CTR Staff Interviews

Update April 2017- CityTravelReview Winners

CTR Winners

Latest updates March 2017- 3 recent awards!!!

United Kingdom – 7th March 2017 – The awards team at Corporate LiveWire are pleased to announce the globally awaited Innovation and Excellence awards winners of 2017.

The Innovation and Excellence awards is by far the most celebrated category in the Corporate LiveWire awards recognising winners for their innovative ideas, global involvement, products, services and much more. 2016 was a huge year for Innovation with $680 billion spent on R&D with automotive industry leading for the most spend.  The Innovation and Excellence Awards are sponsored by The International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), a global non-profit member network that serves a diverse group of 2,200+ entrepreneurship centers.  InBIA helps guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneurial programs in every industry and demographic around the globe.

All winners in the awards have played an important part in major developments around the world, and Corporate LiveWire are delighted to have worked with some of the most innovative firms and individuals.

Elizabeth Moore, Awards Director of the 2017 Innovation & Excellence Awards commented on the stature of the winners: “I have seen a massive change in innovation going into 2017, billions have been spent in R&D and to work with the most influence people in the industry has been an experience to remember. Our winners have proven to overcome many economic changes and challenges including developments in legislation and politics. I would like to personally congratulate all of our winners and I look forward to seeing further success throughout 2017”.

The judging panel at Corporate LiveWire considered the strengths of each shortlisted candidate, setting its sights firmly on the most innovative, ground-breaking and client-focused firms, teams and individuals who have transformed the way in which they do business. Each winner was chosen on merit and has shown excellence, innovation and strong leadership throughout their various activities over the past calendar year.

This year’s winners include Bilal Al Attar for Best Media Production Company, Divina Law, PWC, Core Medical Imaging, Bridge Meadows, and Citra Health Solutions to name a few.

The full winners guide can be found at: http://www.corporatelivewire.com/innovation-and-excellence-awards.html 

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CityTravelReview was crowned for the second year running the title of Best for Educational Working Projects 2017 by the AI Business Excellence Awards. The award is due to be published in the first quarter of 2017.

CityTravelReview was first nominated and won under the same category in the AI Business Excellence Awards in 2016.

http://www.acquisition-intl.com/2016-the-2016-business-excellence-awards-press-release

CityTravelReview was named one of the Top Rated International Internships of 2016 via GoAbroad.

http://www.goabroad.com/articles/announcing-goabroad-s-top-rated-organizations-programs-of-2016

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**NEWSFLASH**

CityTravelReview has again been nominated for a 2nd year running in the AI Business Excellence Awards this time for 2017.

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AI Business Awards Excellence Winner 2016! 
(Motion Placements Ltd CTR Projects)

The judges have made their final decision and we are pleased
 to announce.....  

Motion Placements Ltd (CityTravelReview Projects) 
is a winner in the 2016 Business Excellence Awards!

We have been named: Best for Educational Working Projects 2016 

We are featured on Page 37 (Motion Placements Ltd CityTravelReview Projects)
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 CityTravelReview was recently shortlisted in the Innovation & Excellence Awards 2017 and we are pleased to already announce that we have won under the category of ‚Excellence in Work Experience Services‘.  We are to be featured in the CorporateLive Wire magazine in February 2017.
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We can confirm your success (Motion Placements Ltd CityTravelReview Projects) in winning: Excellence in Work Experience Services.

Over the past calendar year we have invited over 100,000 professionals working across the various corporate industries, the general public and our subscriber base to nominate associations, companies & individuals based on their achievements and strengths. Additionally Corporate Livewire’s extensive research team has put forward a selection of individuals who have excelled within their sector.

This year saw an unprecedented number of nominations, providing strong competition in every category and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting those firms & professionals most worthy of an award.

All winners of the 2017 Corporate LiveWire Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our experienced in-house professionals. This ensures that only the most deserving teams, practices and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Award winners will gain a place in our soon-to-be published awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 500,000 businesses and professionals, as well as in Aspire Airport Lounges around the world.  

