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Tomáš Němeček, CTU Prague, ročník 3

Faculty Faculty of civil engineering
Field of study Preparation, Realization and Operation of Building
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of InternshipConstruction Engineering
Internship period (from - to) 3.7.2017 - 31.8.2017
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) bus + plane, 20 000 CZK
Insurance/Insurance company Blue Card Insurance
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) not needed up to 90 days / no
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Ecuador, Quito
Internship reference number EC-2017-011

About the country

Location of the place

Quito - the capital

City

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and with 2.6 million inhabitants is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil. It is a really big city which is located in the valley and surrounded by mountains. The altitude is around 2850 meters above sea level and it is the second highest capital city in the world after La Paz.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

All around the Quito there are mountains so you can hike every day, close to Quito is Equator statue, Quito has beautiful historical center so there are really many options. And mainly, Quito is really good starting point for travelling to other interesting places. I really liked water-filled caldera Quilotoa, volcano Cotopaxi, all trips to Amazon rainforest and island Isla de la Plata. I visited football match in Guayaquil between Barcelona SC and Guayaquil city and the atmosphere was really breathtaking. Ecuador is really beautiful country and I recommend you to travel as much as you can.

Employer

Employer

The name of the company is Naranjo Vela. It is quite small company which does building services systems.

Work description

I was working as a site manager on project in Cumbaya which is quite rich part of Quito. They built one big office building and one apartment building.There was the main site manager and I was helping him and we were responsible for the design, installation, operation and monitoring of the mechanical and public health systems.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

My salary was 380 USD per month. After paying housing I had around 220 USD so if you want to enjoy your summer, trust me, it is not enough. If you want to travel and see all those nice places in Ecuador, bring extra money. Ecuador is not that cheap as I supposed. Some kind of food is even more expensive than in Czech, especially supermarkets /there are few of them/ are quite expensive.

Language requirements

English - good or Spanish - good.
I couldn't speak Spanish at all and sometimes it was really difficult for me. You meet people who can speak English really rarely so you have to use google translator or your hands to understand each other and sometimes it was really funny.

Nobody could speak English at work except the site manager so I talk almost every time just to him.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I lived in really nice apartment with two Ecuadorian brothers. I worked with one of them so he brought me every day to work. That was really comfortable for me because the public transport is little bit crowded and disorganized. I had a single room and I payed 160 USD.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)

One of the brothers picked me up at the airport after arriving.

There are two girls from IAESTE - Johana and Estefy. They are really nice and friendly and helped us with everything. They also organised some trips or meetings for us which we enjoyed a lot.

Meeting other foreign students

Despite living on other place than everybody else (almost everybody stayed at hostel) I met them really often. We took a trip together every weekend so I stayed in touch with all other students. We had a really nice group of people from all over the world and spent a lot of funny time together. And of course, we went out sometimes and sampled Ecuadorian beer.

Sport and culture

There is really nice and big park called Carolina Park. It was about 15 minutes away by walking from my apartment. We played football there but you can do many other activities there. Just near my apartment was other big park and I have been running there many times, the only problem is the altitude, It took some time to get used to it so at the beginning I felt like old man who need two more lungs.
But altogether I have to say there are a lot of places where you can do sport.

There are also many museums, you can go to the cinema, visit historical center where is many old streets full of nice houses or Basílica del Voto Nacional. We saw big light festival in the center of Quito.

Food, local specialties

Meat and rice, that is common Ecuadorian lunch. Sometime you can get it also with avocado, lens or beans. I usually ate in restaurant close to my work and I spend around 3-5 USD for lunch. What I am really missing in Europe is all that kind of fruit. I tried many kinds of fruit I have never seen before. Most of them are so tasty and quite cheap as well. You can get 100% juice from any kind of fruit for little money. My favourite meal was any fish or seafood.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I had local SIM card (15 USD per month) and the internet connection was good almost everywhere. I communicated with my family and friends via Viber, Facebook etc...

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Don´t think why not to go, just go!
Be careful on the street, in the public transport, there are many pickpockets ( I was robbed on the street and many other students had the same experience during our internship )
In the night use taxi


What not to forget with you

Travel adapter
Money for travelling
Repellent

Benefits of the internship

I have new friends from all over the world
I saw places and thing I have never seen before
I lived with people from different culture, had a chance to know local people and see how they live
I made my own picture about life in Ecuador
I had a chance to work with people from the other side of the world

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

I haven´t got any problems during my internship. Johana and Estefy communicated with us without problems and everything was organised perfectly.

Overall experience with IAESTE

I have only positive experience with IAESTE Czech Republic and IAESTE Ecuador. No problems at all.

Student's website

If you have any questions you can text me on facebook.

Employer's webiste

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Other useful links

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