Hilary volunteered with APARE, a European youth organisation based in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in the heart of the Mediterranean, in her summer holidays. Here she explains what's involved and the benefits of volunteering in the south of France on your year abroad.
Taking out an extra course during your time in France will mean you can practice something you’re interested in, with the locals - what better way to have fun whilst you’re learning, we say. With so many free hours, it’s easy to stuff yourself silly with choucroute and slurp on fine wine: and although that’s an equally beneficial way to improve your language (as long as you’re oohing and aahing with the Frenchies), you can also get another insight into the culture, the people and their habits.
From cooking courses to clown workshops, find your ideal way to pass the time here:
Although preparing your year abroad back home may seem like a lot of faff, paperwork and what not, but the prospect of going to France and dealing with all of that, all over again and in - aaargh - French can leave you with a bit of a headache. Filling out forms, no speaking the bureaucratic lingo and no knowledge of protocol. This is where this article comes in: what to watch out for, how to get the most out of your money and what you can sign up to. Read on to find out more:
If you plan on taking a year abroad and are not studying languages as part of your degree, the prospect of flying off somewhere and getting stuck into a particular education system, as well as having all your classes taught in a foreign language, might be quite scary for quite a few of you. With many UK universities and European institutions offering courses taught in English, taking a year abroad as a non-linguist might not prove to be so scary after all! Here’s our list of the top universities, across Europe, offering a wide range of courses - from Engineering to Theology, to Law and Mathematics, you’re bound to find something to suit you!