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Ing. Martin Hanzlik, Brno University of Technology, ročník 5

Faculty Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Field of study Energy engineering
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of InternshipCivil Engineering, Other
Internship period (from - to) 4.9.2017 - 2.3.2018
Internship duration (weeks) 26
Transport (means, price) Overnightrain (1200 CZK, Praha - Curych), Bus (around 800 CZK, same route)
Insurance/Insurance company Swisscare https://swisscare.com/student-health-insurance-switzerland/
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) nope
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Switzerland, Oftringen
Internship reference number CH-2017-000080

About the country

Location of the place

Oftringen, small city in the central part of Switzerland, canton Aargau.
https://goo.gl/maps/42RuDdKQcu92

City

It has about 10 000 citizens, so not so much is going on here. There is a cinema, swimming pool and a lot of shopping centres, but not so much more.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

The city is in the middle of the whole Switzerland, so you can easily travel all around Switzerland with the local trains. If you are under 25 you should definitely get "Halb-tax" for 185 CHF (all trains cost 50 % less) and "Gleis 7" for 129 CHF (you can travel for free between 19.00 and 5.00).
https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/half-fare-travelcard.html
https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/track-7.html


From the local municipality you can get also "Tageskarte" for 45 CHF. With this ticket you can travel all around the Switzerland for a whole day. Ships, trains and all of the public transportation in all cities are included.
e.g.: http://www.oftringen.ch/?srv=flexicard

4 "big" cities are reachable in 1 hour: Zürich, Luzern, Basel and Bern. You can also reach the borders of the whole Switzerland in under 3 hours. More less you can travel anywhere in Switzerland you want for a weekend. Also southern France, southern Germany, western Austria and northen Italy are quite easily doable.

Employer

Employer

ID Gebäudetechnik AG, Oftringen - ID Group

Work description

I have helped with several ventilation and heating project in the company. I did some drawings, prepared commissioning documentation and participated on on site activities (measurements of ventilation, reparation of malfunctioning devices and general problem solving.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

2500 CHF Brutto (2250 CHF netto).
I have spent 85 CHF for insurance, 300-400 CHF for food and 500 CHF for the accommodation. So every single month I have ended up with extra 800 CHF, which I have spent on travelling, beers and IAESTE weekends.

Language requirements

German, English and Czech/Slovak (my boss comes from Slovakia :-D ).

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

The company rented for us a big apartment (4,5 rooms) and I lived there only with my one colleague. It was more than big enough. I have paid 500 CHF a month.

Social life

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

I arrived with train to Olten and two ladies from the company picked me up.

IAESTE in Switzerland organizes tons of events, every single week trainees in Zurich, Lausanne and Bern meet up and there is also a lot of IAESTE Weekends through the whole year.

Meeting other foreign students

I met dozens on IAESTE Weekly meetings and Weekends, some other through friends.
https://www.iaeste.ch/foreign-trainees/events/categories/weekend-activity/

Sport and culture

Hiking, cycling, running and all the usual stuff you can do in cities. There is more than enough opportunities to find your favority activity.

Movies, theaters (mostly German only).

Food, local specialties

It is quite similar to Austrian and Czech cuisine, I was not blown away by anything.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Internet, calls...

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Buy the Halb-Tax and Gleis 7 discounts for public transportation right away. Then you can travel all around Switzerland quite cheap. There is not so much to do in Oftringen itself.

What not to forget with you

Passport and power plug adapter. Everything else you can easily buy here.

Benefits of the internship

I got the job at the company, so it helped me to fulfil my dream of working abroad right away after my studies. I am improving my German and technical skills every day.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Without a single problem and I have enjoyed all of the meetings and weekend activities.

Overall experience with IAESTE

I was a member in Czech Republic and Austria for more than 4 years and I also participate a bit here in Switzerland. IAESTE here organizes tones of events and it is always fun to participate. I am glad that I have met all of this great organization.

Student's website

www.linkedin.com/in/martin-hanzlik
E-Mail: hanzlik.martin.92@gmail.com

Employer's webiste

http://www.id-group.org/

Other useful links

https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying/pages/fahrplan/fahrplan.xhtml
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng
http://www.iaeste.ch/en/

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