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  • The Language Assistant Song

    Friday, 11 April 2014

    Ellie Davis has just finished her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Germany, and has written this brilliant song about her experiences...

  • We are delighted to announce that is now - officially - a groovy Shoreditch/Silicon Junction/Tech City startup! We have moved into our new office on Curtain Road, surrounded by young media agencies, pop-up shops, student-centric businesses, tech speak and skinny jeans. We were going to try and fit in by sticking an inspiring-yet-butt-clenchingly-cheesy slogan on the wall ("If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford) but TYA is not about us - it's about you. We would SO MUCH rather use this as an opportunity to find out more about our amazing, international, linguistic, globe-trotting network, and show you off to the world! The best way we thought we could achieve this is if you might consider sending us a postcard...

  • The year abroad is a weird and wonderful thing. Weird, because you don't realise how much creative control you have had over it until you're back at university sitting your finals, and wonderful too - because whether or not you've had a great time, you have DONE IT. You've lived outside your comfort zone, you've survived, and you've had one hell of an experience. Here are some Q&As to help you understand the basics.

  • You know what it’s like to arrive in a new country and feel lost, or to try and communicate with someone without speaking their language, or to try to use a new product without understanding the instructions, or to misunderstand foreign paperwork – imagine how useful it would be to have a middle man who understands what you’re going through and can make it easier for you. As someone who knows and appreciates two languages and two cultures, you can act as a bridge between them for people. You can help them to buy a house abroad, communicate with foreign tradesmen, visit cultural sites, organise a wedding abroad or negotiate business dealings, and you are in a unique position to do so. Here's an interview with James Martin, Founder of All Abroad.

  • Your year abroad gives you a unique opportunity to travel. You can take advantage of extensive university holidays and cheap student travel deals to explore your new destination and the surrounding cities and countries. Your experience travelling will open your eyes to other cultures and may even spark a business idea. Here is an interview with Dominic Eden, the Founder of Gadabouting, a luxury travel inspiration service that connects you to specialist travel agencies and high-end hotels, so you can plan your trip with all their expertise.

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