Linn Wallander is a Business and Administration student from the town of Östersund in northern Sweden, where she lives with her partner. She describes herself as a kind person who easily empathises with people and who can jump into a challenging situation and quickly resolve it. Supported by a grant from Erasmus+, the 18-year-old recently did three weeks’ work experience at a London college, while staying with a local host family. Here is her story.
The most exciting thing about working and living in a new country is all the new things you come across; no day is like another and there's always something happening.
The biggest challenge I encountered was to open myself up and feel confident in a new environment, even though I tend to become very shy and reclusive. Now I had to show how strong I was.
My work placement was at English Time, an English language school. One of my main tasks was to locate schools across the whole world and recruit more students to the school. I also handed out flyers and cleared and updated files in the office. Working at a language school also helped improve my English.
There were big differences between my home country and the UK - such as the traffic, the amount of people and the food - but if I could choose one word to describe my time in London I would say; educational. The living standards are lower than in Sweden and the building I worked in was, for example, very old and didn’t have a lunch room, so I learned to adapt to the situation and live in line with the new rules and standards.
I have grown as a person and become stronger and more independent. My plan for the future is to take a year off to save money and buy myself an apartment. I would actually like to live in London, but as long as I’m with my boyfriend and so attached to my family, I don’t think I could handle moving there on my own. But I am definitely going back someday to see my host family, my colleagues at English Time and to see more of the city of London.
Linn visited London through our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.