Meet Bianca from Brazil
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I needed to improve my English for my job. It is necessary in Brazil to speak English to get a good job. My boss is Indian and I’m trying to get promoted, so I need to improve my English. I decided to come to England because as Brazilian I don’t need to get a Visa to come here for just 3 months.
When I thought about doing the language stay I talked with the agency and I told them that I would like to go to a small city. They showed me Christchurch and CELC and I loved it. I didn’t want to go to a big city like London because there are more Brazilian people there and I was running from Brazilian people J. I didn’t know that CELC was a Christian school and it was a good surprise for me.
Was England as you expected?
England was better than I expected! I love the place. I think it’s a mixture of things like architecture, old things and nature and I love the people. I am in love with this place! I am afraid to go back to Brazil and cry! Who knows, I will try to come back and live here…
In Brazil we think that English people are not so excited, because in Brazil people are more outgoing and we make friends very easily. Here I think you need to be close to the people to get to know this other side of them. But here I found people who smile and say ‘Good Morning’… and I love my host-mum! They are very very wonderful. I was expecting people to be more closed, but I found people to be more open.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
Very very good. My host-mum is very very wonderful and she tries to immerse me in the culture. She cooks me a lot of English foods and she even let me decorate the Christmas tree! I always have dinner with her and afterwards we talk a lot. It’s very very good. She helps me a lot when there’s something I don’t understand. She always explains it to me. I love it. She’s helped me a lot.
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
When I went to Old Harry Rocks! I love nature and when I went there I felt very emotional. I feel that the things men can do are very beautiful, but they can’t compare with the things that God can do. It was wonderful, wonderful.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
In Brazil we think a lot about money and how our money isn’t worth as much here. But it’s worth paying the price to come here because it’s a great experience. It’s emotional. You learn lots of things about the culture, about the English language, about yourself. As a person you develop a lot through being here!