Week 5 in Tirana

Working in Tirana has definitively been an unique experience compared to my first internship in the United States. As the weeks have gone by, and my new friend Caitlyn has wrapped up her internship, I have had some time to reflect on what makes this place different than the rest, and the thing that sticks out to me is pace. When I had an internship in America there was a constant cloud of always finishing your work as quickly as possible and the feeling of being rushed was apparent. Although this may just be my individual experience, working in Albania has been so laid back and independent. Working as an intern has not brought me any stress, but instead has given me time to find what I like to do and has given me lots of time to explore the wonders of Albania. Since I am working at the ministry of tourism I have taken advantage of my weekends and have visited many cities around the capital in order to see how the people interact, learn the transportation system, and see what touristic opportunities are in demand. A long lasting character trait I will forever cherish is customer service no matter how small the job may be. Seeing people who work so hard for $1 tips with a smile has given me a boost of motivation and determination that I can not put into words. No matter where life takes me I will never take anything for granted–go blue!

2 thoughts on “Week 5 in Tirana

  • August 3, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    Hi John, my name is Peyton and I am an intern at the HUB. I will be taking over for Jennifer and following your blog this summer. Your internship in Albania sounds amazing as you have been able to explore the culture, while also experience a new work culture. I would be curious to know more about how the laid back and independent workplace has contributed to the work you have done. What projects have you been working on and/or what work has been most fulfilling for you? As you continue your internship, I hope that you can think of ways to bring the workplace style you are enjoying in Albania to your future internships or jobs in America. It is important to always feel good in the workplace. Lastly, it was great to read about the cultural experiences you are enjoying during your time in Albania!

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    • August 3, 2018 at 10:55 am
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      I love having the ability to go outside and grab a coffee without someone bombarding you with questions. I have mainly been focusing on research and asking tourists what they dislike and like about their experiences in Albania. Being that Albania is so new to having tourists, I felt like this would helpful to the agency as investment to the consumer in my opinion is important in the long run.

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