My semester in Spain went very well. I really enjoyed taking classes, meeting my professors and had a wonderful internship with the Centro de Acogida a refugiados (Refugee Reception Centre). While there, I conducted entrance interviews with new residents, helped them register with Town Hall, requested records and attended doctor appointments to help translate.
I also set up and attended various meetings with other Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that worked with refugees. Most residents were from Syria or Palestine and I learned a lot about their cultures. I also attended a conference, read articles and books about Syria’s current situation. What I liked most about Spain and Europe was the architecture. The buildings are so beautiful and historical. There is so much to do there. I absolutely loved Madrid and I didn’t want to leave.
Reprinted by permission from the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Winter 2013-14 Newsletter.
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