I’m going to be writing in English. Mainly because I feel so much more comfortable speaking in English, and also because I have non-Swedish speaking friends and relatives that may be curious to see what the actual cheesesteak this Icelandic internship trip I’ve been yapping about is.
To quickly recap and summarize, SPACE is a foreign internship program funded by taxpayer money (thanks “evil Socialism”!), and from what I’ve understood it’s for the time being only available for us living in or around Borås county.
What we’re doing now since september 12th (and until November 1st) is this… pre-internship study course/exercise? Thingy? Basically it’s a two months-ish long preparation phase where we read up on and learn work ethics, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), doing some job hunting, learn about the Icelandic language and culture, and last but not least; building a functional team out of this little ragtag group of assorted weirdos we are.
Well, all that and much more that it’s too early in the morning for me to remember.
For me personally, one of the hardest things has been to involve myself with the group. Which has been going better than I first feared.
A lifelong experience with an overwhelming majority of bad social encounters has definitely put me in a permanent state of on-edge whenever I’m in a group of people, no matter if I know them or not. Yet this group is surprisingly easy and relatable, and while they’re still scary humans they’ve at least chuckled at a couple of my awful jokes and that’s good enough for me!
A close runner up is getting up in the early morning and haul my ass off to Fristad Folkhögskola, the local Fristad community college where we run our base of operations. I’m not a morning person. Like, absolutely nowhere even close. Like, being so tired that it causes actual physical pain to move.
But that’s also worked out better than expected so… yay? Personal progress being made?
When it comes to the internship itself, we’ve yet to receive our designated workplaces. We’re hoping to hear more about our internships soon. Personally, I’m hoping for a spot aboard a whale safari boat, but if it’s too low-season for whale safari for them to accept any newcomers; either a sewing workshop or for the lulz: at Iceland’s Phallological Museum (Google it. I dare you).
At the time of writing we’re roughly 23-24 days away until takeoff, so we still have time for more. And personally, I’m hyped. As an old norse mythology nerd, Iceland has been high on my list of countries to see. The “'Straya of Europe” is like a completely separate dimension, who, despite being apart of the technological first world, still has a close bond to their traditional and superstitious roots. Something that I really admire!
Anyhow, this post has been going on for far too long because I simply don’t know when to stop writing. Sorry for taking up space (... geddit?), but unfortunately I’ll have even more to talk about once we’ve arrived on Iceland and get started for real, sooo...