OUR COMMUNITY

Welcome to Our Community.

Our Community Members have spent their Year Abroad in many different destinations around the world and are available to speak to here. We ask that you read our house rules before registering and sending your message.

If you’d like to have a more in-depth discussion with our Community Members, we offer weekly Student Travel Talks for different destinations around the world. These are a great way to discover more about a specific city or country, find information about studying or working, and get to know other young people with an interest in travelling. Check our events page below.

Alfie Laurence

“Hi I’m Alfie and I studied in Valencia and worked in Brazil on my year abroad in 2018/19. I absolutely love banging on about travel and languages so get in touch if you have any questions about South America, Erasmus life in Spain and tips on learning a language. I’m here to help!”

Studied:
Spanish, Portuguese & Catalan at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Valencia (Study), Brazil (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Colombia and Brazil!
Interests:
Languages, Football, Travel, Coffee, Music
Usually replies:
> an hour

Izzy Vivian

"Hey, I’m Izzy! I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2020 and spent my year abroad studying at Université La Sorbonne in Paris and then taught English to business professionals for six months in Madrid. I had the best time and learnt so much over the year. I’d love to help with any questions you might have about living in France and Spain, studying at a French uni or finding a work placement in Spain!"

Studied:
French & Spanish at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Paris (Study), Madrid (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Malaysia, Cambodia, Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
Interests:
Music, Art Food, Travel
Usually replies:
1-3 hours

Becca

"Hi! I’m Becca and I worked for both of my year abroad placements (2018-2019); firstly as an English Teaching Assistant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and secondly as a Sports Social Media Intern at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. Although very different professional and cultural experiences, I loved them both equally and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about either of the jobs or cities!"

Year abroad: 
Buenos Aires (Work), Lisbon (Work) 
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Iguazú Falls
Interests:
Travel, Running, Music
Usually replies:
Within a couple of hours

Daisy D'Silva-Bryan

"Hi I’m Daisy, in my 3rd year studying French and Portuguese. I’ve just spent a semester in Toulouse, so please get in touch if you want any advice on things to do in Toulouse (and other cool towns in and around Toulouse), or if you want any recommendations for some cool places to eat and drink!"

Studied:
French and Portuguese at University of Bristol.
Year Abroad:

I studied at Université Jean-Jaures in Toulouse, France for one semester and I’m currently attempting to sort a visa so that I can go on my second placement where I’ll be studying at the University of Porto.
Favourite Travel Experience:
Definitely has to be the two weeks I spent in Morocco. A few days in Marrakech, a week helping refurbish the sports facilities in a local school in Taroudant (a city in the south) followed by a 4 day trek in the Atlas mountains (would recommend).
Interests:
Cooking loads of vegan goods, travelling, languages and binge watching Netflix when I should be doing uni work.
Usually replies:
< 1 Hour

Kit Rendle

"Hi I’m Kit, I am from near Brighton and study Russian and Spanish at Manchester university. In Colombia, I worked at a language immersion school, and helped with various things including social media, running the hostel side of the things. In Russia I was studying in Saint Petersburg state university and had to leave after 6 weeks during covid but learnt a lot about the city in the short time.
"

Studied:
Russian and Spanish at University of Manchester
Year abroad: 
Colombia, Medellín (Work), St Petersburg, Russia (Study)
Favourite Travel Experiences: Caribbean coast in Colombia and the Pacific coast too. Both beautiful places with good food and lovely people and weather. Whale watching was a big highlight, and sitting in a hammock and drinking coconuts with zero worries.
Interests:
Music, Football, food and coffee.
Usually replies:
1 Day

Amy Arnell

"Hi I’m Amy! I studied Spanish and French at the University of Cambridge, and graduated in 2020. I love languages and I love travelling – the Year Abroad was probably the best year of my life! I spent my YA in Barcelona and Buenos Aires. The experience inspired me to move abroad after uni, and I now work in marketing for a tech start-up in Paris. Happy to help with any YA questions, or any questions on finding a grad job abroad! Also happy to give tips on travelling and living in South America!"

