I’m Jack and I’m the new CSA Intern for this academic year!
I’m in my fifth and final year studying German here in St Andrews and I spent my year abroad working as a Language Assistant in a primary school in the small town of Haldensleben, Germany. Although nobody spoke any English in the entire school, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, as I was able to fully immerse myself in the language and culture of the country I’ve loved since I started studying German in secondary school. Whilst there, I got involved with a range of activities outside of the set 12-hour working week, including establishing a Skype link with my former school back home and even teaching English to the teachers in an evening class.
I love the study and work abroad programmes and I applied for this role because I wanted to have the chance to help other students make the most of their time away from the Bubble. It can feel a bit lonely when you’re in a different country, but the CSA team is always here to lend a hand and assure you everything is going to be ok! My advice to current students on the programmes would be to say yes to absolutely everything (within reason!) – it’s the best way to conquer those early fears and make new friends for life.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues or fancy a chat about your experiences – I’d love to hear what you all get up to on your years abroad!