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CTR STAFF NTERVIEWS BELOW
#citytravelreview Isabel
#citytravelreview Isabel
Isabel – CTR Project Member and CTR Member of staff (Project Activities)
Locations- CTR Lyon (Project Member)  and CTR Barcelona (Staff Member)
Nationality – Spanish
Isabel was a CTR Project member in CTR Lyon and then became a Member of Staff in CTR Barcelona.
Question? – What is your name? The position you have or had in CTR?
Answer-  My name is Isabel and I was in charge of the cultural activities at the CTR project in Barcelona.
Question ?- How do you think CTR Benefits the Project Members?
Answer- I think that the main benefit of the CTR projects is that you get a better insight of a foreign country by getting a local perspective more than a tourist one. You also get engaged into different activities that allow you to develop your skills (writing, languages) and understand better a culture rather than just scratching the surface, as one usually does when travelling abroad for a short period of time. Other benefits are the connections/friends you make during your stay, being in a foreign country with other people that are also foreigners usually results in a bonding experience for all of you.
Question? – What is your view of the CTR Projects?
Answer- I had the chance to experience the CTR projects both as a student/participant and as a teacher/coordinator and both were really positives. As a student your only worries are having fun exploring the new city you are in with your new friends, and finding out what are your interests towards the guide. As a coordinator you have to find the best way of make the activities interesting and entertaining as possible.
Question? – What is/or was the best part of the position at CTR?
Answer- Just being able to show my culture and country to other people that want to have a good time was the best part of it.
Question? – What do you do currently?
Answer- Currently I’m studying a masters programme in Sweden, studying Japanese language and engaged with different voluntary associations here in Malmö.
#citytravelreview Sofia
#citytravelreview Sofia
Sofia –  CTR Member of staff (Language Trainer)
Locations- CTR Berlin
Nationality – Greek/German
Question? – What is your name? The position you have or had in CTR?
Answer-  My name is Sofia Kleftaki and I worked for CTR as a german teacher in Berlin.
Question? – How do you think CTR Benefits the Project Members?
Answer- I liked the „blended learning“ character of this programme. The participants got the chance to learn on several levels. Theoretical and practical knowledge on journalism but also communicational basis knowledge in German and creative events and visits also.
Question? – What is your view of the CTR Projects?
Answer- In my opinion the CTR Projects have much potential because they provide young journalists with valuable knowledge and give them the chance for an unforgettable experience in a european city at the same time.
Question? – What is/or was the best part of the position at CTR?
Answer- I had the freedom to organize my lessons myself and to show initiative which I appreciated a lot. The goal was to communicate in German and not to do grammar exercises. This is what a language is about.
Question?- What do you do currently?
Answer- I work as a german teacher in private education.
#citytravelreview Selene
#citytravelreview Selene
Selene – CTR Project Member (CTR Madrid) and CTR Member of staff (Project Manager Lyon)
Locations- CTR Madrid  (as Project Member) and CTR Lyon (as Project Manager)
Nationality – Italian
Question? – What is your name? The position you have or had in CTR?
Answer-  Selene Verri. Lyon Project Manager
Question?- How do you think CTR Benefits the Project Members?
Answer- CTR gives the Project Members the opportunity to learn while teaching, to get in touch with young, stimulating people who have great potential, and also to test their own skills: it’s not an easy job, but this is what makes it interesting, always finding new challenges.
Question? – What is your view of the CTR Projects?
Answer- My view is certainly different from someone in Berlin or Edinburgh. What was quite relevant in Lyon was the language part: students chose France because they wanted to practice the language, learn more about it and make friends among the locals. I think in some cities like Lyon this should be taken into account, and maybe try to work more in the language of the country the students are traveling, selecting only people with advanced knowledge of that language.
In general, students, who are mostly used to writing either academic articles or blog posts, learn how to write in a more professional way, which is quite useful in our information society, even if they don’t want to become journalists or writers.
Another important part is the layout part: nowadays, learning how to do a layout for a PDF file is paramount.
Question? – What is/or was the best part of the position at CTR?
Answer- The interaction with the students. Sometimes it may be difficult, but most of them are amazing, and being with them and teaching them is very rewarding and gratifying.
Question?- What do you do currently?
Answer- I’m a freelance journalist. Right now I’m working on a series of documentaries on Kurds in Syria.
#citytravelreview Teresa
#citytravelreview Teresa
Teresa –  CTR Member of staff (Language Trainer Madrid)
Locations- CTR Madrid
Nationality – Spanish
Question? – What is your name? The position you have or had in CTR?
Answer-  My name is Teresa Collazo Lugo and I am a language trainer in Madrid.
Question? – How do you think CTR Benefits the Project Members?
Answer- Because it gives the students the possibility of studying abroad and learning many new things, not only in a professional way, but also about the country. So it means that you can have fun, try the food, and enjoy the culture while studying!
Question? – What is your view of the CTR Projects?
Answer? – Who doesn’t love to get lost in a city and discover the true and authentic spirit of the place? So, sharing all this information it not only benefits the students but everyone else.
Question? – What is/or was the best part of the position at CTR?
Answer- For me, the best is to share my time with an international and motivated group of students. I am always happy to see how my students are mostly clever and sensitive people with a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Question – What do you do currently?
Answer- I’m teaching Spanish in Prague at Instituto Cervantes.
#citytravelreview Maria
#citytravelreview Maria
Maria –  CTR Member of staff (Language Trainer Barcelona)
Locations- CTR Barcelona
Nationality – Spanish
Question? – What is your name? The position you have or had in CTR?
Answer-  My name is María J. Nadal. I was the Spanish instructor for CTR-Barcelona in summer 2015.
Question? – How do you think CTR Benefits the Project Members?
Answer-The project adapted perfectly to my needs at that time. The whole team was willing to accommodate to working preferences when possible. I felt CTR supported and valued my work.  Being part of CTR also allowed me to discover a new Barcelona.
Question? – What is your view of the CTR Projects?
Answer  – I think it is great opportunity for students to improve their travel writing skills. At the same time they get to know the city and make friends for life.
Question? – What is/or was the best part of the position at CTR?
Answer-  I have no doubt. The best of this experience was to meet the BCN team, Celia and Patri. They made me feel very welcome. It was fun to work with them and also being part of the crazy ideas. I also wont forget the amazing atmosphere in the class. The students were very motivated and eager to learn and to laugh.
Question? – What do you do currently?
Answer- I am working in Prague as a Spanish teacher in Instituto Cervantes and working on my PhD.
 

