Moate Business College - Past Student Bernadette Ryan

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Europass Testimonial

I am a mature student seeking new skills after raising a family. I am attending Moate Business College in the town of Moate, Co.Westmeath, Ireland. I was very privileged to be chosen to represent the college on Europass to Buniva Art College, Pinerolo, Italy in February 2016.

I had a wonderful time on my trip to Italy. It was a great opportunity to experience being part of the Pinerolo community for three weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed walking to and from Buniva Art College as the locals were going and coming from work. The Old Town came alive in the evening with people out having coffee, shopping and chatting in the piazzas. I felt part of the community rather than a tourist. Buniva School was amazing. The art work of the staff and students was excellent. The staff was very helpful and gave me great tuition and assistance. I did some drawing, watercolours, acrylic painting and sculpture. The students were very friendly and keen to practice their English.

Some of the things I did during my stay in Italy included the following:

I visited beautiful Turin, where they were celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Winter Olympics. I visited the church where the Shroud of Turin is displayed.

I visited Milan during Milan Fashion Week.

I went to the ski resort town of Sestriere in the Alps where they had the 2006 Winter Olympics.

I visited numerous churches, buildings and museums, full of beautiful architecture and paintings.

This was amazing experience that allowed me to immerse myself in the life of a different community I would not otherwise have known. I would highly recommend anyone who is offered an opportunity by Europass to grasp it with both hands.

Bernadette