The 10 struggles of having international friends

The 10 struggles of having international friends

After doing an internship abroad or staying in another country for your studies, you probably will have collected a considerable number of friends, who are not from your home country. That is great! No, in fact it’s amazing! You have many advantages due to such international friendships. But, there is also a downside! In the following article we’ll show you the 10 biggest struggles you’ll face when having international friends.

Struggles having international friends

1. Some jokes only work in your native language

Humor is the key to personal relationships and many friendships started or even only consist in two people telling jokes. But humor also differs from culture to culture. What for the British may be funny, for the Greek could be offensive. So sometimes you have to be carefully, when making a joke with your foreign friends.
And who didn’t at least once hear the request “tell us a joke from your country”? But that is not as easy as it seems. You have to translate it first of all, which might be already a challenge depending on your language skills. And then there is another problem: many jokes depend on wordplays and these can’t be translated. So even though you want your new friends to hear a local joke, it’s sometimes impossible for them to get it.  

2. When you have a party most of your friends aren’t even in the country

You’re planning your birthday party and it’ll be a huge event. What’s missing? Inviting all your friends! The only problem? About 70 % of your friends aren’t even in the same country as you. You send them an invitation anyway, hoping they have found a gold pot at the end of the rainbow and will be able to fly in. Deep down you know, they won’t make it. But even deeper down you already have the image of the perfect world, where all your friends join your party and make it the biggest success in your lifetime. Don’t be sad! It’s unfair, but on the other hand, your friends around the world are as sad as you that they won’t make it to your party and can’t spend time with you.

3. The biggest problem: at some point one of you leaves

It’s inevitable that sooner or later you have to leave your temporary home and go back to you real home country. That’s the sad truth: everything comes to an end. But of course, that doesn’t count for your friendship! You’ll stay in touch, promise to visit each other (and hopefully also do so) and for the big moments, that happen in your life, you already know who to tell them to.

4. You always have to ask “Where are you?” 

From now on messages won’t start with “How are you?”, but with “Where are you? The most amazing thing just happened…”. Yes, you’ll miss out on stuff, but your friends will always keep you updated, thanks to modern technology.

5. You’ll probably never have all your friends in one place 

You’ll realise that you probably never will have all your friends sitting at one table. You’ll also realise that your best friend from back home maybe never get to know your friends from your new country. To be honest, yes, that is sad, but on the other hand that’s the destiny one must live with when having friends all over the world.

6. Wherever you are, you’ll always miss someone 

Probably the hardest part of having friends in different countries is that it doesn’t matter where you are – you’ll always miss someone! While doing your internship abroad you will miss your friends back home and your family. But once you are back in your city you will miss all the new friends you got to know in the foreign country. It’s really a vicious circle, as it doesn’t matter where you go, there’s always someone who isn’t there you’d like to have around.

7. You have many places to stay, but no money to visit 

Having international friends means also getting constant invitations to their home. You probably could do almost a world trip and wouldn’t need to pay for any accommodation, due to the friends you made while staying abroad. You could, if you have the money. But plane tickets are expensive and even though you wouldn’t spend a penny once being at your friend’s place, the costs are too high for a student like you. That is a real struggle! Having the offers and not be able to accept them…

8. To talk to your friends, you must spend much time on your phone

Whether you like it or not, having international friends means depending on internet devices such as social media or your mobile phone in order to communicate with your long-distance friends. At certain hours you may be stuck on your phone, because your international friends are online and writing you. Let’s be honest, if you didn’t have them you probably wouldn’t seem so addicted to your phone. But although others might judge you, it is the only way to stay in touch and keep the friendship alive.  

9. Finding the right time to skype

As already mentioned, you are depending on modern technology to keep in touch with your friends abroad. Skype is a great way to also see them and not just write. But scheduling a Skype call can be tricky. Especially when your friends live in another time zones the sentences “let’s skype at 5” can result in higher mathematics, as you have to check which time this will be in your place. But don’t worry, once it works out without misunderstandings, it’s worth the trouble.

10. Once international, always international

Despite all the troubles, you can’t imagine a life without your friends abroad. All the memories you made together and all the jokes you told each other (regardless of the language barriers), etc. Life is better with friends – and it’s even more perfect with international ones!

You also want to make some international friends? Or get even more? Then what are you waiting for? Apply for an internship abroad! We from PIC Management will help you find the perfect internship for you! Check out our internship vacancies now: https://www.pic-management.com/en/students/internship-offers/

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Your dream has always been to do an internship in London? and finally, after months of search, you have finally found the right one. Congratulations! Now, the only thing that awaits is to find an accommodation… You don’t know where to start? We got your back! ?

How to certainly find an accommodation in the city center within 5 days?

