Despite having some financial difficulties I have not let this hold me back and have embraced many opportunities that have come my way, including Erasmus, to make the most of my student experience and further my learning.
I took part in Erasmus as I wanted to see what it was like to teach abroad, to meet new people and find out more about the Spanish culture. I also wanted to try and learn Spanish and develop personally and professionally. It was great to see what it was like teaching abroad, exploring Valencia and experiencing everything it had to offer.
My biggest fear was that I didn't speak Spanish and wondering what it would be like to teach in a school abroad. However the locals were very friendly and helped out with the shopping and were always happy to help extend my vocabulary. My new friends all helped too and the school was fantastic, so I didn't have anything to worry about. My Spanish has improved and I really want to learn to speak fluently now.
My Erasmus experience was fun, worthwhile, eye-opening and has improved my confidence in travelling. I feel confident to teach abroad and it has made me a better teacher and presented me with lots of opportunities. In terms of my career, it has improved my teaching and I feel I have more to offer to a school and it looks great on my CV, especially as I have gained valuable teaching experience with children whose first language isn't English.
Valencia is an amazing city that I hadn't heard of before I went and I had enough time to take full advantage of everything it had to offer, sightseeing, nightlife, shopping, concerts and sunbathing! I recommend everyone to go there now! I made lots of new friends from all over and have lots of people to visit. I think Erasmus is such a valuable experience for anyone - it helps to build confidence, open doors, meet new people and gain such knowledge