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Tips for introducing yourself to primary school aged children?

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I will be teaching ages 5 to 10 in Spain and I want to prepare a presentation about myself for my first lessons. The school said a presentation would be fine but should I do this on powerpoint or just speak and show some pictures? Also what should I include in the powerpoint presentation? I want to be prepared for when I arrive. Thanks!

Where should I look to find a flat in Ciudad Real?

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I'm going to be spending my year abroad in Ciudad Real in Spain and was wondering if anyone had some advice. My uni has told me it might be worth getting a hotel for the first few days and then finding a flat. Would people recommend this or would they recommend going out flathunting before the year starts?

Staying abroad at Christmas (probably alone)?

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Does anyone have any experience of spending Christmas in their year abroad destination, and have any tips, please? I'm thinking of staying in Italy over Christmas but I'm a bit worried, because I'll be alone, and it'll be my first Christmas away from my family, and the UK! If anyone has any advice or experience to share, thank you.

I'd like to do a year abroad, but I don't want to study - what are my other options?

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I've heard that you can teach abroad - do I have to find my own placement?

Should I leave study abroad?

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I studied in Norway for my first semester and it was the best few months of my life but I've just arrived in Japan for my second semester abroad and I am so completely lost. I have never been to Asia before, don't speak Japanese and I'm so unfamiliar with everything. I literally got here four days ago and I know what everyone will say as a response to this - that I haven't given it enough time - but I know myself and I know it's not going to get better. I've decided that after a month if I am still not enjoying it I will leave at the start of May, but I was just wondering if anyone else on here has left before and what the potential consequences are? I am doing a 'sandwich' year and am due to go back to university in England in September.

What should I do about a mobile phone in Australia?

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I'm going to Australia for a year in July but my current contract runs out in September. What's the best thing to do? Should I get it unlocked (if so, how?) and get a pay and go sim card out there, or get a new handset or....? I won't need to use it for talking to people back in the UK, just within Australia. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

Extremely homesick and need some advice?

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I moved out to Paris 10 weeks ago to start the first half of my year abroad, (very early I know) and started classes at a private french language school mid August. I do classes in the morning, and then an internship in an office in the school during the afternoon. I am really not liking it, as at the school, there are very little people to chat to, as when I eventually make a friend, the average time that someone is at the school is only 2 weeks, whereas I am here until December. I am really missing home, and am trying everything to make it easier. I can't go out at nights, as I live an hour out of Paris, and so have to take the train which can have pretty scary people during the day, let alone the night. Also, with being so far out, it makes it impossible to meet more people or do anything in the evenings, as there is nothing to do and my flatmate is constantly at her boyfriend's, which is horrible considering how much I am missing mine and she leaves me with her cats - I hate cats. I hate it, as I promised myself I would make the most of my time here, and I know that I am as I am constantly keeping busy and have done so many touristy things etc. I just constantly have this horrible heavy, sad feeling over me, and find myself counting down the hours until it is a day closer to being home, It's so pathetic I know. I am really wishing I could come home, but know that I would really regret it. Any one got any advice for me at all, or anyone in Paris that fancies meeting up or something? Any help is appreciated.

Languages degree? unsure?

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Hello, I am a graduate of French and Arabic. People have always said that languages are an asset, but in Brexit Britain, I am thinking that it may be quite insecure. I am interested in delving deeper into a career that involves my use of these languages, albeit, some more. However, I'm unsure where. And I am not interested in a career as a Secondary or primary school language teacher. I want something that combines my passion for research, learning, problem-solving with languages. It would be nice to chat to someone and I look forward to some responses hopefully.

Where can I get civil liability insurance?

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As part of my YA I will be working as an English Language Teacher at Valencia Uni, and I've been told that I need civil liability insurance. Apparently you can sort out this cover from the UK on English websites etc, but I'm really struggling to find any at all. Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Very homesick and would like some advice?

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I have been on my year abroad for less than a week in Forli in Italy studying at the University of Bologna in Forli, and then I will be going to the University of Geneva in Geneva in Switzerland. But, since arriving, I have become very homesick and I am trying to keep myself busy but it does not always work. I am an introverted person naturally and I don't yet feel comfortable telling my new flatmates how I am feeling. My Italian is not very good either and I feel like that is affecting me too. Does anyone have any advice please?

Which universities offer study abroad programmes in New York?

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I've had my heart set on studying in New York for a long time, but a full 3/4 year course is too expensive. I instead hope to spend a year in NY, making connections and gaining experience that will allow me to find work there once I have completed my degree. I'm specifically looking for English/Journalism programmes at any UK uni, that offer the chance to spend a year in New York. Any information would be much appreciated.