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  • 32 years old
  • From United States
  • Currently in New York, United States

Teaching English in Spain :-)

Follow my journal entries as I travel to teach English abroad for the very first time!

It's Almost Here

United States New York, United States  |  May 18, 2011
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 "This will be my first international experience speaking English, as well as my first trip to Europe, so I'm very excited" 

     Well, it's almost here. I leave for Spain next Friday. Everything has happened SO fast. I only found out that I had a host family about a month ago, so it's been quite a whirlwind. There are so many emotions going on within me, but it's mainly excitement. I'm currently in Grad School working towards my Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (it's a mouthful, I know). This will be my first international experience speaking English, as well as my first trip to Europe, so I'm very excited. My semester just ended this week, so for the next week leading up to my trip, I can focus completely on creating a curriculum for my host family. I will be living with a family of 5, which includes three daughters and parents. They are all at different levels of English, so it's going to be interesting. I plan on having fun while teaching them to sharpen their English skills. 

     When it came to picking a country to travel to, I was extremely tempted to pick somewhere in the Middle East. I LOVE the Arabic culture, and have already been to two Middle Eastern countries, however, I chose Spain for two reasons. The first and main reason is that it's the country of my ancestors. Both of my parents can trace part or all of their lineage back to Spain, and so I'm drawn to the thought of being immersed in the culture of my ancestors. I'm excited to learn more about the country of my origin. Secondly, while both sides of my family speak fluent Spanish, I don't. My skills are far from fluent, and I am going to Spain with the main goal of becoming fluent in Spanish (minus the famous Spanish lisp). I hope that everything I've learned from childhood to now will come back to me and kick into overdrive. I plan on speaking Spanish EVERYWHERE I go and to every person I come across. Since I've heard that Spaniards are extremely friendly and outgoing, I'm hoping this will be an easy task.

         Anyways, my next blog entry will probably be from Madrid, so I guess you'll be hearing from me by next weekend :-)

10 days!

- Gabby

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    kaylagregg congratulates GabbyPortalatin on this experience Mon Feb 10, 2014
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    That all sounds amazing! I'm very excited for you and for my upcoming flight in three weeks to Madrid. Let me know if you want to keep in touch and possibly do some exploring together. Best wishes! -Kayla
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    ChelseaMendel wrote: Fri May 20, 2011
    How exciting! Good luck with your traveling and lesson planning – I will see you in Madrid in less than a month! :)
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