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During my three-week work and study Spanish experience in Spain, I didn’t just want to get some work experience but also wanted to combine that with getting to know the Spanish culture. Therefore, I decided to stay with a host family, which turned out to be a wonderful decision!

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Living with a Spanish family has lots of advantages, for example always having  someone around you, who you could spend time with. When I arrived, I didn’t know anybody, so I was really glad to have such a nice host family and especially, having a host sister, who is my age. So instead of sitting  at home all day on my first day, we went to the beach and by doing that, I also got familiar with El Puerto de Santa María.

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Another great thing is experiencing real “Spanish” life for the three weeks I’m here. The food, the routines and the complete lifestyle are totally different to what I was used to, back home. Personally, I don’t think there’s a better way of experiencing and getting to know a foreign culture. Also, due to my host family being locals, they show me around and I get to see lots of places without being worried                                                                                          about getting lost or missing out some nice                                                                                      places!

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The probably best thing about living with a Spanish family is that it’s an easy way of improving your Spanish, because you are speaking and hearing it basically all the time, you are with them! Besides that, you’re also picking up phrases without really learning the vocabulary, like you would in school.

These points are basically the first that came to my mind, when thinking about the great advantages you have, whilst staying with a spanish family!

Hope this post inspired you to think about going abroad!

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Did you kow that Spanish is the mothertongue to about 400 million people all around the globe?

Whether you are working with an international company, want to improve your cognitive skills or would like to travel and explore the world, learning Spanish will definitely be helpful!

1. It´s easy

First of all, Spanish is quite easy to pickup, which is very fun while learning a new language. Moreover, you will see many similarities between English (or other languages as well) and Spanish!

2. Improve your cognitive skills

Also being able to speak more than one language will keep your brain working and without a doubt improve your cognitive skills. This may help in lots of situations you will come across in your daily life.

3. Career opportunities

Furthermore, Spanish is spoken in lots of different parts of the world so actually speaking Spanish will open up a  lot of  new career opportunities, due to being a minority on a growing market.

4. Go abroad

Another good reason to learn Spanish, especially at a young age, is going abroad. Taking part in Work & Study, exchange, work experience and Au-pair programs is a great way of gaining experience and of course practicing Spanish.

5. Culture

Last but not least, Spain and other spanish-speaking countries all have amazing cultures, which are definitely worth a visit. The variety of foods, the famous flamenco dance or the antique traditions, there are lots of things Spain is know for!

So these were my 5 most important reasons, why I think YOU should learn Spanish!

¡Hasta luego!

 

During my three-week work and study Spanish programme at Spark, I want to work on my personal development and I want to be seen as an open-minded and reliable intern. This statement is going to explain how and what in particular I am planning to achieve during my stay.

I need to be motivated in order to be able to give 110% so I can live out my responsibilities with passion and excitement. Also being motivated will help me to complete my tasks the best I can. This will definitely be useful, considering my future work.

I will improve my ability of interacting with Spanish-speaking  people, by trying to speak Spanish as much as possible. This will not only be beneficial for my language skills, but also be part of my personality, which might open up career opportunities.

I need to have a positive attitude towards everybody and everything I will come across here at Spark, and generally in Spain, to get the most out of my work experience. Last but not least, I want to have a great time, gain lots of experience, get to know new people and a new culture, but most importantly; enjoy my stay.

Rebecca Kanevski

 

During my three-month placement at Spark, whilst working and studying Spanish, I want to work on my personal and professional development and become an efficient, reliable and valued staff member. My mission statement sets out how I will achieve this, and by reflecting on it, I can take responsibility for my own personal development.

I need to develop good work habits in order to reach my full potential in terms of what I can contribute to the team. This includes becoming conscious of negative and limiting thoughts when they occur to me, and replacing them with more constructive ones. In this way I can push myself to continue learning rather than being limited by self-doubt or blame.

I will take on challenging tasks rather than allowing my fear of failure to hold me back from trying. This may mean asking for help when I need it, and persevering with skills which I find harder to pick up. When I do fail, I will hold myself accountable and make sure the issue gets resolved. Whatever successes and failures I have, I will learn from them.

Rather than striving to carry out small tasks and details to perfection, I will consider how they fit into the bigger picture in terms of the objectives I am trying to achieve. In this way, I can allocate my time and energy efficiently, not spending too much time on less important details.

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Finally, through my attitude and energy I will be a positive influence on the atmosphere at Spark. I will approach my daily work, regardless of the type of tasks I am carrying out, with enthusiasm and positivity.

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Do you live in El Puerto or Rota or nearby and aren’t happy with your Spanish Level?

Why not join us in Spark this July to September for an intensive course of 10, 20 or 25 hours plus cultural activities. Not only will you make great progress with your Spanish level but you’ll also meet other people striving to take their Spanish forward and get to do some exciting cultural events too.

The three options spark has to offer are:

All Courses also include 3-4 cultural activities*1 per week. Access to Sparkville kitchen, roof and other communal area and free wifi. There is also a 25€ one off inscription fee for all course covering books and enrollments costs.

