ECS Alumni page

I know that wherever I go, I have a friend

— Aleksandra, Poland

 

The following comments are made by young adults who have attended English Country Schools over the past 25 years.

If you are an ex pupil of English Country Schools and wish to add your details please use this link. Over time we hope this page will build into a global network of ECS Friends around the world who share the common interest of having attended ECS.

Angela Zhang in USA

I made friends all over the world. It was amazing to build connections which will last a life time with people of different nationalities and backgrounds.

Attended:
Normancourt, Port Regis
Summer:
2012, 2013

I decided to go abroad to study after going to ECS. It helped me to shape my perspective of the world and my future.

I am a student studying abroad in USA now

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Aleksandra Karewicz in Poland

I met a lot of amazing people from all around the world, and even though we don't always keep in touch I know that wherever I go, I have a friend that I can visit and good memories to share.

Attended:
Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2009. 2010. 2011

I'm studying Medicine at the Warsaw Medical University

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Caroline Foster-Boucher in Edmonton, Canada

I met girls from all over the world. And the food was fantastic. I only went for one year so it was all such a new experience for me.

Attended:
Lillesden (Hawkhurst)
Summer:
1998?

I learnt about British History, and Anglicanism. I made friends, some of whom I stayed in contact with. I learnt about another way of life.

I teach nursing at a University here in Canada.

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Runa Eide in Norway

I made a lot of new friends and learned about other cultures. Great teachers, and lots of fun activities. I'm still in contact with many of my friends abroad today, even after so many years.

Attended:
Port Regis
Summer:
2008

I improved my English a lot, and surprised everyone at home when I got back. They never expected such an improvement.

Studying nursing at Oslo College of Applied Science.

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Daniel Utsch in Germany

I benefitted in many ways as for example my English skills are of great use when working abroad. I got a very good sense of independence from going abroad for short periods of time as a minor and most of all I know that foreign people enrich my life.

Attended:
Gloucestershire
Summer:
1998, 1999

I am working as a business consultant. I don't have an office as I travel to our clients in all parts of the world. I mainly see production plants, airports and hotels. Even if that might not sound fantastic it is a really interesting job.

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Fabiola Mordeglia in Italy

English is just one of the thousand things I learnt at ECS: I learnt to be independent, to take care of myself, to make new friends (and for a shy little girl it was really tough), to be open to other cultures, to be curious about the world and how it works in other countries … as well as making the bed every morning, taking a plane by my own, preparing a suitcase and ironing my clothes before leaving..

Attended:
Lockleys (Sherrardswood), Lillesden (Hawkhurst)
Summer:
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

I'm really trying hard to put down in words my best memories but they are far too many and all of them may look insignificant, if taken by their own. But if you put them together, than you get the beauty of the whole experience...It's like a huge puzzle of memories and I cannot thank my parents enough for this.

I was born with a suitcase in my hand. I've always loved traveling and therefore I'm working in the tourism field, as a project manager in an Italian incoming tour operator.

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Caroline Sundin in Sweden

Friends for life, English, grew as a person, got to learn about other culture, got to travel and A LOT MORE!

Attended:
Windermere, Rose Hill, Sibford
Summer:
2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 2008

I'm studying a master degree in engineering with focus on environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

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Marina Andujar in Spain

I met such wonderful people there. I improved my English level and had a good experience that i will remember my whole life.

Attended:
Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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Dominic Etchells in UK / France

Attended:
The Old Ride (Bradford on Avon), Lockleys / Sharrardswood (Welwyn), Lillesden (Hawkhurst), St Teresa's (Dorking), Rannoch (Scotland), Normancourt (Salisbury), Rose Hill, Port Regis
Summer:
1994 - 2015 inclusive!

Currently living in Morzine, France, DJ-ing in clubs and bars in the mountains and snowboarding every day.

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Eveline de Bruijn in USA

ECS gave me exposure at a young age to different cultures.

Attended:
Gloucestershire
Summer:
1998

I made friends from all over the world

I work for the United Nations

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Beatrice Jurskyte in The Netherlands

ECS gave me a unique opportunity to meet people from multicultural backgrounds, improve my English and develop open-mindness by having the time of my life.

Attended:
Rose Hill, Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Currently doing BBA degree in International Tourism Management and Consultancy

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Clara Hamelin in France

ECS helped me to improve my english and to learn about different cultures.

Attended:
Windermere, Sibford
Summer:
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

I'm in an advertising and communication school.

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Didem Caglar in The UK

I gained so much confidence during my stay which helped in all aspects of my life. And of course the amazing tutors who were great at teaching and helping with my language skills. Every day was an adventure. So many great memories, full of laughs, new friends, new adventures, new experiences. Time spent with everyone and learning about them was certainly a big part of it...

Attended:
Lockleys (Sharrardswood)
Summer:
1991

After ECS I finished my schooling and moved over to England permanently. I now work as a nanny during the day and karate instructor in the evenings and weekends. And I still take a lot of photos and travel whenever I can to take them.

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Shahd Abdel Gawad in Egypt

ECS taught me how to depend on myself and survive without my parents, adapt to new places and new/different people - and taught me that there is no age limit for travelling!

