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Team Swiss at Create on the Square

A guest blog by four language students from Switzerland, who ran a project at Create on the Square as a work experience opportunity

We are four students from Switzerland and stayed in Cheltenham for three weeks with our host families. The aim of this stay was to improve our English skills. We visited several places during our spare time. Here are some of our Top 5 places: London, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Bath.

We had the opportunity to work for Create on the Square. The Create on the Square team gave us the chance to lead our own project.

In the first week of our stay we did some surveys and a lot of speaking. We tried to find out what people would like to have on Coronation Square or what is missing. The goal is to revitalise Coronation Square.

We discovered there were many older people who live locally and there was a lot of interest in a Bingo event, so, in the second week, we started to organise a Bingo afternoon. We needed to create Flyers, write E-mails and order equipment. Afterwards, we distributed the Flyers and started to advertise our event.

In the final week, we delivered the Bingo afternoon, which was great fun. In addition, we helped the Create on the Square team to plan some future ‘Afternoon Tea’ events for people from local nursing homes.

Vivien says:
I came to England with the same aim as every other exchange student: to improve my English skills. To work for Create on the Square really helped me with my speaking skills, especially in the first week where we had to do the surveys and knock on doors. I felt my speaking skills start to improve.
I really liked to work for Create on the Square because it’s something completely different from my job in Switzerland. The contact with the people here was really nice and I’m happy that we had the chance to organise our own event.

Sophia says:
Me and three of my classmates have had the opportunity of doing an internship at Create on the Square in addition to going to classes in the morning. Working at Create on the Square was great. We had the chance to organise our own event which should take place in our third week here. We spent the first week doing surveys and talking to people in the area to find out what they would like to have on the Square. At first it was a bit hard for me because I was afraid of making mistakes but after a while it was just a daily routine and I actually enjoyed having a conversation with different people.
We started our second week by analysing the answers from the first week. The result was very clear: we decided to organise a Bingo afternoon. The next few days we spent planning, organising and advertising the event. To attract people’s attention we created a leaflet to distribute and hang up in public places such as the library or local shops.

Antonella says:
I had the opportunity to do an internship for three weeks here in Cheltenham with the main aim to improve my English skills. Besides the school, I could work at the marketing campaign for Create on the Square and be part of a project. The first week contained to do surveys with the objective to find out what people want to have. For that we had to knock on doors and ask people several questions. Afterwards the idea to organise a Bingo afternoon came up. So the second week included planning and organising that event. During the last week we had to advertise with own created leaflets. I think that my English skills improved during this three weeks, especially because of socialising with people around the area. Furthermore, the people here are really kind and helpful. I enjoyed working here. In addition, I’m thankful for this great opportunity I had.

Arik says:
I had the opportunity to visit the school and to work at the marketing campaign for “Create on the Square” in Cheltenham. In this three weeks we had the chance to organise our own event for the community. In the first week we were knocking on doors. In the 2nd week we were analysing our questionnaire, so we know what they wanted to have. At the end we knew what they wanted to have and so we started to organise a Bingo afternoon.
In our last week we had this Bingo afternoon and we fully succeeded in having a fun afternoon.
So I can say, this three weeks were awesome and we were glad to work for Create on the Square.