Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Year abroad plans

Seeing as I have to have semi-finalised YA plans by the start of next term, it seems fitting that I actually have some idea of what I want to do. I finish my exams at the end of May 2017 and only go back to university in October 2018, leaving me with around 16 months to play with.

Here's my plan so far:

July-January internship in Germany
February-June studying in Russia
July-September volunteering in Ukraine

That will give me about 7 months speaking German, and 8 speaking Russian, in addition to the 3 I already have for German, 1.5 for Russian and 11 for French.

The advantage of studying in Russia is that I can really get the Russian language immersion I need, despite how difficult that will be, and by studying in the second term rather than the first I can avoid the worst of the Russian winter. Ukraine, on the other hand, is much easier to get to on account of visa-free travel and affordable flights, and so hopefully I won't be spending 8 solid months without seeing anyone from home(!).

The internship in Germany might be harder to organise, since many companies prefer year-long placements, but considering my language ability, my translation experience EN<>DE and my work experience as a whole, I'm hoping to get some success.

The fact that my course-mates will also be abroad at the same time means that I will have to get planning some tactical breaks from work and studies! It's a tough life, but someone's got to do it.

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