On Monday afternoon a friend texted me that she was sick with nearly no voice and that she promised the tourism first year of our university to held a guest speech about things you face while being on an internship in a foreign country. She asked me if I could help her out because I travel a lot and I already gave a great presentation 3 years ago about my life in Australia.
This wasn’t very difficult for me to answer but I am very busy these days with other presentations coming up and exams starting next week. Nevertheless I told her that she should rest and I would take over the presentation. That was a couple of hours before the actual presentation and I still had a course about Sustainability and Ethics before this.
I quickly had to get home and search my other computer for that presentation I gave 3 years ago and be on time for my lecture and then rush to the other presentation. Of course I had no time at all to prepare myself and I totally improvised.
I had to give 3 presentations to three groups. The University every year organizes an internship market where some students of the first year have to present to students of the first and second year possibilities of doing their internship or studying abroad in a foreign country.
Before they started I noticed two things, they were all dressed professional in dresses and suits and had a pretty good PowerPoint presentation. Me on the other hand, came in thongs, a shirt and a hat. While they opened the presentation and talked a little bit of things to keep in mind like visa, insurance etc, I figured out that my presentation was totally inadequate and spontaneously changed my plans a little bit.
My presentation consisted of pictures I took during the time I lived in Australia and I wanted to tell stories about the things I experienced there. I did this but included some facts and told stories about my personal experiences while living in different countries.
Like why a good insurance is so important. In Sydney some people spiked my drink and I got robbed before I got hit by a car. The insurance back then payed me everything and I even got a pay out later. Luckily I didn’t took the cheapest one.
I also talked about culture shock. That’s a very interesting topic and it’s interesting that researchers found out that you can calculate the time when you get depressed (see picture) I think most of us who have traveled a lot and lived in other countries for some while went through this. I still recall the time when I moved to Australia and the same happened when I moved to the Netherlands. At the beginning I was feeling very good because everything was so interesting and new but after a while you got scared of anything and you thought you couldn’t manage everything. I also remember that when I came back from Australia I was frustrated because nobody was interested in the stories I was telling or wanted to tell.
I also included some other things like natural hazards you gotta think of etc. At the end the group was very happy with my improvised presentation and the people and the audience later thanked me personally because it helped them clear their mind a little bit about their plans.
It was a good day!