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Sydney & Hayden: Spanish Cultural Ambassadors


Sydney and Hayden Anderson did the Spanish Cultural Ambassadors program through the Kennedy Center. They spent six months in Spain teaching English and learning invaluable lessons.

Sydney Anderson teaching English in her classroom.

My husband, Hayden, and I did the Spanish Cultural Ambassadors program through the Kennedy Center, which is a fancy way of saying that we taught English in Spain for six months. We were both assigned to elementary schools in the city of Alcalá de Henares where we helped the teachers by practicing English with the students in both small group and classroom settings. Although neither of us are planning to be teachers in the future, we really enjoyed working with the kids, all the while improving our own Spanish speaking skills.

Hayden Anderson teaching English to his class.

Our BYU education would not have been complete without our internship abroad experience. We learned invaluable lessons not just while teaching, but while exploring the country of Spain, learning its history, and meeting new people. We were blessed to have several faculty members visit us and give us tours around Madrid’s Prado museum and the cities of Segovia and Toledo. We took full advantage of our time in Europe by traveling on our long weekends and learning all we could about the history of the places we visited. We look back at our European adventures and cannot believe how fortunate we were to experience all that we did, and it’s all thanks to the Kennedy Center!

To anybody who is on the fence about doing an internship or study abroad: JUST DO IT! It may seem daunting and expensive and difficult, but there are so many scholarships out there waiting to be claimed by ambitious, adventurous students like you. It was an absolutely pivotal part of our BYU education, and you will never regret stepping out of your comfort zone and learning more about the world.

Sydney and Hayden Anderson with friends during their internship in Spain.
Sydney and Hayden Anderson with friends during their internship in Spain.