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Bc. Dalibor Trapl, UCT Prague,ročník 4
About the country
Location of the place
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia. Zagre is situated on the north of Croatia. It takes about 3 hours to get to seaside from Zagreb.
Zagreb is big city with population about one million. On the north of Zagreb you can find Sljeme mountains. There are nice parks in the city. Maksimir is the biggest one.
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Verry popular is going to seaside. You can visit a lot of cities there. Most famous are Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Makarska or Dubrovnik. The most famous place in Central Croatia is Plitvice lakes. Sometimes it's called Croatian paradise.
I worked at Biology Department (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science).
I used these methods for analyzing of human proteins: SDS-PAGE, western blotting, 2D electrophoresis, Electron microscopy (preparation of samples, microscopy work), preparation of plant protein extract (leaves, roots)
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
It was quite enough for accomodation and cheap food but not enough for traveling. Probablly you have to add your own money.
English was enough. I could also use adventage that Czech lenguage is quite simmilar to Croatian language.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
I paid 1000 kuna/month for Hostel Arena (provided by IAESTE Zagreb).
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)
IAESTE memmber pick-up me in bus station and during my first week we had paperwork day. IAESTE memers were used to hang out in bar in invite us (trainees). Also there were too events: Zagreb GetTogether and Split GetTogether.
Meeting other foreign students
All interns stayed together on hostel.
Sport and culture
Zagreb is very nice place for running (Jarun lake, Bundek lake, near to Sava river, Maksimir,...), swimmig pool Mladost is quite cheap (15 kuna in the morning, 20 kuna in the afternoon), hiking on Sljeme is nice, tenis courts near accomodation,...
Food, local specialties
There are a lot of bakeries and fast food in the city. Quite populat is Čevapi. It's traditonal food from Bosna and Herzegovina.
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
I had very bad internet connection in hostel (only weak wifi signal in the lobby of hostel)
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
If you are not going to stay in dorms, find accomodation by yourself. Travel! Croatia is very nice country.
What not to forget with you
You should bring great mood and if you have some extra money to spend.
Benefits of the internship
The best benefit is the meeting very nice people from whole world.
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
IAESTE memmber pick-up me in bus station and during my first week we had paperwork day. There were too international events organized by IAESTE Croatia: Zagreb GetTogether, Split GetTogether
Overall experience with IAESTE
It was my first internship.
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