This page gives you an overview of this year's participants and their motivation to do an internship in Ireland. Enjoy!
My name is Eren Azar, I am 17 years old and I live in the West of Austria, in the province of Vorarlberg.
Currently, I am attending a commercial college BHAK in Bregenz. I am a soccer player for the club SCR Altach, though not as a professional :)
I am looking forward to my visit for several reasons. First, I think it is a great opportunity to improve my language skills. At the same time, I am eager to face new challenges. Furthermore, I would like to gain work experience in foreign country. Additionally, I hope to be able to take on personal responsibility and gain self-confidence. And lastly, I shall see the sea for the first time in my life. This is going to be a wonderful experience.
Ideally, my internship would also allow for some time to myself in the afternoons or evenings and the opportunity to go out with friends.
My name is Franziska Bildstein, and I am 17 years old. My parents, my older brother and I live in Dornbirn which is a city in Western Austria.
Currently, I am attending a higher commercial college in Bregenz, in the province of Vorarlberg, where we specialize in advertising. I am in my third year and I shall graduate in two years.
In my free time I like to watch ice hockey games, read books, take photographs, and spend time with my friends and family.
So far, I have never been to Ireland, which is why I would like to go there and gain a lot of experience. I am convinced this internship will be a great way to become more independent and to improve my English skills.
I am Katharina Feichtinger and I am 18 years old.
I live in Lustenau with my parents and my little brother.
I am currently attending my second to last year at the HAK Bregenz commercial college. My special field is called Digital Business. My favorite subjects are programming and maths. After graduation I would like to work in these fields.
I like to spend my free time with my friends and family. On the one hand, I love sports, such as sailing on the Lake of Constance, skiing and mountain biking. On the other hand, I also enjoy creative hobbies such as splaying the e-bass, drawing, handicrafts, and sewing.
I have meant to go to Ireland for a long time and I am very happy that my wish has finally come true. I hope I will have a great time, make new friends, and improve my English skills.
I am Lucy and I am 17 years old.
I live in Bregenz, Austria, and Iam in the fourth year of a business college there. I love to read books, drink coffee, and meet up with friends.
I hope I will be able to learn new things and get to know new people during my time in Ireland. Moreover, I wish for my work placement to be a friendly and helpful environment where I can feel comfortable. I love to talk English, especially with native speakers, and would like to improve my language skills.
Apart from that, I hope my host family welcomes me with open arms and shows me a few interesting places in Ireland. I would be delighted to see as much of Ireland as possible, get to know the culture and maybe make some new friends.
My name is Livia Gehrer, and I’m 18 years old.
Currently, I am attending the BHAK Bregenz, a business college in the province of Vorarlberg. After my graduation I would like to study Law, yet I would also like to travel and see the world. In my free time, I like hanging out with my friends, playing ice hockey, and doing equestrian sports.
I’m a cheerful and open person by nature. I am an optimist and I love to make new friends and experiences. One of my goals is to improve my English. I don't really have any big expectations about my job and my host family. I'm just looking forward to what's coming. I am quite adaptable and make the best out of any situation, no matter how bad.
Of course, I hope that right from the start my Irish work placement will go well, which for me means having nice colleagues at work and being assigned a warm-hearted host family that welcomes me with open arms. It also means that I can immerse myself into the English language as quickly as possible.
All in all, I hope to spend a wonderful time and collect great memories that will last forever. I’m really happy to have this chance to explore Ireland and the people there and I’m definitely looking forward to this great adventure.
My name is Larissa Gmeiner.
My mom and I live together in Hörbranz, a small village at the Lake of Constance. We have a cat called Balu and a dog called Cindy. I also have two elder siblings who have already moved out.
Currently, I am attending the HAK Bregenz business college in Bregenz with a specialization in the software SAP. I am graduating next year. My favorite subjects are History, English, and Psychology.
When I’m not at school I love to cook and try out new recipes. I also spend a lot of time walking my dog at the lake. I’m really into films and occasionally I love to read a good book.
