(PRWEB) January 27, 2005
"I'd love to spend a year abroad in Spain before I start graduate school, but I just donÂt see how I can afford it."
"I tried to find a way to support myself in Spain, but all the better paying jobs require Spanish skills Â and local references."
An extended stay abroad can be a daunting and expensive venture for a young person. Until now, money and language skills have been formidable obstacles for young travellers interested in settling temporarily in Spain. Two options existed: arrive with enough money to support yourself, or risk ending your stay early when your lack of language skills and local connections keep you from finding work.
Finally, a Spanish language school is offering an affordable solution. don Quijote In-Country Spanish Language Courses recently launched a new work experience programme, combining language study with job placement in SpainÂs Costa del Sol.
Young Europeans will first complete a Spanish course. Then, language skills at the ready, they will interview for paid jobs in hospitality or retail. The programme arranges interviews and affordable accommodation, guides participants through the work permission process, and provides ongoing support throughout their stay.
"We believe that the best way to learn a language is to jump right into local culture", commented RenÃ© de Jong, founder and general director of don Quijote, announcing the programme's launch. "This paid work experience programme takes that idea one step further, giving young people the language skills and the economic means to live for a few months, even a year, in Spain."
To participate in the programme, participants must complete a Spanish course of at least 6 weeks length, although de Jong recommends a longer course for beginner or intermediate level students. "With better language skills, participants are more likely to perform well in interviews, and much more likely to land interesting, service-oriented jobs, as waiters or bartenders, for example."
Eligibility is limited to citizens of longstanding EU member countries, Malta, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway who will be between 18 and 29 years old when they begin the programme. The fee for the paid jobs programme is 250 euros. Prices for the full package with a 6-week Spanish course, including accommodation during the language course, start at 1540 euros. don Quixote will waive the 250-euro jobs programme fee for participants who complete a Spanish course of 16 weeks or more. For more information, visit http://www.donquijote.org or contact Erin Corcoran at +34 923 26 88 60.