My time in Manchester and at UKEC Academy

Hi Everyone,

I’m Janna and I come from Switzerland. I’ve done an apprenticeship in business and I’m currently doing a five-month internship in administration and business in Manchester to improve my English and to discover other fields in my area of work in a different country and company.

Do you like my red scarf?!

I chose UKEC Academy because I knew that it would be really interesting to work in an international language school with lots of different students from all over the world. I really enjoyed the warm welcome I received from the staff when I arrived. The colleagues are really kind and they pay attention to me. Another thing I have also enjoyed has been talking with the students, you can learn a lot from them; where they live, what are they doing in their country and how different is it from my country!

During my five months here, I was asked to do different tasks; answering to people who came to reception, make advertisement poster on Canva, complete administrative tasks and sometimes help the social programme coordinator… which was really nice.

I’m living in a homestay out of town, in Eccles, which is 30 minutes away by tram from the centre. I’m live in a typical British house (all in red bricks) which is really cute. My Landlord was very nice to me from the first day I arrived here. She’s always here if I’ve any questions. There are five of us (six with the dog) and all the other people with who I live are really nice too.

I decided to come to Manchester because I heard that it was multicultural, which is not wrong!

I really enjoyed my stay here for many different reasons.

Mancunian people are really friendly and they don’t hesitate to give you a hand when you need it.

The weather is not really nice during autumn and winter, but it’s a good reason to go to one of many good restaurants that you can find in the city.

Me with my new friends at a street food festival near Manchester Victoria Station

I really enjoyed the restaurants Ezra and Gil and Cottonopolis. Both of them serve brunch and it’s really tasty. But when I was looking for a place to have dinner, Almost Famous, a burger restaurant, would certainly be my favourite place to go.

Manchester is also very famous for its nightlife. I don’t have a favourite place, but when I hung out with my friends, I always went to the Northern Quarter, Deansgate or to The Hatch. There are always lots of different nice bars/pubs to discover.

You can also find interesting museums such as The John Rayland Library or the Art Gallery, that are really famous here.

And when you’ve got the opportunity to have a sunny day, you have to go to Spinningfields, Deansgate, Castelfield, Northern Quarter and China Town. All of them are really different and deserve to be seen if you spend some time in the city.

And if one day you want to discover something else other than Manchester, you can always travel to Liverpool, The Lake District, York, Leeds, Blackpool, Chester or even North Wales… I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to came here, I’ve met many different people that I’ll never forget and I’m sure this experience will be really helpful in my further job or studies.

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