International Co-op

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International Spotlight: France

France

The old world charm that France preserves with its monumental wonders, along with the sophisticated modernity that attracts tourists from all over the world, serves as a cultural experience not to be missed. Wake up to smell the fresh baked baguettes and experience the exquisite French lifestyle. Work, travel and indulge in a culture that is so rich with heritage! 

By: Melanie Woo 1883 reads | 0 comments
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Yat’s Hong Kong Adventure: Experiences to Embrace Working Internationally - Challenge Yourself

cultural difference

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in Hong Kong? Yat Li shares with us in the last installment of his 3-part series on his experience challenging himself, adapting to cultural differences, norms and work environments as well as overcoming mistakes.

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International Spotlight: Indonesia

Asia

Looking for an international destination for your next co-op work term? Want to work in a thriving country, full of new prospects and opportunities? Indonesia is a new hub for job opportunities, with a mix of rich flora and fauna and a flourishing metropolitan centre. It is the destination for food and nature lovers, being a country rich in culture and tropical attractions.

By: Melanie Woo 2575 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Australia: Working for YMCA and Health by Design

International Co-op

Wondering what it's like to work on the other side of the hemisphere? Stephanie Hendy shares with us her international co-op experience working as a health and fitness instructor and personal trainer in Australia.

By: Stephanie Hendy 1062 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

Life Experience

Want to take time off to travel but don't want to delay your graduation date? Why not study abroad? Here are 5 reasons from our OLC writer Pamela on why you should consider studying abroad.                                                                                                                

By: Pamela Shyng 1886 reads | 0 comments
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FIVE Ways to Gain International Experience

Volunteer Abroad

Interested in International Opportunities?  Read on to discover the many ways you can improve your I(international)Q while at SFU.                                                                                                                                    

By: Courtney Novotny 2317 reads | 0 comments
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Mix and Match your International Adventure!

Work Search

With a little creativity and some careful planning, you can stack and simultaneously complete your international activities to accomplish one long international adventure. For example, you can combine an international academic exchange with an international Co-op work term.

 
By: Courtney Novotny 2156 reads | 0 comments
Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Organization: 
Dream Language Studios Ltd.
Organization Profile: 
Dream Language Studios is a company that brings a fun and interactive elements to English learning in Hong Kong schools. Working with numerous primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, the company has recently launched a unique e-learning platform that makes the English language engaging and exciting. In addition to e-learning, the company provides a number of services including materials development, teacher training workshops and English shows.
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Writer/ Materials Development
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
In this experience, I am responsible for writing and developing materials for the company and various schools. Materials have been developed for professional development workshops for teachers introducing English into the classroom and their curriculum. I have also been assigned to correspond and meet with various learning institutions to develop instructional materials for use in the classroom and workshop settings.
What did you learn: 
Thus far, I have gained a lot of insight into the working culture here in Hong Kong. As well, I have learned a lot about the education system here. A new initiative was recently launched that focuses on incorporating the English language into all major classroom subject areas. This has led to a widespread outsourcing in terms of materials development.

International work experience - my experiences working as a writer and materials developer in the Hong Kong education system.

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
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Organization Information
Organization: 
Destiny Reflection
Organization Profile: 
Destiny Reflection is a non-government organization located in Kolkata, India that seeks to economically empowering women who have been victims of human trafficking or are at a high risk of being trafficked through teaching them how to sew textiles.
City: 
Kolkata
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Intern
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
Responsibilities included writing grants to provide Destiny Reflection with financial support, as well as organizational and administrative tasks, such as designing an inventory database.
Projects / Initiatives: 
The main project I worked on was the Ashoka Youth Venture Challenge, where our team won $1000 to support the development of SFU Varsity products by Destiny Reflection.
What did you learn: 
I learned so much: how to work around the difficulties that come with working in a resources limited country; the importance of proper employment; the importance of gender equity; how lucky we are to live in a country like Canada; the prevalence of human rights atrocities in India; and how to work effectively with people who do not speak the same language as you, among other things.
Tips / Advice: 
If you have an opportunity to go intern at Destiny, do it! FHS will be sending students every Fall and Spring semesters.
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Isabel's Bolivia Adventure: An Irreplaceable International Experience (Part 2)

Bolivia

The second installment of Isabel's international co-op adventure working with ICO (Instituto de Capacitacion del Oriente) in Bolivia.                                             

By: Isabel Bodrogi 1567 reads | 0 comments
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