When it comes to my host family, I look forward to meeting nice people who will give me a glimpse into the Irish way of life.
I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and I am looking forward to gaining new experience, work-related as well as cultural ones.
See you soon!
My name is Fiona Graninger and I am a 18 year old student at the HAK Bregenz economic college in Bregenz, Austria.
I live in a small town called Koblach. In my free time you can find me at the gym or hanging out with my friends. People would describe me as a cheerful and happy person.
The first reason why I have chosen Dublin, Ireland for my internship is that it has always been on my travel wish list. I have done a fair amount of research on the city of Dublin as well as on the Republic of Ireland, which has added to my excitement. I immediately got the feeling that I will feel really comfortable there and that it would be the ideal place for an internship.
I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to explore Ireland and to get to know the people there. I hope I will improve my English and gain a lot of experience and self-confidence.
My name is Vanessa Kammerlander, and I am an 18 year old student from the Austrian province of Vorarlberg.
I am currently attending the HAK Bregenz economic college, a vocational school which focuses on entrepreneurship and economics. I live with my mother in a flat in the city of Dornbirn and I have an elder brother and two younger siblings.
I have always wanted to improve my language skills because I think that languages are the key to understanding other people. Communicating is just such an enjoyable part of my life. For me, there is hardly anything more delightful than improving my speaking and reading abilities.
Regarding my work placement I hope that I will be able to work with other people and that I can improve my social skills. I consider myself a team player, and I am used to doing office work, though I am also open to other areas of work.
I am looking forward to meeting my host family. I love being around new people and I enjoy hearing about other peoples’ interesting lives. All in all, I am quite excited about going to Ireland. I love the countryside and the cities, and I have always wanted to work abroad.
My name is Bianca Kaufmann and I am 17 years old.
I live in Hittisau with my two sisters and my parents.
Currently I am attending the HAK business college in Bregenz, Austria. I am in class 4 and will be graduating next year.
In my free time I like hanging out with my friends and doing sports such as skiing or cycling.
I have always wanted to go to Ireland, so I see this internship as a great opportunity to finally explore this country in person. Furthermore, I am motivated to improve my English skills, to collect lots of memories and to make friends for life.
My name is Susanna Kaufmann and I am 17 years old.
I live in Hittisau, a small village in Vorarlberg, with my parents and my two sisters.
Currently, I am attending an upper-level secondary business college in Bregenz and I am in class 4 (of 5).
In my free time, I love doing sports, looking after children, and reading books.
I am really excited to go on an adventure during my summer holidays and to visit a foreign country. For me, it is a good opportunity to improve my English skills and to meet new people. I am looking forward to this internship and I am delighted to have the opportunity to experience a new culture.
My name is Livia Lechleitner, I’m 17 years old and I live with my mother and sister in Lustenau, a small city in the West of Austria.
I’m attending the HAK Bregenz, a commercial college for market communication & media design. In my free time I do a lot of painting, cooking, and baking. I also love to read books, do sports, and play with my dog.
After my graduation I would like to spend some time abroad before going to university, so I really hope that my English skills will be much better after my work placement in Ireland.
I’m really looking forward to exploring the country, meeting new people, learning new skills, and gaining lots of experiences. I’m really excited and I’m certain my time abroad will be fantastic!
My name is Madeleine Metzler, I am 17 years old, and I live in the West of Austria, Vorarlberg.
Currently, I am attending the HAK Bregenz, an upper-level secondary business college in Bregenz, Austria.
There are several reasons why I am excited about my work placement in Ireland. First of all, it will give me the opportunity to improve my language skills. Furthermore, I hope to grow on a personal level by facing the challenges of working abroad and living in a foreign country.
I am excited about staying with a host family. Besides, I have never travelled by plane before and so far I have never seen the sea. So, there will be a number of firsts during my stay in Ireland.
My name is Elena Milicevic and I am 18 years old.
I live in Lustenau, a small city near Bregenz, together with my parents, my elder sister, and my dog Amy.