Studied:
French + Spanish, University of Cambridge 
Year Abroad:
Barcelona – I worked for a law firm named Domenech Abogados. 
Buenos Aires, Argentina – I studied History of Art at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Favourite Travel Experience:
Going to the São Paulo Gay Pride Festival – the biggest Gay Pride in the world!!
Interests:
Art, travelling + meeting new people
Usually replies:
1 Day

Rosie Badley

"Hi I’m Rosie and I worked as a language assistant in Aix-en-Provence and in Salzburg in 2020/21. I love exploring different parts of the world and finding their hidden treasures. Since my year abroad fell in the middle of the pandemic I was limited to outdoor adventures but this turned out to be a lot of fun! I’d be happy to share the parks, swimming spots, walks, lakes and beaches that I found during my term in lockdown! I’m also here for any other tips or queries in general"

Studied:
French and Germany at University of Bristol.
Year Abroad:
Language assistant at a language institute in Aix-en-Provence, France, and did the same thing in a school in Salzburg, Austria
Favourite Travel Experience:
One of the best parts of my year abroad was arriving in France a month before I started my placement and exploring the coast of the South of France, finding idyllic swimming spots off the beaten track, and even sleeping on a boat for a few nights. If anyone is headed to the Côtes d’Azur for their study/work placement, I’d be more than happy to share some of my experiences so you can make the most of your free time there!
Interests:
Languages, art, music, history, environment, food…
Usually replies:
< 2 hours

Tom Marland

"Hi I’m Tom and I am currently on my year abroad in Copenhagen. I am studying Politics at the University of Copenhagen. Feel free to ask me anything about Denmark or any queries you have about moving abroad during COVID-19."

Studied:
Politics and IR, University of Bristol 
Year Abroad:
Copenhagen, Denmark (study). I am currently studying Political Science at KU
Favourite Travel Experience:
My favourite travel experience so far has been in Sri Lanka and Mauritius
Interests:
Sports/Travel/Food
Usually replies:
1 Hour

Augusta Dunsterville

"Hi, my name is Augusta and my favourite way to discover a new place is through their food. I grew up in Switzerland and love country hoping whenever I can but cannot seem to stay away from Greece. During my gap year in 2017 I flew around the world in 80 days stopping on the east coast of Australia and in the US. Always happy to have a chat about traveling, moving to a new country, food, different cultures, how to organise your next trip and fun ways to make the most of your time there! "

Studied:
Liberal Arts + History Major,  University of Exeter
Year abroad: 
Did not do a year abroad but moved to the UK from Switzerland for my studies (so kind of 3 years abroad).
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Eating a burger on the side of the road in Hawaii after a morning surfing, Being interviewed on ESPN in LA, Hugging a koala bear in Australia, Traveling through Rajasthan, India
Interests:
Food and cooking, Meeting new people , Tennis, swimming in the sea and paddle boarding, Music, Writing (mostly about food), Traveling
Usually replies:
Within a couple of hours

Daniel Harris

“Hiya, I’m Daniel and I volunteered in Peru and worked in Lisbon on my year abroad in 2018/2019. I try to go travelling as much as possible and am always looking forward to the next trip ahead! Feel free drop to me a message if you want any tips about South America, Lisbon, backpacking, learning languages or the Year Abroad in general.”

Studied:
Spanish and Portuguese 
Year Abroad:
Peru (Volunteer), Lisbon (Work)
Favourite Travel Experience: Backpacking round South America, road tripping across the USA and hiking in the Azores
Interests:
Film, music, South America, travel, food
Usually replies:
> an hour

Billy Offland

"Yes, yes, yes, i'm Billy and i've been very fortunate / worked hard to have travelled to around 130 countries, so it's a big big passion of mine! My motto is "there is no where that you can't get to" and i try to push that as much as possible especially when it comes to remote islands where i'm trying to seek out pristine reefs; but you're just as likely to find me at the top of a mountain. Always down to share tips and trade stories, remote islands, the Pacific and Central Asia is probably where i will be most helpful! "

Studied: 
Sustainability and Environmental Management
Year Abroad: 
* Gap Year – Sustainability intern in São Tomé e Príncipe, Marine Conservation in Madagascar & getting as far off the beaten track as Indonesia can offer 
* Year in Industry – A huge loop of most places east of the UK doing research into Biodiversity Conservation 
Favourite Travel Experiences: 
Riding the Iron Ore train for 15 hours across the Sahara in Mauritania 
Interests: 
Being in and conserving nature (Scuba Diving & Hiking), Music & Sport. 
Usually replies:
Quick unless i’m away! 

