Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Lebrija, Spain
‘I experienced a different style of plumbing which was great, as it portrayed to me how Spanish people live a completely different lifestyle to us in the UK. ‘
My tutors had shared the opportunity with me but the aspiration to travel, come across new people and throw myself into a completely new environment, motivated me to work hard and earn a place to go to Spain for 4 weeks.
I knew that working abroad would be completely different to how we work back at home, so I wanted to get that experience and learn new Spanish techniques. I mostly assisted a plumber with air conditioning and underfloor heating. I experienced a different style of plumbing which was great, as it portrayed to me how Spanish people live a completely different lifestyle to us in the UK. I now feel that if I had to fit any underfloor heating or conditioning pipes, I would be comfortable to do it without any assistance or supervision.
Lebrija is a city full of warm and welcoming people. There were a lot of things to do such as going to the beach, visiting monuments, going shopping and more. Plus the weather was fabulous!
My confidence, inter-personal skills and problem-solving ability were greatly boosted through this experience. Living away from home in a foreign country in an apartment full of other students, gave me a taste of independence and responsibility, which I would not have had otherwise.
My efforts throughout the placement earned me the praise of my boss and he said that he will miss me when I am not around. I am still studying for my Level 3 Plumbing course at college and hopefully will get an apprenticeship following that. This placement made me realise that I prefer developing my skills in an actual workplace.
For any future students, I would like to say that you should always stay focused and never give up on your goals. Be flexible and always look for solutions. It was a great experience for me from which I gained a lot of life lessons and skills!
Exposure to a cultural experience
Improved problem-solving skills
Enhanced ability to work independently
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