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On General Spanish Course in July and August: 10€ on a one week course, 25€ off two week, 50€ off three weeks and 100€ off 4 or more weeks. Only valid on the full General Spanish. Example price 4 week of 80 classes = 700-100€ discount = 600€ or 150€ a week.

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*1: cost of entrance tickets, food and drinks and transportation is not included. All activities optional. When courses are full there is 3-4 activities per week when fewer students it would be 2.
*2: levels must fit the courses Spark is running for discounts to be valid. Only valid on General Spanish course of 20 hours and not valid with additional discounts.

Mark Boyle: MISSION STATEMENT on my work and study programme in Spain

During these first few initial days at Spark I have really began to consciously think about what I would like to get out of this six month work placement, and what goals I need to set in order to achieve this. I have set several professional and personal goals which I feel will benefit both me and spark languages as they will enable me to become a more effective and proficient worker and person. Just one of my goals is that I will improve my level of competence in Spanish. This will not only improve my ability to talk to Spanish-speaking customers but it will also benefit me personally as it will give me the ability to talk and interact with some local Spanish speakers.

While working here I will also create good work habits which will allow me to become an adept worker in almost any work environment. Although I may face some challenges on this placement I will work through those challenges with an optimistic attitude and will work with passion and excitement. While I still may make mistakes I will improve the quality of my work by learning from any mistakes which I may have made and ensuring not to repeat them. I will also make sure that I am accountable for any of my actions rather than blaming any others for my own mistakes  I will take accountability for anything that I may have done wrong. I also need to always ask and learn if I face problems which I cannot solve rather than saying I can’t do it.

I will also value the skills and wisdom of my other colleagues that I am working with and I will learn as much from them as I can. If I can use these effective habits I feel I will certainly have a very successful placement. By the end of this placement I will be happy if I know that I have genuinely made an effort at everything I have done, be it work or personal goals. It is very important to me that I learn as much as I can while on this placement and that I am able to contribute to Spark in a positive way.

Mark Boyle.

 

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SparkSpanish con Loreena – Todas mis experiencias en Spark

 

Este vídeo es contiene todos los vídeos de mi vlog “SparkSpanish con Loreena” y otros vídeos divertidos. Muestro todas mis experiencias de tres semanas en Spark y con mi familia española. He disfrutado mi tiempo aquí que puedes ver en este vídeo también. Son tres semanas inolvidables para mí.

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Hola, me llamo Loreena Rech, tengo 17 años y soy de Alemania.Participé en el work and Study programme aquí en Spark, estudiando el español y haciendo vídeos para apoyar Spark. Ahora quiero mostrar que hacía en detalle durante mis prácticas.

De las 10 hasta las 2 de la mañana tenía clases de español con mi profesora fantástica, Gema. Con mis compañeros de clase mejoraba mi español enormemente y tenía mucha alegría.

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Después de un recreo de aproximadamente una hora comenzaba con mi trabajo. Mi primera tarea fue un vídeo blog cada día. Contaba mis experiencias y mostraba todo que aprendí. Mis vivencias eran variadas y siempre divertidas.

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además hice un vídeo del edificio de Spark. es como un paseo por las diferentes partes de SparkSpanish. Así estudiantes futuros pueden ver lo que ofrece el establecimiento Spark.

Al fin de mis tres semanas aquí hice un vídeo con todas mis experiencias y vivencias en Spark. Espero que mis vídeos ayuden a Spark a encontrar nuevos estudiantes que disfruten su tiempo aquí como yo.

Mi primer día en Spark tuvimos las bebidas de bienvenida que estaban muy buenas. Un jueves participé en una clase de flamenco que fue también parte del programa cultural de Spark. A mí me gustaba mucho.

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He aprendido muchísimo durante mis tres semanas en Spark. No solo he mejorado mi español sino también he aprendido a entenderme yo misma mejor. Puedo decir que he conseguido mi objetivo y que estoy orgullosa de mi trabajo y mi desarrollo.

Quiero agradecer a mi profesora, mi jefe y mis compañeros de clase por el tiempo fantástico aquí y nunca voy a olvidar esta experiencia.

Loreena Rech

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Mi último día aquí en Spark estaba muy divertido. Pero es triste que mi tiempo en Spark ya es terminado. Nunca voy a olvidar esta experiencia buenísima. La ceremonia despedida estaba muy bonita y voy a echar Spark de menos.

Loreena Rech

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Ya he mostrado diferentes acciónes del programa cultural en Spark. La clase de flamenco es organizado de Spark también. Es una vivencia muy divertida y puedo recomendarla. Es parte de la cultura andaluza y una buena manera de aprender más  palabras en español.

Loreena Rech

SparkSpanish – El Puerto

 

Durante mi work and study programme he creado un vídeo que muestra el edificio de Spark aquí en El Puerto de Santa María. Podéis ver como estudiamos y vivimos en Spark. Además tenéis una impresión del sitio.

Loreena Rech