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Argentina to Anglo-Continental: Cristina Zuppa's home away from home

Published on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cristina Zuppa has brought students an incredible 7378 miles (11874 km) from Argentina to Anglo-Continental School every year for the past 10 years. Young learners and, more recently, older professionals, have enjoyed her friendly advice and comprehensive instructions for learning English in the UK. She has prepared many Argentine student groups for the culturally unique experience of studying in the UK, particularly in Bournemouth. As Cristina prepares for her retirement, we sat down with her to find out more about her experiences over the years, and what first drew her to Anglo-Continental and Bournemouth.


Cristina began by explaining about how she had been teaching English for a long time in her native Patagonia, where she runs a language school. 10 years ago, she decided to offer her students a unique experience, ‘of visiting the home of English, the United Kingdom.’ She describes how she usually brings teenagers. However, recently her market has diversified. “Some years ago I brought a group of adults (to Anglo-Continental), and this year, I have been fortunate enough to escort two groups to Anglo-Continental. The first being teenagers and the current group being a group of adults.”


The first time Cristina came to Bournemouth was in the 1990’s “I fell in love at first sight! Bournemouth is quiet compared to other cities. It’s safe, it’s open, it has very nice green spaces and there is the beach. Most of all (I like) the school (Anglo-Continental).”


Her explanation of the student’s experience of Anglo-Continental is a very flattering one. “They feel very happy at the school because they do lots of things and make friends from many different countries, which makes me very happy.”


She explains how the students enjoy the classes at Anglo. “They like the way it works and the way they can interact with other students from different countries.”


We finally ask Cristina what advice she would give a student coming to England from Latin America or Argentina. “Come to Bournemouth!” she laughs. She advises that they should be aware of the rules of the road, as she feels sometimes people in South America take a more relaxed way to crossing the road or keeping an eye out for traffic. Finally, she says, that they will need to get used to the British schedule. For example, eating dinner at 6pm instead of 8 or 9pm in her native Argentina. “…eating at 6 o clock is, wow! In the beginning you can’t believe it. But then, after you have eaten at that time for 4 weeks, you want to change your own timetable. Because you go to bed after you have digested the food and you sleep like an angel.”


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