Work Placement England
The placement was organised by Mr Fiedler and Mr Brandt. I lived and worked in Paignton. Paignton is a small town in the south of England, with a population of nearly 70.000 people and is located in the bay of Torbay. Paignton, Torquay and Brixham are the three towns in this bay.
I was was very lucky with my host family and with the job. The family I stayed with was very kind and helped me with everything: which bus to take to go to Torquay or where to buy food and other things. I had my own bedroom and bathroom. Normally, two students stay together with a host family but I decided not to. I wanted to speak as much English as possible. I worked in a café. Most of the other students also worked in cafés or restaurants. Others worked in a zoo or at a farm. I was asked to do everything you can do in a café, except for actually making coffee. They told me the machine was way too complicated to fully understand it in a couple of days. So I took orders, prepared and cleaned plates and delivered the coffee and cake.
I spoke to my colleagues and the customers. My colleagues helped me with my essay for school and were very kind in general. At first I wasn´t that confident but I got more confident as time went on. That confidence in actually speaking in front of people was the biggest accomplishment of the work placement. My working hours were supposed to be from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm but I went home early nearly every day. In the afternoons I got on the bus to Torquay to meet the other students. The first week, we walked around town and just got to know the place and people. We were very lucky with the weather and had the opportunity to go to the beach and enjoy our time in England. On Tuesday and Thursday, the organisation planned meetings and trips where we met students from around the world. On both Tuesday evenings, we went to a pub.
On the first Thursday, we went to a zoo and on the second we watched a movie in a cinema. And on Friday, we booked a lane at a bowling centre and had fun as a group. At the weekend, we got on the train to Exeter and went shopping and sightseeing. In the second week, activities didn´t really change. I still went to Torquay everyday. We celebrated Sarah’s birthday by going to a waffle store. On our last days, we said goodbye to our collegues and bought some souvenirs for friends and family.
I really enjoyed my time in Paignton and would love to go there again some day. I can recommend the work placement to everyone. You get to know a country and its people from another side and improve your English and personal skills. Looking back on my time in England, my confidence in actually speaking English has improved massively and I already miss my colleagues and host family.