SPANISH students have arrived in the borough as part of an exchange project to brush up on their language skills.
Four teenagers from Majorca are spending three weeks at Crawford International College in the town centre in the aim of perfecting their English in hopes of passing prestigious exams which will secure them a place at university.
Having already been here a week, the students have already signed up to the main library and the Youth Zone as well as taking trips to nearby cities, Liverpool and Manchester.
And the friends, Aina Serra, 15, Jose Luis Fernandez, 16, Maria Francesca Mulet, 15, and 16-year-old Tomeu Quetglas are also getting into the town spirit and have signed up to host a charity night at Gallimore’s restaurant in the town centre.
The four were encouraged to come and study here by Crawford Language College owner Pam Wright.
She said: “The students can’t wait to host the charity evening. Howard Gallimore has been very kind to us and has kept them well fed during their stay.
“And more importantly it is the perfect chance for the students to integrate into the community.”
Pam, 50, of Wigan Lane, knew their mum through connections at Standish High and so the youngsters already had an idea of what borough life would be like.
Aina said: “We knew a little bit about Wigan before we came and it is exactly as we expected, especially the weather.
“We’re enjoying our time so much and have seen many interesting places here so it would be nice to revisit. Although I have to admit I am missing home a lot.”
And each student agrees that Haigh Hall Country Park is their favourite place.
Aina added: “I absolutely loved the panoramic views at Haigh Hall. I love photography and there was so much nature and it was calm and sunny, it was perfect.
“It also helped us pick up some new words also. We learned how to say squirrel.
“We’ve had so much fun since being here. Wigan has so much atmosphere and everybody here is really friendly.
“The accents are funny as some are really thick as they pronounce letters differently, but I’m finding myself getting better at English and am quite fluent already so I understand what people say.”
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