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Mi experiencia en Spark – Kajsa Lenz

En mis tres semanas aquí en el Puerto de Santa María, me quedé con una famila de acogida. Allí, me dí cuenta que la gente española es la más amable, pero con mucha energía. La madre era tan cariñosa y la hija también, que era muy atenta. Me encantó mi estancia con esa familia.

Además, todos los días tuve algunas clases de español con Esther, dónde aprendí un montón de español. Al principio, solo podía hablar en español con pocito fluidez, sin embargo ahora, despues de las clases, me siento mucho más seguro de hablar en español. (Gracias Esther!!). Lo practicé durante mi work experience también, por ejemplo comprar nueva pintura, que mejoró mucho mi español.

Casi todos los días, despues de las clases habían actividades culturales que los disfruté mucho. Fuimos a Ronda, San Lúcar y otras ciudades preciosas en Andalucía. Eso despertó mi conciencia cultural y era lo más divertido.

Finalmente, despues de las clases normalmente hice mi work experience, dónde pinté dos paredes y también reparé algunas mesas que eran averiadas anteriormente. Eso mejoró mi independencia y por lo tanto, ahora soy mucho más autónoma ya que tuve que encontrar soluciones para algunos problemas, como la condición de la pared.

Mi primer pintura es una corazón que contiene todas las cosas típicas de España. La segunda pintura es una puesta del sol con una ciudad por la noche, en la azotea.

Hay tres power statements que me ayudaron mucho y que voy a usar en mi futuro despues de spark también:

  • I won’t fear failure as without failing I won’t learn.
  • I will set goals and reflect on them continuously.
  • I will be accountable for my own destiny.

After having completed this work experience and spanish programme, I will have learnt to be more responsible and independent as these are the key features for my self-development, reaching my full potential. I will have achieved this by working on my organisation skills, such as planning my projects – mural decorations of the school. This will help me in future to be able to manage my time better, organise it and thus being more responsible. My fellow staff, my director and most importantly myself will see me, Kajsa, as an organised, responsible and kind person with a positive attitude and mindset.

Furthermore, I will have improved my working skills in the process of the development of my communication skills, such as using the English language in a professional context and also being able to work as a team together with the other staff as I will have worked with principle in order to put team need in front of my own. My creativity will have also been promoted by doing several projects connected to interior design here at spark.

Moreover, I will have obtained cultural awareness and especially appreciation of both Cadiz and El Puerto de Santa Maria by including these two cities into my projects. By this, I will inspire others to admire the beauty of Spain in general, but especially El Puerto de Santa Maria, so that they will say “because of your painting, I realise how beautiful this city is”. Therefore, I will have reached my goals to decorate and paint the school´s wall, finishing my project, and by that helping others finding their admiration for this place.

My fellow students and staff and my manager will have always see me as a cooperative, polite, motivational and positive student who carries out her projects with passion.

Lastly, I will have improved my Spanish speaking skills by interacting with the team, the students and the teachers and especially by living in a host family, giving me the opportunity to practice my Spanish all the time. Therefore, I will have also learnt that I shall not fear failure as without failing, I will not learn.

In general, I will have established good working habits, I will have improved my Spanish speaking and I will have developed myself to reach my full potential.

Kajsa Lenz

Durante las tres semanas de período de prácticas he aprendido muchísimo.
Para mejorar mi español, estuve con una familia española muy buena. Ellos no podían hablar mucho inglés y debido a ésto, tuve la posibilidad de hablar y prácticar mi español todo el tiempo. Además las classes con Marina fueron otro punto a favor para mejorar mi español ; por ejemplo, aprendí el diferente uso de los verbos ser y estar, los tiempos verbales y a pronuciar la letra „r“ (excepto la palabra „Tururú“):).

También he realizado diferentes trabajos como pintar y servir comida a estudiantes. Puedes ver fotos abajo de mis tareas de pinture. Como resultado, he ganado mucha experiencia. 

Ha sido una experiencia muy gratificante e involvidable que sin duda me encantaría repetir. 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Samuel Domscheit

During my two months working as Spark Secretary, I will challenge myself to become braver and more confident and will act in a way that will make me proud of myself when I return home. These are my personal “whys” which I will use to motivate and encourage myself throughout my time here.