Attended:
Normancourt (Salisbury)
Summer:
2003

Next June I will be finishing my bachelor in digital media engineering. I am engaged to my best friend. I sometimes do some extra programming work like android applications, carpooling websites, etc.

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Nicolò Bartolomeo in Italy

I remember everything! I will never forget the time I spent in Sibford, because it was my first year with ECS! The place was beautiful and the people were amazing!

Attended:
Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2012, 2013

I'm still at school!

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Eduardo Urgesi in UK

I learnt how to adapt in a different country, how to completely rely on myself and I significantly improved my knowledge of the English Language.

Attended:
Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

I am currently attending the sixth form of an English High School (year 13) after have moved to the UK to improve my course of study. Also applying to Oxford University and London one for a degree in Medicine.

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Filipa Luz in Czech Republic

My experience in ECS was really good because it really helped me with my english and turned me into a much more social person ! This is that kind of experience that I recommend for every child / teen!

Attended:
Sibford
Summer:
2008, 2009

I've got really good memories of my summers there ! I had the chance to meet people from a lot of different nationalities, make new friends, practice my favorite sports and all of this while learning english!

Currently I'm studying medicine abroad in Czech Republic.

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Hadar Lieberman in Israel

It improved my english a lot!! And meeting people from all around the world really opens up your mind to people different from you who grew up from various backgrounds having beliefs that differ greatly from yours. Tolerance and acceptance are my lessons from ECS.

Attended:
Windermere
Summer:
2004, 2005

I study Science of Soil and Water in the Agriculture Campus of the Hebrew University, I work in a Search Engine Optimization high tech company.

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Madalena Costa in Portugal

I made friends around the world. To me that was what marked me the most because I learned a lot about other people's cultures and language. Some of them I still talk to once in a while..

Attended:
Port Regis
Summer:
2010, 2012, 2013

I am at college

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Arturo Rodríguez Lopez in Spain

I learned a lot of English and it helped me to make really good relationships and open my mind to other countries' cultures.

Attended:
Windermere, Sibford
Summer:
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Studying Architecture in Tunghai University (in Madrid) and CEU San Pablo (in Madrid)

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Joana Maria S B Miranda Coelho in Portugal§

It was a very fulfilling experience for me. By being in contact with so many different people from so many different places, I became more communicative and open minded and in the end of July 2012 I wasn't the same girl. Besides, it obviously allowed me to improve my English, there's no better way to do it. I still talk to some people that I met that summer and it is amazing to remember all we've been through.

Attended:
Sibford
Summer:
Summer 2012

It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I only regret just being there for a Summer. I loved the cooking classes with Sarah, the film classes with James, the casino night, the dancing nights...

Right now I'm taking my bachelors degree in Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon, Portugal) (just finished my second year) and I intend to take my masters afterwards.

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Paykumboli Reine-Eloïse Nyaki in Belgium

It improved my English skills and helped me through the years.

Attended:
Port Regis
Summer:
2008, 2009, 2010

Studying Economics at the St-louis University of Brussels.

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Albert Jasansky in Czech Republic

The whole experience of ECS is an amazing memory. I found friends for life, who I now try to meet annually, learned perfect English from great people and had the time of my life.

Attended:
Sibford, Port Regis
Summer:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

I study at the English College in Prague, where I have started my International Baccalaureate.

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Christiana Karageorgi in Greece

I was exposed to different kinds of experiences and I met people whose names I may not remember after some years, but I'll sure know there are such great people to meet out there, which makes me happy.

Attended:
Port Regis
Summer:
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Those will most likely be some of the summers I'll remember when I'm 70.

I'm a student. I have one more year to complete until I go to university :)

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Luca Lobjanidze in UK

Good memories for life, that surface sometimes out of nowhere.

Attended:
Windermere, Rose Hill
Summer:
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Countless friends I have seen since, some even as recently as last year. So many memories, I remember it's incredible, always spending time in Sarah's office in rose hill, the flag game out in the big field, that was cool. The lightning tree in rose hill I remember. Being allocated in my own separate room at Rose Hill, hahaha. Oh and I guess enough time passed now, when the alarm went off at Rose Hill the last day in 2004? It was me and Dominic but he had promised he would take the blame on himself if we were caught so I didn't say anything, Sorry!

Troublesome Luca Lobjanidze somehow ended up in university and is currently studying at University College London.

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Veronica Di Dato in Sweden

I gained a lot of new friends, as well as experiences that I still value today. Most of all it was the new friendships though, because I still keep in contact with many of them.

Attended:
Sibford
Summer:
2009, 2010

I'm currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English literature and linguistics at Malmö University in Sweden.

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Elena Gaita in Belgium

Thanks to ECS I got in contact with people from many different countries and cultures. It's not only about learning English, but about acquiring tolerance, respect and interest for diversity without even realising it.

Attended:
Lillesden (Hawkhurst), Rannoch (Scotland)
Summer:
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

I am currently working for an international human rights NGO in Brussels as a political advocacy officer towards the EU institutions.

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Basma Al-Yahya in USA

I met amazing people from all over the world some of which I'm still in touch with.

Attended:
Rannoch (Scotland), Windermere
Summer:
2002, 2003

I am a product Manager at Sephora HQ working on their mobile app and mobile web.

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Parsa Ghavimi in Iran

Attended:
Windermere
Summer:
2007

Graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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