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ALEX GEORGE
British

Teaching Children on a voluntary placement plus Spanish Courses, in Argentina

         

My time in Argentina was fantastic. The 3 months were a great opportunity to learn and assimilate South American Latino culture. My Spanish really improved during my stay. Andrea (my private Spanish tutor) is excellent; one can choose what topics they want covered. I asked to learn all aspects of grammar, and then tried putting it into practice around Buenos Aires and other parts of the country.

My teaching program was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a chance to integrate into Argentine working life. Gabriela, the main teacher, was really nice to me and she, and the rest of the teachers, made me feel welcome in the staff room. That was a good opportunity to practice my Spanish!

I taught most classes from 13 to 17 year olds. Their level of English is reasonably good; I taught them various topics including British politics, slang, sport and music. Gabi and the other teachers also wanted me to teach them a more 'Anglicised' English accent, as opposed to the American dialects they are used to.

I grew quite fond of the kids and when I left, they gave me large cards with written messages. That was so sweet!

I had a week and a half to travel before I left Argentina. I went to Mendoza at that time, saw the Andes range, went wine tasting, trekking and rafting. After I finished teaching, I travelled around Patagonia (Ushuaia, Calafate and Bariloche). The scenery was stunning, and I enjoyed wildlife watching and doing things like minitrekking on glaciars. That provided a nice contrast to the subtropical Iguaçu Falls I saw on an earlier trip in February.

Thanks a lot for your help in facilitating my placement.

 

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