As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, I lived in Ourense, Spain from September 2018 to June 2019. Ourense is a city of about 100,000 in the northwest province of Galicia. My weekly responsibility was to teach sixteen hours of English at IES As Lagoas, a public school in the center of the city. Over the course of the year, I taught the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Curriculum to over 500 students.
I spent my first term mostly with juniors and sophomores and my second term with freshmen and eighth graders. For a peak into my daily life while living in Ourense, check out A Week in the Life.
I arrived in Madrid, Spain in early September for Fulbright Orientation in Alcala de Henares, a suburb of Madrid. After a few days of training and meeting fellow Spain Fulbrights, I took the five hour train to Ourense, my new home. Read about my first experiences in Madrid and Ourense in Welcome to My Fulbright Year.
Once settled into Ourense, I started to schedule amazing trips around Spain and Europe. I even had a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some photos with the King of Spain. All the while, I still continued to build relationships in Ourense with coworkers and friends. Below, my blogs about my experiences in Spain posted in chronological order, from newest to oldest. Click on each photo to read more! Thank YOU for taking the time to share in my experience!
Coming Home: Ourense, Porto, Omaha
Saying Goodbye to Ourense
Sanxenxo, Valença, and Everything InBetween
Semana Santa en Italia
Fulbright Germany hosts the Berlin Seminar
Sister Act en España
Carnival in the UK
Valencia Fulbright Midyear Conference + a lot of Shih Tzu Love
Vienna in January
Bo Nadal and Felices Fiestas!
Amsterdam in a Weekend
Magostos in Ourense
Return to A Coruña 14 Years Later
The King & I: Emma & Felipe Chapter One
Scandinavia – Copenhagen and Malmö
I’m Seeing (Michelin) Stars in Ourense
Let’s go to Lugo
Day Trip to Islas Cíes
Thank you for reading along with my travels. It means the world to go on this journey with the support of friends and family!