“I was thinking about going to England, but I had been there before,” she says. “So I decided on Ireland and I had to choose between Dublin and Galway. For me, Dublin was too big. I still wanted to have a city where there was lots of stuff to do, like going to the famous pubs. For me, Galway was the perfect option. It was a city, not so big, and yet with plenty of things to do!”
Flavia did her research before she left Switzerland. She knew that GCI had a host of fun activities for students every week and read about the famous ‘Pub Night’ and the weekly walking tours on the GCI website.
Her agency in Switzerland provided expert advice in helping Flavia to choose her destination for a 12 week CAE preparation course. The agency told her that Galway had brilliant night life for such a small city and she has not been disappointed.
“Actually, I have made friends with a couple of Swiss girls in my class and I am glad I have met them, but we try to speak English to each other all the time. I have made new friends from the French-speaking part of Switzerland and from Spain. I love the mixture of nationalities in my class and the way we help each other out preparing for the CAE examination.”
Flavia is in a class with 13 students from Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico and has enjoyed exploring Galway with her new friends in the afternoons. They have classes in the mornings, so they have a lot of free time for fun activities, although the teachers do give them lots of writing exercises to do at home.
“We speak English a lot outside the classroom. I think my writing, reading, and listening have all improved since I came to GCI. When I go with my friends to a café, we speak English. I love Galway and I really love the lifestyle here. We always go to the city centre for a coffee after school or we explore the beach at Silver Strand or Menlo Castle by the River Corrib.”
Flavia enjoys the music sessions in the Galway pubs, watching TV series in English, and chatting with her host mother in her Irish home. The only big difference she has noticed compared to Switzerland is that the Irish people wear shoes inside their houses!