I am about to finish my first year in graduate school at the very intense Brandcenter at VCU. This past semester has been especially intense for the track I am studying, Creative Brand Management. As if accounting and having two presentations due a week weren’t enough, the huge “hunt for an internship” has been constantly looming over our heads.
I’d done my homework, made lists, sent out a ton of applications, and I have had a few interviews. But as the days went on and on, I realized that going back to New York and getting an internship at a fashion agency might NOT be that adventurous – seeing as I have already lived there for 3 years and worked in fashion.
Another interest? Travel, tourism, and hospitality. I COULD do that in the United States……But, how better to learn about travel, tourism, and hospitality than being an actual tourist, traveling, and immersing yourself in hospitality in another culture.
And then, someone introduced me to Workaway. So while I still sent out resumes every week, I was also sending the same amount of e-mails to jobs overseas. With one stipulation – I needed to be working on marketing, web design, and advertising.
A lot of people needed help on their farms. Not that many people need a new website in exchange for room and board. But where there is a will, there is a way. AND I HAVE FOUND IT.
In June, I will be working at a small Bed & Breakfast on Inis Mor – the “largest” of a small triad of islands off the west coast of Ireland. The mornings might be full of cleaning, helping tourists, and serving breakfast, but the rest of the day will be full of a website design, social media facelifts, and developing a step-by-step marketing guide. Sadly, they already had someone for the month of July – but not to fear.
I went back to find a new home and landed on a farm just north of Inverness, in Scotland. They are currently re-branding their salad dressings (and farm in general) and could use some logos, web design, and all the fun things surrounding the creation of a brand makeover. Once again, in exchange for help in that area, as well as traveling to trade shows, working with small village retailers, and reaching out to local chefs and restaurants – I will have a place to rest my head and a meal or two a day.
So, why am I asking for funding? Well, yes, I have the place to sleep. And most days I will have two meals a day. But, I’m STILL a student. And while a round trip flight to Europe might be only HALF of a month’s rent in New York, I don’t have it.
While selling my bicycle, my desktop computer and trying to sublet my current apartment will certainly help, life is life.
With your help, that $2,000 could get me to Ireland and Scotland and back. It will also help with bus fares to and from airports, the train to and from NYC, food on the days that I have off, and overall just one extra reason to smile. Any little bit counts. $1? That’s okay! Any donation is worth a virtual high-five. Want to see my journey along the way? Well, that’s why I have a blog.
Of course Ireland and Scotland are amazing and loaded with beauty and stunning sightseeing, but I am not going on a gallavanting Holiday. This is exactly what I want to experience and work towards this Summer – just like any internship. It just happens to be a very long plane ride away.
You can click below and be directed to my Go Fund Me page.
And thank you friends!