At first, I had my doubts because I’m not a social person but now I don’t regret it at all. So, if you have the opportunity to do an Erasmus, go for it! Don’t be shy and just go for it! You won’t regret it.
My first Erasmus was in Varde, in Denmark, and I had the best time of my life. I had so much fun with the people I just met, learning their language, their cultures and visiting their hometown. I’m looking forward to doing it again!
Of course, I didn’t feel comfortable initially because it’s not easy for me to talk to new people, especially if they are from a completely different country. From the first day on, I got along very well with everyone I met. It didn’t take long until it was really easy to communicate with everybody. We got to know each other very well, and I’m still in touch with some of them! Unfortunately, it was just a week, which was way too short to get to know everybody well. On the last day, some of us even shed some tears because it was so hard to say goodbye.
This project really did improve my English very much. I also learned how to speak in front of people. My body language is now better than before; you can even ask my teachers. Even if I don’t remember a word in English, I explain this word or use another one to communicate with others and they always understand me.
This week in Denmark will be in my memories for the rest of my life. It was a great experience!
We were 24 students and eight teachers. We spent a whole week together to improve our English skills, get to know new people, learn about human rights and the rule of law and raise everyone’s intercultural awareness.
The most challenging and interesting activity we did while we were in Varde was the Debate about the proposition Bruce Springsteen once said: “Nobody wins unless everybody wins”. 24 students prepared a film review about “Blinded by the light”. We took part in a composition about the sentence Bruce Springsteen once sang. There were groups that competed against each other in two rounds.
On the first day, we learned about the Danish language and culture. We also spent a day in Esbjerg, a really beautiful city in Denmark. The only thing I didn’t really like was the freezing weather because I was definitely not used to it. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun.
I would really like to thank the Danish team for making this week in their country unforgettable. But I would also like to thank the teachers that made it possible for us to have such a great experience. Thank you very much!
By Jill from Belgium