Emma Beckett

“Hi, I’m Emma! I decided to split my time between France & Spain for my year abroad. I worked at a small consulting firm on the outskirts of Paris and a language school in the heart of Seville (Spain) as an English language assistant/the odd translation. I had a rocky start in Paris (my original internship fell through and I fell victim to an accommodation scam) but I like to think I came through the experience stronger and wiser! My time in Seville was a lot smoother and I ended up loving the south of Spain so much that I’m back here now, this time working in Jaén as a British Council Language Assistant. Don’t hesitate to message me with any questions about living/working in Paris, Seville or Jaén. I’ll try my best to answer them! "

Studied:
French & Spanish (ab inicio)
Year Abroad:
Paris (Work), Seville (Work)
Favourite Travel Experience:
My first-time solo travelling when I head up to Madrid for a few days during Spain’s Semana Santa. Being alone a lot of the time did take some getting used to, but I enjoyed being able to please myself. The experience definitely got me excited to try heading somewhere a bit further afield next time! 
Interests:
Singing, blogging (check my blog out here), photography, yoga and travel (obviously!)
Usually replies:
> an hour

Joe Samrai

"Hi I’m Joe, a recent graduate from the University of Bristol. I studied in Bogotá, Colombia at the Universidad de Los Andes before going to Lisbon, Portugal to work as a Translation and Communications Intern at a translation company."

Studied:
Spanish & Portuguese (BA)
Year Abroad:
Bogotá, Colombia (Study) & Lisbon, Portugal (Work)
Favourite Travel Experience:
My favourite adventure abroad was travelling along a section of the Caribbean coast in Colombia in 2018. Myself, and some friends I met in Bogotá, travelled along the coast from Cartagena to Parque Tayrona, near Santa Marta. It was my first experience of travelling abroad with friends.
Interests:
Music, cooking, cycling and acting.
Usually replies:
1 Day

Ella Wilton

"Hi, I’m Ella and I’m currently a third year student at SOAS University in central London. My favourite thing in the world is learning about different cultures, hence my love for East Asia and travel in general, and I can’t wait to get back out there exploring :)"

Studied:
BA International Relations and Korean
Year Abroad:
Seoul, South Korea as part of the language half of my degree. I studied at the Seoul National University language institute for three semesters.
Favourite Travel Experience:
Difficult to choose just one but probably my trip to Busan. It’s one of Korea’s biggest cities and has an incredible Mediterranean-like coastline. We were blessed with gorgeous weather and had a great time exploring. The only thing I’d change is spending a few more days there!
Interests:
Good cafés, city breaks, exploring new places, cocktail bars, photography.
Usually replies:
1 Day

George Wilkinson

"Hi I’m George and I worked in Frankfurt on my year abroad in 2018/19. I graduated in 2020 in German and Philosophy. I’m now living and studying in London and am more than happy to help with any questions re living and working in Germany."

Studied:
German & Philosophy at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
I worked as an intern in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions department at Lufthansa Service Holdings AG for 11 months in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Favourite Travel Experience:
Backpacking around Georgia in 2019 (10/10 would recommend)
Interests:
Guitar, Darts, all things German
Usually replies:
1 Day

Jade Cheli

"Hi, I’m currently on my year abroad in Italy. I spent the first term at Bologna University and I’m now working remotely for a Florence based cultural Magazine, hoping to get to Florence in the next few weeks. The Italian University system is mind boggling so if anyone is stressed about this please reach out to me! I’ve travelled through Italy for years and years and have a lots of Italian family there, if you want any advice on where to go and what to do I’d love to share what I know."

Studied:
Italian at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Bologna University, Italy. Working for a magazine, Florence, Italy 
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Probably going to Sicily this summer, the food was insane, we stayed in the cheapest and most beautiful Airbnb I’ve ever seen, highlights were exploring the Arab and Norman culture in Ortigia and saving up to eat mussels in Taormina.
Interests:
Obviously Italy –  books, films, culture, where to go. I also grew up and still spend a lot of time in Kenya, I try to take part in a lot of conservation and water sports, bit of a rouge travel destination but if you ever find yourself in that side of the world let me know!
Usually replies:
Under 2 hours

Gemma Ashworth

"Hi I’m Gemma, and I’ve been helping out at STT since the start of 2019. After visiting 37 countries, I am currently living and working at an International School in Dubai, UAE. During my University placement year, I worked in Phuket, Thailand at an International School where I travelled around Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia & Sri Lanka in the Summer holidays. I have lots of tips about the UAE, Australasia, Indonesia or inter-railing around Europe and am willing to help in any way I can!!"

