Keeping myself busy is what I do best and my schedule here is definitely keeping me on my feet! Since I have a type A personality, I enjoy being a busy bee, and I am constantly absorbing everything about the Spanish lifestyle. On top of my internship at the International Immersion Institute, I am volunteering weekly at two different places.
The first place is Alimentos de Banco, which is a Food Bank. Two weekends ago, I helped collect food at a video game convention. The incentive for the kids at the video game convention was that if they brought in food, they could buy video game related items with 1 kilo equal to one point. We ended up receiving over 60 boxes of non-perishable food which I thought was a great turn out! I also took advantage of having Spaniards around me, and I practiced my Spanish speaking along with making new friends.
The second place I volunteer for is al residencia des ancianos, which is a home for the elderly. Every Wednesday night I go for a couple of hours to watch movies with the elderly and be good company, simply talking with them. I already made a new friend, Eugenia, who is so precious. Volunteering here has taught me so much and makes me feel good that I am helping various people!
Working as an intern has been very rewarding so far. I have learned so much about teaching in one month than I would have learned in years of school. I love being hands on, and now I’m teaching a good chunk of each class.
I start off by doing a daily routine with the kids, such as today’s date, the weather, and random questions about their week or interests. Then, I normally do an extra activity, such a reading a book to the little kids, planning a game, or doing a craft.
Last week, I thought of doing these four square, paper origami crafts that we can all remember making when we were younger. Instead of putting jokes inside, I had the kids write trivia questions or silly dares like “quack like a duck” that follow the theme of animals. I had them write animals on the outside as well, so they can practice their pronunciation of English letters. This idea turned out great because I could see the kids really enjoyed playing with these, and I could see it was helping with their English.
The Spanish life is treating me very well. Some mornings, when I have to wait a little bit before I head to work, I go to a café and have a typical Spanish desayuno (breakfast), which includes coffee, orange juice, and your choice of a sweet or salty food. The other day, I chose to have churros and they were filling and delicious! When I am walking to and from my internship, I enjoy looking at the beautiful architecture all around the city. I’ve also been trying a variety of new foods and drinks, such as Portuguese sweets, fish, and paella. I could never get bored with all of the variety here!