Some help for your summer holidays

Some help to sommer holiday

We would like to offer some help to improve your holiday experience this summer.
In the Restaurant of Durham County Council you can find the booklets “Languages take you further” and “Travelling in Europe 2012-13”.

Languages take you further

This is a small booklet in which you will find examples of the many languages spoken in Europe. By learning the language of another country, you can also get to know its culture and people better – which is a great advantage!

Travelling in Europe 2012-13

Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union (EU). You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and the Euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. You have easy access to healthcare should you need it and your dog or cat can travel with you. If you drive, your driving licence and motor insurance policy issued in one EU country are valid in all the others. And using your mobile phone abroad is getting much cheaper. This booklet tells you all about practical issues you ought to consider before embarking on your summer trip this year.


Hungarian intern by Europe Direct North East

My name is Ildiko Negyesi I came from Hungary, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County. I am by Durham County Hall with Grundtvig assistant scholarship for about 18 weeks.

I graduated on University of Debrecen as a cultural manager, but my specialization was adult education.Newcastle

My sending institution: Aba-Novák Kulturális Központ (Aba-Novák Cultural Centre ~ ANKK), Szolnok.

 I am studying the mid-term and yearly strategy making, management and working of English institutions and civil associations acting in the field of adult education. I am also searching possibilities of cooperation/twinning relations among LLL institutions, organisations based on the twinning links between County Durham and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County.

I also take part by the daily work of International Relations which is very interesting.  

I choose Durham to make my scholarship because Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County and Durham County Council are in partnership. I also heard a lot of good things about Durham. Durham is a beautiful place with big cultural life and the adult education is also very well.

I am here for 1 month and I like it. I took part by a lot of interesting programmes.

On my first week I had the pleasure to meet a group of German people from Derwentside’s partner town of Werdohl. I visited the travellers also which was very interesting.

Finally I think I have friends. I met last week with two German lady in Newcastle. They are here with Erasmus and Leonardo scholarship.

On Saturday arrived a teacher from Sri Lanka. She’s living in Durham so we can spend some time together.

England is a little different as Hungary. In Hungary the winter is very cold and the summer is much warmer. We have sweet fruits (strawberry, cherry, apricot, peach, grapes, melon, pear etc.) We eat a lot of foods with paprika and our foods are spicy.

I miss the warm weather and the ice cream, but the english cakes are also very good.

The landscape is very beautiful and I think in England there are a lot of possiblity to make journeys. In Hungary there are less castle and old buildings as in England. I like history so I am very happy that I can watch a lot of historical places.

Leonardo da Vinci

My name is Jejenny lemkenny Lemke, I am 23 years old and studying to be a teacher for German, English and History in Germany, my home country. Currently, I am on a 6-month ERASMUS internship placement with the School at Modern Languages of Newcastle University. I came to Newcastle in the middle of April and immediately fell in love with the city! It is much smaller than I expected, but a perfect blend of history, nature and the amenities of a modern environment. I especially love the quayside with its bridges and the fantastic view.

Luckily, I found a flat even before I arrived here and I have two awesome flatmates who made me feel at home instantly. In general, most people I met are incredibly helpful and friendly – it took me quite some time to get used to thanking the bus driver upon leaving the bus! In my spare time, I enjoy just walking around the city or going to one of the many huge parks. On the weekends, there is so much to see in the North East – and it is all just a short train ride away! I can get to Tynemouth, which is a lovely town with stretches of sandy beach and picturesque ruins of a medieval priory, in just twenty minutes!

The almost two months I have been here now were wonderful, even though they went by very fast, and I am really looking forward to what the next four months will bring!


I’m Mauro Toffoli a student that have spent this year in Durham University. mauro

When last year, I start to think about Erasmus program, I was very undecided because I had to leave for a long time my friends, my girlfriend, my part-time job and I did not know anybody in durham.

But now after this academic year in Durham, I’m very very happy about my choice. 

In this year I known a lot of people, a lot of new friends and especially I made a lot of different experience of life and I improved a lot my language skills.

Moreover during this year I met other three Erasmus guys and with them we have formed a work team (the best one 😉 ). After that we worked hard, and at the beginning of may we received a great job opportunity, we taken it and now we are ready for a new chapter of this Erasmus…

 Erasmus is a great experience of life!