Studied:
Sport & Exercise Science at University of Bath.
Year Abroad:
Sport Intern in Phuket, Thailand
Favourite Travel Experience:
Philippines or East Coast Australia
Interests:
Adrenaline sports, Dance, Music
Usually replies:
< 1 hour

Daniel Lee Barber

“Hi everybody, I'm Dan and I spent the best part of my year abroad studying at ‘La Universitat de Valencia’ before heading to Santa Marta on the Colombian northern coast to teach at a small charity called ‘Colombia Sin Fronteras’. It was an amazing year and there’s nothing I enjoy more than talking about it so please get in touch! More than happy to help."

Studied:
Spanish with Business and Management at University of Manchester
Year Abroad:
Valencia (Study), Santa Marta Colombia (Teaching/Volunteer)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Carnaval de Barranquilla, las playas de Colombia
Interests:
Music, Kitesurfing, Traveling, Spanish.
Usually replies:
> an hour

Sam Dickson

"Hey i’m Sam, I spent the first half my year abroad in the South of Spain in La Línea while working for EY in Gibraltar. Then in 2021 i’m studying in Tomsk in Siberia for the Russian. I will also be working next summer in Spain as well. Having a great time and am very happy to help with searching for placements in Spain, planning a year abroad during covid, anything Russian and general Latin American advice."

Studied:
Spanish & Russian at Durham University
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Rio, Amazon, Mexico City, Medellín.
Interests:
Sport, travel, music, reading, food.
Usually Replies:
Depends

Isaac

"Hi I’m Isaac and I spent 2018/19 studying and working in Canberra, Australia and also travelled to New Zealand and South Asia. I loved my year down under and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have."

Studied:
History and Mandarin
Year Abroad:
Canberra (Study)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
New Zealand and Myanmar
Interests:
Travel, Football, Hockey, Languages, Reading, Music
Usually Replies:
An hour

Nick

"Hi, I’m Nick and I lived and worked in Berlin and Barcelona on my year abroad in 2018/19. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about working in Germany or Spain, travel in Latin America, or keeping your languages up to speed!"

Studied:
German, Spanish, and Catalan at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Berlin (Work), Barcelona (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences: 
Catalan Pyrenees, Colombia’s Pacific coast, or any day in Berlin!
Interests:
Languages, sports, history, music, food & drink
Usually Replies:
1 Day

Seren Williams

"Hi! I’m Seren and I’m currently on my year abroad in Austria and Italy. I worked as an English teacher for the British Council in Bregenz and will be working again as a teacher in Palermo. I love to talk about absolutely anything year abroad related, so let me know if you have any questions, especially if they’re regarding work and travel in west Austria! Seren x"

Studied:
German and Italian
Year Abroad:
Austria (Work), Palermo (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Exploring Austria and east Switzerland, and skiing in Liechtenstein
Interests:
Travel, skiing, food, art
Usually replies:
> an hour

Hannah

"Hey I’m Hannah and I studied for a year in Melbourne, Australia. Although slightly unconventional I had the best year ever and couldn’t love Melbourne more. Get in touch if you want any advice on studying down under."

Studied:
Geography (BA) with International Study at the University of Manchester
Year Abroad:
Melbourne, Australia
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Road trip down the East Coast and a trip across New Zealand! (Sky diving is a must).
Interests:
Coffee, art and swimming.
Usually Replies:
2-3 Days

Toby Feldman

"Hi I’m Toby- ask me anything! Can talk about Portugal and Mexico all day long, Switzerland, France, Spain a lot but a little less. In Portugal I worked for a tech start-up as a marketing intern and for a small consultancy firm in Mexico City."

Studied:
French, Spanish and Portuguese at Bristol University
Year Abroad:
Porto, Portugal (Work) + Mexico City, Mexico (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Possibly my incredibly unplanned hike along one of the famous Santiago de Compostela trails. I started in Porto, ended up in the famous pilgrimage city, got very lost, stranded and made friends along the way! Was absolutely fab. 
Interests:
Art, politics, cooking, eating, coffee, football, music.
Usually Replies:
< 2 hours

Sophie Brownlees

"Hi I’m Sophie, I am currently on my year abroad in Madrid working on a placement through the British Council Teaching Assistantship programme. Alongside this I do some one on one tutoring for children outside school. If you need any questions either specifically about the BC programme/teaching on your Year Abroad, or about Madrid I am very happy to help!"

Studied:
History of Art and Spanish at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
I am working as a language assistant at a primary school in Barajas, Madrid.
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Travelling around both Sri Lanka and India 
Interests:
Art, languages, meeting new people, food, music
Usually Replies:
< 2 hours

Indi Officer

"Hello! I’m Indi and I’m currently on my year abroad in Italy and France. I’m studying in Turin and working at a literary agency in Paris. I’m happy to talk about anything travel, so let me know if you have any questions - particularly about Italy, France, or what it’s like moving abroad in the middle of a global pandemic!"

