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Colombia intern interview

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  1. geoffw

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    A friend of mine went there to work in an embassy, she liked it and ended up marrying a local guy.
     
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    I'm over 60 and happily married. I was very well behaved.

    There were young ladies with unbelievable figures. Truly unbelievable- unnatural. Surgery was common and comparatively inexpensive, and there are young ladies apparently who view this as a way of getting out of the poverty cycle.

    Butt enhancements are a very common operation.
     
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    Guess There was hordes of Kim Kardashian lookalikes
     
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    Hordes... or a similar sounding word.
     
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    Geoff W.... You don't look like your cookie monster like avatar. I'm a bit sad to now find that out.
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    Nice article Geoff. A few questions if I may.
    As an internship, I imagine there is no or little pay - stipend?
    And you pay for the accommodation costs?
    I am looking not so much for change of career, but travel alternatives in semi-retirement where I can still use my skills and experiences to help others.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    The intern actually pays them for the experience.
     
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    interesting, let us know if it works, I am just curious and silly.:)
     
  11. geoffw

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    David is right. There's an upfront fee which includes accommodation.

    I had extensive dental work done there which defrayed the cost substantially.

    What you are looking for is perhaps something what my daughter is doing. She is travelling in Africa but taking pauses in her trip to volunteer. She is working in an orphanage in Uganda right now. There are websites which put volunteers in touch with programs. Some of these are expensive but there are some with not much cost. Or there are websites where you can do some work in exchange for accommodation.
     
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    It works alright if you like that kind of thing. I've got a mate who brought one back from Peru in 2002 (I went to Lima for the wedding) and now she is ruling the roost and getting all real housewives of Latin America on him which causes him no end of grief lol :)
     
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    I've only heard of Medellin through the Netflix show Narco (about Pablo Escobar. Great show :). Was there any time you felt unsafe?
     
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    @MTR haha not me have yet to go to south america. it was a few guys i know average ages 20s-early 30s single guys couple years ago who went across to colombia and brazil. According to them, they hooked up to couple of colombian girls when there. but yeah @geoffw couldn't pick a better place for an internship if you ask me. ;)
     
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    I never felt unsafe.

    Firstly the city has other a lot of work I to rehabilitating itself since Pablo Escobar was killed over 20 years ago. Places which were notoriously bad have been redeveloped. The infrastructure has been improved immensely. Several years ago Medellin was voted the most innovative city in the world.

    Secondly I was in the richer part of the city. A lot of effort has been made to keep that part of the city safe. A lot of poorer areas surrounding the city are not safe. Having said that- many are not as bad as they were. A lot of the innovation has been directed to helping people in those areas- by providing good efficient public transport, educational facilities and public spaces. Costs of utilities and public transport are related to the area- the rich areas subsidise the poorer.
     
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    Awesome story mate, I loved Medellin when I was there, could absolutely live there, public transport was awesome, it's cheap without feeling cheap, the women!, the people in general are just awesome, the weather as you mentioned was great, I just learned that at 3pm you make sure you're indoors but even if you weren't the rain is just refreshing anyway!

    Likewise I never felt unsafe but I didn't exactly go wandering in the ghettos looking for trouble either, if you stay in the nicer areas it's a legitimately first world place. Not mention it's about $30 to get a flight up to Santa Marta or Cartagena and you're on some of the best beaches in the world, though both those places are seriously hot!
     
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    Im here at the moment and WOW its great.
    I went Las Comunas like fabelas its OK. Couldn't do that 10 years ago.
    Like Geoff says its safe as.
    I've traveled most of this country and will end up hete one day permanent.

    Medellin again wins
    Innovative City of the Year 2015

    Edit: my 4th trip to Colombia
     
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    Do you have that link?

    I noticed before your edit that the pasted link didn't work- it's showing the format from the Android default browser. Try the same thing from Chrome.

    I found the visit to Comuna 13, one of the poor and previously dangerous areas, interesting especially for the work which is being done to raise the living standards.
     
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    I couldn't get the link to work off my phone.
     
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    As I said- Android default browser. It doesn't allow links to be pasted.

    If you don't have Chrome installed, download it and use it- especially for pasting links.