently in Mexico for my internship and only have one 60L backpack for one year abroad and I am still alive. However, there are a few things, you should keep in mind!

Inform yourself about the dress code to pack for your internship abroad.

Inform yourself about the dress code

As mentioned in the previous post, you have to inform yourself about the dress code in your company, before you leave in order to be prepared at your arrival.

Inform yourself about the weather

Check the weather for the duration of your stay before you pack for your internship abroad. Just because you arrive in summer does not mean, it will be 30 degrees for the rest of your stay. I mainly packed summer clothes for my internship in Mexico and recognized afterwards that it will be around 0 degrees during winter. This was totally my fault so I end up wearing several layers to feel warm (and had to go shopping a lot)

Start to pack early enough

Don’t start to pack one day before you leave, just to find out that you have too much and sort out again or you miss something important. Write down a packing list and give yourself some time to pack carefully and start all over again. It is a hard and difficult task so don’t stress yourself.

Other countries have shopping malls too

In case, you forget something, you will find shopping malls almost everywhere and they will probably even have an shop with the same collections as at home. However, I always ask locals where they go shopping in order to explore their trends and fashion and it is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your new friends.

You will get tired of your clothes

After some time, you will definitely be tired of wearing the same three shirts every week and you strive to buy new ones. Thinking about your travel budget, I recommend trying Second – Hand shops to get clothes cheaper and in an ecological friendly way. In order to avoid extra luggage on your way back home, donate your old clothes for a refugee or red cross center.

Tell me in your opinion what you should know before you pack for your internship abroad? What is the most important item and what do you miss from home?

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Legal document to do an internship in Spain

Legal document to do an internship in Spain

Finally, you got your internship in Spain! That’s great! But after the happiness there are the administrative concerns… which are less fun. Even if Spain is part of the Schengen area, you cannot simply present yourself without the legal documents from your host company. PIC Management is helping you to find out all the administrative tasks you must take care of before going!

Legal document to do an internship and work in Spain.

Monday morning: you are really happy about going to the Traineeships office, asking for your internship agreement. First spanner in the works, the agreement is in English… which is not logical if you want to do an internship in Spain. Indeed, your company mentor is not going to understand what he/she is going to sign. In fact, the companies in Spain have the obligation to present official documents in their own language. To avoid the translation fees and the extensive delays, we provide you a standard document format in Spanish. Accordingly, you will need to convince your school/university that this document will be mandatory for your internship in Spain. But do not worry, the host company will sign the internship agreement from your school. However, the ERASMUS candidates aren’t concern by this norm.

Moreover, if your internship counsellor speaks Spanish, you can ask her to read the law about the internship regulations in Spain. Here we go, the first step is done, congratulations! Do you already feel the joy? Not too fast, it is not done yet…

Let’s start with the basics. You will have to present:

  • Your valid passport or your valid CNI.
  • Civil liability … Do not panic, we will write an article about it soon in order to discover this fabulous document!
  • The European Health Insurance Card.

Let’s finish by the NIE… But what is this? It is an identification number for foreigners. It is also a mandatory document to do your internship in Spain. We promise to write an article about this as well! Until that time, our PIC Management team will give you all the information about it. But if you want a hint about this document, do not hesitate to check the official website. Be brave, all of this will only be a bad memory when you will be enjoying the sun in Spain!

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The ultimate check list for going abroad

The ultimate check list for going abroad

Are you excited to go abroad? We are thinking about you. Thus, we will provide you with a short checklist for your next long-distance journey.

To ensure that your stay abroad is a success, it should be well-planned. Living in a different country is an adventure. Therefore, it should be organized in advance. Many students might think that organization is only buying the flight tickets, but this is not the case! At least, one should consider legal, health, safety and financial aspects before leaving home.

We will provide you with a ultimate checklist for going abroad.

Basic language

If you are reading this right now, your English is probably at a good level. However, you can never be certain that this is not always enough to get around easily. For instance, local people in Mexico or Panama do not necessarily understand English well.
Who does not appreciate if people visiting their home country speak some words in their native language? Think about all the misunderstandings that you can avoid by learning a few simple words. Local people will greatly appreciate your effort and you will have less problems to get around. Nobody has to invest in expensive books or audios, there are plenty of free apps.

Legal documents

In order to avoid strange situations at the airport or after your arrival, please make sure that you are legal! One of the things you should definitely check first is your passport. Is it valid 6 months after your departure? If not, it is recommended to apply for a new one.
Are you ensured during your stay abroad? Most European students have an insurance card that works perfectly fine within Europe. If that is not the case, please contract an international insurance.
Did you take care of your civil liability? Most people are not aware of this, but companies require this. It could be possible that your university takes care of it or your parents insurance. If none of this applies, you can contract one online or even when booking your flight.
If you needed a visa to enter the country, please make sure that you have all the necessary documents. Some countries such as China also require you to bring a few passport pictures or show the internship agreement.

Health

Do not travel when you are sick. Besides that, please obtain proper medical advice for instance from your local doctor regarding vaccinations.

Accommodation

It is convenient that all internships in the hospitality field offer an accommodation. If you are doing a business internships at a firm that does not offer an accommodation, here is one basic tip: search in social media to make social contacts and discover groups such as “rooms in …”. This could be beneficial for searching flat mates or for seeking advice abroad. Regarding flats, make sure that it is easy accessible by public transportation.

Phone

Not every airport has a working wi-fi connection. If you would like to stay connected, we can recommend to buy a sim card at the airport, if possible. They are usually affordable and already come with some free minutes and internet.

Currency

Moving to a country that does not have the same currency as yours? Change some cash in advance because some places do not accept credit cards or offer ATMs. It is always beneficial to have some cash for instance if you have to pay fees at the airport or need a taxi ride.
Also get familiar with the monetary conversion and make sure your credit card will work. Look beforehand if it makes sense to open a bank account or how high the fees for taking out cash from the ATM are.

Small details

There are a few other details that travelers value. One of them is to make sure that your memory card is big enough. The other one is a portable charger that ensures a sufficient battery of camera or phone. Other aspects could include to pack an extra set of clothes in the carry-on bag to be prepared in case your luggage may get lost. Take a look at the airline regulations so you can prepare to bring the right amount of checked and carried luggage for your trip. Finally, you should consider apps such as CityMaps2go or Mapsme that enable GPS without using up battery life or roaming data.

All in all, we understand that everybody has their own personal checklist depending on their needs. Nevertheless, we hope that this blog helps you to prepare for your next stay abroad. Stay safe and have fun!

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