Thank you very much for accepting our invitation for a short interview.
We are pleased to know a bit more about your Erasmus + experience in Córdoba (Spain), as it will be a motivational example for other young learners.
4. Did you face any challenges during your Erasmus placement? How did you overcome them?
Yes, I ran into some problems but anything big. Most of them were communication-wise when I found some people who didn’t speak English but that’s not a problem as you can use your phone with a translator together with what I had already learnt of Spanish myself. I learnt that if you try you can always find the way to communicate at the end. Another problem that came to me was that I started to miss home but our teacher and Training Europe’s team were amazing and help me thought. They were always willing to help where they could, and we could always come to them if we had any problem and they would help.
5. Do you think this experience has helped you professionally?
Yes, because it certainly pulls up on your applications in the future as it shows that one is willing to take chances and it has helped to make me more aware of what I want in the future.
6. According to you, what are the best things about doing an Erasmus placement abroad?
– I have always been interested in the Spanish culture so might be that I got to see it and kind of be a part of it too. It really gave me the trust in me that I need because all that I did was for me and learned that just with the support of my family I can do what I want.
7. What would you advise to fellow students thinking about applying for an Erasmus placement?
– Just do it, it has been the most amazing weeks of my life and something that I will never forget. It might feel like a long time to be away from home but when you are there, then you do not want to go back home. But never do it because your friends are doing it, do it because you want to, and if you get into the program try to see as much as you can of the beautiful city you are in. If you, as we did, travel down there without an adult and think that is scary, first of all, you are not alone and the staff at the place is amazing and what to help if you just ask.