Thank you so much, my trip was wonderful!
I will put in order:
1) About a school:
- Firstly, I was little confused during the first visit: according to the agreement, we were supposed to take a test, instead, we had just a quick interview (just 2-3 minutes). I got to Upper-intermediate group, which was fine to me since my speaking and listening skills are not bad.
- Frankly speaking, I didn’t have enough theory and practical exercises. I could ask for a transfer to another group, but I decided that speaking practice would not hurt.
- The test progress is conducted at the end of every week. Those who have been learning for a long time and making some progress, are transferred to another group by school. But I’ve been there just for two weeks – so they were not that indicative to me. But if you study more than 1 month, you can take so called level test every month and pass to the higher level.
- Entertaining program: almost didn’t take place. Three times a week a school carries out some activities like “how to write a CV”, “how to plan your budget” or karaoke-evening and walking along city streets. That is why I planned and bought excursions myself.
- They check your presence/absence at the beginning and the end of a lesson. But I don’t quite understand why.
- As I wrote before, the accomodation is quite humble. My room was very small (a square of 2x2 meters) and located on the 3rd highest floor. In a room there were a twin bed, a bed-side table, a bureau with a low mirror and a tottering cabinet with shelves which I was really scared to touch, it was too flimsy. The list on the door said that it’s supposed to be a chair and a table – but I’ve never seen them.
- Wi-fi was impossible to use when everyone in a house joins it (a computer just could not see the web). Wi-fi didn’t work in my room so I had to go downstairs to living room-kitchen to use it (but only in the early morning or late night).
- A kitchen is shared by everyone and gets pretty dirty by the end of the week (but it depends on people, not the very accommodation). I got lucky about my roommates so we lived quite peacefully. Oh yes, we didn’t have a kettle so had to boil water in a scoop or a pot. But we had full range of different tableware - cups, plates, spoons and forks.
- The only thing that disturbed us – the signal sound in a medical center across the road have been working for 4 hours last Friday!!! It was yelling, no one knew what to do. Then someone came and turned it off. But it was on again in 30 minutes and signaling for 3 more hours. Eventually, the owner (probably) came with repair services and it was finally turned off. Then I’ve had a headache.
- In general, the location was good – neither center nor suburbs. It took 20 minutes to get to a school by foot, and walking on a morning city was nice. There were SPAR and some small pubs next to my place and also a big shopping mall (but it’s still secret for me what’s opening hours for Irish public places).
- Generally, it’s okay to live there.
3)As for service and other stuff
Here I want to thank a lot – I’m really satisfied. Documents for visa were prepared (thanks to your team) and applied in time, there were no troubles in the embassy. On the customs I’ve been asked where I’m going and for how long. They also asked me to show an invitation letter and have put the date of departure exactly as on my flight tickets back. The only thing I was nervous about that there is no passport control when you leave the country. I googled it then – it turned out to be ok like “thank you that you’re leaving”. Good bye
You will need the mark about your departure date when apply for a visa next time. If you overdue that date – you won’t get a visa. I think it’s important to put this information in a covering letter before the trip.