One of the most memorable parts of this academic year for some of our students was the week of work experience undertaken by our brave Modern Foreign Languages students. Back in February, sixteen Notre Dame students headed to either Spain or France to become an ‘employee’ in that country and submerge themselves in the life and culture.
One of the students, Lydia Austin, headed to Spain to work for a charity called “Fundacion Amigos de Galicia”. Lydia became a fundraiser, working door to door to try and raise much needed donations. “Despite being extremely nervous, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful,” she said. “Having a host family was one of my favourite parts of the trip and helped me the most. The experience of living with a stranger and being involved in their family life gave me a huge amount of confidence.”
Alisha Henderson headed to Rouen in France to work in a crèche, caring for French children aged between six months and three years. “I got lots of opportunities to speak French and really improved my listening and reading skills too,” said Alisha. “I even taught the French children some English nursery rhymes, which they really enjoyed!”
Well done to all of our students who completed work experience this year, especially those who were brave enough to take on a position in another country, and thank you to all the staff who have made the experience possible.