After four months at La Herradura, it’s sadly time to say goodbye. I’ve had a fantastic time doing an internship in the school in Montevideo and have learnt a lot inside and outside the classroom.

I’ve seen Montevideo change a lot over the last few months, from summer to late autumn. In summer it was a quiet city because all the Uruguayan’s were on their holidays mainly further along the coast towards the Atlantic. People spent their days on the beach and going on trips to make the most of the hot weather. Things have gradually changed throughout autumn, now the weather is quite chilly and the city has really come alive. All the students have come back along with many workers so the streets, bars, and restaurants are full of people. I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to enjoy Uruguay’s gorgeous summer weather and its beaches along the long coastline however I’m sad that I cannot stay longer because I’ve made so many fantastic friends who have arrived for the winter months. I am, however, pleased to head back to Europe to enjoy its own summer and continue developing myself as a person.

Living in Uruguay has increased my ability to handle challenging situations whilst being completely out of my comfort-zone. I have not only increased my ability to communicate in Spanish, I have also been improving my general communication skills whilst working in a school filled with people from all around the globe. I am now more culturally aware and also commercially aware thanks to the work experience gained working for a small business. I have been marketing the school online and helping with all the translations needed for the business. I have also been able to get involved in the school’s wide variety of activities and excursions and then write reflectively about the experience, which therefore increases my analytical ability.

I feel prepared now to move back to the UK to gain more interesting relevant work experience and then continue my studies in September. I will use the knowledge that I have gained from living in a developing country to write a great dissertation on economic development. I look forward to one day coming back to Uruguay to see everyone again and explore many of the continent’s other fascinating countries! Hasta Pronto!

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