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Bc. Veronika Mácová, Brno University of Technology, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of Civil Engineering BUT
Field of study Architecture and Urban Development
Field of internship Architecture
Specialization of InternshipArchitecture
Internship period (from - to) 2.9.2019 - 20.12.2019
Internship duration (weeks) 16
Transport (means, price) car - 150 EUR one way
Insurance/Insurance company AXA
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Belgium, Brussels
Internship reference number BE-2019-046VUB

About the country

Location of the place

The internship took place in the capital of Belgium - Brussels, near the city center. The architecture office is called De Baes & associates.

City

Brussels is a very lively city. The siege of European parliament. Some parts of the city are a bit dirty. But the city centre is nice.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Brussels has a perfect position for doing trips. You can either use trains which are fast and comfortable or even plane for further distances. There is an airport Brussels Charleroi with cheap flights anywhere.
With train you can visit Amsterdam, Paris, Luxemburg in the surrounding countries or Ghent, Brugges, Ostende, Antwerpen, Ypres in Belgium.

Employer

Employer

The office is run by Joris De Baes, a flemish architect. Currently, he has no employees but five interns.

Work description

I did a wide range of things. From competitions trough studies and interiors to permit plans.

The working hours are fixed from 9 to 19 with one-hour lunch break.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

800 EUR

The contract says 800 eur a month, the reality is 40 eur a working day. It means during Chrismas when the office was closed we got 200 eur less.

If you are lucky and find cheap accommodation and you don't mind sharing a flat with other people and enjoy cooking every day it may be enough. For travelling and discovering local beers you should save in advance.

Language requirements

The spoken language in the office is English. Most of the documents are in Dutch. So if you speak English it is enough but Dutch can be an advantage.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I found an accommodation on my own through immoweb.be and rented it directly from the owener. The price for the studio is 625 eur + charges (80 eur). You have to count also additional expenses for obligatory insurance (15 eur/month) and Internet (50 eur/month). I have to mention that I am not living in Brussels but 40 km (25 minutes by train) from the capital. That is why the accommodation is cheaper than in Brussels.

Social life

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

The communication from IAESTE was very poor. I had to arrange everything on my own. I wasn't participating in IAESTE events.

Meeting other foreign students

I was working with four other foreign students so we organised events and trips on our own.

Sport and culture

I used city bikes to discover the city and to go to work. From Septembre to Decembre there were Brussels Museum Nights so every Thursday there were some museums open for free or very good price (but not all of them are worth going).

Food, local specialties

Waffles, chocolate pralines and french fries are the symbols of Belguim. So you shouldn't leave without trying.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Price of calls and SMS are the same within the EU.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Travelling by train is very comfortable and surprisingly not ridiculously expensive. You can use Go Pass 10 and go anywhere in Belgium for 5,30 eur.

What not to forget with you

Waterproof clothing. Umbrella may not be sufficient as it is quite windy.

Benefits of the internship

Better opportunities for future job. Foreign experience. Different approach.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Belgian IAESTE provided no service.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Communication with Czech IAESTE was fast and efficient. I was provided with no service or help abroad (Belgian IAESTE failed) so I am upset that I paid the fee for nothing.

Student's website

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Employer's webiste

www.debaes.eu

Other useful links

https://www.belgiantrain.be/
https://www.immoweb.be
https://www.villo.be

Other comments

Was hesitating if I would recommend IAESTE internships to other students. But I am pretty sure that other IAESTE committees than Belgium work good. So it is worth it to experience something new.

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