So you have booked your language program (hopefully you'll be joining us in Argentina to do a Spanish Language Course at Expanish!), bought your plane tickets, made lists of things to pack and have 5,000 places you plan to visit while abroad. You are all set for your trip, so is there anything else you can do to prepare? Definitely! There are many extra steps you can take to help you have a really positive experien
Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Spanish courses abroad like the one offered by Expanish, not only offer you the possibility of learning a new language, but you will also gain some life-changing experiences. Here are a few ways in which a Spanish course abroad will reshape your life.
Everything is borrowed
That’s the title of a very famous song by The Streets. And the chorus goes something like: “I came to this world with nothing, and I’ll leave with nothing but love… Everything else is just borrowed”. And when you start packing for your trip, you’ll realize you can basically get rid of 90% of your belongings and be happy with some clothes and your sunglasses. It is liberating and rewarding.
You can really do it
Speaking of rewards, the day will come when you will look back and tell yourself: “Hey, I did it!”. Because studying abroad is fun, but it is usually preceded by a period of uncertainty and compulsive googling of every single detail. Leaving all that behind and being able to exit your comfort zone gives you a boost in self-confidence.
Being yourself while being different
You have a certain role in your social circles and it can be difficult to escape from it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you are studying a Spanish course abroad you can start from scratch and be whoever you want to be. That doesn’t mean that you are will not be true to yourself. Only that you can give yourself an opportunity to discover yourself without your people’s expectations.
Coming back is also cool
Your hometown has its own magic. Even if it sounds a little bit cliché, sometimes getting away from your own routine makes you appreciate it. After studying a Spanish course abroad, you will come back home and see everything with a new perspective. We take a lot of things for granted and revisiting them after traveling can make us appreciate them again.
The more you travel, the more you travel…
Once you get on full wanderlust-mode, it just becomes easier to move around. Packing is less stressing, taking a bus, a train or even a plane is not a big deal anymore, just something that you do to visit a new place.
…but this is more than just traveling
Taking a Spanish course abroad makes you stay in a place. And staying in a place means discovering its secrets and magic escaping the classic tourists’ routes. Truth is, almost every city in the world has some spectacular monument recommended in all the guides, but staying for longer in a place allows you to discover your own particular favorite places. Bars, squares and other secret corners that will turn any city into a unique one: the one that you experienced.
Foreigners like foreigners
There is a weird feeling of complicity when studying abroad, with other people who are in the same situation as you. They get you on your moody days, enjoy similar things, and find some cultural differences equally funny. In a few years from now, when you get back to the city where you studied a language, it is highly unlikely that a lot of the people that you studied with are still there. Chances are that you will have friends spread across the globe… a nice excuse to travel around!