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Should I study or teach on my year abroad?

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I'm trying to make 'that' decision at the moment about what to do in Spain next year. I can't decide between being a teaching assistant or an Erasmus student at university. Anyone who's got ideas or has been, please give advice! I want to make the most of my year abroad, so want to make sure I make the right choice!

I am currently studying Spanish; where can I go for my year abroad?

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I am starting to plan my year abroad and am considering the various places I can go to. Are there any restrictions on which Spanish-speaking countries I can visit? Are there any that people would particularly recommend, or would advise that I avoid? I don't want to go anywhere too dangerous or expensive. Any help would be appreciated!

Is there leniency with your end date for British Council?

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I'm doing a British Council placement in Germany that will end on the 28th Feb 2017, but my French work placement begins on the 1st March (the very next day!!) I have no idea what to do because I've signed my contract for France. Would the school I'm placed with allow me to leave a day or so earlier in order to get to France?

Have any female Year Abroaders had a similar experience?

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I've just come back from my first semester of my year abroad which I spent studying in Italy. Since going to Italy in September, I've not had my period and this has started to concern me (so I am going to see a doctor) but I'm curious to know if any female year abroad students have had a similar experience of their periods changing/disappearing?

Are there any jobs for graduates in Spain?

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I have just graduated and would like to move back to Madrid (where I spent my year abroad) but I'm worried that I will struggle to find work, especially with the high unemployment rate. I want to work in the Arts. Should I move to Spain anyway and then look for work, or is it too risky to move without a guaranteed job?

Any advice on how to find a short time summer job in Germany?

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I'd really like to find a summer job in Germany but its really difficult even to find stuff on the internet! Any advice would be really great in general! Dankeschön!

Has anyone worked for PGL before? Or know anyone that has?

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Hello! I have graduated in June. I am looking at language based roles with PGL. Has anyone or does anyone know anyone that has worked for this company before? Thanks.

Making mistakes abroad?

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How do you get over the fear of making mistakes whilst speaking? I'm very shy and not confident in speaking anyway but I'm kind of worried about making mistakes, especially in Italy speaking Italian which is a fairly new language for me.

How to make friends during an internship?

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Hey doing an internship in France (Grenoble) for 8 months and wondered if it would be okay for me to tag along to the local uni Erasmus events? Otherwise how do you recommend meeting new people on the year abroad (sorry if this is an obvious question but it has played on my mind for a while!)

Volunteering on your year abroad?

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Does anybody have any experience of doing any volunteering whilst on their year abroad (studying at a Uni)? For example, charity shop volunteering. How did you get the volunteer role?

What are people's experiences of au pairing?

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I have recently graduated and - as I love working with kids and enjoyed my experience as a language assistant on my year abroad - I am considering seeking out au pairing work in Spain in the near future in order to perfect my spoken Spanish. However, I have heard a few horror stories from au pairs in the past, such as feeling stuck with horrible families with bratty children or parents who keep rowing, which can lead to a sense of isolation. What have been people's experiences of working as an au pair? Do you recommend it?