We managed to get an interview with Amelia from Italy. She was on exchange in Uddevalla, Sweden for 322 days.
Because I have always been interested in Sweden and I wanted to experience something new while escaping my ordinary life.
It was so much fun! I was very much surprised about how nice both the students and teachers were, how different the school days from the ones in Italy were and I was very fond of the whole school system. I liked the freedom we had, the friendships between teachers and students, the subjects, even the school lunch!
It really is like living with a friend and second family. So many laughs, jokes, funny moments and so much love. I really enjoyed the way we didn’t just live beside each other, but with each other. Especially during Covid time it was really helpful having a host family you trusted and enjoyed spending time with. Of course it is not 100% like living at home, in your country of origin, but it shows you things you never would've experienced, habits you never would've thought of and it helps you to grow up and become responsible.
A lot of laughs and tears in the end when I had to leave. It gave me unforgettable memories, taught me about life and helped finding myself. I am really glad I got to experience this year in Sweden. I got a second family, friends for a lifetime, a new language I can practice on, and I learned so much – not only in school, but in and for life.
It's hard to only name one thing, but I'd definitely say the fact that I am able to understand and talk in another language and the fact that I made friends for life.
The best memories would probably be when me and my friends went to the ocean, at 00:00 and we were still able to see the sunset and swim.
The weirdest memories are definitely about the food in Sweden. On my first day of school, the others in my class invited me for lunch - we got pizza. Just that, in Sweden at least, the pizzas could appear kind of odd. One of my friends ate a pizza with chicken, curry, banana, and peanuts, the other one ate a pizza with kebab, fries and salad!?!?!
Enjoy every single second, take pictures and videos, don't worry about missing out something in your country of origin and don't be shy. You only live once, right?
It was the first organization we got in touch with. After the first online-meeting I was already really sure about it and trusted the coordinator.
Amelie from Italy, on exchange in Sweden