Meet Ismaïl, VIE’s 2017 Intern from France!
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF…
I am a 22-year-old business student. I was born in Morocco and grew up in a suburb south of Paris.
During the last year of my bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to study and live in London for 6 months. It was truly a life-changing experience. I particularly enjoyed sharing an apartment with 7 roommates from all over the world. This experience made me realize how important it is to discover other cultures and languages.
So here I am, starting my 6-month internship at Vistas In Education, living in the United States for the first time and more importantly, taking part in this amazing project aiming at bringing different cultures closer together.
LET’S TALK TRAVEL!
You have spent a big part of your life traveling, what keeps drawing you towards travel?
I enjoy experiencing different ways of life. Traveling enriches my own lifestyle because it allows me to develop new habits, to see the world from a new perspective and to challenge my own way of thinking.
Which region in France is your favorite and why?
I would definitely say Paris and especially the Parisian suburbs where I grew up. The suburbs have
a very multicultural identity and street art is everywhere. Vitry sur Seine, my home town, is called ‘la capitale du street art’. The municipality offers spots to young artists to express their talent in the streets and to contribute to the beauty of the city they live in. One of them is the internationally renowned stencil artist C215.
C215 – Vitry – Avenue Guy Moquet – Octobre 2010
What is one of your fondest travel memories?
It was 2 years ago, when I went to a small city in Germany called Karlsruhe. It is not a famous city, people were very simple yet particularly welcoming and therefore made my trip unforgettable.
What area do you consider the world’s “best hidden gem”?
The Atlas Mountains in Morocco for the incredible landscapes.
FUN FACTS COUNTDOWN
5 words to describe you?
Curious, foodie, calm, accommodating, ambitious
Cinema, photography, traveling, writing
YouTube videos, lasagna, chinese collar shirts
2 favorite places?
Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris for the architecture and La Croix Valmer in the south of France for its beautiful beaches.
I am shy… but shhh, it is a secret.
Ismaïl with his Host Family upon arriving in Minnesota. He had the double good luck of arriving on a Friday the 13th and the coldest day of the year — bienvenue !