Working at BLC has been a job like no other. I run the weekend Social Programme, which means I get the pleasure of leading weekly Saturday trips to cultural hotspots of the South. Bristol’s prime location in Britain means that BLC students get to experience absolutely everything this island has to offer.
In just two months on the job, the Social Programme has seen me and the students travel to the serene cities of Oxford, Wells and Bath, which is a huge contrast to the bustling metropolises of London and Cardiff that we’ve also visited. Being the sole staff member has huge advantages: I can base trips entirely around the students’ (ever-changing!) wishes, and there is always allocated free-time for small-group exploration. This lets everyone get the most of each trip – whether it’s letting the Spaniards go home early to catch the end of El Clasico, or sticking around an extra hour in Bath for some cheese-and-wine tasting at the markets.
As a language student myself, working at the BLC has been an incredible eye-opener for me. The students have fostered an enormously friendly and welcoming atmosphere; despite being the youngest member of almost all trips, I’ve never found discipline or following instructions to be a problem. It’s all too easy to get stuck in your comfort zone at university, and working at the BLC provides a perfect solution to that – just ask me after next weekend’s paintballing trip!
Ajit Niranjan | BLC Social Programme Coordinator 2013