Shropshire sunshine and Tapas for Spanish visitor

A Spanish student staying in Shropshire this month has found a real ‘home from home’ with both her work experience placement and our current Mediterranean climate.

Raquel Miralles, aged 16, lives near Barcelona and is staying with a host family in Montford Bridge, near Shrewsbury, to help further her language skills.

Shrewsbury’s own Mediterranean bistro bar, The Olive Tree, in Frankwell, boasts a patio area designed around a Spanish theme and the current heatwave has made it even more authentic, providing an ideal setting for Raquel to gain her work experience.

The visit to the area for a group of 30 European students has been organised by a new Shropshire-based company called Student Exchange Experience (SEE), which provides host families and short-term work or educational placements in the region.

SEE director Jan Evans said: “The good people of Shropshire have welcomed these students into their homes and we have arranged part time placements at schools, shops and businesses to help them gain valuable experience with both their English and social skills, although most of them speak fluently anyway.”

Raquel commented: “It seems strange to be working in a place that is so much like home, the weather is very good and I have met lots of lovely people, especially my hosts.

“I only work for a few hours so have plenty of time to go shopping in Shrewsbury with my fellow students - buying lots of clothes and shoes – and because the weather is so nice we are all going on a trip to the seaside.

“I am studying bio-medicine and think that the experience I gain here in the UK will help greatly with my future education and career plans.”

Olive Tree proprietor Kevin Smith added: “This is a very good scheme and we have been delighted to have Raquel working here, she knows all about the type of food we serve and the Continental style of very relaxed wining and dining, so she has fitted in well and been a pleasure to have around.”

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