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Marek Timoracký, Charles University,ročník 2
About the country
Location of the place
Halle is a city of Saxony-Anhalt region.
The city has about 200 000 inhabitants. It's a nice city with some landmarks as saline museum, many churches and very nice historical centre and a 3-floor prehistorical museum.
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Nearest big city is Leipzig where you can go for sightseeing or shopping. Berlin is also not that far away. Dresden is also about 2 hours away.
I work for the faculty of pharmacy Halle-Wittenber University, specifically for the department of pharmaceutical technology. All personnel I encountered was helpful and very nice to me. We had an hour for lunch and every time we also had a coffee after the lunch. So we had a chat about our work and other stuff.
I was working under a PhD student who worked on a topic of a drug-lipid particle for slower solubility over the time. So my work mostly consisted of helping her with experiments such as sonication, sample preparation, microscopy, electrospinning and sample analysis.
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
650 euro is enough to cover normal monthly living with some activities.
English and some knowledge of German.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
260 euro, provided by IAESTE.
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)
We had a meeting with the IAESTE members almost every Tuesday, we tried many types of beer and had pleasant time with them. I also shared my apartment with one IAESTE member and she was very helpful with everything. Events were organised by other 2 trainees in Halle which was among other things their work. I was very happy with all the trips we had to Leipzig, Berlin and events in Halle such as bouldering, climbing, chocolate museum visit.
Meeting other foreign students
I met other trainees at the Tuesday meetings and also chatted on WhatsApp group where we arranged meet ups. I liked the notion that every one of us came from totally different country and we could than speak about our cultural differences.
Sport and culture
There's an opera in Halle in front of which is a park full of beautiful flowers. There are many theatres in the centre of the town. People in Halle go mostly out in the night and have wine or few drinks to chat with friends so there's always full everywhere.
Food, local specialties
German beer, Halloren Kugeln (chocolate), Currywurst.
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
At the last weekend of my internship I visited Rosarium in Sangerhausen. It's a very large garden with thousands of roses where I lost myself. The fee is 10 euros and it's worth to go there when roses are in bloom.
What not to forget with you
Definitely don't forget umbrella - a necessity, and some warm clothes even in summer.
Benefits of the internship
I met so many awesome people there, worked and learned new working technical machines and the theory behind them. I've seen so much of German culture and I would definitely get back sometime in the future.
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
I had no problems whatsoever so I don't have anything to say here.
Overall experience with IAESTE
IAESTE members are very helpful and caring people and will help you with everything.
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