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The search continues for Auburn University seniors who are still looking to land their dream job. With limited job opportunities in today’s marketplace some Auburn students are looking at going overseas to start their careers
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Elle Welch, a senior from Chattanooga Tenn., who is graduating with a minor in Spanish, is participating in a program through the Council on International Educational Exchange. CIEE is a non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization that has been in operation for over 60 years. They offer programs around the world, including Thailand, Chile and South Korea.

“Their mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said Welch.

The program Welch will be participating in, begins with four weeks of Spanish class in Seville, Spain. The class is designed to review and refine Welch’s Spanish skills. After the four weeks of class, Welch will be considered a cultural teaching assistant and teach English to students attending a Spanish public school.

“I really hope that I get to teach the five to nine age group,” said Welch. “I could be teaching anything from physical education and art to grammar and science.”

The program will start Aug. 20, 2012, and end in May 2013 and Welch could be placed anywhere in the Andalucía region of Spain. Her top three preferences were Cadiz, Malaga, and Seville. The program lasts for two semesters but includes a break around Christmas time. She also plans to also do a lot of traveling while in Spain.


“I plan to travel to Morocco, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Switzerland, Germany at Christmas and Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Welch.

Welch, who has already studied abroad on two other occasions, one time in London and another in Salamanca, Spain, is excited about living in Spain again, but is a little nervous about eating Spanish cuisine.

“I am excited about being able to live in Spain again,” said Welch. “I love the Spaniards carefree attitude towards their life, but I don't care for ham, which they call jamon, and put in every dish.”

To learn more about CIEE and the programs they offer, you can visit their website at

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