Joss is studying Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, and is spending the whole of his year abroad in Vigo, Galicia, where he is a Language Assistant. Here is his insider guide to surviving in the city - getting there, finding somewhere to live, eating and drinking, admin and ten things he wishes he'd known before he arrived in Vigo.
I started at 9.45am, 2nd class of the school day. No worries about getting there as I went to the school yesterday to explore and be shown around by the coordinator Teresa, and introduced to everyone whilst I smiled, nodded and pretended that I actually did understand every word being said to/about/next to me. Everybody was very friendly though.
Spanish people swear - a LOT. I didn't know this prior to arriving, having only socialised with students and the English ones swear in normal conversation anyway (well my friends do!).
Maya studied Spanish at Leeds Metropolitan University, and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant at a secondary school in Spain. She is now working as a Quality Assurance Manager for a translation agency.
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Emily studies French and Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and spent her year abroad teaching English at a collège and lycée in France. Here are her top lesson plan ideas for English Language Assistants...
I am about to set off to Paris – Boulogne-Billancourt more precisely – not for a third year abroad, but for a post-graduation year abroad. Though I graduated in English Literature in June, in a few days I will be joining the scores of current language students heading to foreign shores to work as a Language Assistant with the British Council.
Jennifer studied French and German at Durham University, and spent her year abroad working as a British Council Language Assistant at four primary schools in Paris. She is now a TV weather presenter for the BBC.
Caroline did Business Studies and Spanish at Hull University and spent her year abroad as a British Council Language Assistant in Murcia, Southern Spain. She graduated in 2004 and now works for Boots UK, but over the last ten years she has kept in touch with her Spanish flatmates. Here she discusses her latest reunion...