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"Why would ever you choose to work in India?”

India

Despite the warnings and worries of her friends and family, Serena set off on an adventure, accepting a co-op position on the other side of the world, in India, and she has no regrets. Sometimes in order to grow we need to challenge ourselves, and Serena did just that.

By: Serena Bonneville 1156 reads | 0 comments
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What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

Co-op Reflections

Earning a co-op internship, especially internationally, can be tough but once you earn the opportunity it can be a wonderful learning experience. Nikita was accepted for a UX design internship in Amsterdam and faced some unforeseeable challenges. Read on to find out some of the key lessons that Nikita took away from her experience.

By: Nikita Tauro 1248 reads | 0 comments
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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

International Co-op

Are you looking for an International Co-op with a not-for-profit organization? Are you torn between finding a job you like and something that pays well? Are you wondering whether you will be able to gain valuable skills and knowledge from working for a not-for-profit? Continue reading this article for more information about how to look for International co-op opportunities with not-for-profits, funding scares, and takeaways.

By: Gursahib Gill 807 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

Culture appreciation

Have you landed an International Co-op work-term and begun preparing for your semester abroad? Surely, you have done your research and are aware of the cultural differences and nuances between where you are going, and your home country? If you haven’t, have no fear! This article is meant to help you understand the basic tips and tricks to adjust to the cultural differences in your new workplace, making your transition much easier.

By: Gursahib Gill 1017 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

travelling

Have you ever considered travelling alone? Does it make your nervous? Well, you are not alone. There are many benefits to travelling alone and what better way to experience another country and culture than through a short-term International Co-op term? Read on to learn some tips & tricks when travelling alone.

By: Gursahib Gill 974 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

Co-operative Education

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

By: Gursahib Gill 841 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey to Understanding the Importance of Intercultural Communication

Spain

"I realized that as time went on, I was having difficulties connecting and adapting to this new culture I believe this sprouted from the strong language barrier and my inability to communicate with most of my co-workers". Read Aileen's story about how she overcame culture clashing and engage in intercultural communication. 

By: Aileen Saadatmand 1439 reads | 0 comments
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Exchange Experience: Discovering Myself Through Travelling

Communication, Art and Technology

What does it mean to be alone but not lonely? Grace Chang talks about self-discovery, studying abroad and her adventures in Australia.

By: Grace Chang 2635 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

Health Sciences

As many university students know, the start of many major projects begins with a very simple thing -- procrastination. And that is definitely what I did before departing for my co-op term in South Korea. However, I soon found that when it comes to teaching you have to have a plan. 

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 4053 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Alexander King

International

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 4856 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Communication

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 6181 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Global Health

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 5448 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

International Co-op

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 4275 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Co-op

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 5331 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Malaysia

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 6173 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Co-operative Education

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 5925 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

International

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 5317 reads | 0 comments
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Why I took the Leap and Applied to Live and Teach in Korea

Co-operative Education

Like many others, as a senior student, I was still unsure of what direction I would take towards my future career. Teaching, lab work, and academia were all possibilities. 

By: Joyce Leung 13757 reads | 0 comments
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How to Handle Change: An International Student’s Guide to Navigating SFU

International Co-op

While going to university in itself is a major change, moving across the globe to study poses indescribable challenges. In a new country whether you are here for a semester or for years to come, I look back on my own experience to offer some resources that will help you navigate your time at SFU. 

By: Yasmim 13207 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

vacation

A long bus or plane ride is associated with awkward social situations, a lack of food options, the weird tiny bathroom in the back, and of course, trying not to become mind-numbingly bored.  I’ve investigated past personal experiences to build a survival guide to avoid the long-distance travel blues.

By: Daniel Frolick 18417 reads | 0 comments
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