Last year I had a year abroad as part of my French and Spanish degree. This blog was the product of this, a way to inform my nearest and dearest back home about my overseas adventures.
For the first 6 months, I did a social media marketing internship in a bilingual recruitment agency in Paris. The experience was hugely rewarding: I gained the all-important international experience, I struggled with French bureacracy and I attempted to improve my French. All this was done whilst eating my way through the culinary delights on offer at the local bakery and somehow trying not pile on the Year Abroad 15 (it's a thing).
Interested in studying or working abroad in Paris/France? Try:
Interning in Paris
How to...Find an Internship in France
How to...Find Accommodation in Paris
Parlez-vous Franglais? Language Exchanges in Paris
The joys of CAF (equivalent of housing benefit)
After a quick week and a half back at home after finishing my Parisian stint, I jetted off to Medellin in Colombia to volunteer. I fell hook, line and sinker for both Medellin and Colombia and I could not recommend the place more to learn Spanish there - Colombians are probably the most friendly and warm people I've ever met! I developed an addiction to arepas, managed to coordinate myself enough to dance salsa and learnt to palate copious amounts of aguardiente (similar to the taste of sambuca). I even took advantage of my geographic location to go travelling in South America. I'm already counting down the days until I can go back there.
Useful articles for studying/working in Medellin/Colombia:
Finding long term accommodation in Medellin
How to renew a tourist visa in Colombia
Why I love Medellin
Why You Should Consider a Year Abroad in Colombia
I could not rave about having a year abroad enough but if you need some more convincing or advice, here are some my own posts and useful websites that I recommend:
How to...Finance and Budget Your Year Abroad
Why you should study abroad
A letter to year abroaders
How to...Keep the Homesick Blues at Bay
What I didn't expect after coming home
Third year abroad
How to...Brush up Your Language Skills Before Going
Lessons Learnt from a Year Abroad
And most importantly:
How to...Make the Most of Your Year Abroad
If you have any questions or need any advice, don't hesitate to contact me, I would be more than happy to help anyone who is considering a year abroad!