The past week was the first week of my internship. Also, it is the first week in my life to work not be a student. It is a little bit hard for me to change my role and environment. But I was really enjoyed it. I was wondering how could people work so hard and they still hanged out on weekends. For me, the first week is definitely so tired. Woke up early, caught up train and stayed in front of the computer whole days. I did a lot of walk everyday between the train station and home. And I noticed many people did the same thing. So I was thinking the design of a city might impact on people’s lifestyle. For example, many walkable street and great public transportation system could motive more people to walk to surroundings instead of driving. That may be a reason why people here looks so slim.
Anyway, go back to my internship. Ecotourism Australia is a small company but they are so professional and organized. The team members cooperate so well with each other. They are the partners in work and friends in life. Probably the best working environment.
The first day I did a lot of readings and tried to be familiar with this company. I am so surprised about their certification programs, much more impressive than I expected, compared with the Green Lodging program in Florida. Probably, they have a longer experience. There are many types of certification program, ECO certification, Respect Our Culture (ROC), Climate Action Certification and EcoGuide certification and EcoLodges of Australia. ECO, ROC and Climate Action are on one application.
ECO certification is based on nature products (they call certificated objects as products). There are three levels of certification and customers can upgrade according to their needs. Once getting the certification, they will get the re-audit a certain of time. Respect Our Culture focuses on cultural products. Also, I am so impressive that they take indigenous culture into their certification program. Climate Action that specifically focuses on climate emission, but there are some intersections with ECO certification. While EcoGuide certification is designed for guides. The whole process of certification is also organized ,strict and detailed.
Thanks to my internship supervisor cause she helped me a lot to familiar with the work and their company. I was helping EA create new websites for their future online application. I am very confident about WordPress now, really powerful tool. For next couple weeks, probably, I will still work on it and might join in the Climate Action certification project.
I met Sara last weekend and because of her, I found a sense of belonging here. Also, Victor, his words inspire me a lot and make me stronger (probably he didn’t know how powerful his words are 🙂 ). Like he said, being alone is a great time to discover yourself and think about yourself. Of course, other classmates’ blogs are also a great way to encourage me.
BTW, I was lost again at the first day to work !!! Lost in Brisbane !!! 🙂