20 things you can cross off your bucket list during an internship abroad

What great minds do you know who have truly played it safe? Life is too short to not pursue what really makes you feel alive. Next time you’re considering taking a chance on an international adventure imagine crossing some of these 20 items off your travel bucket list. You never know where following your dreams and passions may take you – and all the lessons you’ll learn along the way.


1. Travel to a foreign country

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2. Make an international group of friends


3. Speak and read a foreign language

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4. See Europe’s beloved cities

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5. Take a train cross country

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6. Figure out your favorite foreign cuisine

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7. Live and work outside your comfort zone

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8. Visit a castle

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9. See marine life up close and personal by snorkeling or scuba diving

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10. Check out world-famous museums and brush up on the most memorable works beforehand

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11. Go horseback riding

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12. Take a chance on something you’re passionate about

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13. Opt for adventure instead of material items

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14. Volunteer in another country or work for an NGO abroad

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15. Arrive to a new city and explore without planning anything

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16. Explore a street market

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17. Enjoy an afternoon picnic in a famous park

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18. Learn to cook an exotic food from scratch

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19. Explore a new city at night

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20. Go on a spontaneous road trip with friends

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Sources: Personalexcellence, Bucketlist.org

Photo 1. based on Wanderlust, by Brandon Satterwhite, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Segovia, by David Sanz, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 3. based on Iglesia del Carmen, by Diego F. Garcia P., CC-by-2.0

Photo 4. based on The New York Times en español, by Javier Micora, CC-by-2.0

Photo 5. based on Types of Madrid, by Игорь М, CC-by-2.0

Photo 6. based on Train is approaching, by Davide D’Amico, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 7. based on Julia taking 炸两肠粉 Cheong Fun Steamed Rice Roll with Fried Doughnut – HK Dim Sum Glen Waverley AUD3.80, by Alpha, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 8. based on Untitled, by Alex, CC-by-2.0

Photo 9. by The Intern Group

Photo 10. based on Saipan Snorkeling, by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, CC-by-2.0

Photo 11. based on Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, by vil.sandi, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 12. based on bigstock-Horseback-Riding-In-Paradise-1067531, by Anya1986, CC-by-2.0

Photo 13. based on 2012 Adventure Photography Competition, by Frontierofficial, CC-by-2.0

Photo 14. based on GroupJ3-038, by VISIONS Service Adventures, CC-by-2.0

Photo 15. based on Lonely tourist, by Bindalfrodo, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 16. based on Jade nuggets on display, by David Boté Estrada, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 17. based on central park, by Ralph Hockens, CC-by-2.0

Photo 18. based on entrepues.bandejapaisa, by nicole tarazona, CC-by-2.0

Photo 19. based on Cibeles, by Fernando García, CC-by-2.0

Photo 20. based on Wanderlust, by Brandon Satterwhite, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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