I was one of 30 students from a school in Germany who had the chance to go to ADC College in London, where we attended English classes and did work experience in UK organisations.
In the first week, we attended English classes. We had three different teachers, which meant that every lesson was different to the one before. It made learning a language much more interesting. Working in groups and participating in verbal exercises made us more confident speaking English. In Germany, we are given more writing-based tasks, so communicating with each other felt important.
There was a common room in the building where we could have coffee and tea and prepare lunch, where we met students from other countries, which was really great because we had to speak English to get to know them.
During the two weeks that followed, I had the opportunity to work in one of London’s most successful estate agencies - Winkworth. The agency, founded in 1835, has 60 offices in London and over 100 throughout the UK and internationally, for instance in France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy.
During my internship I wrote letters to clients and lawyers, filed documents and entered new customers into the database. A really interesting part of this internship was that I was allowed to go to different appointments with my colleagues to see how an estate agent works.
Conversing with clients, we spoke about the property, how old it was and what kind of style it was built in. But they were also curious about my home country, what I was doing in the UK and my working background in Germany.
All in all, I can say that it was a great experience to live and work in a different country, while becoming a more confident English speaker. I'm really glad to have had this opportunity, because it was an amazing time and if I could, I would do it all over again.
Denise 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.