Jose Aranzubia - 2014 Program Participant

Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, Spain

Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander.

What about interning abroad attracted you?

I wanted to expand my horizons.

Why did you choose Instituto Hemingway’s program in Spain?

It was the cheapest program.

What was your favorite part about interning in Spain?

Authentic experience, not massive tourism.

What made your program extra special?

I was surrounded by local people.

In what ways did the local staff support you during your program?

Orientation, guidance, and email contact from the beginning to the end.

What is one thing that surprised you about interning abroad?

I was worried before going because it was my first experience abroad but then when I got there everything was so fine…

Burgos Town Hall in Spain

Town Hall in Burgos

Describe what a typical day during your internship entailed.

Cooking, cooking, and cooking.

What did you enjoy doing outside of your internship duties? 

To put into practice what I learned at the hotel.

What are two things every participant should bring with them to Spain?

Flexibility and a dictionary (not many people speak English here).

What type of accommodation did you have in Spain?

A shared apartment with all facilities, with the exception of a dryer.

How has traveling abroad and interning in Spain changed you life?

I have more confidence on my own and am more tolerant to changes. I loved the way Spanish people improvise.

Burgos Cathedral in Spain

Strolling around the cathedral in Burgos.

Where do you hope to land a job in the future?

In the culinary arts industry, hopefully at Marriott.

If you could intern abroad again would you go through Instituto Hemingway or apply for a different program provider?

I would say Instituto Hemingway, as they have many low-cost programs for long stay periods in that field.