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Italy
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by Ellie Stokes 24-01-2018
                Yesterday it was pointed out to me that I am nearly half way through my year abroad. Crazy! So I sat down with my diary and calculated that I have only 15 weeks left in Italy. Now this might sound like a long time but knowing how quickly...
                Yesterday it was pointed out...
                Yesterday...
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
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by Beth Allen 17-01-2018
Christmas and NYE are sadly over- which means that I am officially poor (not a good situation when you live in the most expensive city in the world). Alas, I stocked up on free food whilst home for Xmas…so all’s good! … but I realised one very real thing: it is super cold in the...
Christmas and NYE are sadly over- which means that I am officially poor (not a good situation...
Christmas and NYE are sadly over- which means...
Italy
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Italy
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by Ellie Stokes 12-01-2018
When I received my location for my British Council Language Assistant placement I quickly became aware of how difficult it would be to find accommodation in Arezzo. Therefore, you can imagine my relief when a colleague from school contacted me to advertise that she rented an apartment in the city centre....
When I received my location for my British Council Language Assistant placement I quickly became...
When I received my location for my British...
Spain
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Spain
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by Alice Young 11-01-2018
Home for Christmas Two weeks spent visiting family and friends, catching up at home and fully indulging in takeaways and television, also known as the epitome of British culture, and I am now back and settled into my routine in Spain. Of course when away, you miss the people back at home, but I surprised...
Home for Christmas Two weeks spent visiting family and friends, catching up at home and fully...
Home for Christmas Two weeks spent visiting...
British Council ELAs
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British Council ELAs
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by Alice Young 13-12-2017
Top five reasons to spend your Year Abroad as a Language Assistant In the preparation stages of sorting out my Year Abroad, at the University of Leeds we were given three options for how to spend our time away: Studying at a partner institution British Council assistantship Work placement I...
Top five reasons to spend your Year Abroad as a Language Assistant In the preparation stages...
Top five reasons to spend your Year Abroad...
Italy
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Italy
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by  04-12-2017
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that I have just over two weeks left of my time here in Italy! Where have those 5 months gone? So as I’m finishing final language assessments, work projects and Erasmus documentation I thought I would reflect a bit on my time in Pisa.  As much as it...
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that I have just over two weeks left of my time here...
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that...
Italy
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Italy
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by Ellie Stokes 01-12-2017
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that you can access all the same goods when living abroad. Well, think again. In many countries basic medication, like painkillers, can be purchased for next to nothing. However, in Italy you can pay anything up to €10 for a small packet of paracetamol. Secondly,...
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that you can access all the same goods when living...
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that...
France
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France
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by Eloisa Payne 01-12-2017
Bonjour! First of all, I apologise for the awful pun in the title. It had to be done. I only have just over 2 weeks left of my first Erasmus semester in Lyon before I go back home to Birmingham for Christmas. I have been here for nearly 4 months now, which rather a long time but it has actually gone...
Bonjour! First of all, I apologise for the awful pun in the title. It had to be done. I only...
Bonjour! First of all, I apologise for the...
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
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by Beth Allen 30-11-2017
The days go soooo quick when you’re trying to juggle sleep/work/friends/family/food/me time….(how is this done..?) So, each month, we pick a theme for our workshops and tutorials; November is cultural month! This means we get to teach students about different cultures & nationalities...
The days go soooo quick when you’re trying to juggle sleep/work/friends/family/food/me...
The days go soooo quick when you’re...
FCO Blog Posts
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FCO Blog Posts
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by Rosie Wright 24-11-2017
                  Now the weather has turned, our hobbies have certainly changed. Four months ago we might have thrown an impromptu barbeque, but tonight our only plans include sitting in front of the TV, watching I’m a Celeb and inhaling the...
                  Now the weather has...
                  Now...