Helena Kaasik – Mexico City, Mexico
Duration of project: 2 months + 1 year and 3 months
Type of Exchange: Teaching internship
I made my internship in Mexico City through a project called Round the Globe, which was organized by AIESEC ITAM. I taught German to students from the University ITAM.
My internship was exactly in my field because I studied German philology. My internship lasted 2 months but after those 2 months I was offered a job in a language school and I stayed in Mexico 1,5 years. My main task was to teach German.
It was an amazing experience to work with students. Since that I really love teaching and working with people from different backgrounds. I also got a chance to visit local schools and see, how the educational system works in a big country like Mexico.
Going to Mexico was always one of my biggest dreams and I also had many friends there who were waiting for me there. AIESEC gave me an opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams, for what Im grateful until today. As a young person nowadays it is important to travel and collect experience in other countries and bring them back to Estonia.
In the beginning it was hard to understand how to move around in Mexico City because it is one of the biggest cities in the world but all my friends were so helpful and helped me to understand the local public transportation system. Also, I had to get used to it that everyone on the streets were starring at me because, let’s be honest, I as a ginger and fair skin didn’t look like a local at all. I lived by one of my best friends in the beginning and it was nice that they always took care of me and drove me around in the city. I made new friends quite easily and had quickly a busy social life.
There are so many beautiful things to remember but I think visits to Jose Cuervo tequila factory which was organised by AIESEC ITAM and seeing the monarch butterfly migration in Michoacan were definitely experiences which I will never forget. And of course, I have made friends for life, with whom I’m still in contact.
I think, that working in Mexico has given me an advantage on job market and also confidence that I can survive where ever I am in the world. I highly recommend students to take the same chance I did and go to another country and it is nice to put yourself at least once in your life out of your comfort zone. It will definitely give you the chance to get to know yourself better, learn something about other culture and get good work experience and AIESEC is the perfect exchange program for it.