Meet Heloisa from Brazil

So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
The whole story started many years ago. When I was studying English at school I studied British English, which made me want to find out more about England. When I finished school I started to work for a Brazilian exchange agency, called ‘Intercambio Cristao’ (CESE), which is an agency that sends Brazilian students to CELC (and other places)! Chica, my boss, encouraged to come here for myself so that I could see what it was like as a student and improve my English too. I actually came here with my cousin, Isa, which is also a cool story. When we were little we always talked about travelling together in the future, and here we are!

Was England as you expected?
It’s been better than I expected! Whenever I’ve seen photos of England in the past I always thought it looked beautiful, but it’s much better in real life! The cities here are beautiful.
Also, the people here are so polite. Everyone is so nice and friendly.
The food is also better than I expected. Many friends told me that British food isn’t so good, but that hasn’t been my experience. I especially like Fish and Chips!

How was your experience of living with an English family?
Amazing! Our host family are really nice. I want to take them back with me to Brazil! They take good care of us all the time. They really want to know how we are feeling or if we need anything. They are like our family here, not just in name. My host mum always wakes up early to give us a cup of tea and every night she comes up to give some chocolate. She’s like a real mum to us.
We’ve been to church with them. It was really cool. It was very different to Brazil. They also gave us a cup of tea when we arrived!
I love my host family!

What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
It’s hard to choose, because I’ve really enjoyed everything, but I think our trip to Windsor was amazing. I always read stuff about the Royal Family, so being at Windsor Castle and walking somewhere where the Queen has walked was a really cool feeling 🙂 . That was my favourite moment!

Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
Make sure you try Fish and Chips!
Try to be outgoing and talk to people without being afraid of making mistakes with English. I think it’s the best way to improve your speaking. Just come and here find out what it’s like 🙂 . And if you’re a Brazilian get in touch with Intercambio Cristao. We’ll help you to have the most amazing experience of your life!