I just write to tell people of the wonderful experiences you can have if you divert away from the norm a little and what great benefits it can bring! I had a prestigious job in a solicitor’s office yet it bored me – I was with the same people every day and though the job was very interesting, the working conditions were not and I felt neither interested nor challenged. So I did something completely out of the ordinary. I left my job and took an
año sabatico travelling through Spain. Though not exactly far from England, it is far enough to be able to notice a difference in culture and this excited me greatly. I loved being able to integrate with the local people and having learnt Spanish at university, I was able to communicate reasonably well. I loved the Spanish culture so much that I took on a little job out there which allowed me to meet local people – teaching English as a foreign language. Doing this I was able to put my Spanish to use but also help others wanting to learn English. The classes I gave were private and I have even kept in contact with some of my students – many want to come to England to do a curso ingles extranjero and I have told them I would be delighted to play the host family – help them learn English in the evenings after their formal classes. I am back in England at the moment but planning my next trip already – back to Spain I think, briefly to the Andalucia region where I will see all the friends I made
(and the gatitos persas who I shared my apartment with!) but then to the North – I hear cities such as Salamanca have many students wanting to learn English and so this seems perfect for me. Anyone have any tips of other big university cities in Spain?
Find friends for language exchange and practice.
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