1st March 2000

 

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE SPENDS WINTER IN THE SUN

 

Winterton graduate Jamee Cross always hoped that she’d go far with a good degree from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

But she could never have guessed that her studies would take her to the other side of the world just months after graduating!

 

Jamee (22), of North Street, Winterton, studied European Tourism at the university in Lincoln and is now working as an English teaching assistant in Argentina.

 

“My Spanish tutor told me about the placements, and as there were only seven places available in the whole of Argentina I was delighted to be accepted,” said Jamee.

 

“I flew out in September and am working as a teaching assistant in the Liceo Victor Mercante in La Plata, Buenos Aires.

 

“My Spanish has improved immensely as I live with two Argentinian sisters and all my friends here are Argentinians,” Jamee added. “They’re really nice people, though you wouldn’t believe the number of times I have been asked about the Falklands and Maradona!

 

“They seem fascinated that someone of my age would want to come to Argentina. They have absolutely no faith in their government and even less in the police, and they don’t hesitate to admit it.”

 

“The bureaucracy in this country is terrible,” she said. “Nobody ever knows anything, but they won’t admit to not knowing - they’ll just tell you anything.

 

“But I love speaking Spanish and enjoy being abroad. I’ve certainly benefited from being here - I’ve learnt to adapt to a completely different culture, to live in conditions which I am completely not used to in England and to improvise and make do when things are not available.”

 

Jamee’s visa runs out at the end of June, but she says she may stay on in Argentina if she can - despite the frustrations caused by some aspects of Latin American culture.

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042