Meet Livia from Brazil

So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
Last year I came here alone to get to know the school as I was working with Intercambio Cristao (a Brazilian language exchange company). They asked me to come here and learn more about this place because we wanted to bring a group of Brazilians here (this year!) to experience what it’s like and learn English, as well as to promote the school through Instagram. So I’m back here again this year with a group of 13 girls!

Was England as you expected?
I didn’t have any particular expectations the first time I came here. I don’t like the cold, so because of that I never dreamed of coming here. However, it exceeded my expectations! I was amazed by the style of the houses, the food, the people and the lifestyle here. In Brazil people always think about going to the US. They don’t dream about coming here. It’s sad because when a Brazilian thinks about going to the States it’s all about shopping or going to Disney, but here it’s more about enjoying the countryside and the views. The food is healthier here too. Not only can you improve your English while here at the school, but you can also meet people from all over the world, which is really amazing!

How was your experience of living with an English family?
I stayed with the same family both times. I asked to come back to this family because last time it was so good. They’ve taught me so much about God’s perspective on family. The family has two daughters who I get on really well with. Daisy, the younger one, thinks I am her big sister! 🙂 Last week we played with make-up together :). It was amazing yesterday because she gave me a key-ring which she had bought herself from her own pocket money, which she had earned from doing chores around the house! It was really sweet of her because I know she worked really hard to buy it for me. My host family often give me advice when I have problems and we always have dinner together and chat. I also go to church with my host mum.

What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
There are several!
Last year when I was here God really taught me about how I don’t have to do anything to earn His love. He showed through simple things like the sunrise when I was walking to school!
Another thing that really marked me was seeing how my host family love each other. They showed me how a family should be, which really touched me.
In terms of the school, it is amazing to be together with other people who have the same values and faith. The International Meal is a good memory for me. I loved seeing students from all different countries worshipping God together.
The first time I came here was more challenging because I was alone (not with my group!) and I had to speak English all the time. But that was good too because I improved my English more! This time is a bit different as I’m with my group and so I haven’t practised my English quite as much, but I still learned lots in the classes.
My favourite trip both times was Durdle Door! I don’t know why, but there is a special atmosphere there and the two times I was there God spoke the same thing to me, which was really special.

Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
Don’t be scared about your English because the people here love you for who you are and they will accept you as you are! Also, if you come alone don’t be afraid of making friends from different countries or staying on your own in your host family because it’s a good growing experience and you won’t regret it!