A few things:
- Like always, summer has come and gone so quickly! I had a great experience au pairing in A Coruña – I couldn’t have asked for a better family to work with.
- Last month I celebrated my 3 year Spain-iversary. I never intended to stay here for more than 1 year, but here I am!
- Summer has come and past and it’s back to school for children (and teachers)!
As I pointed out, I have now been living (and working) here in Spain for three years. I have learned so much about myself, Spain, Galicia, improved my Spanish (picked up a little galego), and have had the opportunity to explore new places.
My first year as a language assistant I was working in a primary school (ages 3-12) in Serra de Outes, a small pueblo about 30 minutes away from Santiago. I adored my students and coworkers but hated the commute and hours.
My second year I was placed in a trade school here in Santiago. It was a completely different experience after being with elementary schoolers. My students were learning about computer science – programming, designing, etc. I loved being able to walk to work in 15 minutes and I made some really great friends. However, I missed the little ones.
This year, I am back in a primary school (ages 3-12 once again), and I absolutely love it! Children are exhausting, and you need a lot of energy to keep up with 15 three year olds running around in a class room, but for me, working with children is one of the most rewarding experiences. They are so curious to learn and explore and I am always greeted with, “HELLO NICOLE!” whenever I run into students in the hallway. I am currently at CEIP de Pumar-Urdilde, which is about 20 minutes away from Santiago. It’s a very small school, classes tend to have less than 20 students and my coworkers are very welcoming and friendly.