Firstly, some background information: I’m a third-year student of Translation and Interpretation (Double Honours – Spanish and Japanese). As I happened to be a fluent speaker of Japanese and a mere beginner at Spanish, it was decided that I would spend a year in Mexico and just a summer in Japan, as going to both countries was compulsory for my course. So, here I am … Continue reading “I wanted an adventure” – UEA, PPL student Maizie on her love for Mexico’s food and drink.
One of the most important lessons I will take with me from my year abroad is to express thoughts and feelings in first person singular in order to avoid generalisations and speaking for others. So, I can’t tell you what specific challenges you will face or give concrete advice on how to deal with them, nor can I list the ways in which your life … Continue reading “A side dish of grasshoppers” – student Khalea offers some tips (but not advice!) on getting the most out of your time abroad.
My name is Alex and I recently graduated from UEA with a BA in Spanish. Having spent most of my final year at university trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I discovered that I could apply to take part in the British Council Language Assistants Programme (despite it being a more common option for people on their year abroad). Although … Continue reading “The opportunity to spend a year of my life in another country, being able to earn money and travel? It sounded like a very good idea.” Alex on his British Council Language Assistantship in Chile
Travelling is an incredible concept. The idea that you can up sticks, move yourself to an unknown culture and immerse yourself in two days, two weeks or even two months of unadulterated learning is fantastic. It’s something we often take for granted. The fact that we have the ability to physically and financially travel, to gain knowledge, experience customs so far removed from our own, … Continue reading Meet the FCO Brand Ambassador – Emma Watkins
I started my time abroad in July 2014 flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina where a friend and I began our travels around the Southern Cone of Latin America. We visited Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, which is where I settled to begin my semester abroad. Living with a family in Concepcion made it easier to adapt to Chilean Life (and the bread heavy diet!), they were keen … Continue reading “I’ve had the best year of my life in Latin America” – Alexandra who did a split-year in Chile and Argentina.