Michael Yeates is doing Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and spent 6 months of his year abroad teaching English in Argentina with a company called Colonias de Inmersión al Idioma and a further 6 months studying at PUC Rio in Brazil, where he blogged about his adventures. Travel opportunities, host families, cost of living... here's why you should choose South America over Spain for your year abroad.
Felix Rees is studying German and Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford. He spent six months in Hamburg as a British Council Language Assistant at a primary school, followed by four months as a visiting student at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura (UCBC) in Santiago. Here is Felix's guide to Chilean cuisine: wine, baked goods, and the top dishes to try while you're there.
Lucy studied Law at Heidelberg University, Germany, for a year, and is now a Peer Adviser in the Study Abroad Office at King's College London. As a German-speaker, here she describes the 7 stages of your love affair with your new language...
Gustavo Jaramillo graduated from university in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, 9 years ago, having studied Licenciatura en Lenguas Modernas Inglés-Español and now works as an English teacher in a public school there. He says, "Unlike most countries which take university students as Language Assistants abroad, in Colombia one of the requirements to apply to be a Language Assistant is to be working already as an English teacher in a public school or university, so all of the Assistants coming from Colombia (6 people as far as I know) are teachers who have already graduated." Gustavo is working in London as a Language Assistant at JFS School, and here is an A-Z of his time here so far, written in Spanish...
Jennifer Leong is a Linguistics student at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She took a gap year to teach English in Spain only one year ago with experience of only one Spanish class, and now she can have complete conversations in Spanish. Here's how teaching one language helped her learn another.
Felix Rees is studying German and Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford. He spent six months in Hamburg as a British Council Language Assistant at a primary school, followed by four months as a visiting student at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura (UCBC) in Santiago. Here are his top ten places - the "must dos" - to visit in the Chilean capital.
Matthew is studying French and European Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and is preparing for his year abroad studying at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon. Here is his advice about how to describe your language ability in interviews and on your CV, no matter which country you're in.
James Barton is doing Spanish and Politics at Lancaster University, and is currently on his year abroad studying at Deusto University in Bilbao on a 12-month placement. Inspired by our article on using your blog to reflect on your year abroad, James has written this article about his time in Bilbao so far.
Amber is doing Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, and is spending her year abroad in Montilla, near Córdoba in Spain, working as a British Council Language Assistant. Here she invites us to join her weekend in Córdoba and Montilla, giving us an insight into her life there!
Following Scott Walker’s viral observations about the UK, Ailsa Cookson and Lidia Fanzo thought they’d try to come up with their own list, based on their experiences of living in Santiago, Chile. And here it is!