Studied:
French & Italian at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Turin (Study), Paris (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Italy, New Zealand or Canada
Interests:
 Food, Travel, Fashion, Music
Usually replies:
> an hour

Anna

"Hi guys I’m Anna! I worked in Paris for my year abroad in 2017/18. I have always loved travelling and volunteering abroad, and I am about to move to Uganda for my job with a music charity. Please feel free to come to me if you have any questions, or want to have a chat about anything!"

Studied: French at the University of Edinburgh 
Year Abroad:
Paris (Work-2 internships)
Favourite Travel Experiences: Kenya and Vietnam 
Interests:
Travelling, mindfulness, volunteering, and finding the best cocktail bars!
Usually replies:
Within a few hours

Olivia Nono

"Hello! I’m Liv and I’m currently doing my year abroad in Madrid. I’m remote working for a eco-tech start-up - which sounds fancy but my day to day is me sat on the couch. I was supposed to go to Argentina for the second half but the pandemic has made it not possible. Message me about any worries or dilemmas you have with regards to the whole process of moving abroad!"

Studied: 
Politics & Spanish at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad: 
Madrid (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences: 
Colombia, Spain, Peru
Interests: 
Food, Travel, Fashion, Music, Art & Culture, Politics
Usually replies:
> an hour

Lucy Mackie

"Hi there, I’m Lucy! I did my year abroad in Berlin in 2018. I studied at the University of Humboldt and lived in Friedrichshain, East Berlin. I had an amazing time and would be happy to chat about anything – whether about the uni life, the different areas you could live in, restaurant recommendations, flat searches, nightlife…Always happy to help!"

Studied: 
Philosophy & German
Year Abroad: 
Berlin (Study)
Favourite Travel Experiences: 
Ghana, Canada, Morocco
Interests: 
Food, travel, yoga
Usually replies:
1 Day

Annabel Roest

"Salut I’m Annabel and I study French and Italian. I decided not to go to France and instead chose Switzerland for my Year Abroad. I have been working in Lausanne since August and LOVE IT. I would really recommend branching out and going somewhere where none of your uni mates are going as you really have to throw yourself in at the deep end. I am moving to Milan at the end of February and cannot wait. Hit me up with absolutely any questions you have about travel, worries/anxieties (I have had my fair share), work placements (I chose work for both) or just year abroad in general. Ciao for now!"

Studied:
French & Italian at the University of Bristol
Year Abroad:
Lausanne, Switzerland working for a company furnishing/ managing apartments and then Milan, for a legal translation company.
Favourite Travel Experiences:
Working in Switzerland from August to February has been amazing because during the summer months it is really hot and you can spend afternoons after work by the Lake and during the winter skiing is just an hour away. You really get the best of both worlds. (Would also really recommend Caprices festival in Crans-Montana!) I could literally talk about Switzerland forever… Super excited for whatever Italy has to throw at me too.
Interests:
Shopping, Fashion, History, Travel, Food
Usually replies:
> 2 hours

Matthew Maddock

"Hi guys I’m Matthew! I spent half a year teaching in the most beautiful city in the world, Vienna, through the British Council. I then moved over to Zaragoza in Spain where I taught English at the University there. Let me know if you have any questions! It’ll be the best year of your life, trust me."

Studied:
Translation and Interpreting with German and Spanish at Newcastle University
Year Abroad:
Austria (Work), Zaragoza (Work)
Favourite Travel Experiences:
If you go to Austria, you HAVE to go to Hallstatt. It’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever been to and if you love snow/Christmas, you’re in for a treat. A Viennese Christmas is the most perfect thing too.
Interests:
Travelling, video games/editing, many sports
Usually replies:
About an hour

Hannah Rankine

"Hi I’m Hannah and I spent my year abroad working in Paris and Milan and I now work full-time in digital marketing. Feel free to contact me for any tips on living in Paris and Milan, finding work abroad or the year abroad in general."

Studied:
BA French and Italian, University of Bristol 
Year Abroad:
I spent 7 months working as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant in Paris for a headhunting firm in the fashion, retail and luxury goods sector. I then spent 5 months working in Milan doing an internship in content marketing for a start-up luxury fashion e-commerce business.
Favourite Travel Experiences:

Some of my fondest memories of my year abroad are nights out in Paris and regular trips to the Italian lakes.
Interests:
Fashion, music, food
Usually replies:
> 24 hours

 

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