Read Mae Cooper’s diary of her work placement experience in Malaga at OnSpain School. Get insights in what an internship in Spain is all about about, by reading about her incredible experience and the amazing excursions she did in and around Malaga!
¡Hola! Mi nombre es Mae Cooper y este es mi diario de work placement en OnSpain School.
When I arrived in Malaga I was very excited to experience a new culture and learn more about my favourite subject, Spanish. We received a warm welcome at the airport from Javi and then were taken to OnSpain school to learn more about what our trip was going to involve. I was happy when I found out my work experience was with OnSpain as I would already be familiar with one face, Mavi. She seemed very happy and eager to help with any problems, and I could actually understand what she was saying! So my nerves calmed down just in time to meet our host families. The woman who Niamh, Ana and I are staying with is very kind and friendly and the house is beautiful, I feel very lucky to be staying in such a nice home!
Already on the first day I see the differences between the Spanish and English cultures. Spain have a very different schedule than us in the UK. We got up around 7am and had breakfast at 8:30am. For breakfast we had cereal and toast with fresh orange juice, this meal is not that different to what I eat in England! I am looking forward to lunch when I may be eating something which is more of a traditional Spanish meal.
What struck me most about the first day was the visit to Malaga and more specifically the Alcazaba, where I discovered the Arabic influences on the Spanish culture, perhaps most accurately portrayed through the doorways which made me think that I was more in Morocco than Spain!
We then went to a restaurant, El Pimpi, where me and my friends, shared different cuisines that all had a distinct Spanish flavour; chicken croquetas, prawn salad washed down with sangria.
El Martes, I took a Spanish class with Teresa, where I learnt the integral differences between ESTAR and HAY. Something I know will come in useful in every area of my Spanish learning. After which my friends and I learnt how to cook a traditional Spanish paella. We then visited the Museo Revelló which was very interesting with beautiful paintings. Vino Mió was amazing! Soaking up the flamenco with more sangria and tapas whilst the dancer performed- three friends of mine even danced with her!
The next day, we visited Nerja and the caves, my host family had told me that they often had concerts in the caves, which I found spectacular and something that I would very much like to experience. The caves themselves were magnificent and I was in awe. Following on the day, we visited Frigiliana a beautiful town in the hills, whilst we soaked up the Spanish culture we tasted the region´s sweet wine- which was delicious. But what I enjoyed most was the traditional Spanish dinner that I enjoyed with my host family – pasta!
On Thursday, at work experience, I was to visit host families – my favourite task of the week. I found them to be very warm and welcoming, and I know that I´d be very happy to stay with them. One couple even had the most adorable puppies! After this, we went to the Plaza Mayor, a fantastic retail outlet where my friends were very excited to find a nike factory store. After this we returned back to Pedregalejo and had a meal at a pizza restaurant that had won numerous awards- and it wasn’t difficult to see why.
Friday, the last day at work experience, my friend Tom came to work experience with me. We spent the day preparing for a leaving party for Moritz, an intern who was leaving OnSpain who had been here since September.
I have really enjoyed my experience here at OnSpain School, I have met some wonderful people and have greatly improved my spoken Spanish. I will definitely miss Malaga and hope to return soon!
OnSpain School, your door to learn Spanish!