Before to come in Australia, I was nervous, I didn’t know how it was going to be. But now, the experience comes to an end. All I can say about this year, is that it was fantastic and really rewarding.
My first days in Australia weren’t the one I was expecting, as the homestay family I had, didn’t correspond to me. It was really hard at the beginning, I was wondering how I could stay for one year. But thanks to the school, I could stay and finish the program. I could change homestay family and feel better. Now the new homestay family I have is wonderful and I hope I can come and visit them again.
At the beginning it was also difficult, as I didn’t know anyone and I wasn’t used to listen to English everyday. But with the time this little problems are solved and I could enjoy this year. When I first arrived, I was scared of missing too much my family. Of course I miss my family and I’m look forward to see them again but not as I thought I will. The fact that we have social medias helped a lot, as I could talk to them everyday, tell them my fears, my problems.
One thing really good from this experience is that in Australia many cultures live together and there are many exchange students, therefore now I have friends from all round the world. This is the most beautiful thing that happens with exchange programs. My roommate, Yuki, is now a really good friend, even if she is now in Japan we keep in touch and I’m going to visit her in Japan soon.
Adelaide is a beautiful city. I went to the most beautiful beaches I’ve never seen and I saw wonderful and really interesting animals. Nature in Australia is really beautiful. Everyone should come to Australia once in their lives. In summer it’s really hot but I didn’t know winter was also really cold.
This experience helped me to understand many things about life, to grow up, to be more responsible and to know more about other cultures and improve my English.
Once aspect that is very different to Switzerland is school. Learning is different and school system is also really different. Here, teachers are closer to the students, which makes the student feel comfortable and reassured at school as you can talk to them about any problems you have. In Switzerland it’s really different and I’m going to miss it. This school is really good and respectable as they welcome everyone, students from different cultures, countries and most important students with disabilities. This is really good and I like it. Switzerland should take a leaf on this school.
If now, someone asks me if I was going to do this experience again, I can only say yes, even if I had troubles with homestay families and I also advise students to do exchange experiences.
Now it’s already time to say goodbye and thank you to Australia. I hope I can keep in touch with my new friends from all around the world and come back soon.