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.
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.
The latest update from Mish who's preparing for her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Spain. In this installment, Mish receives a letter from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Could it be the news of her year abroad destination she's been waiting for?!
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.
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!
Mish is a student at the University of East Anglia preparing for a year as an English Language Assistant in Andalucía. Here's her experience of the early stages of the British Council Language Assistant application process...