Meet Viktoria from Russia
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I wanted to come to England to study because I have some English exams coming up and I thought it would be good to study at CELC because my mum and sister had been here before and they recommended the school to me. They had a really good time here which encouraged me to come!
My mother knew this school was in Bournemouth, but we didn’t know where it was [it wasn’t in the same place when she came 22 years ago!] until my mother spoke to someone connected with the school and then my sister came last year. It was God that made it happen!
Was England as you expected?
It was better than I expected! I thought there wouldn’t be so many activities, because my previous experience somewhere else was a bit boring. But it wasn’t boring here! The lessons were much more interesting than I expected. It’s a really good experience meeting other people because they have different cultures and now I have a lot of friends all over the world.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
It was good. We had good conversations every evening, the food was tasty and the room was comfortable too. I stayed with two different families and both of them were really nice people. There was a good atmosphere. They often took me on walks. They showed me Christchurch and told me about the history of the town and other things. They also gave me advice about how to improve my English because they helped correct my mistakes, which I found very useful.
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
The people! When you are at the school you feel like you are in a family. You are always together with everyone on the trips and other activities. I liked everything about my time here! It’s hard to pick just one thing.
The school trips were really useful because I learned a lot about the places that I visited and the country-side was amazing. I didn’t think I would ever be able to visit these places.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
I would advise someone coming here to learn some words before you come so that you feel more confident when you arrive.
For Russian people – they don’t have the type of soup here that we have, but they have other tasty food!
My emotions are overflowing at the moment: I’m sad because I’m leaving, but happy because I was here! I’m happy that God gave me this opportunity to be here. It’s hard to express everything that I want to say in English, but I’ve had a really amazing time here and will miss it!! I really hope that one day I’ll come back!!