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I would not repeat this experience
While I was able to meet new people, if knowing now what I do, I would not repeat this experience and would possibly use another agency. While the agency in California was most helpful, the administration failed in Barcelona and my housing was not what was told to me in my paperwork. I wish that there would have been an emphasis in the fact that Barcelona does not believe itself to be part of Spain but rather part of Catalunyia. This proved to be quite difficult for my working experience and improving my Spanish.
I wish I could seperate the two administrations. Californias office was amazing and I felt very helpful. In Spain, administration was not as such. I felt I was a burden to Alicia and that there was a lack of communication between her and Adelante. I was made to seem like the bad guy upon informing my work that I was to only work 20 not 40 hours a week. While Alicia said she had discussed the hours with them, they still were under the impression I was to work 40 hours. On top of this when getting locked out of my apartment, even though I had my set of keys, Alicia told my room mate and I to wait until the lady we were living with got home. This was not our fault and were bluntly told it was too expensive to get a locksmith. I do not feel as though our best interests were evaluated.
Upon arriving to Spain, I was notified the lady I was to live with, had just canceled her internet service. This madr my first 2 weeks in Spain harder because of having to either travel to internet or pay for it at a local cafe. Following this, the lady I was living with made me feel extremely uncomfortable when she asked me if I had asked for permission to watch television one day. She also so much as accused my roommate and I of stealing her phone. Laundry was to be done on her terms as well as showering. I was made to feel quite uncomfortable living in this apartment and was accused of also breaking a vase. I would never recommend this women to be apart of this program.
I wish the fact that Barcelona was part of Catalunyia would have been more emphasized in my paperwork. It was hard to improve my Spanish when most everything was in Catalan. The culture also made it very known that while they could speak Spanish they did not appreciate me asking them to speak in castellano.
I will admit at no time through out my program did I not feel safe.
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