White House Guardianships
Caring for international students in British schools for over 25 years
Anna in 'Lockdown'
Anna (16 years old) from Austria is a WHG day student on our State School Programme. She attends a local school in Devon and lives full time with a WHG host family.
Anna - 'All my international friends have already gone home, yet I decided to stay here in the UK. I wanted to finish my exchange year. I would’ve probably regretted it for the rest of my life if I didn’t! There was a whole term, the summer term left and so I felt like I would miss out on so much if I went home now. And I was right. It will always be sort of exciting to look back on this year and remember how I experienced a global epidemic in another country while all my friends have lived it through in my home country.
The first few weeks in lockdown went by more than slowly. March felt like lasting two months. Whereas April went by super quickly. This is something I have to be thankful to my host family for, as they have made this chaotic time a little less boring and unbearable, I would say even fun. We tried keeping busy throughout the whole time. Of course we also had days when we didn’t do much but we would’ve had them anyway, without lockdown. Keeping busy is probably the most important thing in times like these. I would like to list a couple of things we have done together with my host family. We have toasted marshmallows, had a bonfire, clapped for the NHS every Thursday evening, refined our cooking skills by trying new recipes, had a lovely breakfast on mother’s day, put up a giant tent in the garden and my host sister had a sleepover in it for one night, cleaned the deck and got some jobs in the garden and around the house done, went on a walk with my host sister to see the sunset almost every evening, went to see the sunset and sunrise by car, made a birthday present and handed it over to my host sibling’s aunty, went on the trampoline, did quizzes with friends of my host family’s, did a live exercise class, turned our dining table into a ping pong table, played badminton and tennis in the garden, went on bike rides, did a puzzle, did some schoolwork, of course, had movie evenings, did a long walk along the seafront as our daily exercise, read a book, and so on...
I could go on for a long time, as my host family is honestly amazing and they have helped me so much through this time. I would probably not have stayed if I didn’t have such a great host family, as it would probably have been boring and these extraordinary times would not have gone by this quickly for me. I am more than happy that I decided to stay and I would’ve definitely decided so again. I hope I can go back to school for another couple of weeks though, as I haven’t even said goodbye to my friends and teachers in school and I would love them to write in my farewell book which they didn’t have a chance to due to our sudden break up from school. Apart from this, I am super happy here at the moment.'
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Catherine in 'Lockdown'
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