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.
It has been a crazy old week. I have officially booked my flight out there. I now have a one way ticket with EasyJet on 21st September at 5.15pm from Stansted. I am also bringing my parents as human donkeys to use their luggage allowance as my own. There is no way I’m paying for 2 extra suitcases, let alone carrying them alone!
Alex is studying Religious Studies and Spanish at Cardiff University, and spent his year abroad interning in a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Northern Spain. He says "it's been a ridiculously good opportunity which came from simply sending off a load of CVs last year!" Here's his advice about working for Cives Mundi and tips to help you find an internship for your year abroad.
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...
The N.I.E. is the Número de Identidad Extranjero - Foreign Identity Number to you and me. I was aware I would have to get something like this in order to do things like open a bank account, and to legally be here for more than 90 days. The problem is, it seems that every avenue of finding out about the process of it is absolutely shambolic - it infuriated me that nobody seemed to know exactly what needed to be done, despite telling me things as if they did. I will write how I got mine, and hopefully it will be of a more reliable source for those of you who need to get it and haven't, having actually done the process yesterday.
So you're sitting there on a March/April afternoon during your University Easter break and are wondering how you should spend your mega-long university summer holiday and all of a sudden, it comes to you! Why not try au-pairing? As a languages student, surely it's one of the best ways to spend your summer? This was my exact thought process when I was in my first year at the University of Leicester and wanted to fill my 12 (yes 12!) weeks of summer doing something that would prepare me for the trials and tribulations of second year!
Liberty Simpson is studying French with profiency in Italian at Exeter University. She has just come back from 6 weeks as an au pair in Italy and is going to Montpellier for 9 months in September to undertake a work placement for her year abroad. She says, "I would like to write about being an Au pair in a remote Italian village, I found the whole 6 weeks rather challenging and there are many things that I would have done differently." Here is her advice about the challenges of being an au pair...
That is indeed the question. All I’ve ever heard about renting flats, let alone in other countries is that you NEVER pay anything before viewing the apartment. EVER. You will be conned, there will be no apartment there when you arrive, and there might even be the person who conned you, waiting to steal your luggage when you arrive in the alley that was supposed to be your penthouse suite that you thought was a right bargain.