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Interior Design and Architecture Work Experience Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

After the first week:

On my first day I waken onto site and shown a half-built house which I have [subsequently] contributed various drawings towards. I have drawn a number of sketches and perspectives of interior layouts, for example, kitchen and bedrooms - also designing an entertainment unit and braai [barbecue] area. The local Manager has been very helpful with regard to helping me settle and he is also arranging any 'out of work' activities that I wish to do (e.g. a climb up Table Mountain is hopefully being organised).

Half way through:

I am enjoining my job at the halfway stage of my work placement. Every time a member of staff has to visit a site, I am asked to accompany them so I can gain first-hand experience of the building construction process. I have seen various stages of a project and the difficulties which the architect encounters on site. I was also asked to sit in a meeting with a client and show my proposed ideas for a kitchen, and also my joinery sketches. This was the first time I have ever had the opportunity to sit in a meeting and talk to a client - and to receive feedback. Outside of work I have joined a gym/sports club which is directly opposite our office. On weekends I have been socialising with my workmates and I have plans to go surfing, too. Overall, I am really enjoying my stay in Cape Town.

At the end of his placement:

I am writing to thank you for organising and arranging my recent work-placement in South Africa. I had a great time working there and I met some really nice people who I will probably meet again sometime. I also had a fantastic time when I travelled out of Cape Town for a short while. I would like to thank the Cape Town Manager in particular who made my trip possible by helping me settle at the start and ensuring everything ran smoothly throughout. Thanks again for giving me such a great experience which has helped me with my career decisions and given me some vital knowledge.

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