This personal motivation will fuel my work and allow me to accomplish my professional objectives with passion and excitement, looking after students, keeping Spark clean and happy, and ensuring that all school trips here go smoothly.

I will take every opportunity to learn more about how to do my job well and will take initiative where I can.

I will find inspiration from my past successes and aim to improve on them in future, while accepting that I will make mistakes and that this isn’t a problem if I learn from them and don’t make excuses for myself.

I will be more confident every day.

At the end of my eight weeks here I want to be thought of as someone who was helpful and approachable, as a confident employee, as someone who could be relied on and took his responsibilities seriously, and a hard worker. In order to do that, I will push myself out of my comfort zone, take every opportunity I can, constantly ask myself what I can learn today to make me better at my job, work hard even when tired, and look after myself in my free time so that I can focus on my job when working.

Finlay

After being here in El Puerto de Santa Maria”, for three weeks of language course and an work internship, I  will be happy about the fact, that I had been to Spain and about the all i had gained from the experience, both linguistically and practically in term work skills.

I will set myself goals I want to achieve, while being here. For instance I want and will  get more independent (e.g. from my parents, who are not able no to help me here, if there is a difficult situation etc.) . This is really important to me. Moreover I am going to learn to organize things on my own, like small trips etc. . So I will get prepared  for my future way of life.

Another significant point I mention is that,  I will improve my language skills in spanish, through the daily Spanish language courses and my time spent with spanish family.

These are two very important points to me as I am committed to achieveing them to help prepare me for the future post school.

During the internship, I  will work hard on my Interior Design tasks I am going to. I will focus my energy on the creative side but also be responsible with finishing things on time and being tidy. I am committed to learning work skills and that will help my in future work and in life.

More imprtant is that I will achieve a change of my  own character through the points mentioned above as I really want to embrace personal profesonal self development and for this reason I will set myself real micro goals into order to achieve my macro objectives listed above.

In the following three weeks I am committed to realising my full potencial to leap forward and learn something every day.

Samuel Domscheit

Hola, me llamo Emma y soy de Munich. Desde el 20 de Mayo hasta el 7 de Junio hice unas prácticas con clases de español incluidas en Spark, una academia de idiomas situada en El Puerto de Santa Maria. Tomé la decisión de venir aquí para mejorar me español y ganar algo de experiencia laboral.

Mi rutina consistía en: Por las mañanas me dedicaba al diseño del interior de la escuela, como por ejemplo la decoración de las habitaciones, etc. A continuación, asistía a mis clases de español por una hora y media. Por la tarde lo pasaba con mi familia de acogida, hablando español con ellos.

En la primera semana tuve que escribir tres “por qué” estoy aquí y también escribir sobre mis propósitos, intenciones y objetivos para esas tres semanas.

Durante la segunda semana, comencé a printer las paredes de la habitación que previamente habia diseñado. También pinté algunas de las aulas donde se impartem las clases.

Por último, en la tercera semana terminé de decorar las habitaciones y pinté las partes que estaban estropeadas.

En general aprendí como manejar diferentes situaciones y también mejoré me español.

Emma Hohberg

My three why´s

  1. Improving my language for once working abroad
  2. I want to be able to talk to many different people in the future
  3. I want to accustom working habits, for using them in the future

After this three-weeks work and study programme in Spain I will be proud of what I have accomplished. I will become confident in speaking Spanish and doing a good job.

I will improve myself everyday by taking on challenging tasks instead of holding me back because of my fear to fail. This could be asking for tasks I think, which could be difficult. And if I fail, I will get sure to resolve it, make it better next time and I will learn out of it.

I also will learn some new work habits and apply them. They can bring me to my aim faster and with less detours than before.

I will stay confident and optimistic in every situation. Even if I don´t understand every word or task in the first moment, I will ask again and then I will work at this task as good as possible and with my new working habits.

But most of all I will be friendly to all the people from Spark and of course to my host family.

