Meet Chrislley from Brazil
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
England was not my first choice actually! I wanted to go to Ireland, but I heard there were lots of Brazilians there, which is not so good for practising English, so I decided to come here instead. Also, England is closer to other European countries, so it’s easier to visit them. I wanted to study here in Christchurch because it’s a small town and the cost of living is less. It’s easier to get around too.
I wanted to study in a Christian school because I also wanted to develop my relationship with God while I’m here. I was afraid of going on my own to another country, so coming here was like a test for me!
Was England as you expected?
I didn’t have any ideas about what England would be like before I came! I think England is very rich in culture. You can learn about so many things. You can live through history here by seeing the buildings. The countryside is very beautiful too. It’s like a vintage movie here!
How was your experience of living with an English family?
My host family make me feel at home and at the same time give me privacy. She always asks me if I need anything and she teaches me new words and about English culture. It’s very nice because you can live another culture. I’ve gained a new friend here. At Easter time she gave me a chocolate egg and her grandchildren gave me a card! It helped me to miss my family in Brazil a bit less!
Sometimes we walk the dog and drink tea together and just talk about life!
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
One day we went to London on a school trip and there was a guy there with a street stall. The wind blew everything off and then we all (me and my classmates) helped to collect everything! It made me feel that I am in a nice place with good people. I like it when people from all over the world come together and worship the same God. It’s really special. We are different people from different countries, but we have the same God.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
Bring warm clothes and take care on the street because they drive on the left here, but don’t be afraid when you’re out and about here because it’s very safe!
Don’t be shy because of your English. People don’t mind if you can’t speak everything. Just do your best and enjoy yourself!
It’s a nice place here. I would like to live here, but I miss my dogs!!