Hey there! My name is Alejandro and I come from Colombia. I'm currently on my exchange program in the Netherlands and last summer I interned in Spain!
We've all heard the clichés about traveling and going abroad. Saint Augustine is attributed with the quote that said it best: "The world is a book and those who do not travel only read the first page". While 20ish centuries have passed since the philosopher may or may not have said this, the idea still stands. Only now, we have the means to explore the farthest points of the earth, immersing ourselves in local culture and building a resume while we are at it. If only St. Augustine knew about Absolute Internship back then.
From the culture, food, language and customs I have learned so much over this past month. Not to mention, I’ve gotten a chance to brush up on my Spanish. On my way from the airport my first day, I couldn’t believe that this would be my home for the next month. I had pinch myself a few times to make sure it was real (but to this day it still feels like a dream). Day three in the Barcelona Program we went on a city tour of Catalunya specifically Las Ramblas and once again I was in awe. The architecture of various places in Barcelona is stunning to say the least. Not only that but the historical elements of this city are truly fascinating. From that day, I knew that I could see myself living in Barcelona in the future.
In April we welcomed Western University student Zoe to Barcelona where she undertook an internship placement in a local school as part of WU's Alternative Field Experiences program. We caught up with Zoe to talk about her internship, being a student teacher in Barcelona, her impressions of the city, and much more.