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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.

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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“):).

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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During my work and study internship at Spark Languages, I will become confident and competent in learning and using Spanish by making the most of the culture and people that I am surrounded by.

I will also develop a can do attitude towards any tasks that I am expected to carry out, in order to improve my independence skills and my value as an employee and colleague.

I will approach my work with a positive outlook in order to do the best I can especially with any challenges I face.

I will push myself to improve my communication skills in order to help the rest of the Spark team in whatever way I can.

I will make myself aware of my mistakes and use them in a constructive way so that I can learn and progress.   

Aoife McHugh