My ten power statements

  1. I will call it a goal not a dream
  2. I will learn out of my mistakes
  3. I will improve today, I won´t say I will do it tomorrow
  4. I will always be optimistic, even if not everything works well
  5. I will be confident in every situation
  6. I will not stop, if I can do better
  7. I will work with good working habits
  8. I will take my chance to improve my skills
  9. I will help creating a good atmosphere
  10. I will be my own solution

Emma Hohberg

Hola, me llamo Gabriel Spaude y soy de Alemania. Desde el 23. de Marzo hasta el 12. de Abril 2019, hice un práctica en SparkSpanish en el Puerto de Santa Maria para estudiar español y para cambiar mis habítos de trabajo en General. En la mañana, yo trabajé en un álbum de Fotos para presentar los programas de grupos escolares que organice Spark. Por la tarde tenia un clase de español.

En la primera semana, el enfoque estaba en mejorar la carpeta de fotos de grupos escolares que tiene Spark en linea. Los carpetas eran un poco anticuado y era mi tarea para optimizar los carpetas en un estándar nuevo. En mi clase de español, era el estudiante unico, pero fue una oportunidad muy bien para mejorar mi espanol y para resolver mis problemas personales.

En la Segunda semana, yo estaba hecho con optimizar los carpetas y comenzé para crear el álbum de fotos. pero crear un álbum de fotos así no es fácil y hay que prestar atención a muchas sutilezas. Con la ayuda de Dougla y sus sugerencias de mejora, se convirtió en un álbum de fotos interesante, que se pueden ver bien. Además, ya no estaba solo en clase porque Wencke, un estudiante alemán, también participó en la clase.

En la ultima semana, hice algunos arreglos finales para el álbum de Fotos. También conocí a mucha gente nueva, por supuesto español, inglés pero también alemanes.


En general, he aprendido mucho más que español. Llegué a conocer mis fortalezas y debilidades aprendí lo que significa establecer metas que puedes cumplir.


Fue un hermoso viaje que me ayudará mucho en mi vida.

Gabriel Spaude

1.The world speaks Spanish!
There are so many people in the world speaking Spanish. With About 500 Million of native speakers worldwide it is one of the most spoken languages in the world. You can find native Spanish speakers in many different countries and continents all over the world such as Latin America, South East Asia, Europe and even Africa.

2.Spain is fantastic!
Besides its wonderful sunny weather, Spain has many beautiful beaches and cities to offer. Furthermore, the Spanish culture and lifestyle are totally contageous and fascinating. There are so much more aspects why you should come and visit Spain such as the food and the calm Spanish inhabitants.

3.Spanish is important when it comes to business!
As there are so many Spanish speaking people in the world, of course it is also an important language when it comes to business communication. On the other hand, many of the Latin American countries are rapidly-developing so that speaking Spanish is likely to become even more helpful in the future.

4.The Spanish literature
The number of literary masterpieces written in Spanish is huge!
If you learn Spanish, you can read books like “Don Quijote de de la Macha” and “Cien años de soledad” in their original language. Just imagine that!

5.Spanish is similar to many other languages!
Many Spanish words are derived from Latin and it is the same with many other languages such as French, German or Italian. This is the reason why it will become way easier for you to learn more languages when you start to study Spanish.

As you can see, there are many different reasons to study Spanish. So come and join our language courses at Spark where you can get to know the Spanish culture and the many beautiful places Andalusia has to offer while learning Spanish!

During my four-week study and work internship at Spark I want to develop personally and professionally. In order to do so, I am going to see the work experience in Spain as an opportunity to improve my skills and face my weaknesses in order to erase them.

First, I will improve my Spanish skills by talking Spanish with my colleagues as often as possible.
Furthermore, I will think positively about my given tasks as they all are opportunities to learn something new.
I will do my very best to master those tasks in a responsible and reliable way and finish them on time.
I will try out all of the things I am asked to do even if they challenge me to develope and become a better person and to gain as much experience as possible through the internship.
Although I will try to master the tasks independently, I will not be afraid to ask my co-workers for help if I need to and on the other hand I will help them as well whenever I can.
I will generally be a positive and gentle person and try to keep calm in every situation.
Finally, I will be accountable for everything I do and execute my tasks accordingly.

