Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
Yui Kobayashi is probably the most recognised student at Embassy English in Melbourne. Although she is just 23 years old, she led a charity campaign to help those people who suffered from the powerful earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in 2016.
Days after the earthquake happened, she decided to organise an event to get donations and send some things to Japan, her country of birth, and Ecuador to help them. “When I organised the charity, I asked for cooperation to Embassy and other schools in the Church Lane building. In addition, I recruited volunteers for the charity,” she said with a big smile on her face.
I remember one morning when she arrived at our class of English and asked us about being volunteers or helping with this worthy cause by buying either doughnuts or cookies at the event she was organising. In that moment, many of my classmates showed interest in supporting her initiative, being volunteers, and of course purchasing the products.
The charity event was a complete success. After the graduation, many students of Church Lane were purchasing biscuits and juices, and giving their donations in small bottles, which will travel to the affected countries.
“It was a very hard event, but I am grateful for holding the charity. I just wanted to help the people from Japan and Ecuador,” commented Kobayashi while she was showing me photos. For sure, she is so proud to achieve an objective in which the most significant is help others.
Yui is studying English for eleven months and currently is finishing her IELTS course. Although she is missing from Japan the food, her family and her friends, she knows that this experience at Embassy English will open her mind and define what she wants to be in the future.
“I want to work in an organisation in which I can help people.”
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