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Students from Nicaragua experience UK culture at Kings Bournemouth

09 Jan, 2020
Students from Nicaragua experience UK culture at Kings Bournemouth

In November – December 2019, Kings Bournemouth welcomed a group of students from a high school in Nicaragua to Bournemouth for 3 and a half weeks. They had a busy schedule of English language lessons, fun activities, and visits to different parts of the UK.

The students and their teacher, Emma, arrived safely in Bournemouth on Monday evening after a long journey from Nicaragua, comprising of three flights and a coach journey!

The students arrived at the school on Tuesday to meet their new teachers, take their English level test, and begin their lessons. Most days after class, the group had activities scheduled in and around Bournemouth. On the weekends, they visited other UK towns and cities.

In the first week, the students went on half day excursions to Swanage and The Russell Cotes museum. The Swanage trip allowed the group to experience particularly English weather with it raining heavily, but the students still enjoyed their time in a traditional Dorset town. The Russell Cotes museum provided an interactive quiz for the students to undertake on their way round, finding out clues and facts in many of the different rooms.

The group also went on two full day excursions to London and Winchester. The students undertook a walking tour visiting sites such as Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. They also enjoyed a trip to the Science museum. Their Winchester trip was based around a session at the particularly popular ice skating rink. They spent the remaining time there looking round Winchester Cathedral and the Christmas markets.

By week two, the students were settling well into Kings Bournemouth school life and getting to know their host families. The second week of the students stay included participating in activities such as Bowling and a Movie Afternoon. The bowling activity provided some particularly good competition between staff and students. As well as enjoying some down time watching a movie accompanied by a range of snacks.

At the weekend, the students embarked on an overnight trip to Liverpool and Manchester, where they visited famous sites such as Penny Lane — the Liverpool street made famous by the 1967 Beatles’ song — and Old Trafford — the football stadium that is home to famous Premier League club, Manchester United.

They finished off the second week with a trip to the historic university city of Oxford on the Sunday, enjoying some time spent at the Ashmolean museum and some of the famous colleges.

During their penultimate week, the students were able to put into practice their arts and crafts skills by designing their own mugs and t-shirts. In addition to sampling some traditional English food on the English food tasting evening. Jam, cream and scones, and pork pies appeared to be particular favourites!

On the Friday the group went on a half day excursion to Poole Quay, where they were able to experience another traditional Dorset town and its harbour as well as having traditional Fish and Chips. On the weekend the group went on their last full day excursion to Winter Wonderland in London, and enjoyed going on some rides and enjoying the fair experience.

In the final few days, the group enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see ‘Frozen 2’, as well as a visit to the dramatic Jurassic Coast, just a few miles from Bournemouth, where they walked from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove.

We really enjoyed hosting this group at Kings Bournemouth and were sad to see them go.

All the students were enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking, and they made great progress with their English language skills in a short period of time. The busy social schedule helped all the students to gain confidence in using English in real life situations, and to gain a deeper understanding of British culture.

They even produced their own magazine reviewing some of the activities that they had taken part in, which you can view here:

We wish all the students the best of luck for the future!