Benefits Of Work Experience Abroad
When we first started sending students abroad back in 1992 our aim was to help students improve their language skills for their exams and going forward in life, but even we were surprised by the feedback we received from students and the benefits they took from their experience.
We have summerised these below, but you can also read about some of their experiences by following the link at the bottom of this page.
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Improve Your Language Skills
There’s no replacement for practically using your language skills, in real life situations and in the country where the language is spoken. On a work experience trip students will be exposed to the language and will have the opportunity to gain confidence in speaking and using their language skills whilst on their placement.
Enhance University & Job Applications
Travel and work experience abroad not only shows a passion and enthusiasm for languages it also demonstrates a mature, confident and motivated personality that is bound to impress interviewers. With university places and job vacancies becoming increasingly competitive, extra curricular activities are becoming more important than ever to help you stand out from the crowd.
Gain confidence and independence
Many of the students who travel with us are often thinking about their futures perhaps moving away from home to go to university or travelling on a gap year. For students and parents alike this can be a daunting thought, which is why a work experience trip is the perfect opportunity for students to gain confidence, independence and experience in meeting new people.
Meet new friends and socialise
Our students come from schools and colleges all over the country so there are plenty of opportunities to meet like minded people with similar interests and you’ll leave your trip with friends for life. Group leaders who supervise the trips will also organise group activities such as bowling, ice skating and group meals to encourage the group to interact and get to know each other.
Experience the local culture
All of the cities we use for each of our countries provide students with a fantastic introduction and opportunity to explore the local culture. Whether it’s visiting a local market; working in a local restaurant or engaging in conversation with the local people, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about and experience the local culture.
Supported by our group leaders
All of our trips are supervised by adult group leaders (usually native speakers or language teachers) who are selected based on their linguistic ability, maturity, enthusiasm as well as their ability to get on with and earn the respect of the students. Each trip will have approximately one group leader for every 15 students who will travel with the group and offer guidance and support when it is needed. They pay each student a visit at their work placement to ensure everything is going well and also accompany the group for evening activities.
Our group leaders supervise students as closely as possible, but in no way are they able to be with students 24 hours per day. In fact, one of the goals of our programme is to help students develop independence, problem-solving skills, maturity and self-reliance. This is why we feel our trips offer the perfect balance of reassuring support and independence to encourage students to become responsible and independent young people.