Tips for a successful first week in England
Travelling to a new country, living with a new host family and starting work all in a second language – what an experience! It’s a busy time, which is why we do everything we can to make first weeks as smooth, structured and supported as possible. Here are some tips for a successful start in the UK:
Be prepared for your journey
However you may be arriving, it’s always a good idea to have important contacts on you, just in case you encounter any problems. The ‘Information Voucher’ we provide before to participants has useful contact numbers including host family contact and our 24 hour emergency phone number. Since data roaming charges in Europe have been dropped, using Google Maps has become much easier and extremely helpful. It may also be a good idea to download an app that makes it possible to download maps for use offline, such as HERE WeGo.
Have a good look at your Welcome Pack
We provide a Welcome Pack to every participant on arrival, which includes lots of useful information on life and work in the UK, along with Welcome Meeting details and journey maps for the days ahead.
Attend a Welcome Meeting
All participants attend a Welcome Meeting (usually held on a Monday afternoon). This is a chance to meet the TTPL team and be fully informed about all aspects of what’s to come, including your work placement, social programme etc. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your time in England.
Be prepared for work
Participants are collected by a member of the TTPL team and taken to work on the first day. This means the worry of finding the workplace is removed but it’s important to remember route maps included in your Welcome Pack for the journey home. We will be happy to further explain this and also introduce you to your supervisor ready for the first day’s work.
Meeting people who are in a similar situation and also looking to improve their English is a great way to make new friendships and help beat any initial culture shock! We hold meetings every week, usually an evening social meeting on a Tuesday at local bar/café and a weekly cultural activity on a Thursday afternoon. All participants are invited to come along, meet new people, see more of the area and catch-up with the TTPL team to see how everything is going.
Perhaps the most important element to a successful first week is communication. From telling your host family in advance that you will not be home for dinner, to asking a bus driver if that last stop was where you were supposed to get off! Communication is key.