Tony from Australia travelled to the UK for a 6 week internship at Aston Villa Football Club. He stayed with Birmingham host Shirl within walking distance to Villa Park for 6 weeks.
It was honestly my best ever homestay experience. My host Shirl looked after me when I need help and provided great living condition. Their family welcomed me to their living room and we watched TV together in the evening. Shirl provides a lot of basic stuff free of charge, like toilet paper, laundry powder, towel, etc. The price was good as well. The house is located in a safe and quiet area, close to the shopping centre and got bus service. It’s recommended for any long term or short term guests from my view. Thanks again Shirl and Homestay for this great experience.
I did a fantastic internship program at Aston Villa Football Club. While I learnt a lot, it was also a great experience exploring Birmingham city centre and all around West Midlands. Birmingham got great history, as the second largest city of the United Kingdom. It only takes 1.5 hours by train to go to London from Birmingham so I visited London as well during my stay and it was fantastic.
Birmingham canal network, famous Gas Street Basin
Make sure you bring enough clothes during winter period.
Also, if you drive it’s really good and cheap to hire a car and experience different places.
Must visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon, which is a 50 minutes drive from Birmingham city centre.
I learnt a lot of the English culture, including food options, building styles, after-work entertainment, etc. Overall, it was fantastic staying with my hostress Shirl. :)
I learnt how people would greet you when you first come to their home. I love the tea culture as well, really enjoyable. Shirl provides heater in my own bedroom, feeling warm and great!
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