Sustainable development , Charity
Sustainable development

Charity

Charity

ESL sponsors charity projects to exchange its know how and skills in contribution to community developments. Find out more about our projects here: http://eco.eslcompany.com

Project Mali

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We sponsor a school in Timbuktu, Mali, sharing our resources and logistical experience. In one of the world’s most remote locations, it is a challenge to get essential supplies through to the classrooms. Our support for the school includes classroom resources such as desks, chairs, pens, books and learning materials for the children.


Clément Duay, in charge of Facility Management at ESL

"I’ve been working on this project for 8 months. The biggest challenge has been finding the best way to transport the container to such a remote location as Timbuktu."

"Each week I have collected donations from the staff. This money has been invested in “student kits” for the school in Mali. We have also collected more than 40 boxes of books, some printers, computers, televisions and hi-fi equipment."

"In my role as Facilities Manager, I work on different challenges like reduce and recycling waste, communicating with the staff worldwide, monitoring our carbon offsetting. We have many new projects starting. We want to become as green as we can."

"ESL is a really great company. The best quality of ESL is the atmosphere. Everybody is at the same level and you don't even feel the difference of status."

"To be everyday with young people is very comfortable and pleasant for me (I'm 21) It's a kind of study environment (like university) but at work. We have a staff event each week, which is usually pretty cool. The days go quickly here!"

"ESL offers the possibility to change from a department to another. The management is really open-minded and confident; they don't hesitate to give you responsibilities that nobody would have given to you because you maybe don't have the experience. I’ve learnt a lot working here that's why I choose to study economy (50%) and stay working at ESL (50%)."

Uniting People

ESL is a founding sponsor of Uniting People, a not-for-profit humanitarian platform allowing worthwhile causes to find donors. 100% of donations go directly to the good causes. Among the numerous causes helped so far are health and education causes in Malawi, Nepal, India, Bolivia, the Philippines and Haiti.
Find out more about Uniting People

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After spending 3 months of pure happiness, it’s sad that I have to leave this incredible place with the head full of good memories and magical experiences like Niagara Falls, basketball game, visits in downtown, ice skating and celebrations far from our families like Christmas organized by the school. In addition to that I enjoyed participating in the after school clubs allowing me to learn even more and have a great time. Thanks to this experience I met incredible people (Brazilians, Asians, Russians, Mexicans, etc.) from all over the world that I want and will visit. The supervisors are excellent and always listen to my requests. I definitely recommend to everybody to live the same experience as me but all good things have an end and now it’s my time.

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Sirine Tounsi

In October 2017, I decided to go to Toronto for 2 months. I had just finished my studies, and I had always dreamt about going to Canada. I wanted to improve my English, so I decided to take an 8-week intensive course at OHC – a school I highly recommend. I became friend with students from all over the world and with very nice teachers. I was surprised to see how fast I improved; I passed 2 levels in 8 weeks! In order to be in total immersion, I chose to live with a host family. If you don’t like rules, I suggest staying in a student residence – you’ll have more freedom. I loved the style of the city (I’m Parisian, so everything looked very different). Toronto has the advantage of being close to French-speaking Québec and to the US – you should visit New York, as I did! If I could do it all over again, I would! Thank you ESL for making my dream come true in a few days only.

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Sara Mateos Arévalo

My name is Sara and I decided to take a course in Lyon to improve my level of French. I had started to take French classes again in Barcelona and I thought it would be a good idea to give them a boost.

I wasn’t very clear on my destination, but I finally chose Lyon because it’s a city that has everything but it’s not as big as Paris. And, as the language travel advisor that I am, and knowing the academic quality of the Alpadia school, I thought it would be a good option.

After having been there, I can say that Lyon is an ideal destination for linguistic immersion. As a city, it has everything: shops, good public transport, restaurants, bars, tourism, parks, etc. What’s more, you’re constantly surrounded by events, culture and French cuisine, and it’s a city where a lot of French natives live. That’s why you can also learn about its customs and lifestyle in addition to the language.

The first day when I arrived to my host family’s home, it was a little difficult for me to speak even though I understood Sylvie (the woman who was hosting me) very well. In the mornings, she was already working, but I enjoyed waking up and having a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoons after the activities, I went home and she was preparing dinner. I sat in the kitchen with her while she taught me French recipes. Every night we cooked a different dish, and she even taught me how to make French crêpes! I stayed in her daughter’s room who was studying in Toulouse. To this day, we still write to each other.

With regard to the school, the first day they had me arrive half an hour early to show us new students the school, city, etc. and introduce us to each other. We had 4 and a half hours of class, but the time flew by, as the teaching method that they use is very dynamic and you have two different teachers. My morning teacher made the classes very exciting and helped us improve our weaknesses. The afternoon teacher, on the other hand, gave us a topic to debate and she made us talk a lot while she provided us with useful, daily vocabulary.

There were only 6 students in class, perfect for learning more easily. At school there was a great atmosphere with a good group of students open to meeting new people and making plans after class. I felt like a part of the group from day one. The mix of nationalities was very good with few Spanish-speaking students. In the whole school, there were only two Spanish and two Mexican students, although we weren’t in the same class. Almost all of them were Swiss (from different regions), and there were students of all ages (18-22, 25-28 and 40+).

Every afternoon, the school offered an activity for whoever wanted to participate (movie, visits around Lyon, wine tasting, etc.). At the beginning of the week, they posted a schedule of the week’s activities on the bulletin board. You just needed to sign up and show up at the meeting point at the time specified (even though almost all of us went there together directly from school). The activity I liked the most was wine tasting because we went to a really authentic wine cellar where they gave us different wines and cheeses. For me, this was a very French experience!

To sum up, I’d like to say that for me, it was a great decision to take an intensive course and stay with a host family, since I learned a ton and at the end of my stay, I noticed that I really improved my fluency when speaking French. The truth is that I had a great experience and I would have liked to be able to stay for another week.

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