Currently, I am attending the upper-level secondary business college HAK Bregenz with a special focus on sports. I have chosen this school because I do sports in my free-time and saw this as a great opportunity to connect my academic with my athletic life. I also like spending time with my close friends and taking my dog for long walks. After graduating, I would first like to travel extensively and then study medicine.
I am looking forward to staying in Dublin and working there. Since I am a very open person, I am happy to meet a lot of new people. Of course, I hope to improve my English skills and to get to experience the Irish culture. I feel fortunate to be given this opportunity. I really hope to have a great time.
My name is Raphael Posch, I am 17 years old and currently I am attending the HAK Bregenz, a business college in the West of Austria.
In my free time, I am a member of the fire brigade and the rescue service. For a number of years now I have had the goal of doing an internship abroad so as to get a better grasp of what living and working in foreign country is like. Additionally, I hope to improve my English.
Regarding my work placement I hope to have nice colleagues equipped with sufficient patience when I cannot think of the correct English words to express myself. And I hope to get a chance to work for a company to which I can contribute with my knowledge, competences and skills. I would like to be assigned a lovely host family who will also take me on weekend excursions so that I can get to know Ireland better.
I am looking forward to a wonderful Irish experience, to having a good time during which I will learn a lot not only how to get around in foreign country but also to improve my English and to return to Austria with more life experience.
My name is Hannah and I’m 18 years old.
My hometown Lauterach is a small city in Austria at the Lake of Constance. I live with my parents, my little sister, and my brother.
Currently, I am in my fourth year the HAK Bregenz business college. My hobbies are traveling, reading, and photography.
I hope to improve my English-speaking skills and to get to know new people. Being able to take part in this program is a great opportunity for me because I have always wanted to see the world and Ireland is a great place to start. I am really excited about going to Dublin. Above all, I am looking forward to visiting Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
I am looking forward to getting to know the Irish culture and, of course, my host family.
My name is Anika Schneider and I’m 17 years old.
I live with my parents and my two younger brothers in Ludesch, a village located in the province of Vorarlberg in the West of Austria.
Currently, I’m attending the HAK Bregenz business college with special focus on digital business. Therefore, I’m an expert when it comes to all kinds of computerized things. My favourite subject is Applied Programming. After graduation, I would like to work in the IT industry, preferably in software development.
In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing music. I also love to travel around the world.
I’ve never been to Ireland before. I have meant to visit Ireland for a few years now and I really appreciate that I get the chance to do so now. I’m motivated to improve my English skills, to gain further working experience and of course to meet new people.
My name is Eileen Sereinig and by the time you are reading this I will be 18 years old.
At the moment, I am in fourth grade of the HAK Bregenz economic college. People have described me as a sunshine, forever happy and in a good mood. Other strengths of mine are that I am an optimistic person, open-minded and I am always ready to learn new things. If my mum had to mention two of my bad features, it would be that I am impatient and lack spontaneity.
In my free time I love to go skiing or snowboarding, do gymnastics, meet my friends, and engage in creative activities such as baking, cooking, and drawing.
One of my main goals in Ireland will be to improve my English. When I was little my dream was to live in Ireland one day. I really love the Irish landscape. I am excited to meet new people and get to know the Irish culture. My motivation for my working there comes from my joy of learning new things and working at a variety of places and in different positions.
In my life, family plays a big role, so I hope I will get to stay with a welcoming and lovely family who will show me their favourite spots in Ireland.
I am Elias Vogel, I am 19 years old, currently attending the HAK Bregenz economic college, a vocational school that focuses on new media and economy.
I live with my parents and my older sister in Dornbirn. I am an outdoorsy person, and I love to spend my leisure time in nature. I enjoy speaking and listening, so it comes quite naturally that I love to improve my English skills. I consider myself a team player and I enjoy the company of other people. I like to do ordinary office work, but I am also open to other work activities.
I am looking forward to my work placement in Ireland, I am really excited to see the beautiful countryside and I am curious whether I will comprehend the Irish accent and local expressions. I can’t wait to get to know my host family. I am always excited to meet new people and I am looking forward to meeting them.