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Hey everybody J

I’m now since over one month in the beautiful country Ireland.

My flight was okay, although it was really really hard to say goodbye to your family and friends, with the knowledge that you won’t see them for the next ten months… I was very sad during the flight, and the fact that it was in the evening didn’t make it better, because my emotions in the evening are stronger than at the day ;) Exhausted but happy I finally arrived at 22:25h at Dublin Airport.  We (that means the exchange students from Switzerland) went by bus to Maynooth, 25 km away from Dublin, where two EF staff members have already expected us. They showed us our rooms and our dinner… I felt quite lonely then and got homesick because I had to eat my dinner by myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night..

But the next day was definitely better! The first person I met was a Danish girl, and she showed me my way to breakfast, because I had no clue where to go. At breakfast I finally met the two girls I was writing with for the past year. Aileen from the Netherlands and Gloria from Austria, they were really nice! Nevertheless, I spent most of my time in Camp with another Austrian girl called Julia and a German girl called Paula. Although we could have spoken German to each other, we talked in English, which was really great! In the camp I met people from all over the world; Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It felt good to make friends who are in the same situation as you are!

My accommodation in camp was really comfortable! We had a single room, with our own bathroom. We had Internet and everything we needed. The food wasn’t that good, but we had warm muffins for every breakfast, which was a BIG plus! J

The Camp programme was always really busy, which was with hindsight good, because then we couldn’t get homesick. We always had English classes in the morning, which were more funny than really serious. However, we learned a lot about Irish slang words and the Irish culture. In the afternoon we often had group activities, like a photo marathon, sports or a scavenger hunt. Once we went to Dublin for shopping and sightseeing and once we went to Dublin beach. It was absolutely beautiful! We climbed a hill and the view from there was just amazing!

On one evening, Julia, Paula and me made Kaesespaetzle and a chocolate fondue. It was just grand to spend time with them and to share our culture. It was like they were my friends for a few years and not only for the last few days! But unfortunately we don’t stay in the same place in Ireland. But since it isn’t a really big country we can easily met in the holidays J

I’m so glad that I spent these weeks in camp, it helped me so much to make friends and to get to know the Irish culture!

Hey everybody J

I’m now since over one month in the beautiful country Ireland.

My flight was okay, although it was really really hard to say goodbye to your family and friends, with the knowledge that you won’t see them for the next ten months… I was very sad during the flight, and the fact that it was in the evening didn’t make it better, because my emotions in the evening are stronger than at the day ;) Exhausted but happy I finally arrived at 22:25h at Dublin Airport.  We (that means the exchange students from Switzerland) went by bus to Maynooth, 25 km away from Dublin, where two EF staff members have already expected us. They showed us our rooms and our dinner… I felt quite lonely then and got homesick because I had to eat my dinner by myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night..

But the next day was definitely better! The first person I met was a Danish girl, and she showed me my way to breakfast, because I had no clue where to go. At breakfast I finally met the two girls I was writing with for the past year. Aileen from the Netherlands and Gloria from Austria, they were really nice! Nevertheless, I spent most of my time in Camp with another Austrian girl called Julia and a German girl called Paula. Although we could have spoken German to each other, we talked in English, which was really great! In the camp I met people from all over the world; Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It felt good to make friends who are in the same situation as you are!

My accommodation in camp was really comfortable! We had a single room, with our own bathroom. We had Internet and everything we needed. The food wasn’t that good, but we had warm muffins for every breakfast, which was a BIG plus! J

The Camp programme was always really busy, which was with hindsight good, because then we couldn’t get homesick. We always had English classes in the morning, which were more funny than really serious. However, we learned a lot about Irish slang words and the Irish culture. In the afternoon we often had group activities, like a photo marathon, sports or a scavenger hunt. Once we went to Dublin for shopping and sightseeing and once we went to Dublin beach. It was absolutely beautiful! We climbed a hill and the view from there was just amazing!

On one evening, Julia, Paula and me made Kaesespaetzle and a chocolate fondue. It was just grand to spend time with them and to share our culture. It was like they were my friends for a few years and not only for the last few days! But unfortunately we don’t stay in the same place in Ireland. But since it isn’t a really big country we can easily met in the holidays J

I’m so glad that I spent these weeks in camp, it helped me so much to make friends and to get to know the Irish culture!

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Let's go!

So, today's the day of my departure. My bags are packed and my room is cleaned, I said goodbye to most of my friends and I'm finally ready to take off. Or almost. At the moment I'm not that nervous, but yesterday evening I had a bit of a crisis. But then I think about all the good expieriences that I will have in Ireland, and then I calm myself. My flight is about to leave at 9:10pm and so there are a few hours left to do the things I still need to.

My family, my best friend and my boyfriend will accompany me to the airport, where I will get a few more infos of EF and then I will finally enter into the airplane which will lead me to the "Emerald Isle". Well, you all know that there are a few more annoying stopovers 'til I'm there, like the customs check and the waiting for my baggage.. But it'll be alright :) 

So I'll report to you as soon as I arrived well. ;)

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22 days left...