We often start with the thought that it is hard nowadays to find an accommodation in London. But why is that? First of all, it is quite an expensive city, more than Paris or Munich on average, even if the real estate prices have dropped since Brexit was announced. On average, it is difficult to find an accommodation in the main cities of the United Kingdom but it is even harder when you are looking for a place to stay from abroad. Usually, the further you are from the city center, the lower the rent will be. Yet, due to public transportation fees in London being quite expensive, you should find the right balance.

How to find an accommodation in London within record time?

How to find an accommodation in London within record time?

If you are tired of going through adverts all day long, then stop wasting your time on Facebook or any classified online adverts. Most of those are actually published by real estate agents anyways, so why wouldn’t you talk with them directly? We recommend you to contact these real estate agencies, as they are professionals who know well the market of London.

Since 2014, House London Trip supports those adventurers who are preparing their stay in London and they have already conquered the housing market in the capital. The company will propose you a flat which fits your needs within a short time period and you could even reserve it before arriving in London. They provide a personalized service allowing you to travel in complete serenity by avoiding all the administrative traps of what London could hide. The agency takes care of each of its customer on a case-by-case basis and allows you to move in less than 5 days. House London Trip has now launched a new service specialized in “short trips”, ideal for a 2 to 6 months long internship for instance.

The founder, Chakir Zahid I met some time ago, this French citizen had a first-hand experience of how hard it is to find a place to live. He decided to begin his own start-up located in Great Britain to help people who are in the same situation as he was. He realized the need for help, that how hard it can be to get by in a new city, where you barely know anyone.

How does this personalized service works to find your accommodation?

    1. 1. Defining your needs (localization, budget, trip duration) with a dedicated expert.
    1. 2. Visiting selected properties either on-site or through video.
    1. 3. Signing the lease agreement and moving into your new place.

“I do not regret calling House London Trip for a room. They helped me a lot. By entrusting them with the mission of looking for accommodation I was able to arrive in London and settle down calmly without worrying about anything. Team very serious since there is a first telephone contact to identify the needs and the visits begin upon arrival in London.”

- Lamina

What service to choose for an accommodation adapted to your needs

House London Trip offers 3 different personalized services to help you when looking for your new home. After sending the form to register, you will have to choose between 3 packages:

The ready-to-move

Once arrived in London, HLT can organize an unlimited number of visits per day according to your criteria. A dedicated team member will help you with the whole process until you have signed the lease agreement of the chosen place.

Visiting properties remotely

It is a unique possibility to visit properties through Skype or FaceTime from your home country. A team member will contact you 2 hours before to check on your availabilities. You will just have to sign the lease after your arrival!

Premium service

As soon as you arrive in London, a team member will welcome you at the King’s Cross tube station, then he will guide you directly to the Generator Hostel London to check you in. Afterwards, the 3 days of unlimited visit will start, according to your attainabilities.

All these packages also include administrative help with your relocation:

  • Creation of your Oyster Card (public transportation card).
  • A sim card from the provider Giffgaff (with a 5£ deposit).
  • Scheduling your appointment for your NIN (National Insurance Number). Essential document in order to have a job in England.
  • Helping with opening your bank account.
  • Registering you to the NHS service (National Health Service).

Once you are in London, enjoy the House London Trip expatriates’ network, make new friends and take the most of your new life abroad! Not to mention that they propose, once a month, an after-work event in one of the city center pubs.

Contact Chakir ZAHID

Website: http://www.houselondontrip.com/

Mail : info@houselondontrip.com

Phone : +44 (0) 7 985 751 770

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7 benefits of working in Germany.

Growing economy and low unemployment rate

Germany is the world’s second largest exporter and its economy is ranked number one in Europe and number four worldwide. The country offers great possibilities for you as it is the home of myriad international corporations. Besides that, the unemployment rate is at a low of 3.9 %, compared to 9,6 % in France, 18,4 % in Spain and 4,7 % in the US. Isn’t that a great precondition to start your professional career?

Life Quality

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The Language

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Encouraged Office drinking

Have you come over job descriptions in Germany where companies offer a Beer Friday at work? Do not be surprised, office drinking is allowed and even encouraged! Therefore, some companies offer their employees to drink beer on Fridays in the office or to held a party together after work hours.

Innovation

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Celebrations and Festivals

During your internship, you will have the opportunity to attend some good celebrations! Many German towns and cities have several events such as the Oktoberfest, Karneval or the wine festivals. Work hard and play hard!

Public Transportation

It is so easy to get around in Germany. Public transportation is cheap and effective. Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich have been noted to have some of the best transportation systems in the world. This is due to the minimal disruptions and reasonably priced tickets such as 1.70 Euros for a short journey on the U-Bahn. There is also many buses and trains that can take you to the neighbor countries or further.
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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

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Great Wall of China, China

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Taj Mahal, Agra in India

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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