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Tom Lees

Tom Lees

France - Bordeaux

Spending a week in Bordeaux in the South West of France was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only was the trip useful for my French, I met some people from a completely different part of the UK who have become friends who I know...

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Hannaire Marion Mekaouar

Hannaire Marion Mekaouar

France - Rouen

In the February holidays of this year, I took the opportunity of a lifetime. Having chosen French A-Level, I decided to take up work experience within France through the enterprise Halsbury. However, this was not just any ordinary work experience pla...

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Imogen Page-Jarrett

Imogen Page-Jarrett

France - Rouen

Last month, I was lucky enough to participate in the Halsbury Work Experience Programme in France. I spent five days working in a crêperie in the city of Rouen, northern France. The people I met, the things I saw and skills I learnt definitely made i...

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Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee

France - Nancy

I worked in Hotel Ibis in Nancy, France and it was absolutely amazing. I helped out with the breakfast service, greeting customers and also had the opportunity to stand at reception, answering phone calls and passing it onto someone else. Outside my ...

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Melissa Man

Melissa Man

France - Nancy

My last trip to France with Halsbury work experience was one of the best I've been on. I spent a week in Nancy in the North East of France working at a men's high end clothing shop, and not only did I enjoy every day working there, but I also finally...

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Meghan Linscott

Meghan Linscott

France - Tours

I went to Tours and had an amazing time! Arriving at the airport not knowing anyone was a little bit scary but mostly exciting. I made a lot of friends, some of who I still keep in contact with now. For me, it provided a good example as to what movin...

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Michael Kewn

Michael Kewn

France - Bordeaux

The week I spent in the South Western city of Bordeaux was one of the best weeks of my life. I spent five days working in a fitness centre in the centre of Bordeaux. The people I met, the things I saw and skills I learnt definitely made it one of the...

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Patricia Lopez-Lema

Patricia Lopez-Lema

France - Nancy

Hello, or should I say Bonjour! My name is Patricia and I went to Nancy on my Work Experience Abroad, which was an urbanised town in the north-west of France.For my work placement I was allocated a slot working in a shop which sold objects from tradi...

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Brayan Anton

Brayan Anton

France - Nancy

I worked in a shop called ''Eurodif'' which is a shop for clothing/housing accessories. Everyday I did something new and I had different tasks to follow, the really good thing is you can talk to customers and help them out which actually helps improv...

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Rachel ORourke

Rachel ORourke

France - Rouen

I spent a week at a crèche in Rouen, in the north of France. Every day I’d walk to the bus stop, buy my ticket and enjoy a 25-minute journey to my placement, which was, in fact, my placement of choice!I worked a 7-hour day which, I must admit, was lo...

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Niheeba Gordon

Niheeba Gordon

France - Bordeaux

My placement was in a restaurant called ‘Le Printemps’, which is a brasserie located right opposite the train station in Bordeaux. My duties included greeting and serving customers, taking orders, clearing tables and setting up the restaurant, tables...

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Megan Stringer

Megan Stringer

France - Lille

I’ve just got back from the best week ever in Lille!I worked in a shoe shop and my day-to-day tasks included cleaning display tables for new shoes, putting out new season shoes and the occasional handbag, and also making sure everything was neat and ...

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Marika Cash

Marika Cash

France - Montpellier

In February, I went with about 15 other people from my school to Montpellier, France. I worked for a week in a pub-restaurant called ‘Irish Corner’. All the other employees were very patient and understanding when I couldn’t express myself in French ...

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Sarah Oppong

Sarah Oppong

France - Rouen

I spent a week at a nursery in Rouen, in the north of France. Every day I’d walk there with my friend because her placement was nearby. I worked an 8 hour shift every day which I enjoyed very much. I mainly participated in various activities such a...

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Gemma Gilson

Gemma Gilson

France - Rouen

My work experience in Rouen was amazing! I worked for a week in a garden centre and stayed with a host family. I did a variety of tasks including watering plants and looking after the animals, which was great as I got to mix with different employees....

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Chloe Granger

Chloe Granger

France - Nantes

I went to Nantes in February and I worked in a shop called Damart. It was a 10-minute walk from our hotel and the walk was lovely and relaxing – I felt really independent. My tasks at Damart involved tagging and putting clothes on hangers, arrangin...

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Frankie Povey

Frankie Povey

France - Rouen

During the Easter holidays this year, I embarked on my second Halsbury Work Experience Abroad trip – this time, to Rouen in northern France. I was posted to Jardiland, a garden centre, where I spent the week working alongside two lovely colleagues ...

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Abigail Stewart

Abigail Stewart

Germany - Cologne

For my work experience, I worked in an Art School based in Köln, Germany for a week. I was very shy at first and was quite scared to enter into conversation in case I couldn't be understood but I soon felt at ease and spoke more freely. My working ho...

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Molly Reeve

Molly Reeve

Germany - Aachen

During my trip to Aachen, I worked in a kindergarten with children aged between 3 and 6. My main task was helping to keep the children busy and entertained, as well as helping with the general running of the kindergarten (for example, assisting at me...

