What has been the best part of your experience?
We can't choose only one thing of the whole experience that we lived in England. But we are sure that meeting people from all around the world was one of the best parts of being in Chester, and also, to be with a homestay, our hosts were the best! The friends we made and the teachers that taught us, we enjoyed so many things!
What do you think about the city of Chester?
Chester is a beautiful city, it’s full of Roman History, months before arriving we search on the internet about the city and we were astonished of the pictures that we saw.
Taking an English language course in Chester is one of the best options you have if you really want to improve your English, and not only that, outside the school you can talk to people and everybody will be kind with you, just don’t be afraid to do it, that’s another way to keep improving and to keep learning.
We used to walk after classes, to explore the city and to talk to our friends. My brother in the afternoons used to go for a run, I used to go for shopping, to hangout and to talk to our host-family about the culture of our country and we used to ask questions and advices on how to keep improving our English.
Did you have the opportunity to explore other places?
Yes, before starting classes in EIC we stayed six days in London, we visited Tower Bridge, The Big Ben, we went on a ferry tour on the River Thames, and we also visited The Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford that was insane, we were thrilled and it was an experience of a life time; when we arrived in Chester, the first weekend the School organized a tour to North Wales, we visited Llandudno, Snowdonia National Park and we had the opportunity to visit Conwy Castle, it’s full of history, really interesting. After that we organized with our group of friends a mini tour to Liverpool and the last weekend we visited Manchester. (We loved everything)
What do you think about the school, the classes, your accommodation and the social programme? Is everything as you expected it to be or different?
We had good expectations about the school but it was more than we could imagine, we loved the social programmes, the classes were full of fun and learning, the accommodation was excellent, we stayed with such a kind and warm family, the experience of living with a British family is something else, it was great and something that every student should try, living with a host family will add some benefits to your English.
Has learning English been easy or difficult? Why?
We can't say it was easy but in our country we studied English for 4 years so we had an acceptable English level when we arrived but it's completely different when you are in a country that you have to speak English only. You need to be more confident and to stop being afraid of making a mistake that’s a reason why you are studying English because it’s not your native language. “Make a mistake, learn from it, and keep on going”.
Do you think your English has improved?
Definitely, our English is better now, we stayed there for one month and that time helped us learning more and more, it wasn't so much time but the methodology that EIC has will help you to improve your English and you are going to accomplished more than you could expected.
Apart from the language, we also learned that you have to make it count every single day and to enjoy every opportunity that life’s giving you, and the most important is that you have to appreciate the little things, you can have a bad day but you need to stand up and keep moving forward. We also learned that you can actually meet excellent friends and that’s something that doesn’t happen very often.
What's your advice for future students?
You won’t regret the opportunity to study in English in Chester, you are going to love the city, the people, the weather, the history, your future friends and teachers, you’ll love the classes, the social programmes, and if you choose to stay with a host-family you are going to appreciate then, if we’re honest, you are going to love every minute there. Just make it count. This kind of opportunities will change your life forever and will make a positive impact in you. If we had the opportunity to go back we will definitely choose English in Chester again.
Natalia & Bernie.