Alexander Hylton–Holmes is a Modern Language student at Nottingham Trent University, and is currently on the second leg of his year abroad in Spain. He spent the summer working in a holiday village in France as an 'Animateur' before going to Strasbourg in September, and describes it as the best experience of his year abroad. Here's his advice about finding summer work in France and the ins and outs of being an Animateur...
For those of you who have recently received an acceptance letter to study in Spain, you’re probably already daydreaming about la vida loca that awaits you: a new world where the hardest decision will be which tapas to accompany your glass of sangria, sunbathing on a beach as the sounds of flamenco and salsa music float through the air. For the most part, you won’t be disappointed. However, what the study abroad brochure fails to mention is that your year abroad will be soundtracked by the worst kind of music, that your favourite band would never dream of touring Spain… but also, that the music festivals back at home have been ripping you off for years.
It’s a great time to be a year abroad student. The sun has well and truly got his hat on, picnics in the park or at the beach become a daily occurrence, work/university becomes even less of a priority, and one glance at your Facebook or Twitter newsfeed confirms why you took a year abroad in the first place: all your third year friends back at home are panicking through the 17th draft of their dissertation or drowning in revision notes for their final exams, and you’re definitely, definitely not.
Jennifer is a Joint Honours student at Warwick University, and is currently on her year abroad in Germany doing a Language Assistantship in Oberhausen while living nearby in Essen. Here is her advice to help you save money while travelling on your year abroad in Germany.
I realised, while googling 'how to avoid committing suicide while spending Christmas Day by yourself' (I am kidding... but some websites pretty much say this!) that there is a distinct lack of practical advice out there for people who, for whatever reason, are not going to be with their nearest and dearest. So here is my self-help guide.