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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We know that the experience of having your son or daughter away from home studying or working can be exciting, challenging and stressful (sometimes all at once!) It’s never easy to see them leave, especially if it’s for the first time. That’s why at Partnership International we’re here not only to reassure you, but also to support you and your child throughout the programme.

The following information for parents will help ease any concerns about this very thrilling time!

THE BENEFITS OF LIVING ABROAD

adventuredot01The greatest benefit of working or studying abroad is growth, both personal and professional. Students who have spent time in a foreign county have been shown to benefit from significant personal, academic and career benefits. Being abroad gives them an opportunity to grow and develop their independence, their teamwork and their resilience. It will allow them to see the world and gain an appreciation of new cultures whilst at the same time improving their professional skills and boosting their resume. They might even learn how to cook and clean! At Partnership International we consider living and studying/working abroad to be one of the most important and exciting experiences any young person can have!
 

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Thankfully modern technology has made staying in touch a doddle! Traditional international calls are cheaper to landlines than mobile phones. If you want to use this method the best option would be to encourage the purchase of a sim card from the country being visited. To really reduce costs however we recommend using free calling and messaging services like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber. These platforms are free and available on laptops and smart phones that have access to the internet. They are the quickest and easiest way to stay in touch, and check-up that they’re eating right and wearing those socks you sent them!  We also encourage our participants to use social media and blogs as a way to share their experience with family and friends, so look out for the first selection of pictures calculated to make you all feel jealous at what a great time they’re having!
 

HOMESICKNESS

We’ve all had it at some point. That creeping feeling your studies are hard, or your student digs could do with a clean, and you think about being tucked up at home with a cup of tea and your dinner on the table. AbbyRight We understand all about homesickness because our staff have all experienced living abroad and so know exactly what things can be like! A cultural and environmental shift can be difficult to adapt to initially and things can get overwhelming. This is all part of the process and experience though, and whilst it’s normal to be homesick we would encourage you not to encourage it and instead to help mitigate its effects. The best approach we recommend is to share your own travel and work experiences and encourage them to have a positive attitude and an open mind. This type of discussion will not only help alleviate homesickness but can encourage your child to better immerse themselves in the culture of their host country. To help further with the process Partnership International will organise regular supervised social events or excursions to help our participants get to know each other, socialise and explore all their country has to offer. We’ll always do our best to ensure participants are safe, happy and enjoying themselves throughout the programme but great preparation from home can go a long way to ensuring a great experience!  
 

SAFETY FIRST (otherwise known as the bit you’re really interested in)

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Here at Partnership International we take the safety and security of our participants extremely seriously. We have an extremely effective set of procedures to deal with any and all eventualities. These will be communicated to participants prior to departure and they will be reminded of them on their arrival. We have a rapid response system in place and a 24/7 emergency number which is always manned in case of emergency. Out staff are fully trained to deal with a variety of situations and have a wealth of practical advice to impart. Our aim is to supply as much security and support as possible though we believe that forewarned is forearmed. That is why we stress that each individual is responsible for their own safety, but that with proper planning and good common sense, the risks can be minimised. Our key tips in preparation are:

  • Make copies of all important documents e.g. passports
  • Keep valuable items out of sight – don’t be a target for pickpockets
  • Avoid unsafe areas if possible
  • Be careful at night – try to travel with friends if possible

The cities we send our students to are generally major tourist destinations and as such are, for the whole, extremely safe places to be. We always make sure though that students are aware of all possibilities so they can be prepared for any eventuality. If you have any questions at all though please don’t hesitate to contact our team!

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille

    (Belgium)

    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph

    (Berlin)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier

    (Spain)

    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.