I’ve chosen to spend my Erasmus Semester in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the whole Summer semester, but due to the COVID-19 the Semester was a little bit shorter. But still I’ve managed to see a few things on this beautiful island which want me to come back to here ASAP to see all the other parts of the island.
· The University
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was not one of the best I’ve ever seen, but it was okay. There are two different Universities in Las Palmas and the other one is in the City (this is the one for Teacher Education), where you can easily go by bike or bus and there is another one in Tafira Alta which is a little bit up in the Mountains, so you will need to go there with the bus.
The classrooms are pretty much the same as at home, except that everybody got their own chair with a small table on it and there was also a projector on the roof in every classroom.
The people are willing to help you, to find your rooms or help you with the tasks and also the teachers were really kind and tried to help in every situation (before and after the COVID-19 began).
· School Practice
I’ve had no school practice at all, because I am already in my 8th Semester and we don’t need to do one in our home university. But at the time at the university I talked a lot with the local students about the school system in here and we’ve came to the conclusion that it is not really the same as in Austria, but they also do have almost the same problems as we do in Austria.
But I’ve learned many new games and activities for the classroom, which I did not learn in my home university.
I was really lucky to find an accommodation here, because I knew somebody who was here for the last winter semester and she just asked me if I needed a flat and I said yes. I had a room in a shared flat with a guy from Madrid and a local near to the City Center (Plaza de España) and it took me about 10-15 min to go to the university (by bike and bus) or 45 min to the university on the mountains. What was really nice is that it took me only 10 min to walk to the beach.
· The City
The city is not the prettiest and cleanest one I’ve ever seen, but it has its own flair. There is not that much nature everywhere around and the parks are pretty small and if you want to escape the city, you almost need to rent a car. But if you do that, you can see all the pretty things the island has, like a hike on the mountains in the center of the island, go to the sand dunes of Maspalomas or to a hidden beach in the west, there are many opportunities.
In the city itself there are many bars and restaurants and you can easily go by bus, bike, skateboard or even walk, because the city is not that big at all. But there are two beaches directly in the city, one is next to the harbor and is not really nice and the other one is the touristic beach of Las Canteras. If you feel like hiking, there is one small hill called “el confital” right next to the city, where you can see amazing sunsets, the city and also Tenerife.
I’ve really had a nice time here in Las Palmas, even though it was not the best due to the COVID-19 situation. But I’ve made a lot of new friends, learned much about the culture and people here and I’ve managed to improve my Spanish and my English a lot during my stay here. As well I’ve learned a few new things which are very useful for me as a future teacher like new games and activities, a new language and also it opened my view on the world a little bit more, so I would say the Erasmus semester was one of the best decisions in my studies.
Author: Bernd Deutschl.