Taking You Further

AIM Overseas Blog



It’s nerve-racking traveling overseas as a solo traveller, and you can take one of two options. Since you don’t know anyone, you can; strike up a conversation with another fellow traveller or be a complete loner. I personally would recommend option one because, you learn a lot by listening, and you may find common interest which hopefully develops into a friendship. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “I can’t do it…… Me? Talking to a stranger?” Well, how did you find your best friend? You had to start somewhere and they too were once a stranger. It takes 10 seconds of insane courage and the results may surprise you! Us humans always think the worst in these situations but, in actual fact, people just want to feel valued, wanted and accepted just like you. You may start a conversation with someone and they don’t really respond back, but don't be disheartened. There are plenty of other people to talk to - approximately 7 billion people. P.S. Don’t talk about the ...

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Leading up to Italy, I had many things on my mind. My sister had recently gotten married and four days after her wedding, I was flying overseas for my first international solo trip. Not going to lie, I was really concerned for mum and how she would cope with losing two daughters within a matter of days. The day before leaving Brisbane to fly to Italy was interesting. I was excited yet extremely nervous at the same time, and didn’t sleep very well leading up to my trip, as my mind was running a million miles an hour. I didn’t know how to deal with all these positive and negatives emotions but; I didn’t let them get the better of me. I gained more than just 10CP, I discovered an inner strength and confidence that I didn’t realise. On the 3rd of January at 11pm, my parents and I arrived at Brisbane airport. Dad wheeled my heavy red suitcase and mum comforted me as we walked to the airport. The airport was deserted and LED lights attempted to fill the space with light but ...

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Reflecting on my trip to Italy, I think my favourite place would have to be Venice. The bright colours, sweet sound of romantic music, bold and flamboyant costumes, the decked-out boats and the city were all so incredible and very memorable. However, my adventure started long before I went to Venice. Before coming to Italy, I was unsure if I was going to be able to go to Venice because of the time, distance and money. Everyone was telling me that I needed to go to because it’s so beautiful and it’s something that everyone should go and see in their lifetime. After exploring Italy as a solo traveller, going on my day tours, and needing to make my own decisions, over time, I slowly built more confidence. When I was in Florence, I often rang my mum to keep in contact with her, to keep her posted on my whereabouts and ask what I should explore on my weekend. At the beginning of my trip, I knew that I wanted to go to Venice, but didn’t know how, when and didn’t want to go by m ...

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February 9, 2018 Program Testimonials

Monday the 22nd of January to Wednesday the 24th of January were our last three days of official study at the university in Graz, these three days were jam packed with activities including our group presentations and exam which most of us were glad to have completed by the end. The last day of official study come around surprisingly quick which was somewhat bitter sweet as we all had enjoyed our experience and did not really want it to end. Thursday the 25th of January was our last day of excursions organised for us to explore the culture of Graz in more depth, our first visit was to the Styrian Armoury where we met our tour guide and were given a private tour through the four levels of the amazing Styrian weaponary and armour on display. After the armoury we had some time to explore together so we decided to finally try the famous ‘Sacher Torte’ cake and take one more trip up the Schlossberg hill in the gondola to take in the surrounding views and famous clock tower ...

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February 5, 2018 Program Testimonials

Vichy is a small town in central France (for those struggling to pronounce Vichy, it’s like “fishy” but with a “v”). I use “small” very lightly because while you can walk anywhere here in 20 minutes, each street is dominated by a plethora of shops and attractions - so never feel like you’ll be lost for things to do in this “small” town. Vichy is well-known in France for several reasons, the strongest being it’s “magical healing” water. You can drink or bathe in the water from these hot springs from a couple of locations and the locals fill up huge bottles of it (it’s disgusting by the way, unless you like sparkling water). The first day at CAVILAM was exciting and nerve-wracking, probably because you are faced with a test at 8am on your first day. The test is comprised of aural, written and comprehension work as well as a face to face interview (in French of course). The test starts off easy and increasingly expands to 'what the hell was that?'. ...

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We are now at week three here in Charlotte. We have just returned from New York, which was unforgettable. At this point, the home sickness starts to settle in for me. Even through it has only been two weeks gone, I just seem to be stuck in the funk. Don’t get me wrong, I have some great friends here surrounding me; they’re just not my family. Early on in the week, I spend most of my nights after school winding down with a chat to some family members and close friends. This makes me feel refreshed, reminding me that I am in bloody America living out a dream of mine. This is just the motivation I needed to hear from my loved ones to keep on going, as we had major assignments due and only a few days to go. I was pretty confident with all my work and results so far, however there was one assignment left that I was definitely nervous about; the speech presentation. No matter how much I practised all my public speeches in the past, there is nothing like the feeling of going up there and ...

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