InterExchange Working Abroad Ambassador Sonia, Teach English, Spain
I wake up, quickly get dressed and grab some toast with tomato marmalade for breakfast before leaving for class. Although I'm in Spain to
teach English, classes at a local language school are the perfect supplement to help me master Spanish while I am here. Class is a quick ten-minute walk from home and I spend the morning learning a new verb tense as well as practicing my conversation skills. After class is over, we have a "descanso," or a break, where I usually chat with the other students and teachers for a bit before heading out.
A fellow classmate from France and I usually end up at a café to grab a coffee and a yummy Spanish sweet to eat. Because the normal time for lunch is Spain is between two-thirty and three in the afternoon, a small snack is vital to tide me over. It's also the perfect way for me to get to know my classmates better and practice my Spanish because it is the only language we can use to converse! These classes are a perfect way for me to meet people my own age, something I was worried about when I decided to teach abroad rather than study.
Around one I head home and look over my lesson plans for the day. Because I am tutoring children, I usually need to adjust one or two things in my teaching plans to stay on track. Before I know it, the boys are home from school and we sit down to eat lunch together. This is a great opportunity for me to practice speaking in English with them and it reinforces what they've been learning. After lunch, it's time for lessons with the boys before they leave for their football and sculpture classes.
Usually, I now make myself another coffee, grab a snack, and rest for a bit before heading out for a run at the nearby park if I'm in the mood, or at least a "paseo", or walk, around the city. Living in another country is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I make sure to get out and about as much as possible. Once I return home and freshen up, I spend some time chatting with the parents, playing with the kids or
calling my parents.
This particular night, I've made plans with some of the girls from my classes to got out for dinner. I don't have to meet up with them until 9 p.m. because Spaniards don't eat until late. When we meet up, it is still light outside! We decide tapas, or small portions, are a good idea and pick a few places to eat. Between various tapas, we iron out some details for our weekend plans to travel to Lisbon. The night ends with some ice cream and I head back home.
Tired, but very happy.