Meet Dominic from Switzerland
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I need English for my missionary plan. I am going on help and mission with OM on the Logos Hope ship. This is a ship with a very big book shop and we will go to different places and local people can come to the ship and buy the books for a very cheap price in their currency. The ship also has people from many nations with many skills such as dentist skills, nursing skills, electrical skills, engineering skills, teaching skills and so on, and they provide free services for people in poor countries. The ship brings help, hope and knowledge to people all over the world. I am a carpenter and I hope to use this skill for the work of OM. For this mission work, I need to improve my English.
Was England as you expected?
My sister went to Brighton to study English two years ago and she told me what it would be like. I had a good surprise though, because Christchurch was nicer than what she had explained about Brighton. I found people here are very friendly, which is so nice and when I need help they help a lot. The weather here has also been very nice; I think it wasn’t as good as this for my sister! I think this is usual for this area.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
My host family is very nice here. They cook fresh food, which is very nice and they help me a lot when I ask. My host parents are very friendly and they have a very nice dog, which I like because I also have a dog.
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
Durdle Door was very beautiful, but other trips are also very nice. The area around Christchurch is also very beautiful. The connection with students from other places around the world was also very special.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
Traffic! Coming from a country with right-side traffic, the English left-hand driving is very unusual. You have to change your thinking for this and you most also look both ways before you cross the road.