Our German intern, Paulina, tells us more about what brings her to Argentina and what her plans are for the future.
- Why did you decide to come to Argentina for your internship?
For school, I have to do an internship abroad. To improve my Spanish skills and also get to know a completely different culture, I decided to travel to a Latin American country. A few of my friends had already been to Argentina and all of them were very fascinated by the country and its people. After collecting some information about the country, I decided to spend my semester abroad in Argentina.
- What would you say is the biggest cultural difference between Germany and Argentina?
There are many differences, but one of the main obstacles was getting used to the Argentinian eating habits! In Germany, we usually eat dinner around 6 or 7 pm, in contrast to Argentina where they eat much later. The same applies to the nightlife.
Furthermore, the people are very different. The Argentinians are way more welcoming, open and sincere. We Germans are much more reserved and don’t open up to people immediately.
- What do you think about the work culture at Santex?
Since my first day, everybody was very kind and welcoming. Whenever I am having a problem or need support with anything, someone always takes the time to help me. At Santex there is a very relaxed working atmosphere. People are always in a good mood and it is fun to work there.
- Which parts of Argentina have you been to? Which ones would you like to visit?
So far, I haven’t seen that much of Argentina since I’ve spent a lot of time in Cordoba. I have already been to the Sierras and to Mendoza, both of which I liked very much.
I definitely want to go to Buenos Aires and of course to the waterfalls in Iguazu.
- What are your plans for after you finish your internship here?
After my internship I am travelling back to Germany in order to take some exams at my home university. Afterwards, I am starting my next semester abroad in Finland.