Links to More  interviews from GO Overseas below:
Our Spanish CTR Barcelona staff provided this short clip for the project members‘ of all the private jokes they shared during their period in sunny Spain.
CTR Staff Interviews

CityTravelReview Projects

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http://citytravelreview.co.uk/ organises learning by doing projects for young people.  Most Project members are graduates, post graduates, gap students or those taking a career break or sabbatical period.  All members of the team come from different backgrounds all with different experiences and skills. Each year we have more than 200 project members that work within our teams either in Berlin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Barcelona or in Lyon. Many of our Project Members wish to add something special to their CV/Resume or portfolio and have the opportunity to learn a language, culture and to use their working skills in a fun working team environment.  Some of our project members who take the initiative do gain other longer term positions through our contacts, project related visits and through our creative network.  Some of our past project members also become freelance staff working in one of our CTR locations as they have most definitely proved to be valuable members of the team and have seen a CTR project through a Project Member’s own eyes.

Past Project Members – http://citytravelreview.co.uk/views/course-project-members-views

Below are some organisations which we have worked with in the past also visiting some on project related visits –

http://citytravelreview.co.uk/views/course-organisations-views

Past Project Member facebook gallery –

https://www.facebook.com/citytravelreview/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

Infographic ctr explained –

http://citytravelreview.co.uk/travel-course-infographic

Search –  #citytravelreview (Instagram) http://iconosquare.com/tag/citytravelreview

The CTR projects have been a little made known to the public with thanks to various colleges, universities and other educational institutions including a number of  workplaces over the past years.  Many of our Project Members have come across the projects via good word of mouth from past project members and evidence of successful teams that still keep in touch to this day. A good number of our past project members have gone on to do exceptional positive things after completing our projects with a fresh new perspective of their abilities and their chosen career path.  Over the past years the projects have also been featured in the press, exhibitions and of course being spread by various key organisations, groups and relevant websites online.  A link to some of the places where CTR has been featured can be seen on the link below and also some further places are mentioned on the bottom of our homepage and this blog:

http://citytravelreview.co.uk/about-us/travel-journalism-partnerships.php

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#citytravelreview Steph
#citytravelreview Steph

‚Spending two months in Berlin was amazing. I met some great people, improved my writing skills and fell in love with the city. I plan on moving back next year after I finish university.‘

Steph B, UK

#citytravelreview Gemma C
#citytravelreview Gemma C

Over the years‘ the CTR projects have had a number of superb Project Members‘ that go on to great things.  Gemma Clarke (pictured) was a CTR Project Member in Berlin who from the project was inspired to go and create the rapidly increasing popular website ‚Global Hobo‘ which is a growing globe-trotting community.

The programme was fantastic – very worthwhile and enjoyable. It certainly inspires a fire to return to Berlin!

