Working as a British Council Assistant in Italy!

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Saturday 6 November 2021

Freya is a third year student of Italian and Spanish who went abroad in 2020-2021 to Verona in Italy to work as an English Language Assistant. Here, she shares information, advice and tips about her experience!

A year away from studying and being on the other side of the classroom was a truly a gripping experience. Despite the obstacles of Covid and Brexit, it proved to be an incredibly memorable year, which will remain the best of my life.  

 Work life 

I chose to work rather than study on my year abroad because I ultimately wanted to develop new professional skills and was lucky to be placed in a middle school in Verona. I delivered lessons to 12 different classes a week about British culture and English grammar and regularly marked homework emails. Not only did I develop a great relationship with the teachers at my school, but I have also stayed in touch with some of my students and hope to visit again soon.

Bella Vita 

Other than a 12-hour working work being the best job I’ve ever had (!), there was plenty of time to travel Italy when lockdown restrictions eased and really experience the beauty and culture of Italy. Since being back in the UK, of course I miss the fresh breakfast pastries, midday aperol spritz and of course the pizza and gelatos. Although the ‘Domani Attitude’ with no real urgency or hurry to get things done was something I had to get used to very quickly.

Tips 

Throw yourself in the deep end and say yes to new opportunities as it will really build your confidence! A year seems like a long time but, it flies by, and you don’t want to leave with any regrets.

I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to re-do my year abroad if given the opportunity as it not only enhanced my career skills but also bettered me as a person.

If you would like to talk to Freya about her experience in more depth, please reach out to globaloff-intern@st-andrews.ac.uk and we can put you in touch. She would be more than happy to help! 

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