Intern Testimonial


Tim and Arjan, IT interns from Alfa College Groningen, participated in the 'Internship Programme in 2013. This is what they have to say about their experience in Carlow:

‘After applying and successfully being selected for an internship in Ireland we had to organise our trip, which involved more work than we expected. It is important that you pay good attention and have everything organised before you leave and say goodbye to your loved ones.

After arriving at Dublin Airport we got picked up by our personal driver called Patrick (as in St. Patrick). He brought us to Carlow where we met Danny. Danny was our English Teacher and go to guy. He gave us a tour of Carlow where he showed us the shops, the go to pubs, the don’t go to pubs, both of which there are many. Then he showed us our apartment which was lovely. We stocked up on everyday necessities and found ourselves in the local McDonalds.

After that we had a weekend to settle in and on Monday Danny brought us to our work placement and introduced us to our colleagues for the next ten weeks.’


‘When I arrived at my internship organisation I immediately got thrown into the weekly staff meeting which was scary at first but a great way to meet everybody and learn what the company does. The challenge itself didn’t lie with IT skills, as we were well prepared, but rather with communicating and integrating in an English speaking work environment.’


‘When I first came to the company they told me right away that I was going to visit clients with a man called Bobby to fix IT related problems. Just as Tim, I was happy to discover that my IT skills were up to the job. The real challenge lay with the English communication with clients which improved greatly over the course of ten weeks.’


Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.