1. You Learn to be Responsible
You travel to another country, often for the first time. Even though you are in the best of hands, this may be your first experience away from your family and you quickly learn to take responsibility for yourself and your studies. You are impelled to adapt to an entirely new environment, and to step out of your comfort zone - things which can’t be taught, but must be experienced first hand.
2. Your Eyes are Opened
You will be in the midst of a thriving multinational community and surrounded by teenagers from all over the world. They will speak different languages and come from different cultures and backgrounds. You will be on the same and the opposite teams in debate or football and will learn to communicate and find common ground. You will understand the importance of being able to communicate fluently in a world language.
3. You are Challenged
Whether your English is basic or highly advanced, your tutors will push you to improve your fluency, vocabulary, grammar, writing, or anything else that will help you improve. You will have a lot of attention from your tutor, who will constantly challenge you; and you will push yourself to your full potential.
4. You Perform
You will not be able to hide in the classroom. You will be one of a small group of up to eight students, who all know each other within the first five minutes of class. You will constantly be speaking with them; exchanging opinions and debating issues. You will be performing to your class and your school, in English. You confidently play Romeo or Juliet, which you’ve rewritten in collaboration with your class, on stage.
5. You Experience Real Life in Another Country
If you are staying with a host family, you will get a taste of what real life is like in the UK. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family, talk about your day after school. As a young learner this can transform you completely, opening up a whole new culture for you. Many of our students stay in touch with their host families long after they leave.
6. You will Express Yourself
You will explore different phrases, see how they fit, and find your sense of humour in another language. You have constant opportunity to explore, challenge and expand your own opinions. You will find your voice through discussing quietly with your neighbour, and then presenting to your class. You learn to express yourself in another language.
7. You are Transformed
The people you meet and the challenges you face will teach you more about yourself in these few weeks than you thought possible. Through constantly forming opinions on a vast range of topics and sharing these with peers and tutors you realise what is important, both for yourself and others. All in English.