We can't believe it's Christmas 2014 already. On Friday we had our annual Christmas party for hosts, trainers and Malmesbury friends to celebrate the end of another good year at Abbey Communication. Our Christmas party falls on the same day as Malmesbury Late Night Christmas shopping, which is a very festive evening in the town centre.
Our Christmas party is really a "thank you" for our trainers and hosts, all of whom do a fantastic job contributing to the quality of service at Abbey Communication. Our hosts create a welcoming, family atmosphere in their homes so that course participants can relax and enjoy the immersion experience. This year we were delighted to welcome back hosts Margo and Roger Smith, who live in our neighbouring town of Tetbury. Margo's amazing cooking has quickly become famous in Japan and France, and they've enjoyed many day trips with their guests.
One Japanese client spent 2 weeks in the summer with Margo and Roger, and he accompanied them on many trips and family outings including Snowshill Manor where coincidentally one of the best collections of Japanese Samuri armour is kept, and Arlington Row which is used in many film sets as it is considered very typical of rural England, and Gloucester docks with a boat trip up the River Severn and a historical outing to Chedworth Roman Villa.
Sue and David Jones have also recently welcomed course participants who enjoyed visiting Stonehenge and Avebury and learned all about the typical English past-time of having a picnic in the car! Our hosts also involve our course participants in mid-week activities such as the cinema (in Malmesbury town hall), river walks, choir performances, the Christmas pantomime and dinner with friends. Our course participants also regularly share their own cultures and cuisine with our hosts who have experienced Japanese noodles, real Italian pasta and many other delicious meals.
This year we've welcomed course participants from all over the world including Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, Poland, Algeria and of course France and Japan, and we feel so lucky to enjoy their company and help them acquire the English they need for their professions.