Our Goodbye to Peaceworx and Madrid

July 15 / 2019

As our time as interns comes to an end, Erica and I are grateful for every experience we have had here in Madrid and with Peaceworx. We came to Spain not knowing where our internship would take us or what the work would be, and we ended up being placed with Peaceworx. Their passion for innovation and collaboration to improve the world we live in is inspiring and we have learned a lot about Sustainable Development Goals, different initiatives, collaboration, and communication. Working towards the Quality Education sustainable development goal, Peaceworx has given us opportunities to enhance our education, as we were not only able to take classes in Madrid, but we were able to go to events, interview professionals, and develop skills in our own field.

As a final thought, I wanted to share with you our favorite things about Spain (in no particular order) and what we will miss most once we head back to Minnesota. In some ways Spain really emulates sustainable development and there are many initiatives that we would like to see implemented in the United States.



  1. The beautiful city of Madrid, especially the parks
  2. Easy and affordable access to medical attention when ill. Spain has a great system that promotes the Good Health and Well-Being Sustainable Development Goal
  3. The weather (yes, even the really hot days!)
  4. Easily traveling around Spain without a car
  5. The amount of small dogs
  6. Practicing Spanish with friends and strangers
  7. The coffee – it is on another level of deliciousness
  8. The amount of small businesses on every street
  9. Churros con chocolate
  10. All of the street celebrations and Ferias



  1. The Metro! It´s so nice to have a way to travel that is more sustainable, easy to use, and aligns with Sustainable Development goal #11: Sustainable cities and communities.
  2. Bocadillos
  3. Eating most of my restaurant meals outside
  4. Friendly people helping me with my Spanish (thanks to the stranger who taught me how to say fork)
  5. Tinto de veranos
  6. Menú del dia
  7. How much of a difference there is between regions of Spain and how beautifully diverse it is
  8. Being able to easily walk to the store
  9. The clothing and shopping
  10. Being taken care of by my host mom (Thanks Pilar!)


Madrid, and really the entirety of Spain, has been wonderful to us and we have grown in many different ways during our two months here. Thank you to everyone who guided us and helped us along the way, especially Peaceworx.

Hasta Luego, see you soon Madrid!

-Katie and Erica

Erica and Katie, the Peaceworx Summer Interns.

By Katie Schmitz

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