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Notes from Abroad: Jacqueline in Spain
Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience. This week’s feature is from Jacqueline Zamudio ’18, a SOAN and Spanish double major currently studying abroad in Seville, Spain.
Country of study: Seville, Spain
Internship location: Hospital de la Caridad in Seville
Fields of study: SOAN and Spanish double major
Going to Spain was one of my dreams since I was a girl. Now, I am writing this note from Seville, Spain. Studying in Spain is a unique and amazing experience that I would not trade for anything else. I have explored many sites in Seville, and I learn something new every time I go to a new place. Traveling and exploring the city is not the only thing I have done this past month in Spain. I am learning new and interesting concepts in my classes. I am a sociology/anthropology and Spanish double major, therefore I am taking four courses in Spanish on these areas. My anthropology class is my favorite class so far. This class does not only consist of lectures in Spanish, but of field trips as well where we can see and experience what we have learned in class. This past week we visited a community that lives in what originally was a palace in the XVIII century. This visit was a very interesting experience because I learned about their own currency system. This community uses something called Pumas instead of euros. I know many places around the world have their own money system, but visiting this particular community is an opportunity I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.
Besides taking classes, I also have an internship. My internship is at a nursing home called “Hospital de la Caridad” in Seville for local men with low-income or who have no family. My responsibilities consist of spending time with the residents and keep them company while I gather information about their lives. Our purpose is to gather as much information as we can to publish it in the newspaper. Since this nursing home gets funds from the government, publishing about the residents’ lives encourage the government and the community to donate more funds to be able to offer more services to the residents. I am enjoying this internship because I not only help the nursing home as a whole to get more funds, but I have also made good relationships with some of the residents. I enjoy listening to their experiences in Spain, and they get happy every time I visit them.
Studying abroad in Spain has not only given me the opportunity to be in a different place and have new experiences, but to learn about another culture and engage on it as well. Your donation helped me make this dream of going to Spain possible, and I am so grateful for your support.