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Hey everyone, I made another post similar to this one a few days ago but it was about leaving my year abroad full stop - this post is slightly different.

Basically to cut a long story short I'm working as a BC language assistant in the south of Spain in a small town which I'm not really enjoying that much. There are very few things to do, I don't really have any friends or people my own age, and I'm feeling mentally and physically down most of the time.

Originally I wanted to just try to come home early full stop but I've been considering my options and a few new things crossed my mind. Does anyone have any advice or stories about former language assistants who have either asked for a transfer to another school, or who have quit their job and found another one for the rest of their time in Spain? I have contacts through my boyfriend who could apparently have me in Malaga - even though I want to come home, I think being in a bigger city with a lot more to do would be wonderful for the anxiety I'm having right now. If that fails, however, I guess my only option is to ask for a transfer to another school in a bigger place but that seems like a long shot - has anyone been in the same boat who can offer me some advice?
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Hi . Did you find your position through the CIEP ?
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Oh i just read the title so it’s through the British council. Can you please let me know about you situation Because i’m Currently in a similar one .Thanks
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Oh i just read the title so it’s through the British council. Can you please let me know about you situation Because i’m Currently in a similar one .Thanks
Hey! So I’ve ended up just deciding that I’m most likely not going to return after xmas - I spoke to my mentor about how I was feeling and he was surprisingly understanding and very sympathetic, he even said there’s no point in me staying out here until June if I’m not enjoying it. Obviously they don’t want me to leave but if I give them enough notice they may be able to ask for another assistant for the new year, I’m not sure. I think it massively depends on your school though because I’ve heard some really frightening horror stories on fb pages etc about some people’s experiences!!
In terms of my studies I’m going to work with family friends in France, my uni are making me do a full seven months there from January to July (for joint languages the time is split between 3 months for one language and 7 for the other, obviously by xmas I’ll have done three months here so it technically satisfies those requirements). It sucks that I can’t split it up as I originally wanted to but I’ll be with people I know and it’s only two months longer!
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Oh ok ! So we made the same decision because I am not going to come back after xmas neither . But I am a bit anxious about how to tell it to my head teacher . It is a really nice person and also very professional. Thank you for your answer btw
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Don’t be anxious, just explain the situation and that you don’t want to return. Can I ask what’s causing you to not want to return? For me being out here is affecting my mental health in a really negative way.
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Don’t be anxious, just explain the situation and that you don’t want to return. Can I ask what’s causing you to not want to return? For me being out here is affecting my mental health in a really negative way.
Same thing for me . I m getting sad to be here . It was supposed to be a good experience for my career but actually I m just getting angry at everything .. I’ve lost my motivation. The city where I work is not what I expected at all. So yes it’s getting frustrating and I m counting the days ..
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I totally get what you mean, that’s exactly how I’m feeling and I’ve had a whole range of emotions - sadness, frustration, anger, lack of motivation, you name it, I’ve had it! I hope your mentor is understanding but even if they’re not don’t worry - you need to do what’s best for you
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Hey, I am in a very similar situation to you where I had very different expectations for my city and general lifestyle for my position as English language assistant with the BC. When working at the school it is not so bad as I am busy and enjoy teaching the kids and the family I am staying with are amazingly welcoming and kind, but it is the area I am in which I don't feel safe in hence I don't go out/do anything and this is bad for my mental health. Similar to you, I want to work at the school until Christmas period, but what advice would you give for telling my mentor? I don't want to say anything too soon (as it is only October) which could make it awkward and don't want to disappoint since I know having a native speaker in the class will help so much, but at the same time I don't want to leave it too late that the school cant find another assistant or would react shocked that I wont return to school. Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks
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