東海大學 國際經營與貿易學系 許同學
其實我一開始只是在台灣尋找實習機會，偶然發現了TIP計劃，我認為這是在歐洲工作的好機會。 之後，我去申請並進行了面試。 申請意大利簽證和保險對我來說很麻煩，因為我不是台灣人而且我也沒回印尼，所以我必須在台灣申請簽證而也要自己辦理保險。 在我們離開台灣的前一天，儘管我不確定那邊的天氣如何，我還是裝了許多冬裝。
對於我的實習，基本上，我的主要項目可以分為三個部分，即活動前，活動周和活動後。 活動之前我要做的主要工作是在亞洲收集跟Eurochocolate 2019主題相關的信息，以防萬一我在活動開始前可以在亞洲找到一些有用的相關信息與來自亞洲的媒體聯繫，希望他們能在此活動開始之前進行市場推廣。我還幫助將翻譯資料成中文跟印尼文，歡迎來自中國的代表團，這對我來說是一個很大的機會，今年我們歡迎來自中國的代表團，他們有興趣將此活動帶到中國。 另外，活動周我協助裝飾，場地檢查和移動一些裝飾品，我去了他們的倉庫，幫助他們包裝。
A Journey of Discovery
At the beginning I was only looking for internship in Taiwan and came across TIP program, which I think offer a great opportunity to work in Europe. After that I try to apply for it and did an interview. Perhaps, it was quite troublesome for me to apply for visa and insurance, because I am not Taiwanese, so I have to handle my own insurance. Right before the day we leave Taiwan, I pack many winter clothes even though I wasn’t really sure how’s the weather there.
For my internship, basically, my main project can be divided into three sections, which are pre-event, event week, and post event. The main works I have to do before the event were collecting information related to Eurochocolate 2 019 theme in Asia, in case I find some useful related information in Asia that they can use before the event start, contacting potential media from Asia, in hope they can help to market this event before it starts, managing meeting with delegations from China, it’s such a big opportunity for me that this year we’re welcoming a delegation from china that’s interested to take this event to china and assist in decorating and preparation for event, like venue checking and moving some decorations, I went to their ware house and help them packaging,After the event I help create a blog and short video. Managing another meeting between Eurochocolate founder and Chinese delegation in China, because the founder of Eurochocolate will go to china in February.
I think during all these projects, some of the most challenge moment is before and during event. The first is of course the language barrier, I think that at the very beginning it’s pretty hard to get close with the co-workers, because some of them can’t really speak English and my Italian was super bad but as the time goes on we gradually become close and I think it’s such an advantages that many Italians like to express everything with gesture which make it easier to communicate.
And also, this is my first time to manage Chinese delegation, they’re actually from a huge developer company. That’s why I was pretty nervous how to professionally handle them. However, everything turned up very well because the general manager was super kind and understanding.
Besides working, I think my other highlight in Italy is living together with the others because actually living together is not that easy, we have to adjust with each other habits and our house only have limited kitchen stove so we have to prepare and eat dinner together every day.
This year is also pretty special because we get the opportunity to live at the centre, where we can participate in a lot of activities such as language exchange! It’s Tuesday night activity that let us have our own flag stick in our shirt and we can wander around and talk with other people from different countries.
In my opinion through this internship, I have developed some transferable skills, such as public speaking, interpersonal, interpretation and of course cooking skill. In the other hands, other things that changed me the most is my perspective toward my life and future goals.
Before this program, I used to think that I would like to get married early and settle my life in Indonesia, but then I realize that maybe because I was scared of uncertainty and just want a stable life. Afterwards, I did my first solo travelling, and when I was traveling, I met a lot of solo travellers too. Some of the were from Switzerland, Germany, France, Korea and Japan. and we talked for almost 3 hrs, exchanging or opinions about career, future, culture, politics and I was really intrigued with them I feel like I want to discover the world more and definitely life has so much to offers.
I plan to work in China, Singapore or Taiwan after I graduate, and perhaps applying for graduate school. It’s really fun to discover many more new things.