31 ways to add adventure to your internship abroad

Take some time away from the typical tourist traps and try to explore the authentic places where you’re living. You’ll make genuine discoveries about a new culture and get better acquainted with the local way of life. Add a little adventure to your internship abroad and live like a local.

 

1. Invest some time in wandering

 

2. Ask locals for tips whenever you can

 

3. Avoid eating at chain restaurants and going to expat spots

 

4. Say “yes” as much as possible

 

5. Pretend this is your new home and check out local community events

 

6. Plan a camping trip somewhere nearby

 

7. Hop on a local bus without knowing exactly where you’re going

 

8. Get lost in an interesting (and safe) neighborhood

 

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9. Find a trekking group and go for a hike

 

10. Strike up conversations with strangers

 

11. Get out of the house early, take a map with you and don’t make any specific plans

 

12. Check out a local farmer’s market

 

13. Investigate to see if there are any “alternative” tours in the city and where they go

 

14. Always wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk longer and further

 

15. Bring water and a snack with you so that you don’t have to find somewhere to eat if you come across somewhere interesting

 

16. Pick a weekend to fly to another city

 

17. Ask your coworkers for their favorite places to go nearby

 

18. Pay attention to seasonal festivals and events and put them on your calendar

 

19. Pick a dish on the menu that you’ve never tried before

 

20. Speak in the local language as much as possible – you’ll meet more locals that way

 

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21. Explore an alternative bookstore

 

22. People-watch in the park

 

23. Take a notebook with you wherever you go so that you can write down questions and comments

 

24. Read a book that is located in your new city and walk around with the mindset of the protagonist

 

25. Find an outdoor cafe where you can check out strangers and read the paper

 

26. Attend city protests or marches

 

27. Opt for alleys and small streets over large boulevards (only during the day)

 

28. At intern meetups try to talk to people from foreign countries

 

29. Try an ice cream flavor you’ve never tried before

 

30. Don’t be afraid to be alone – oftentimes the best adventures start that way

 

31. Take the road less traveled (whatever that means to you)

 

Apply now to boost your career and live like a local in a brand new culture!

 

Photos

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

2. by The Intern Group

3. based on 2012 Adventure Photography Competition, by Frontierofficial, 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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