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Surely, my 3 months in Australia have been one of the best experiences of my life.
Living in another country so far from home not only teaches you to greatly improve your foreign language level, but to face all the difficulties you will have to face on your own, to grow, understand yourself, establish friendships and a beautiful relationship with your family.
The school in Australia draws attention to discover, experiment and learn new things while having fun. It is certainly a great opportunity to practice your English, with teachers and with your friends.
Some activities I would like to remember is the Italian cooking class, pasta making and of course St. Dominican’s Day.
You will get to meet fantastic people who will want to know as much as possible about you, letting you live this unique adventure. I was lucky with my host family to visit the breathtaking scenery of Cape Jarvis, the wonderful kangaroo Island, and lots of other places. What I’ve enjoyed the most during my stay was definitely visiting Kangaroo Island with all the family. We visited so many amazing paces and shared so many beautiful moments together, going to sightsee this wild island full of magic.
Thanks to my experience, I’ve learnt to know myself, to live with another family which is not mine, to face difficulties alone and, definitely, to grow up.
If I had to answer the question “what will you miss the most of Australia?”, I would say the kindness of the many people who care and they’re kind to you.
I saw beautiful places, learned lots of things, challenged myself, fought my fears and, most of all, I had the luck to meet wonderful people such as my host family and my lovely exchange sister Shadow.
Sometimes, I lay in my bed thinking about my exchange, realising how much I miss my English life, even the smallest things, such as my bedroom, walking around the lovely paths in my neighbourhood, drinking litres and litres of tea, eating Yorkshire, stroking my cat Dharma, sitting on the sofa and watching TV with my host mum , having fun with my host sis, wandering around the shopping centre and a lot more.
I miss being an exchange student.
Before leaving for my exchange, someone asked me: is it easier to leave your everyday life for five months, or to leave forever your five months life?
I guess I know the answer now.
This experience has been the most beautiful and difficult thing I ever done.
I have cried, I have been so happy, I grew up and I discovered a world outside my comfort zone. I saw how people live in the other side of the world and I understood that if people are going to be different than you ‘cause they live in other countries, they speak different languages or they have different traditions, this doesn’t mean they are less than you!
I found a fantastic family who helped me to believe in myself and my dreams, who decided to love me like a real daughter. They did all of this to make sure Minnesota would become my second home.
I’m so glad for all the people I met this year, all of my friends, teachers and for anyone who helped me. My exchange year wasn’t perfect, but it was something that changed me forever. I’m aware that nothing could be possible without my Italian parents who helped me to achieve my dream . I know a chapter of my life just ended but I will keep with me forever all of the memories I made this year!
Thanks USA and in particular thanks Minnesota! I’ll be back soon 🥰❤️🏡
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L’agenzia BEC – British European Centre di Milano, da oltre cinquant’anni, promuove esperienze di viaggio studio all’estero per persone di tutte le età e programmi di accoglienza di studenti stranieri in Italia. BEC offre la possibilità di partecipare a vacanze studio di gruppo nelle località più richieste, tra cui Londra, Brighton e Dublino. BEC propone inoltre programmi scolastici all’estero da 2 a 10 mesi per studenti delle scuole superiori. Per studenti maggiori di 16 anni e adulti di ogni età, BEC offre la possibilità di frequentare dei corsi di lingua all’estero e di preparazione alle certificazioni linguistiche e di svolgere delle esperienza lavorative all’estero tra cui volontariato e il programma alla Pari negli Stati Uniti. Un’altra opportunità offerta da BEC è il programma di accoglienza di studenti stranieri in Italia.