JavierWhen did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering on the 18th November 2015.

Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
My friend Ruben volunteered with Oxfam Birmingham previously, and he told me it was a good place to meet people and for me to practice my English.

What’s your favourite book?
I enjoy fiction books the most, and I have just started reading my first book written in English called ‘Nights of Rains and Stars’ by Maeve Binchy, which is turning out be a very interested read.

Javier, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 26 years old, and I am a trained Civil Engineer. I am originally from Spain, from a city called Granada which is in the South of Spain in the region of Andalucia. Granada contains one of the most visited monuments in Spain, the Alhambra a former palace and fortress but it is also famous for its beautiful mountain range, called the Sierra Nevada.

I arrived to the UK about a month ago as I am keen to work here as a Civil Engineer but I need to work on improving my English first. I have a lot of hobbies, but I especially enjoy salsa dancing and watching football and other spots. I have been salsa dancing now for two years and am pleased to find there are salsa classes and events that I can attend here in Birmingham. Most of all I like to meet new people and learn about their customs and beliefs.

My tip to you if you are visiting Granada is to try our famous “Tapa”, which you must have with a small beer. It only costs about 2 Euros a dish, and is delicious.