Wencke Röttger

During my work experience at Spark, learning good working habits and improving my Spanish. I want to become better at working efficiently and also overcome the habits that are holding me back from working at my max. Learning Spanish will even be a way for me to practice breaking bad working habits. Here are the 11 things I will do my utmost to achieve during my work experience:

  • I will put the needs of work ahead of my own and take learning seriously.
  • I will break old working habits and actively practice a growth mindset.
  • I will improve at speaking Spanish and become better at understanding it.
  • I will make sure to stay on schedule and be aware of my tasks.
  • I will set my goals clear on a micro-scale (the ones i can do today) and reflect on them continually.
  • I will see every task that I get in a positive way, even if I don’t like it, as I know how important it is to learn to turn negative feelings into positive ones.
  • I will distance myself from things that would hold me back on improving.
  • I will take on every task that I get with passion and motivation.
  • I will be as helpful and useful member of “staff” as I can be.
  • I will learn from my mistakes.
  • And most of all I will be as nice and cheerful as possible to everyone at Spark and also to my host family.
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Gabriel Spaude

When children learn their native language, they do not see it as a subject nor a chore, it is communication. It is the means to interact with their peers and parents and their mechanism to let the world know: who they are, how they feel and what they want. It is an integral part of their identity. However when most British children learn a second language, their relationship with that new language is often similar to that which most children have to mathematics. It is a subject to study and often a chore to learn. The new language is frequently only experienced as a collection of phrases to memorise and rarely are children able to see the new language as what in the long run it should be which is the way of interacting with people from a different country.

Language should be natural

This is where language trips abroad come in to bridge the gap between viewing the new language as a subject and experiencing it as real communication. It is essential to make this connection at a young age in order that children link the hard work done learning the language in class to real practical usage with native speakers. This is exactly the connection that excellent English speaking countries make to English. At a young age Dutch children experience English not merely as a subject enforced upon them at school, but as a language: to watch television in, to listen to music in and they frequenly witness Dutch adults using it to communicate with non Dutch speaking people. In short Dutch children experience English as another language to use, rather than just a subject to be learned. If the British are to catch up with the rest of the world, this is exactly how we need to view second language acquisition and naturally language trips abroad have a huge role to play in providing this real contact to the second language at a young age.

Currently less British adults know a second language than in any other European country.

At a moment Britain argueable looks inwards, due to Brexit, it is more essential than ever that our primary and preparatory schools be at the forefront of getting our future movers and shakers looking outwards from a young age. A language trip abroad not only provides that vital link to using a new language as real communication but it also exposes young students to new experiences and alternative ways of doing and seeing things, providing that all important cultural awareness. Add to this the unique bond that can form between teachers and students as they experience together a trip abroad and primary schools have so many positive reasons to run, what will may ikely be, the first trip abroad for many students. Organizing a school trip abroad also looks great in school prospectuses, as it proves to parents the importance the school places on language learning and building greater cultural awareness.

Preparatory school children during an excursion.

Of course saying all of this, the challenges of taking primary school children abroad should never be underestimated. A school trip abroad can throw up many headaches: the challenge of moving children through an airport, worry about whether safety standards are the same as at home and concerns about whether the accommodation is suitable for children to name but a few. However all of these can be planned out to be prevented from causing issues. First and foremost it is vital to look for a quality local supplier who can do the bulk of the organization and take care of risk analysis and assessment. Not to mention providing vital on the spot local knowledge and support which is also why you should look for companies that provide local chaperones to accompany your students throughout the trip. Choosing a supplier who can provide residential accommodation on exclusivity basis is also a must for primary schools as this provides a safe and controlled environment for young students. Next it is vital to do an inspection visit of the residence and area and experience the activities and excursions first hand. Not only does this allow you to check safety standards but also meeting the local supplier in person builds up vital trust and allows for tweaking of your school’s bespoke programme. Via doing all these things a school trip abroad need not be a strain to organize and certainly the gains linguistically and culturally more than provide payback for any time put in.

Douglas Haines and Inge Hol are a British/Dutch couple who run Spark Spanish a school trip provider based in Spain which offers bespoke residential primary school tours for both independent and state schools.

Douglas and Inge own and run Spark Spanish with a family feel.

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