My life as a language assistant in Spain (GIF style…)

Ok so before I begin, I’d just like to say that I took inspiration for this post from an article I found online a few weeks ago, and would like to give credit where credit is due, so here is the original post for anyone who wants to give it a read! It’s a pretty hilarious and relatable post for anyone else out there doing the same programme, and I loved it so much that I wanted to do my own take on it. So for people who are currently doing this programme/ are thinking of joining next year/ would just like a funny insight into what it’s like, here is a summary of a day/ week in the life of a language assistant in the south of Spain… enjoy!

Getting accepted onto the programme:


Then finding out we have to teach maths, science, geography and history. Not, yknow, English.


Waking up at the crack of dawn while it’s still dark

I’m trying my best…

Realising I’ve forgotten to plan anything for the first period year 9 chemistry lesson:

…and having to wing it:

When your students are like: “I saw you walking to school this morning!”

… every day:

Me in the first class of the day:

Every time I walk into a primary school classroom:

Every time I walk into a secondary school classroom:

Reading out a few words from the textbook…

Then standing awkwardly in the corner of the room doing nothing for the rest of the lesson:

When the teacher turns to you at the start of a lesson and goes: “Ok, so.. teach!”

When the students say something funny by mistake but you can’t laugh:

Or when the teacher accidentally says something without realising what they’ve said:

When the sassy high school boys think you don’t understand them when they’re misbehaving and talking in Spanish:

Everywhere you go in school, this is the only word you’ll need:

A month on and it still hasn’t tired:

Every time I ask a student a question:

In the last lesson of the day I be like:

And when school ends:

When you realise next weekend is a puente:

Every Spaniard every time I walk down the street:

At first I was like:

Now I’m like:

Every single attempted phone call with a Spaniard:

Until finally one was successful:

Every time someone asks me a question:

And generally every day here:


But really:

But all in all:

Check out my next post where I’ll be filling you in on my adventures in Sevilla…

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