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My name is Rym. I am 20 years old and I am from Paris, France. I am currently doing a Bachelor Degree of Foreign Languages (German-English) at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris. As part of my studies, I had to find an internship to validate my year. The reason why I applied for this internship program is that I’ve always been interested with East Asian Culture. But one of the main reason I came here was because I always wanted to learn an asian language, and Korean seems to me easier than other asian languages. I already can speak French, German, English, Arabic and a little bit of Korean. So coming to Korea constitute a really good opportunity to practice my Korean. Therefore, this internship at Acopia Café turns out to be an excellent internship program for me to spend summer vacation. Indeed, I had the opportunity to places I’ve always dreamed to go, and learn more about Korean culture as well.
At first, I was looking for a paid internship in Korea, but the fact that I am not fluent in Korean, I couldn’t apply or receive positive answer from companies. Then, searching a little bit more, I wondered if an internship in an NGO could be a good experience.
When I found the internship opportunity of ACOPIA on a Job offers website, I decided to make a voluntary internship in order to gain more experience and skills in the field of NGO´s. Since I study Foreign Languages, I find it very interesting to have an insight in different cultures and to analyze differences between Asian and European lifestyles, working conditions and cultures.
first month of internship
ACOPIA Café, Seoul
During my first month of internship, my own project was to translate the ACOPIA website from English to French and add content. I was also mainly assigned to promote the Café and the internship that we propose, by posting on Job offers websites and sending mail to French Universities. I created lot of posters that we have distributed in front of Universities and Subway Stations, to attract young people and students to come to our Café or even to apply for the Internship program. I really like the fact that, as stated on the website, interns have to be able to work under minimal supervision, which means they have a lot of responsibilities and are allowed to make decisions for the company in terms of promotion. By promoting our Café, we have succeeded in attracting lot of customers to our events. You can find the two videos that I filmed and edited for our Youtube Channel:
Another activity was to welcome and speak with Korean customers in order to make them practice English. All interns were welcomed to join the conversation. This experience was interesting for me as well since we got the possibility to interact with locals and get to know more about the Korean lifestyle and the culture.
Furthermore, I got Korean classes myself. Once a week I attended the language class in ACOPIA School with a Korean teacher. But unfortunately, my Korean teacher had some family issues, so I only had few lessons. But each of them were really interesting and I always learned something new.
Moreover, I had the chance to witness the August K- POP Camp during my internship. It was one of my best experience in ACOPIA, because I had the opportunity to visit the famous « 1 Million Dance Studio » in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.