Chris Williams-Wynn…………….(more feedback on our CTR Site)

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We recently featured at the University of York ‚Global Opportunities Fair‘ – A past Project Member Alice Maloney was there to let others know of her experience. 662 Students attended!

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More of some Past Project Members‘ views – http://citytravelreview.co.uk/views/course-project-members-views

Above are some interviews with past and present staff…….enjoy!

***Update*** Here are a few of our recent guides  produced by our Project Members‘ now available:
http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/be-in-berlin/17235232   (be in Berlin)

http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/no-wall-left/17235311 (no wall left)

http://www.lulu.com/content/ebook/edinburgh-up-close/17380204  (edinburgh up close)

http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/my-berlin/17384988   (my Berlin)

http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/off-the-beaten-strasse/17377715  (off the beaten Strasse)

All the BEST AMY!  Amy was a member of staff for us from Hong Kong who worked as a Project Assistant with us this Winter to gain some valuable work experience.  She is now returning to Hong Kong to complete her studies.  Is sad to see her go and we hope she will return!  Thanks for the help!

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Thanks to all CTR Project Members‘ this year!  We wish you all the best for the future!

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Shakira G  (USA)- A past project Member from CTR Berlin 2016

‚I just wanted to say how wonderful this experience has been for me. I’ve truly appreciated the journey. I’ve gotten to know so much about the city and the culture. I’m in love!… Absolutely to the core. The architecture alone has me so fully enthralled that I feel as though I’ve explored every nook and cranny possible. I even rented a bike for a few days and have learned the lay of the land quite well.  Thank you tons for the opportunity!‘

 

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Past Project member experience in Berlin……….

http://www.strathclydetelegraph.com/2015/12/discover-berlin/

York University Global Opportunities – Stay tuned we will be back again to present Season 2017 the final application round.

https://www.york.ac.uk/media/studenthome/workandvolunteering/otherpdfs/globalopps/GlobalOppsforWeb.pdf

We recently also appeared at the ‚Birmingham University Virtual Recruitment fair‘

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CTR featured on the Daily Touch

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3 CTR Project Members (on  3 month Project CTR Berlin) – wrote this blog last Summer ( class of 2016)

https://becomingaberlinerblog.wordpress.com/

Our CityTravelReview Projects have been verified by GOABROAD. (goabroad.com) Some CTR Past Project Members‘ have left some positively warming feedback under our verified listing on the site.

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Feedback from Davi Araujo from Brasil – Project Member on CTR Berlin

You are the sum of your story: what you are, think, feel comes from many different sources. Being part of an international project makes you closer to the rest of the world and surely can give you a better depth of general world understanding. Particularly when it comes to people. You are gonna meet and hang out with great guys and girls, whom you will think fondly for the rest of your life; you will learn they are so different from you and you will enjoy this; you will learn that many things work way different than you have at home – and still work just fine. And you will not be on your own. This kind of experience will make you see home is not at all a bad place and can always be improved.

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Feedback from Natasha V  (UK) – CTR Berlin Project Member

‚I really enjoyed that trip to Berlin and as a result of that first visit – I fell in love with Berlin and returned many times and am now living there.‘

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Information on Past Projects and posts as future Staff Member’s

Each year we get a number of past project members sending us positive feedback- below is an excerpt of some feedback we receive.  At the beginning of each application round some of our project members give us permission to let us pass on their contact details to anyone wishing to be involved in the projects to share their experience.  Please note once a past project member has been contacted more than 6 times we have to take them off our list. They all love to report their experiences however do not have the time or the resources to respond thoroughly on an ongoing basis throughout the year.   They also offer this service voluntary in order to help future applicants decide if this is the project for them. The list usually is valid for around 4-6 weeks depending on how many people are on the list and how many people get in contact early. Please enquire with a Project Co-ordinator.  Usually our list is released in Sept/Oct each year.

