This is Leonore’s story in her own words. I am sure it will bring a smile to your heart as it did ours.
“From an early age I have wanted to come to this far far away country named Australia. Not only for the beautiful scenery but for culture. Also Australia is a really young country compared to most countries in Europe, and has a lot to show the world. Many people believe that Australia will be one of the up and coming countries in the next few years. It is for these reasons and for many others that I decide come learn English in Australia.
I would not say that my first couple of weeks were easy because I could not speak A WORD of English and still a young person. I found out that the hardest parts of living far away from home are during the events like Christmas or family birthdays.
However, after a few weeks I has some really nice friends who made me feel like in France. And then everythings every days went quickly, that how a totally unknown place became my new home. I am really thankful to my parents who gave me the opportunity to make my dream come true, which has been totally amazing. I learned so much, not only about the language but also about the culture, as well as know more about who I am and who I want to be.
After these 10 months in Australia I feel changed in a good way and proud of myself because the hugest achievement for me has to been to get my Cambridge FCE certificate. Passing this exam was my main goal and with the help of all the wonderful teachers I had I finally achieved it.
But now it is time to go back to where I came from (home) to end my trip, my experience, and my Australian life. I will miss everything here, not only the beach, the ocean but also all people I have met here and my wonderful host mother who made my stay in her home just perfect.
This is not goodbye from me, but simply Au Revoir.”
Leonore Convert, 14th November to 20th July