I’m Johanna, a sixteen year old student from Germany.
I had the great opportunity to spend two weeks in Torquay to pass a work placement in an English speaking country.
I have to mention that I’ve always been fascinated by England – I really felt in love with London which I was able to visit a year ago.
So I was very happy about the unique chance to gain that kind of work experiences during a work placement in the TTPL office.
I arrived in the small group of six students from my school in the middle of the night, so there was no time to get nervous for my first workday – which would have been absolutely not needed. I was comfortable with the atmosphere, the procedures and the tasks since day one.
Of course I trained my English skills during my working time but I also developed my organisation skills, my stamina, my scheduling skills and social skills. Besides that I gained the important experience of an amazing organised office on an everyday basis.
I also really liked my host family which I shared with a friend of mine and students from other countries.
We also took part in different activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially the bowling was fun.
At the weekend my friends and I explored Torquay and the awesome city Exeter.
Certainly we had to try typical English food and traditions like cream tea or fish and chips which we really enjoyed.
Furthermore, I have to mention the surprisingly undulating landscape and the beautiful cliff in Babbacombe where we were able to trace the stunning (and a bit corny) sunset.
All in all, I have to say that the last two weeks turned out so amazing and I’m startled how time flies!
I am sure I’ll visit England again because the great experiences will stay in my mind.