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Bringing the Australian Experience to My Remote Internship

May 25, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by Michaela Clarke

Michaela brought a taste of Australia to her remote experience by preparing popular delicacies for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. She even got her family to join in! Take a look to see what was on the menu.

One of the downsides of doing a remote internship is that you don’t get the experience of living like a local. So, since my remote internship is in Australia, I thought I would bring that experience to me by eating some traditional Australian food for a day. I had a lot of fun making these dishes, and I hope to visit Australia one day so I can have the authentic experience. My family even joined in with me on the experience.

Breakfast: Vegemite Toast with Milo

Vegemite and Milo for BreakfastVegemite and milo for breakfast.

Vegemite is made from yeast extract with vegetables and spice and is typically eaten on toast. Many Australians love to eat the spread at breakfast. After I tried it, I can safely say it is not for me because it is too salty, and I am not a big fan of salty foods.

Milo is a cocoa powder that you prepare by mixing it with hot milk. I really love Milo; I grew up in Jamaica drinking it in the morning before school and at night before bed.

Lunch: Tuna and Chickpea Patty with Lemon Barley Lemonade

This is an Australian favorite, and I am a fan. It is really light, yet filling at the same time. The cucumber, mint, and yogurt sauce are very refreshing and are a welcome replacement to mayo.

Dinner: Roast Lamb with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Gold Potatoes

Roast Lamb DinnerA roast lamb dinner.

A roast lamb dinner is a typical meal that is prepared on Sundays. We do a similar spread in Jamaica, except instead of lamb, it’s baked chicken with rice, peas, and salad. This was my first time cooking lamb, and it turned out pretty good. My family was very impressed with how it tasted!

Dessert: Lamingtons

Lamingtons for DessertLamingtons for dessert.

A traditional Australian dessert is this sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut. Lamingtons are sold at school fairs and bake sales in Australia. I am still a novice at baking, but the cake turned out decent. I’m not a fan of coconut, so I made a few with coconut and some with chocolate.

A Remote Global Internship is a unique opportunity, and only a small percentage of college students partake in such an experience. When participating in a remote internship with CAPA, you also have the opportunity to join a series of My Global City events that CAPA offers to create a cultural experience from home. Participating in these events will give you a more rounded experience and you will be able to relate to your internship more. I encourage you to learn more about CAPA’s virtual My Global City events and in-country events to get an idea of what you can expect.

Thanks, Michaela!

Michaela Clarke

Michaela Clarke is an official Remote CAPA blogger for spring 2021, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. A Forensics Studies major from Florida Gulf Coast University, she is remotely studying abroad and interning in Dublin this semester.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Local Culture