Course studied: BA (Hons) Spanish and TESOL
The most interesting thing about my time abroad was how laidback and spontaneous the culture is there. I felt more liberated and the people I met really opened my outlook on life
More about Megan
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
“I was excited by the potential of a year abroad, I really wanted to experience Spanish culture more.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“The student atmosphere and the amazing social and food opportunities. Everything is just around the corner.”
Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went and what you did?
“Yes. I worked for the British Council during my Year Abroad teaching English in Spain. I was based in Galicia, Pontevedra and I worked as an English teaching assistant and taught private classes.”
What were your highlights of your Year Abroad?
“Meeting a range of people from all around the world doing the same position as me in schools around Galicia was amazing. Making connections within my school and making the most of my free time by travelling and exploring. It was also great to learn in depth the Galician culture.
“I was able to visit lots of other places while I was on exchange such as Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon in Portugal. The most interesting thing about my time abroad was how laidback and spontaneous the culture is there. I felt more liberated and the people I met really opened my outlook on life”
How will your course and placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?
“I have gained many interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. It was perfect for my chosen career as I want to teach English abroad and it definitely gave me experience in working in a school environment and with a variety of students. I learned how to co-operate with different colleagues and work together as a team to make a plan. It was challenging at times but I overcame any hiccups.”
Why would you recommend going on exchange to other students?
“It’s honestly the experience of a lifetime. It can mature you so much as an individual and sometimes you even ‘find yourself’ and even if you go through low times, there will be many more up times. When people told me it would be the best year of my life, they weren’t lying.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to gain whatever certifications I require to travel abroad and teach English, in places like Hong Kong/China, Portugal and Spain. I am also thinking of private tutoring English, starting my own business.”