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Leeds Trinity student secures international teaching role after graduation

Posted on 19 April 2017

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Niamh Badlam

A student at Leeds Trinity University has secured an internship to teach English in a Spanish school after she graduates this year.

Niamh Badlam, a final year Education Studies student, will start her nine-month internship in Barcelona and Castelldefells in October. She will teach English at a local Spanish primary/secondary school and will be staying with a host family.

Niamh said: "I've learnt a lot about the UK teaching system during my course, but I'm looking forward to gaining experience of working in Spanish schools and finding out more about another schooling system. It gives me experience of working in a different country and I hope the internship will enhance my CV and employability in the future."

Niamh fell in love with Spain last year when she went on holiday. She'd always wanted to teach English as a foreign language, and when the Careers office sent out the international internship opportunity to all final year students, she jumped at the chance.

"I'm looking forward to meeting and living with the host family, and improving my Spanish. They speak very little English, and my Spanish is basic, so we'll really be helping each other to learn more. I've changed the language on my social media channels to Spanish and have been watching films in Spanish with English subtitles to help me prepare!"

Niamh will be paid monthly during her internship, and although she has to pay for her flights to and from Spain, her accommodation and subsidence is covered by the host family. It was all secured through Progama AC; an organisation that provides opportunities for native English-speaking students to develop their communication and teaching skills in primary and secondary Spanish schools.

International internships are one of a number of study abroad and graduate options available to students at Leeds Trinity University.

Sean Harrison, Graduate Recruitment Officer at Leeds ​Trinity University, said:

"It is fantastic to see a student like Niamh who has been proactive in using our service to secure a graduate opportunity so early before graduation. This particular opportunity was advertised through us, giving Leeds Trinity graduates an advantage. In this case, Niamh utilised the services on offer to great effect, the application process was different to most with both an application form as well as a hand written cover letter (as written English is a key part of the role) and a video interview. Many employers who recruit graduates have multiple stages like this when shortlisting candidates so I'd urge any student to get in touch in order to prepare and give themselves the best possible opportunity of securing their ideal role."

For more information about graduate roles and vacancies, visit the Careers and Employability webpage of pop in to the Careers Office.