Testimonials: St Giles International, Eastbourne

Lisa Budry
Lisa Budry
St Giles International, Eastbourne
Duration: 2 months

I came to England because my English level was not very good. My school teachers recommended that I go to England before starting the Gymnasium in Switzerland. One of my teachers recommended ESL as a good agency. My parents saw other agencies but decided that ESL was the best one Because ESL is a good agency for students under the age of 18. That's also why I choose to come to Eastbourne because St-Giles accepts students from 14 years old. My level of English when I arrived was somewhere between elementary and beginner and after 11 weeks I am now a pre-intermediate level and I am very pleased with my progress. Here in Easbtourne, I made many friends from many countries. This is how a typical day in Eastbourne goes : A. I wake up at about 08.00 am, have breakfast and then go to school. I meet my friends and have my classes. After school I usually go into the town centre to look round the shops or go to a cafe with my friends. Then I go home to my host family. I do my homework. I have dinner there and sometimes I stay with my host family talking or watching a film. At weekends I go out with my friends. Sometimes I wish I could go to pubs and bars like in Switzerland, but in England you have to be 18 to do this. But I enjoyed my time a lot here in Eastbourne. Eastbourne is a very nice place it's safe and beautiful and I really like the sea. Regarding the school, The teachers are very, very good and very interesting. When I started, my first class only had about 8 students and that was really good. And my host family is the best! They are very friendly.

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Loriane Germanier
Loriane Germanier
 St Giles InternationalEastbourne
Duration: 5 weeks

Loriane is 18. After she finishes high school, she will study social work for 3 years.  English will be important in her studies.  She studied English 3 years ago and came to St Giles Eastbourne for 5 weeks to improve her English.She thinks Eastbourne and St Giles are beautiful and quiet, and the weather has been good.Her starting level was elementary and she is now studying in a class at pre-intermediate level, and Loriane is pleased with her progress – in particular she feels her grammar and her speaking have improved.On a typical day, Loriane gets up, walks to school (her journey takes her 20 minutes).  She has 4 lessons each morning, has lunch, and then studies for two further lessons in the afternoon.  After school, Loriane goes to the beach (which is 2 minutes from the school) or goes into town with her friends.  She has met many new people of different nationalities.She likes her host family, she thinks they are funny and very nice.She thinks St Giles Eastbourne is very beautiful and the teachers are very good.  Overall, it has been a very good experience for her.

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Clara Bryois
Clara Bryois
St Giles International, Eastbourne
Duration: 2 months

As I had never been to England, my choice of destination was made randomly and based on a few futile criteria such as the sunshine rate of the city or the number of inhabitants. Eastbourne, which is renowned for its sunshine, was therefore the perfect place to live the English way life for two months! My decision then turned out to be… PERFECT! Eastbourne is my dream city: a beautiful seaside, an excellent pier, delicious fish and chips and… as planned: sunshine on a regular basis!
The school where I followed my classes, St Giles College, is really great. The teachers really listen to the students and they have an approach to teaching, which is very different (and for me, better) from what we know in Switzerland. Moreover, the diversity of St Giles students allows a real mix of cultures! You can meet extraordinary people – people who live 14 hours away from home by plane and who you nonetheless promise to see again!
The friendships that are made there do not suffer from the distance that can exist once everyone goes back home. Moreover, with Facebook, emails and mobile phones, there is no excuse to lose contact! Anyway, in short, I strongly recommend Eastbourne and especially St Giles College where I spent the best 8 weeks of my life! Thanks ESL!

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Kristell Le Gloanic Trousset
Kristell Le Gloanic Trousset

I spent 6 months in Eastbourne. This city is very pleasant. The host family is very caring and they help me and that allows me to speak English outside the school. The whole teaching staff really listens to the students and we can talk to them in case of problem. The classes are perfect to learn English, I think that going to Eastbourne in England is the best way to discover a new culture, to meet new people and of course to become bilingual!

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Ismaili Florent
Ismaili Florent

Eastbourne exactly suits my need. The weather is quite nice, the English classes are intensive and people are friendly. Making friends is easy at the school. The students are very open and the school organises many leisure activities where you can integrate fast. I am happy I chose this city for my eight-month stay and I realize that thanks to friendly people I make progress in English on a daily basis.

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Alicia Zufferey
Alicia Zufferey
St Giles International, Eastbourne
Duration: 36 weeks

Eastbourne is a quiet but interesting place, it's great to be so near the beach. It is a good place to go and study. If you open your mind and speak to the host family, it's really good. I know if I need any help they will be there for me. I like playing with the children and I feel they trust me because we always talk about things together. Everything is great! the teachers, the course and the school! I always had good teachers. If you try and speak English all the time it is really interesting and you can make a lot of friends and learn about other cultures.

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Ana Marín Faraldos
Ana Marín Faraldos

I remember the day I left Eastbourne (England) very vividly: it was on Saturday 14th August and it seemed unreal to me, I could not believe the six weeks were already over. I had to give up all of the habits I had developed during my stay from one moment to the next. I could not believe that I would not wake up in this town anymore, this town where, thanks to the St Giles International school, I met my friends every morning, each of them from a different country, with a different language, culture and pronunciation of English. I could not get used to the idea that after 42 wonderful days, I was leaving this life behind me.

Before you travel to an unknown place, you always have expectations; different ways of looking at things, and you end up imagining things that you would like to see when you arrive. Nevertheless, I would never have imagined that this 6-week experience could bring so much to my life. I could fill thousands of pages with memories, adventures, and anecdotes… I could spend my whole life telling people how this trip changed my life – but even so, they would not understand, as there are things you just can’t express with words.

It is true that we all experience things in our own way, but when you communicate and express what you think through a language that is not your mother tongue, your perception of things changes. As far as I am concerned, that’s how I communicated with a Swiss girl and I remember our conversations as well as I would if we had spoken in Spanish together. We could talk about any topic for hours (in English of course) and we could understand each other perfectly. It was a very special relationship that I will never forget; neither will I forget the bonds that formed in our large group of friends. But this is not all, I still haven’t talked about a very important part of my stay: the family, this other affective link that guides and supports you at any time during your stay. Sue and Adrian were wonderful hosts! Welcoming, friendly, protective…

The separation, this painful moment that was bound to happen, was difficult, but the stay was worth it and I can assure you that I would not have changed anything to it for all the money in the world.

The summer 2010 brought many new things into my life, there is no doubt about it, and the best aspects of this trip were that I could grow as a person and meet a new family and establish genuine friendships with people who, while being far away, remain close to me. A real gift.

The only thing that cheers me up right now is to know that in a few months, this year, I will embark on the same adventure again.

Thank you to everyone who gave me the opportunity to achieve this dream.

Ana Marín Faraldos.

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Agnès Luisier
Agnès Luisier
 St Giles International, Eastbourne
Duration: 16 weeks

I had never studied English before; I started the course with an elementary level and finished it with an upper intermediate level. I was really satisfied with the progress I made. The teaching methods are very effective! Eastbourne is a really nice town. The school was well situated, close to the sea and the town centre; it had great facilities and a cafeteria offering good, cheap food. I loved my host family, they cooked very well, we talked a lot and they were there for me when I needed them. I took part in many excursions organised by the school: I went to Oxford, Greenwich, Bath & Stonehenge. These outings were a good way of discovering England. I recommend Eastbourne to everyone!

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