English speaking assistants
We host regular linguistic volunteers from the United States who offer their services as helpers for both students and teachers in Primary and Secondary in the use of their English while in class.
My time at the Sagrada Familia School has been, by far, the most memorable experience of my life; it’s as if I was dreaming for three months! I consider myself beyond blessed and privileged to have had the opportunity to work in a remarkable and virtuous school like SAFA, and I thank God for placing me in such a beautiful environment. I remember that September morning as if it were yesterday, when I first entered the school and was greeted with open arms and genuine affection.
I was immediately amazed by the school’s passionate devotion to the education of their children and its dedication to cultivating an environment that is both conducive to learning and fosters personal growth. It was truly something to behold. It was impressive to watch the students not only excel through an advanced curriculum, but to watch them do it while balancing three to four languages, which is beyond incredible. I couldn’t have worked with a more talented and inspiring group of students and professors. Day in and day out I witnessed the sensational amount of talent, creativity, and potential flowing through the halls of the school. When I think back at the beautiful months in Barcelona, I can’t help but smile as my memory becomes flooded with images of the smiling faces of the students. They genuinely received me and respected me, and for that, I’m eternally grateful and thankful. I can’t say enough about how beautiful this experience was. It was a great pleasure helping the pupils with their English language skills.
I really noticed an improvement in their oral proficiency and writing. Over time they acquired more confidence. I could feel and see how my presence made a positive difference in their learning. I looked up to them as much as they looked up to me.
Oftentimes, we grow up with preconceived notions about other cultures and how they operate, but we rarely get to hear, first hand, the perspectives of our international counterparts. It was a pleasure teaching the students about American history and culture, and it was equally as fulfilling to learn from them about Spanish and Catalan culture.
I gleaned a substantial amount of personal and professional growth from this experience. It was undoubtedly a very rewarding and priceless time in my life. I will never forget the wonderful staff and teachers that supported me and gave me comfort. They were so benevolent and they showed me a great time.
Throughout my time in Barcelona, I toured the city’s major regions while also learning a great deal about Catalan history. Although the city and culture were breath taking, I was most captivated by the relationships I formed with the staff and students at the school.
The Sagrada Familia will forever take up residence in my heart. I cannot wait to go back, not only to visit, but to have some more “pan con tomate.” Oh, and one more thing- Go Barça!