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Friendships on Reach Cambridge Summer Schools: A Staff Perspective

Published Bernice on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 AM

Friendships on Reach Cambridge Summer Schools

Do you have families and students who are looking for pre-university study abroad programs that are:

Small & supportive;


Truly international (i.e no one nationality or country is represented in the majority);

Offering them a chance to practise and improve their English and communication skills;

Based in an inspiring, academic setting such as Cambridge?

If so, Reach Cambridge is the perfect fit.

For the past month, we’ve been running a special discount to celebrate friendships of all kinds. We thought now would be a great time, as the deadline for using the discount draws near, to reflect on what friendship means for us as Reach Cambridge staff. We’re very lucky and happy that so many people – senior staff, teachers, supervisors – return year on year. We all share a common goal, motivation and joy in working with young people, and therefore find the work at Reach enriching. The sense of community and support fostered amongst staff during Reach Cambridge programs is unlike any other job, and it is this uniqueness that we have chosen to celebrate.

To do so, we asked past and present staff to reflect on what friendship at Reach means to them and any happy memories they had to share. We’re really looking forward to coming together with old and new staff for this year’s summer programs. We’re always working hard to provide each and every student with the experience of a lifetime!

Hannah - Supervisor

Reach Cambridge is your family for the summer and beyond… I look back fondly and remember all of the amazing friendships I saw grow and develop between students during the Reach Cambridge summer program.  There are so many opportunities for students to make friends with others from across the globe – whether it’s in the classroom during teaching time, during meals in the university dining hall, on the sports pitch during social activities or during weekend excursions to places like Stratford and London. The friendships made at Reach are ones for life – I know that some of the students I worked with are still in touch with their peers from Reach Cambridge 8 years later and that is testament to the amazing programme of opportunities and events that are in place for students to take advantage of! 

Scott - Programme Co-Director

Over the last 3 summers I’ve worked as a Corridor Supervisor, Head Supervisor, and Programme Director at Reach – and when I think about why I keep coming back, it’s undoubtedly all about the friendships and community that exist between all of the students and the staff. Not only have I had the chance to meet students from all over the world, learn about their backgrounds and what makes them unique, I’ve consistently seen groups of teenagers from all over the world go from complete strangers on day 1, to swearing they’ll keep their Whatsapp and Snapchat groups going until they come back next summer, on the final day. 

We keep the Reach programs small, so that every staff member knows every student and every student knows each other, and nobody gets lost in the crowd. Students applying this year can take advantage of our tripled Refer-a-Friend discount, which means that friends/siblings can each save £300 off the program price when they apply together – more info can be found here. Our offer ends on 30th April, so students should apply fast!

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