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Paulina Kulikova

Paulina Kulikova

Germany - Koblenz

My work experience in Koblenz was in a nursing home (St. Barbara Seniorzentrum) that was around a 15 minute walk from the hotel in a nice residential area. Although the walk there was fairly simple, I was at first nervous about finding the placement ...

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Stephen Earl

Stephen Earl

Germany - Koblenz

I apologise for the length of this review, but any shorter wouldn't give the week the justice it deserves. Although I have been to Germany in the past, it's not until I truly immersed myself this time around that I appreciated the different ways of a...

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Emma Freudenthal

Emma Freudenthal

Germany - Koblenz

My work placement in Koblenz was at Café Werrmann, a beautiful little place that specialised in amazing cakes and ice cream dishes. I first saw the café and introduced myself to my colleagues on the day after my arrival in Germany, and I was really ...

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Nilaxshana Balachandran

Nilaxshana Balachandran

Germany - Cologne

Before I start telling you about what I did during my work experience in Germany, I'd like to point out that this trip is definitely one not to miss as it is an amazing experience where you can meet lots of new people and have a wonderful time! I say...

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Rachel Walsh

Rachel Walsh

Italy - Ravenna

For my work experience I worked in a nursery in Ravenna, Italy for a week. Throughout the day I played games with the children, helped with mealtimes and general tidying up tasks. Working in the nursery was so rewarding, at first I found it difficult...

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Nicole Rayment

Nicole Rayment

Italy - Ravenna

During February half term, I did my week of work experience in Italy and I can honestly say that it was such a great experience! A group of us stayed in Ravenna, a small town situated in the north of Italy near Bologna.My work placement was in a hote...

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Tess Clothier

Tess Clothier

Spain - Segovia

I went to Segovia, Spain for my work experience, and I worked in Aldebaran Escuela Infantil, a nursery for children under three. There were about twenty children there, all between eight months and three years, as well as three women who worked there...

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Katie Wright

Katie Wright

Spain - Santander

My work experience week lasted from 16th - 23rd February and the destination was Santander. Having completed A2 Spanish a year earlier in Year 12, I decided to undertake work experience in Spain in order to keep up my level of Spanish, and I'm so gla...

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Maria-Alexandra Chirica

Maria-Alexandra Chirica

Spain - Segovia

The Work Experience was a brilliant opportunity for me to learn more about Spanish culture but also put into practice the Spanish that I’ve learnt. After working at a nursery where I had to entertain the children, read stories, create new activities ...

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Lauren Jenner

Lauren Jenner

Spain - Salamanca

I applied for Halsbury Spanish work experience for February 2011 and it was by far the best trip I have ever been on. Forget college trips work experience abroad challenges your language skills and allows you more freedom and independence.In my onlin...

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Helena Jones

Helena Jones

Spain - Segovia

I undertook my work shadowing placement abroad at a music shop in Segovia, Spain. My aims for the experience were threefold, being not only to improve my Spanish skills but also to learn more of the working world and to experience the true culture of...

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Alexandra Mokbul Gazi

Alexandra Mokbul Gazi

Spain - Salamanca

I don't think I anticipated quite how much fun I would have on the trip prior to my arrival in Salamanca, Spain. Even just writing this case study now is bringing back a huge flood of memories from that exciting week - what I wouldn't give to be back...

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Isabelle Henton

Isabelle Henton

Spain - Salamanca

During my week in Salamanca, I worked in a toy/costume shop near the Plaza de Mayor. Each day, I helped out the customers when looking for a costume, I helped organise the deliveries each morning and made sure that the shop was organised so it was e...

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Luke Matthews

Luke Matthews

Spain - Salamanca

In February 2013 half term, I did a week’s work experience in Salamanca organised by Halsbury Work Experience Abroad. My job was in EL TIPO music shop and I stayed at Hotel Gran Via.It was a little daunting when I arrived at Gatwick airport on Saturd...

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Freddie Cooney

Freddie Cooney

Spain - Segovia

5.00am. The alarm sounded and I woke, anxious in anticipation. I made my way to the airport to find my group leaders smiling and welcoming me as though we had been friends for years. As the rest of the group started to arrive, the nerves began to lea...

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Frankie Povey

Frankie Povey

Spain - Segovia

In February half term I went on a Halsbury Work Experience Abroad trip to Segovia, Spain. I was given a wonderful placement in a local riding school, where I spent the week shadowing students on rider instructor training course and exercising the hor...

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Katriona Fraser

Katriona Fraser

Spain - Segovia

During my February 2016 half term holiday I took part in Halsbury’s Work Experience Abroad programme, travelling to Segovia, a city two hours away from Madrid in Spain. I spent five days working as a waitress in the restaurant of a traditional Span...

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Daniela De Jesus

Daniela De Jesus

Spain - Salamanca

During February half term I did work experience in Salamanca, Spain with 39 other British students which was organised through a company called Halsbury. I worked for 7 hours a day in a chocolate shop called Chocolatería Valor and my responsibiliti...

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