Welcome to the Health and Wellbeing area of the site! Here you'll find articles on how to maintain your physical and mental health whilst on your international placement.
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Libby Gibson is a third-year student of French and Spanish at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She's just coming to the end of her Year Abroad, for which she spent six months in Paris at a Brand Management Consultancy agency, and 4 months in Madrid as an Assistant English Teacher. During her year abroad, she kept a blog which you can check out here. Whilst away, she noticed that a lot of her female friends suffered with their monthly cycles, but struggled to find information or advice, inspiring her to write this article...
Joe Butcher studies Spanish at the University of Leeds and is working as a British Council Language Assistant at a high school in Alicante. If you're thinking of hitting the gym whilst you're in Spain, this guide is a must-read... If you want more insights into Spanish life, have a read of his blog!
Hannah has been spending her year abroad in China and France and is blogging about her experiences. In this extract from her blog, she tells us what it's like to suffer from a mental illness on your year abroad.
Rosie Snowball is an Oxford student, spending her year abroad working as a stagiaire in Paris for 5 months, before moving to Madrid for 4 months. Here she shares her tips for keeping fit on your year abroad.
Alex Taylor is a student at the University of Leicester, studying French and English. She is currently on her year abroad in Quebec City, Canada. A couple of weeks ago, Alex was attacked in the street by a stranger and she has spent the time since dealing with the emotional, physical and financial consequences. In this article, she shares her traumatic story in order to help future year abroaders who find themselves in a similar position. If you want to keep up to date with how Alex is recovering (and to read about her more positive year abroad adventures!), check out her blog.
Phillie Spottiswoode is a 3rd year undergraduate at the University of Sheffield studying French and Russian. She spent the first semester of her year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and is spending the current semester in St. Petersburg, Russia. Here she discusses her struggles as a vegan abroad! This article originally appeared on Phillie's blog.
Imogen Reid is studying French and German at King’s College London, spending her year abroad divided between studying at two universities, the University of the French West Indies and Guyana on the island of Martinique, a French overseas department, and at Humboldt University, Berlin. This is her story of dealing with accidents, broken bones and les hôpitaux français! You can keep up with her adventures abroad on her blog!
Katherine Reidy is a third year Modern Languages student from the University of Southampton. She is currently spending her year abroad studying at the Universidade de Porto. In this post, she tells us about her strange eating habits and how the year abroad has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works... To learn more about Portugal, have a read of Katherine's blog.
Hannah Lewis is studying French and European Politics at the University of Leeds and is currently spending her year abroad in Montpellier. In this post, she tells us how she is refusing to let her mental illness ruin her year abroad. For updates on Hannah's life in the South of France, check out her blog!
Marianne Thomas studies at the University of Birmingham and spent her year abroad in Lyon, France working as an English language teaching assistant.