Everyone has a story
Bachelor of Communications student Emily Burley reflects on her Work-Integrated Learning trip to Nepal to work as a journalist in Kathmandu.
My Nepalese internship has come to an end and I'm back in Australia, reflecting on the crazy experiences I've had over the past month. Working as a journalist in Kathmandu was unpredictable and at times difficult, but it was also a lot of fun and full of eye-opening experiences.
The internship was a great opportunity to see how journalists work in a developing country. I was able to put into practice the skills I've learned throughout my degree, while learning new skills from professionals in a very different setting to an Australian newsroom. I learned to go along with the chaotic mess that is Kathmandu life, adapt quickly to changing plans and breaking news, and I learned that everyone has a story waiting to be told.
My overseas experience wasn't all work; I was able to spend my time off travelling through the sprawling rice fields of the Nepalese countryside, looking for elephants and tigers during treks through Chitwan National Park, participating in some crazy adventure activities (bungee anyone?) and getting to know great new friends from all over the world.
The experience has taught me a lot about myself, has allowed me to come back even more focused on a career in journalism, and has encouraged me pursue international politics and human rights in further study at the University of Newcastle next year.
I recommend anyone who's considering study or work experience abroad to go ahead and apply. International experiences are a great way to learn and develop skills while you travel, experience a foreign culture and meet new people. There are opportunities all around the world on offer through the university's International Office, and programs like iLead and the OS-HELP loan to help you with your trip.
I'm already looking at exchange opportunities for my further study!
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