Hello everyone, my name is Nathan Stagnaro, I am 20 years old as of this moment I am starting my internship at La Herradura language school working with and contributing to their social media accounts and general internet presence. I am currently on my second visit to Uruguay and I could not be more pleased to be here. The plan as I was told when I arrived was this: Three weeks of intensive Spanish classes followed by five weeks of interning with very few details included. Right now, I am at the end of three weeks of classes and I am beginning my internship here and I have already learned so much about the language and the culture here but I still have so much to go. Although I really did not know much about what I would be doing when I came, the thought of three weeks of intensive Spanish classes was daunting, but something I wish I had known was how relaxed and calm both my employers would be as well as the culture in general. I should say as well that this is not my first experience with Uruguay by any means. My father was born in the capital of Montevideo and moved to the United States when he was only 4-years-old and in 2013, I visited for the first time to meet cousins, aunts and uncles that I had no idea existed. At that time I didn’t speak a word of Spanish and I quickly learned that the minimal Spanish I did know was vastly different from the Spanish that is spoken in Uruguay. From that trip on, I had a fascination with the country of Uruguay. I didn’t speak the language and barely knew the culture, but something clicked for me and I felt strangely at home which is what brought me here this time around with the intention of knowing the language and people better. I found this opportunity online and for me it’s been a perfect combination of so many things that I have a passion for. Firstly, I get to be in Uruguay, which, as I mentioned earlier, has always been something I have been curious about and fascinated with. (It doesn’t hurt that I am a big futbol fan either). Secondly, with this opportunity at the school, I get a chance to create content for the school’s social media about Uruguay to share with other foreigners looking for places and information in and around Montevideo and for me nothing could be better. In the states when I mention my dad being from here or my previous visit, I get a lot of quizzical looks and questions about where it’s located and even what language is spoken. It’s amazing to me how little people where I’m from know about this great country and now it’s my job to share it with them. I couldn’t be more happy to be what I’m doing and you can follow along my trip by following the accounts of La Herradura on any one of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc. Saludos de Uruguay! – Nate

Hola a todos! Me llamo Nathan Stagnaro, tengo 20 años y en eso momento estoy comenzando mi intercambio en La Herradura, un centro de ensenanza de Espanol en Montevideo. Voy a trabajar con los medios sociales y la presencia general de la red para la escuela. Eso es mi segunda vez visitando Uruguay y no podria mas feliz estar aca ahorra. El plan cuando me llegue fue eso: Tomar treis semanas de clases intensivos y despues comenzar cinco semanas mas para trabajer en mi intercambio y yo no sabia mas que eso. Ahorrita, he terminado mis clases y estoy comenzando mis primer dias de trabajo en la escuela y ya he aprendido muchisimo sobre la cultura y la lengua aca en uruguay pero todavia tengo mucho que yo tengo que aprender. Cuando llegue, no sabia mucho sobre que mis tareas o deberes iban a ser pero la palabra “intensivo” para describir las clases me dio miedo, pero algo que deseo que yo sabia cuando llegue es la tranquilidad de la cultura y gente de Uruguay. Debo decir tambien que eso no es mi primer experiencia de Uruguay. Mi padre nacio en Montevideo pero se mudo a las Estados Unidos con su familia cuando tenia solo cuatro años y en 2013 visite uruguay por la primera vez para conocer tios, primos, y familia que yo nunca habia conocido. En 2013 no pude hablar nada Espanol y me entere que espanol en Los Estados Unidos es re differente que el espanol en Uruguay. Hasta esa viaje, siempre tenia una fascinacion de eso pais. No hable la lengua y no conoci la cultura pero sintia muy comodo aca y tenia que volver. Cuando encuentre esa oportunidad en la red, estaba tan emocionado porque ahorra tengo una oportunidad hacer dos cosas que me encantan. Primero, puedo conocer la lengua y cultura mas que nunca y para mi eso es un sueno porque para mi mismo, conocer la cultura es conocer mas do yo tambien, y segundo, puedo compartir mi experiencia con otros extranjeros que no conocen sobre Uruguay y como es. Mucha gente en Los Estados Unidos que he conocido no sabe donde esta Uruguay, o cual lengua se habla en Uruguay entonces tener una oportunidad mostrar y ensenar de un pais que me fascina es perfecto y no podria pedir por un mejor situacion. Puedes ver mis contribuciones y viaje en todos los medios sociales de La Herradura y espero que puedo mostrar algo que nuncas has visto antes.

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