Erasmus+ Short-Term Mobility, Italien, Catania
Tim Erdkönig and Jaron Karre
If you want to improve your Italian, you should definitely consider doing an exchange trip to Catania. The people are generally really extroverted, and you will have a lot of chances to learn new words and listen to Italian native speakers. Moreover, most people aren’t familiar with English, so you are forced to speak Italian.
We travelled alone, so we organised pretty much everything on our own. The only thing our parents did was checking us in the flight. Everything went to plan and we had no troubles.
We stayed at different host families in order to improve our language skills. Everyone was very kind and we were welcomed cordially. After 10 days it was planned to change families. The rooms were comfortable, the food was always good and our host families showed us the city and locations to hang out. Over all everything was perfect.
Next to Catania is Mount Etna and it was really exciting for us to visit the famous volcano. We also went swimming in the sea and of course we had enough time to check out the whole city. Sadly, we had bad luck and it rained continuously for 8 days, so we had no chance to visit other cities.
The school offered everything teenagers need like a gym and a school yard. The teachers were friendly and helpful. We had no problems communicating with them in Italian. When we didn’t understand something, the students helped us and made our learning experience much better. Our main subjects were English, Italian and Latin. Surprisingly Latin is taught completely differently in Italy than in Austria.
If you want to improve your Italian, you should definitely consider doing an exchange trip to Catania.