Study Abroad/Learn a Language

Aimee McGrath attended a TY programme in Benalmadena, Spain, for three weeks in June 2015. Here, she outlines, what she did.

During my three weeks I attended a 4 hour class every morning but afterwards I got to taste the local cuisine. This more than made up for being in the classroom! I lived with a host family only ten minutes from the school and the shops, and I felt that this was a fantastic way of integrating with the local community. Various activities and trips were organised each day by the college which included a day trip to Malaga city, a trip to a water park and an amusement park, sports activities, to name but a few.

The company I went with, and now work for is called Stein Study. It is an Irish company based in Dublin and is an agent for accredited and reputable Language Schools throughout Europe. It provides language courses in different countries for all levels of students, ranging from TY programmes to Leaving Cert programmes. The courses run from 2-4 weeks depending on the course and how long you want to stay for. The countries include France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The programmes are a fun way of being fully immersed in the language, gaining independence, making new friends and exploring a new European city. (Basically the European version of the Gaeltacht).

For me the highlight was having free time, making new friends and experiencing a new country! This gave me a real sense of the culture and lifestyle of the country which was extremely enjoyable.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their language and to experience the culture of the country. (Aimee McGrath - Fifth Year)