Meet Daniella from Brazil
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I was looking for a Christian English school and I wanted to stay with a Christian host family and I found Celc through Intercambio Cristao, a Brazilian organization that helps people do exchanges. I spoke with another Brazilian woman who had done a similar language stay and that encouraged me to try it too! It was my dream to do a language stay like this for a long time! I wanted to improve my English to help me with any future jobs. I don’t use English in my job at the moment, but I might in the future.
I never thought I’d go to England…I always thought maybe America, but when Chica (from Intercambio Cristao) told me about this option I started to think about it more. One reason I decided to come here was because there was the school and host family, whereas other places didn’t have both.
Was England as you expected?
It surpassed my expectations! The people are very accepting and polite. They are relaxed and calm. I like the values that people have here too. I like that it’s safe here, the buildings are very beautiful, the parks, etc.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
I loved my host mother! She’s very attentive and dedicated and she helped me to understand words by writing things down for me. She mimes things when I don’t understand! She always feeds me well. She always asks about my family, if I’ve spoken with them, about the school and how I’m doing. She takes good care of me!
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
I went to London with two other friends and it was really beautiful. I enjoyed shopping there and going to Hillsong Church on Sunday morning.
Another nice memory for me will be the view of the school building – it is very beautiful! Christchurch gives me a feeling of peace and calmness.
Also, I remember my first morning here when I was feeling quite nervous and Joy (one of the teachers) spoke to me in Portuguese and I felt better!
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
The pronunciation here is quite different to what I was used to (from American English), so it was difficult at first, but I got used to it. So just be aware of the British accent!
Food is different here. For example people eat more things like sandwiches and bread, whereas in Brazil we eat more rice, beef, beans, etc. Also, lunch here is smaller than in Brazil and dinner is a bigger meal than in Brazil.
My experience here was unforgettable, so I would encourage other students to come! I learned more here about overcoming challenges and going outside of my comfort zone (for example, speaking English!!). I had a lot of personal growth through this time and learned to depend on God more because I didn’t have my family here with me. God was my help.
One thing I found really cool was meeting people from completely different countries and cultures and talking with them.
The teachers here are very welcoming and accepting. They are very professional in what they do. They explain things well and understand our challenges when learning English. The directors are really good too. They are kind and very approachable.