‚I really enjoyed our project in Berlin!‘ (Past Project Member)

‚I really enjoyed the project and would very much like to be a part of helping your company grow and expand, especially with my previous experience in both the project and outside.‘ (Past Project Member)

‚I took part in the CTR Berlin July 2016 project and would like to apply for a position with you for your projects this year. I really enjoyed my time in Berlin and gained a lot of valuable skills, so would like to apply these in a way that will both help new project members and continue to explore my own interest in journalism. Having taken part in the project last year, I understand both what is expected of the project members and how the projects are organised as a whole.‘   (Past Project Member)

‚As a  former participant of the Berlin Project during September of 2015. I am writing to you because my time in Berlin with the CTR Team and my fellow participants, has been without any doubts one of the best travel experiences I have ever lived.‘  (Past Project Member)

‚Taking part in the Barcelona CTR project in summer 2015 was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I’d love to be part of creating similar fun, inspiring and enriching programmes for future participants.‘  (Past Project Member)

‚I took part in the 2015 CTR project in Berlin and thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and would love to take part in another project!‘  (Past Project Member)

‚I really enjoyed working in last year’s Barcelona programme, and would be very interested in being involved as a staff member in the Edinburgh project for 2017.‘  (Past Project Member)

‚I had an absolutely amazing time during the project in Barcelona and loved every part of the process. I developed a great relationship with the staff and continue to keep in touch with them. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to return to Barcelona and to help the project members to have a fantastic experience like mine. However, all of the locations offered by CTR are amazing cities and I would relish the opportunity to spend time in a different city and to meet new staff and project members.‘  (Past Project Member)

‚I took part in the project during summer 2015 and really loved the entire experience. Since then I have had some experience in marketing and content writing roles. ‚(Past Project Member) 

‚I still talk to the people I worked with and lived with at CTR, and we even check in on our Editors from our Workshops.  I had one amazing summer in Berlin, one I’ll never forget and will always think of fondly.‘  (Past Project Member)

‚I think I would be a great asset to the CTR Team because I have many connections at universities in the US. With that being said I feel like there was a very untapped market to bring people into the CTR family and I could help make it possible for more American students to be able to participate in CTR’s wonderful adventure.‘  (Past Project Member)

I loved my experience on the Berlin project back in August 2013, so the chance to be involved with CTR again would be fantastic.‘  (Past Project Member)

“The three weeks I spent on the CTR Madrid project were the best three weeks of my summer; I got to meet and work with new and like minded people as well as experience a city more profoundly than if I had just holidayed there. The activities and workshops put on by CTR allowed me to discover local life in Madrid and I now feel like I have a link with the city.”  (Jean Sellar Past Project Member)

I really liked the project, it was a great experience! I think it was a great way to discover the city and learn something new. All staff members were friendly and helpful and I liked the structure of the workshop meetings. The culture meetings and excursions were well organized. I was also very impressed how central, clean and well-equipped the apartments were. I only wish the group would have been a bit more mixed, people from different countries etc, but this is not really your fault… so all in all a great time and hopefully there are many more of these projects to come! (Past Project Member Lisa Musial)

I’d like to thank you for the reference and express my interest in working for CTR on future projects. I really enjoyed the time in Edinburgh and I might move there to do my masters in publishing. So if you’re looking for staff members to support the workshops or anything, I’d like to gain more work experience and join the team! (Past Project Member katharina heisig)

 

We are always interested in Past Project Members who enjoyed themselves on their particular project and are interested in working as staff members.  If this is you please do send us your CV and let us know which project and year you were on?  We cannot promise all past project members a position however we definitely do appreciate knowing which project members are interested and if they demonstrated the skills  and have the enthusiasm in order to join our team as a staff member!  Vacancies tend to arise in January and February each year.  For those not selected we still do keep their details on file for up to 3 years.

CTR SPRING 2017 – From back page of one of the CTR 2017 Edinburgh guides.

Fun, new friends, history, whisky, castles, pubs, tours, live music, fantastic views – oh my! Where completely strangers become friends with a glass of whiskey in hand – this is CTR in Edinburgh. Not even the Scottish weather pranks could hide the unique charm of Edinburgh – rustic bookshops, mystic closes and lovely shops make the city’s beauty! Exploring the beautiful city in great company – Edinburgh, you’ve stolen my heart! This once in a lifetime experience helped me fall in love with the beautiful city of Edinburgh while making new friends along the way. There is a distinctive feeling you have while walking through Edinburgh: It’s the mixture of living, breathing history and the culturally open mindset of the people today that is different from any other city in Europe. It’s not hard to fall in love with Edinburgh. The unique atmosphere in the pubs, the vitality everywhere, the beautiful landscapes and all the great people you are surrounded by made me feel like home! What a positive experience: getting to know a beautiful city together with amazing people! I came, saw, and fell in love with this city and its warm citizen. Can ́t wait to see you again, Edinburgh! To fall in love with a foreign city in a few days and discover it with a group of other girls, who became real friends, was an exciting experience, which I don’t regret.

 

‚CTR Project Members‘ Edinburgh Spring 2017′

CityTravelReview Projects