The blog for sharing different experiences

No regrets !

As everyone, I was looking forward to fly to an exotic country and discover everything about it. But honestly, after my 3 months internship as a site engineer last summer, I understood that this 8 months internship was a huge opportunity to fill up my CV. In order to be able to compete with other finishing students when I will be looking for a job in 2 years, I tried to define my internship objective.

So, THE objective was to find an interesting position in a well-known company abroad and in a huge project. By working and facing some refusals, I found a position as Site Engineer in Bouygues International on the Qatar Petroleum Project (The group’s largest project at the moment: The amount of the contract is 1 billion euros. Quite huge isn’t it?)

Qatar Petroleum District Project


At this moment, I felt like the luckiest guy on earth. For me, everything became clear, it was up to me! I (just) had to give everything I had in my work.

On the 9th of June,  I left my home where I have lived my all life, my family which I never left more than 3 weeks, my friends, it was like giving up everything I had for the opportunity of my life. It was kind of stressful.

From the moment I landed in Doha, I went in surprise to surprise.

First, the heat which you can’t understand unless you experience it (Astonishing, you can’t imagine. Little heads up: 35°C at 4.30 am, 48°C at 12 am and 38°C at 8 pm. This is the heat I had to face the first day I arrived in doha). Oh, and in doha, there is also quite a lot of humidity. During July, we faced many times 80% of humidity…

It takes a few weeks to get used to, but it is still very impressive how hot Qatar is. But don’t worry, every indoor place in Doha is air-conditioned. It is so air- conditioned that you could need a sweater or a jacket and due to this radical exposure to change of temperature it’s easy to get sick.

I live in one of those towers, i'll let you guess which one !

West Bay – Doha

(I live in one of those towers, I’ll let you guess which one !)

Then, the impressive mix of nationalities & cultures you can find in Doha. On site, you have plenty of workers coming from Asia, at the office, people are coming from everywhere around the world. And in my daily life, it is the same. The only common point, it is that Qatar is ruled by the Islam. However, Qatar is really opened to the world by allowing any religion, way of life or culture. For example, expatriates have a particular status that permit them to buy food or product that is forbidden by Islam in a dedicated store.

Finally, my work, my mission and the project is one of my biggest surprises since my internship began.

The project consists of 9 towers (16 to 47 levels for the highest), a five-star hotel with 25 levels and 405 rooms and a conference center, a data center, an energy center. In total, it involves the construction of 696,000 m².  At peak times, there are 7,900 workers and 17 tower cranes. Try to imagine the coordination that it needs to run a site like this…

During my first 3 weeks, I followed and worked with one site engineer who was going to leave the company at the end of June.  I had to learn everything I could to be able to replace this engineer who had 3 years of experience just on this site…


After this, I was appointed responsible of 3 activities including the Auditorium (the conference center): The most difficult building of the site according to my manager. This is due to the amount of different details and activities in it, which I have to ensure are coordinated  (Steel structures, Concrete works, Glass walls & cubes, Stone Cladding, LED Lighting, etc…).

Now after 2 months working on this project, i know that I made the good choice by coming to Qatar.

I have an interesting mission, responsibilities and the most important is that I’m learning every single day. It is not always easy, the mix of tiredness, stress and expectations, pressure from the management makes you believe different sometimes.

Every day is different, it is a big challenge. But I like it! I don’t have any regret at all!

Nadir Halitim


Category: Qatar

European women in India: Adventure or experience?

We are four iteem students, this year, doing our internship in India. Four but not a girl.
When we arrive in this country, or at least in Chennai, one realizes that there is a different atmosphere from that of the France. A way of life, a way of acting, of mentalities that have nothing to …

Category: India
Tags: ,
Read More

Discover of Tanzania

After 2 months  in Tanzania, I could discover my new country with its culture and its history. I will share you through this article.
Tanzania is bordered by the Indian Ocean; it shares its borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi,  Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Its insular part, the Zanzibar archipelago, consists of three main islands: …

Category: Africa, Tanzania
Read More

All about Germany

Brandenburger Tor
When travelling around the world it is always very interesting to learn about the history and the culture in order to better understand the country as it is is today. This background image that you paint by reading about the old times gives you perspective to not only consider the fact but the …

Category: Germany
Read More

A region of hills and mountains

Well, even if I stayed in France, I was exiting living north region (I did not move from there for three years). I know that the region I was going to spend eight months was mountainous.
I started to hike for weeks ago and I become little by little addicted by all the panoramas that …

Category: Europe
Read More

Romanian lands, people and living

Romania is today a country of more than 20 million inhabitants over 237 500 Km2 of lands. With a multicultural background, this country managed to keep Slavic and Latin traditions, from the basic plates through the language. Situated in East Europe, its neighbors are varied: non integrated and integrated countries in EU. Over the …

Category: Romania
Read More

Find your internship, find you next 8 months of living!

Finding my internship for the second year has been a disaster!
I thought “ok Ben, you have time, let’s postpone your researches”. Well, not exactly… Because at the beginning of June, I still had no training. Thanks to my contacts, I finally got one, in IT, and even if it was not exactly what I wanted, …

Category: Asia, India
Read More

Lille – Paris Beauvais – Timisoara

I remember when I was dreaming about this internship abroad three years ago. Live 8 months in a foreign country to gain a new work experience and immerse in a new culture. I immediately planned to go in fabulous destinations which were: Canada, Australia and Northern Europe. Did I think only one moment going …

Category: Europe, Romania
Read More

Tanzania:”I am a lucky guy”

When you arrived at ITEEM during the first months your main objective is to get the best International internship at the end of the third year. During three years, I saw students coming back from abroad very happy from these rewarding experiences hoping for my turn. October 2013 coming, I started my research.
I did …

Category: Africa, Tanzania
Read More

France is rich

I was a bit disappointed when I knew I was going to stay in France for my eight month internship. Only the location was sure, the Vosges.
I expected great panorama from high hills and I am glad that the Vosges is plenty of mountains. I always wanted an environment favourable for trecking and I …

Category: Europe
Read More