Milica, a participant in the cultural exchange program with Spain, is writing us from Spain. Read her impressions below:
I made the decision to apply for a cultural exchange program in Spain because I wanted to try something completely different. The summer before graduation seemed like an ideal opportunity. I applied for this program in March, and I already had a conversation with my family in June, after which I could hardly wait for the program to start.
The family I live in is wonderful, they have two younger boys, 3 and 5 years old. I needed a basic knowledge of Spanish in order to establish initial communication with them and gain their trust, because as the children are small and the adjustment period lasted a little longer, about 3 weeks. The weekends are free for me and I mostly spend them either traveling or relaxing on the beach. I am in Santander, the capital of the northern province of Cantabria. I have always thought that smaller cities have more charm than larger ones, so I was not wrong this time either. Santander is a city that has a lot to offer over the summer, very lively and dynamic both during the day and in the evening. Nearby is the famous Basque Country, as well as the famous Altamira Cave, and if you want to travel somewhere, low-cost flights are the right choice, as Santander also has a smaller airport. A well-known fact for Spain is good food, which I can confirm, because when it comes to meals and services, you don’t save a bit.
I would recommend this program to anyone who has a bit of an adventurous spirit, but is also very interested in the cultural content of a country. Also, you have the opportunity to see and feel all aspects of life abroad first hand.