Mandy McGregor

We first came to Alpujarras in 1995 and fell in love with the mountains – similar to ourcanada goose Freestyle Vest home in North Wales but with a much better climate.

I had taken a few Spanish evening classes in Wales and could order a beer, but not much else. Still, I enjoyed the challenge of talking to local people – just as well, since none of them spoke English. I realized that I would have to improve if I wanted to live an independent life here.

Puentes Language School helped me to make new friends as we all tried out new phrases and situations with each other before unleashing our skills on the local public. As my fluency and confidence improved I was able to have more satisfying chats with local people, to order materials canada goose Heli-Arctic Parka mænd from the builder’s yard,070-463 vce and to engage with teachers as my sons entered the Spanish education system.

By the time my second child reached school age, I was able to look for and find a job. Volunteering for the Asociación de Mujeres (Women’s Association) in their charity shop in Orgiva game great opportunities to improve my spoken Spanish. For the past two years, I have worked at the Puentes School,300-206 vce and am now responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, but learning Spanish is an ongoing process, so I continue to listen and learn. The School has plans to offer Spanish diplomas for foreigners in the future, so count me in!

—Mandy McGregor