We’ve taken some time over the holidays to reflect on all of the amazing experiences that we’ve had at IH Aberdeen over the past year. Throughout 2017 we welcomed 270 new students to our school, from 44 different countries - a fantastic mix of people, cultures, and languages, each and every one with the same shared goal of improving their English Language skills with us at the top rated language school in Scotland.
2017 saw our amazing country being crowned the most beautiful in the world by Rough Guides. And if you browse through our posts on our social media channels it’s easy to see why. What an amazing achievement for our small nation of 5.3 million people and a land mass of only 80,000 km - there certainly is an abundance of beauty for students of our school to see while on a break from their studies.
IH Aberdeen had many highlights in 2017; it’s been difficult to narrow it down as there were so many, but here are a few of them…
Our CELTA course was launched in 2017 and has proven to be an amazing success so far, with our 6 student teachers progressing incredibly well with their studies and already planning their exciting new career goals. We’ve enjoyed getting to know this group and look forward to hearing of their adventures which will take them to all corners of the globe. Such a success was our CELTA that we have already started accepting applications for our next CELTA course which will begin in spring 2018.
IH Aberdeen has always enjoyed a jam-packed social calendar, and in 2017 we introduced many more activities to this. We visited Edinburgh and Glasgow, explored many of the stunning castles that Scotland is home to, we climbed hills, enjoyed tours around whisky distilleries (and of course sampled some of our national drink at the same time), we also enjoyed the art of conversation in our students groups on the many local trips and excursions around our city. Our weekly cafe trips have always been popular with our students, who doesn't love coffee, cakes and conversation while getting to know fellow students and building friendships that will last a lifetime.
Another thing we are incredibly proud of is our local charitable work, 2017 saw our team of staff and students collect lots of items for our local food bank, as well as raising funds for a local children's charity on Christmas Jumper Day. The generosity of our team here at IH Aberdeen was fantastic and we look forward to raising funds and donating more in 2018. It’s so important to give back!
Looking forward to what 2018 will bring and we already have many new plans in the pipeline; our launch into the Young Learners market will see us beginning our new programme for 10 - 14 years olds at Loch Insh Watersports Centre in the Highlands of Scotland - and we can’t wait to join the many students that have already booked this programme with us for this summer of learning through fun!
At the opposite end of the age spectrum, we have created a Scottish Culture & English Language for the 40+ age group. This two week programme features an extensive cultural programme which is flexible to the needs of the individual student, while also providing an opportunity for students to explore our beautiful country and experience Scottish culture at its best - all while improving their English Language skills within a relaxed and informal setting.
We’re so excited to have so many new projects to look forward to, and to welcoming many more students into our school. We've also made it our New Year's resolution to blog more, so please keep an eye out for our posts.
Wishing you all a wonderful & prosperous 2018!