This July the Winners of the 2016- 17 'Your World' competition from Sudan and Colombia were flown to the UK to attend a week long Summer School at Radley College in Oxfordshire.
The students were very excited to arrive at Radley College and were astonished by the mix of cultures (more than 18 different nationalities) at the Summer School. They got to make many friends from different countries during their stay in the UK. All completed a full programme during the week which included theme based skills classes preparing students for university and beyond such as society, technology, global citizenship and social justice which helped them develop important communication/life skills and more!
The winners were very busy preparing for these classes and they even developed their own presentations for a finale on stage. The Colombian students treated everyone to a self-choreographed salsa rendition, and the Sudanese students carried out a dance against a backdrop of landscape shots of their country.
Overall, they were thrilled to participate in the multitude of activities available, including fun classes such as art, drama, music, sports and British culture.
With full day excursions to Windsor, Oxford and London, the students were given a real taste of life in the UK. Yasmin Moussa, the British Council representative that accompanied the group, said ‘I felt that this trip was an amazing experience for the students as they got to meet students from different backgrounds where they communicated and expressed their feelings in English. In addition, they participated in different projects and activities which were exciting for them. It was clear that the students became more confident by the end of the week.’
Indeed, the company director for Discovery Summer, Jane Merrick, said ‘they integrated so well with all the others’.
The Colombian teacher Luis Florez said ‘This journey will always be a landmark in each of these young adults´ lives. Thank you on behalf of the young students in Colombia who appreciate the British Council´s role of building bridges of culture and knowledge that bring the peoples of the world closer’.
Below are some testimonials from the Sudanese students:
‘Thank you British Council for the great vision and support’.
‘It was one the greatest challenges of my life to visit the UK.’
‘It was as an amazing experience working with everyone and the reward was a great boost’.
Watch the video diary of their experience (created by the Colombian students) and below, we interviewed some Sudanese Your World competition winners about the making of their video and their experiences in the UK: