Making Spanish friends - my experience as an English teacher in Toledo

Jordan from England has experienced working in a couple of European countries, his current placement being teaching English in Toledo, Spain. He tells us what it is like, and how things have changed after the Covid-19 outbreak – not only for the worse as he says the pandemic has taught him new skills.

Hey! I’m Jordan and I am originally from England. After completing my MA degree at the University of Leeds, I worked at a kindergarten in Budapest, Hungary for one year.  

Making cultural connections

International opportunities are a valuable way for young artists to discover new ways of working and discuss ideas. A group from Leicester travelled to Norway as part of a joint working programme.

UK New Artists (UKNA) worked with Platform Nord in Norway to deliver a new international joint working programme for young artists called ‘United’. The aim was to provide a better understanding of international working and the value of intercultural dialogue. The programme was delivered in two parts, starting in the UK in Leicester, with part two in Kristiansand, Norway.

Reasons to be a language assistant

Patrick is from the UK, and is currently living and working in Andalusia, southern Spain. Here he gives his reasons why becoming a language assistant abroad is an option that any English speaker should consider.

1. Gain valuable transferable skills

Let’s start with perhaps the most obvious reason. Preparing topics and working in a school environment has given me more confidence to deliver presentations. My creativity, adaptive skills and communication have developed due to the practice that the programme provides, and the help from experienced teachers.

Designing her future

Patrycja, an architecture graduate from the UK, went on a three-month ErasmusPro placement to Seville in southern Spain. Her assignment with a Spanish architectural firm gave her an insight into the industry and the next steps she needs to take to further her career. She also enjoyed exploring Andalusia in her free time and learning some Spanish!

Getting ready

I applied for this placement because I have always wanted to live and work abroad, as well as learn a new language.