The choice for our kids
It all started a long time ago when, together with my business partner, we started thinking about sending our kids abroad, more specifically to the UK, to attend foreign language courses to give them an experience that would help them with both their personal and educational growth.
After many years in the communication services industry involving more than 50 foreign languages, we wanted to find the ideal place — in a country that we are very familiar with and that we have visited dozens of times, some of them on business — for our kids to study English and, at the same time, live for a short time fully immersed in a different social and cultural environment to the one at home. Drawing on our considerable knowledge, we narrowed the choices down to Devon and decided to focus our efforts on finding a solution that would meet our expectations in this area of the country
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We left with our first-born children, boys and peers, who were 9 years old at the time. We had a very pleasant stay in that county in south west England. We identified one of the organisations that seemed the most suitable for our purpose and that guaranteed us excellent foreign language teaching skills, great care and attention in managing groups of students coming from all over the world, significant ability in developing all the extracurricular activities that are very important in improving language learning, professional integrity, 20 years of experience and a lot of passion and enthusiasm.
We were able to sign a cooperation contract fairly quickly and, once we returned to Italy, we immediately began to organise study-holidays and language stays for schools and institutes in our city and province.
n recent years we have always obtained very positive feedback, and some groups have wanted to repeat the trip for 2 or 3 consecutive seasons. Our children experienced the entire “process” firsthand, and when they were 12 years old, in the second class in middle school, they also went on a 2-week study holiday. hey thoroughly enjoyed their experience, which was full of not only language learning but also new activities, new stimuli, new knowledge and new sharing, getting to meet children from other countries, languages and cultures. They were so pleased and full of interest that they wanted to do it again, relive all the emotions they experienced during those 15 days, away from home yes, but in a welcoming and protected environment.
And so it was, the experience was repeated several times and stopped only after they went to university. In the meantime, the second-born daughters have grown and they too have started to travel with student groups of their age. Again with excellent feedback and now they want to go every year.
For the future we are already getting organised!