We’re back with the first installment of our “Where are we AT?” series. Our first featured member is Tabbi, who just returned from a month interning in Mauritius. Here’s what Tabbi has to say about her travels!
1. What city/country(s) are you traveling to this summer?
Mauritius, an island off the coast of Madagascar.
2. How long were you there?
I was there about 4 and half weeks!
3. What are you doing there?
I had an internship with AIESEC. I was part of a nonprofit advertising campaign, to inform and motivate the youth of Mauritius to stay in school
4. Why did you decide to go?
The internship was perfect for my major. I was interested in how nonprofit campaigns are, along with the beautiful beaches and mountains in Mauritius. It was somewhere complete different.
5. What has been your favorite moment of your time abroad?
The program I was in had interns from all over the world. Just hanging out and getting along with people from different countries was by far the best. Of course this wasn’t a moment, but the people by far were the best part of the experience.
My communication skills are crazy better. I learned how to communicate with people of different languages and how to be a leader to many. I went to Mauritius without anyone, so I had to quickly make friends with both interns and locals.
7. Has your time in AT made you more confident in trying new things?
Seeing people in AT traveling all the time, rubbed off on me. AT’s diversity of people has made me want to try new things in both Austin and Mauritius. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have even attempted to talk to anyone or had the maturity to travel by myself. AT has given me the confidence to be outgoing and more comfortable with just being myself. I want to meet new people now and see different stuff in Austin. I finally have the energy and excitement to get off my couch and do something different.
8. What are you most looking forward to when you return?
Actual meat haha. But being on an island was difficult. There was some people that never left and didn’t’ like change. After you saw the entire island there wasn’t much else to do. That’s what so great about the US and Texas itself. You can always travel by car to somewhere new. Also, I really missed my friends. Seeing all ya’ll’s Snapchats made me sad. And Cheers (my dog), missed her more than anything lol.