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Work Experience Abroad

Improve your language skills and job prospects by working abroad. A perfect choice for A-Level modern language students.

  • Improve your language skills
  • Experience the local culture
  • Meet new friends & socialise
  • Enhance your future job prospects
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Who can go?

Our work experience trips are open to 16-18 year olds studying a foreign language at AS/A2 level or similar. If you’re a teacher wanting to take a class of students, we can arrange a tailor made trip for your group organising transport, accommodation and work placements for each of your students.

Where will I work?

All of our work placement selections are based on your profile and the availability of placements. Examples of typical placements are shops, restaurants, cafés, hotels and kindergartens. It is important to note that the main aim of the work experience trip is to improve students' linguistic abilities.

Can I go on my own?

Every year we have many students who travel on their own and they soon make new friends. Before you travel you will be able to contact other students on your trip via an event on our Facebook page so you can get to know each other before you go. Our group leaders are also trained in getting students to integrate and mix. more...

Can I travel with my friends?

If you select the same trip as your friends then we will always endeavour to place you all in the same city. Please remember to tell us that you are travelling with friends when booking. We will give you a booking code once you have enroled on a trip, which you can pass to your friends to ensure they are on the same trip.

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Patricia Lopez Lema

Patricia Lopez Lema's Story

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 traditional Moroccan culture and upon first impressions I loved it!

In my shop worked four other French teens and my manager was lovely, as well as the shop itself. Everyone was very understanding and tolerant of me as I often didn’t understand much or took time in answering questions and they would help me out as much as they could. We became such good friends that I even keep in contact now.

Every day I’d wake up at roughly eight for breakfast and would then get ready so that I could get the half nine tram to work as my placement was quite far from the hotel. Then I’d work from 10am until midday. read more...

Luke Matthews

Luke Matthews Story

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 Saturday 16th February as everybody appeared to be in groups of friends and I knew no-one else.

I chatted to the girl next to me on the flight, but it wasn't until the coach journey to Salamanca that I really started to make some friends. On the coach, we were asked who we’d like to share a room with at the hotel. I teamed up with a couple of guys from Kingston called Luke and Bona. Once we arrived and had settled into our room, read more...

Abigail Stewart

Abigail Stewart's Story

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 hours were quite good, as I only worked for 5 hours a day which enabled me to explore Germany. During the day I drew templates for the children, which they later copied in their lessons.

I helped the children to draw and with this I was able to build confidence in myself and also in speaking German. Everyone at my work placement was really friendly and even though my German wasn't fluent, I was still able to have conversations with both the children and adults.

Outside of work, it was really good to catch up with everyone else on the trip and it is a brilliant way to make new friends. We went on a few different outings with our group leaders read more...