Case Study: Amy teaches in Northern Italy
Across the rooftops, Verona by sminky_pinky100
Amy Morgan studied History at Sussex University, and spent her time abroad in Northern Italy. She gives us an account of how it went for her... Tell us a bit about you... I’m 23 year old History graduate, currently living in London and working as a researcher for a TV company. Where did you go on your year abroad? Last summer I worked in Northern Italy as an English teacher with primary school children.Was your trip organised by your university?
I worked for a language school in the UK last summer and it was through them that I organised the teaching placement.
Did you have any problems whilst you were out there?
No, no problems (I did go to hospital for an infected insect bite, but I was taken by an Italian teacher from the school I was working at and got some antibiotics).
Did you struggle not speaking the language?
The language wasn’t a problem. I lived with host families - in one case they didn’t speak any English but we got by with phrase books and gestures.
How do you think your time abroad has benefited you for the future?
I think this experience definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, not only in terms of working with children, planning lessons and doing arts and crafts, but doing that in a foreign country with children who didn’t speak English. It made me more confident and I really enjoyed seeing Italy from a different perspective.
Would you recommend going abroad to other students?
Definitely, it’s a great opportunity and one that you can’t do once you are working full time.
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