The Student Voice – Estefania’s Story

Estefania and her brother Emmanuel came to Cork from Mexico on a 12 week English language course. They came to Ireland with the guidance of  T2T – Time 2 Travel Intercâmbio and enjoyed an Autumn Winter stay from September to December. Here is Estefania’s story:

Before coming to Ireland to improve my English I studied Marketing in Mexico and worked for many multinational companies based in Mexico.

I chose Ireland as a study abroad destination because it was an affordable option. Besides, me and my brother Emmanuel could enter the country as tourists without a visa.

I chose to study in Cork over other cities because I had only a 12 month period available to me. I wanted to maximise my language stay and I heard Cork has less Mexican and Latin American students so my opportunity to speak Spanish was lower!

Cork is a beautiful city. It is quiet but at the same time it’s lively and vibrant. Another point is that Cork is a very safe city to live in.

My English language course was great. I learned about so many different topics. The teachers were so kind to me and always willing to help me. Listening and speaking are the two skills I have improved in the most. I found improving pronunciation to be the most challenging.

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My brother and I are currently living with an Irish host family. Our host family is so nice! Living with a family is a great way to improve our English.

My favourite things about Cork are:

  • Friendly people
  • People willing to help while you are learning English
  • Safe city
  • Cosmopolitan city

I will recommend my friends to come here. Living in Ireland is a great experience!

Thank you both for brightening up the school and best of luck for the future, Team CEA.