We love to hear from our Lattitude “gappers” abroad! Here’s a letter we received that we thought we’d share with you so you can get a sense of the UK experience, volunteering as a School Assistant. Enjoy!
Just emailing to say thank you to Lattitude for all your help with organising everything for my gap year. I am loving it! The school I am working at is beautiful and the staff and students are very welcoming and supportive.
On my first day I was already involved in classes and fixtures, which helped me adjust quickly to my new surroundings. I have now had a chance to explore the town of Reading a bit more which is also amazing, especially the shopping! There will be many things that will be hard to leave at the end of the year.
I have been involved in many school clubs and groups such as gym, dance, diving and have recently started a cheerleading squad at school, which has been very popular. I am currently helping out with the running of the upcoming Gym and Dance Show happening next week which will showcase the students abilities and choreography. I have also been involved in and booked into a lot of school trips for the year, mixing between the junior and senior schools. One that I am especially looking forward to is a water sports trip to the South of France at the beginning of the summer, which should be very exciting.
On the half-term holiday just been I was lucky enough to have my parents visit. We did a road trip of the UK in 5 days which was a bit of a mission but worth every minute. It really allowed me to see the country and experience the true elements of Britain, from pub lunches, old inns and castle ruins. It was also quite good for my parents as I feel that now they are a little more confident in my decision by seeing what I am doing, what the school is like and what my accommodation is like. I also am very appreciative for Skype, as I can easily keep in touch with not only my family, but my friends, which makes me feel a lot less home sick.
I am looking forward to the rest of the year and the traveling that I have planned. Thank you again for all the Lattitude team has done. I would highly recommend this experience, I have already learnt so much.