I feel like I have settled into the work placement well, I know duties that I can do on my own and when I need to ask for help. The language barrier is getting better as we sometimes use google translate to communicate and I have been picking up more on the language. In the work place I have made some friends with other students who are doing work experience there and some of the younger staff members who have better English. Spain is definitely is different to Ireland, sometimes the people aren’t as friendly but its something I’ve adapted to.
In my free time I like to roam around the city, I went to the Picasso Museum and a butterfly farm. I took the bus and visited the botanical gardens, and it was beautiful and a great experience, they are the largest botanical gardens in Europe. On the weekend we go on day trips. We went to Frigiliana which was a cute and quiet little town, I saw some gorgeous views of the mountains while I was there. We also went to Nerja which was beside the sea, it was stunning and the water was so blue, I enjoyed roaming around the little city and visiting shops the people were so friendly. On the weekends I also go to the beach which is a short walk away from my accommodation
What I have learned
I have learned so much after doing this mobility. Travelling to work, starting in a new workplace, living with new people, it has all been such a great experience. I would say I am much more confident now, I can deal with conflict or disagreements better and I am more open minded. I definitely have improved on my communication and co-operation skills. Meeting new people was a big part of this mobility that I have enjoyed greatly, I have met some amazing, interesting people and some lifelong friends.
Recommendations and tips
To any other students doing the Erasmus mobility, get out as much as you can. Explore new places, meet new people, start conversations, try new foods. All of these things helped me gain so much confidence in myself in such a short amount of time. Don’t be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone, it broadens your horizons so much. With the optional activities that are planned, go to as many as you can they are great fun and often an opportunity to meet people from other Erasmus groups.