“I spent my GTA year at Laude El Altillo in Jerez, Andalusia. The experience confirmed for me my desire to pursue a career in teaching – something I am now realising as a PGCE student. I was also able to get involved in and support other extra-curricular activities at El Altillo e.g. the drama production, duathlon and sporting events and the skiing trip. Not only did I benefit from my time in Jerez professionally, but also personally: I travelled around the Andalusian coast and mountain ranges, explored the main cities of Seville, Granada and Malaga and even looked over to Africa!"
Lorna Stephen, GTA at Laude El Altillo 2015-2016
“The GTA program with ISP has been one of the most beneficial components in helping me to choose teaching as a career. Not only are you able to gain valuable professional skills, but you also gain unique life skills that can only be gained from living and working abroad, and immersing yourself in another culture. There is a fantastic level of support throughout your time on the program, making it genuinely enjoyable as well as informative. If you´re considering teaching as a career, I can´t recommend the GTA program enough!”
Olly Stephens at Laude Palacio de Granda, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
“My year spent in a laude school at Madrid was an incredibly enjoyable and invaluable experience. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining key skills in teaching and working with children as well as the opportunity to study a new language and culture.”
Jack Morton at Laude Fontenebro, 2015-16 and 2016-17
“I found out about the ISP programme through the Comenius Assistants facebook page in early April of 2016 when they were looking for GTAs for their new schools in Mexico. On paper it seemed like a fantastic deal and the reality was better.
Working in el Instituto Thomas Jefferson has so far been a great experience. They have been very flexible and understanding and have created a schedule for me which will let me experience every section of the school (nursery, primary, middle and high school) which has helped me out a lot these first few months because at the start I had no idea which age group I wanted to teach. I have so far worked with students and teachers in the nursery and primary and that has provided me with ample opportunity to learn about my strengths and weaknesses as a teacher as well as improve on my skills in the classroom. I have been encouraged to make my own lesson plans and I have had a lot of positive feedback and advice from the teachers whose classes I had taken over for those lessons. The staff and the students are very welcoming and kind; they have gone out of their way to make the GTAs feel at home in Mexico and as the year has progressed I have begun to feel more and more a part of the ITJ community.”
Natalie Singleton at Instituto Thomas Jefferson, 2016-17