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time since I wrote the last time. But today I finally got the information about my flight to Ireland and now I can tell you more ;) I’ll fly on the 8th August in the evening. We (all students from Switzerland that are going to the Language and Culture Camp) will meet at the Bye-Bye Bar at the airport in Zurich to do the Check-In together. I also received a little booklet which contains a lot of advices. There it is said what to take with you, how many money you should have with you and so on. Furtheron there were a few papers about the flight itself, what to do if you miss a flight etc. And there was also a script about the camp J It is said there that we’ll stay in student accommodation on a campus, which consists of apartments containing 5 bedrooms and bathrooms and a kitchen/living room. We are going to make some excursions, like visiting Dublin, visiting the beach and doing an adventure day. Beside these excursions we’ll have lessons every day. They will be focused on perfecting our academic English, conversational English, life in Ireland and cultural differences.

The booklet "Let's go" and the information about the Camp and the flight.
The booklet "Let's go" and the information about the Camp and the flight.
That's me and my boyfriend in Spain
That's me and my boyfriend in Spain

Actually, I can’t wait until I’m there! But there are still so many things to do and to prepare! I have to buy a few things and then pack them and clean my room and a lot more! And my biggest problem will be to say goodbye to Kevin, my boyfriend. We just spend a week in Spain together, and it was so beautiful! It will be so hard to leave him...

 

So I’ll write soon. Have a nice evening. :)

Sara

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Happy, happy, happy :)

Hi everyone J

Recently I finally wrote with my host mother! She told me a lot about her family’s lifestyle and so on. They have two dogs but I don’t have any photos yet… Orlagh, the youngest daughter goes to the same class as me and I think that’s really great because you’re not alone at the beginning. My host mother Mary is teaching music at my school and she told me that there is always music in the house and a lot of pupils of her are in the house during the day. She even offered me to teach me how to play the piano and of course I immediately agreed because I’ve always wanted to learn it!

I mentioned in my first blog post that I’ll live there with another exchange student and Mary told me that her name is Cristina and that she’s a Spanish girl. This is also so brilliant because I’m learning Spanish in school at the moment and maybe she’s going to learn me a bit more of this language ;)

Mary also informed me about the subjects I have to take. I have to do maths, English, and French or German (of course I’ll take French) and then I can choose which sciences (history, geography, biology etc.) I want to do. I think it is a better school system than that in Switzerland. The students will probably be more motivated to do something when they can choose which classes they want to visit… But enough of that!

My host family also told me that they live a bit outside the town so I have to take the bus to school. Another great experience ;)

However, I’m looking forward to it like I’ve never done before! Only the fact that I have to leave my boyfriend Kevin at home for a year isn’t that positive.. We’re together for seven months today and I really can’t imagine how to survive this year without him. But I think and hope that we’ll get through that. He said that he’s going to visit me in spring.

But now we’re enjoying the time that’s left. J

 

So enough for today J Sleep well, write you soon.
Sara

www.prescurrylea.com

This is the website of my school :)

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The Adventure started...

This was my group on the Preparation Weekend.

I'm the girl on the right side next to our group leader. The two guys on the left are Charles and Edie.

Hi everyone!

So this is my first blog post, and I first want to tell you something about last weekend. I was in the Lenk im Simmental, in Switzerland and we had there a Preparation Weekend from EF. There were about 200 students who will spend a High School Exchange Year in Ireland, the UK or the US. We were separated into small groups of about 20 students, in which we’ve done some workshops. They were about our expectations, how to deal with homesickness or culture shock and so on. I was in group green, appropriate for Ireland ;) Our group leader Tim spent his exchange year in the US a few years ago and together with other ambassadors (former EF exchange students) he told us a lot about his experiences. There were also two IEC’s  from Ireland. An IEC (International Exchange Coordinator) is the closest attachment figure after the host family during the Exchange Year. That means when we have a problem that we can’t talk about with our host family

we can always talk to him or her. Charles and Edie are a married and they also host exchange students. They told us some things about the Irish culture, school system and behaviour.

On Saturday evening there was an “EF @ Night” party ;) All groups had to prepare a small performance during the day and my group prepared a bit of Irish dance :D it was really funny trying it out but in the end we just had a few seconds in which we at least tried to dance irish but it was a lot of fun! :D

 

The whole weekend lasted from Friday afternoon until Sunday midday. On Friday we had an Orientation Meeting together with our parents. We’ve got again a lot of information but most of them we already knew. But know I finally know my departure date: the 9. August 2014 :D The whole thing is coming closer and closer and I’ve got the feeling that with this Preparation Weekend my Exchange Year REALLY started.. J

I’ve also got a really cool t-shirt and two bags from EF è picture

 

 So I’ll write if I got more information about my exchange year J Have a nice day!

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