So as you may have read in one of my previous blog posts, I’m a Student Buddy for the next few weeks for some students that have come from Japan to do a British Language and Cultural programme here at Leicester. Being a Student Buddy means being around during excursions to make sure that things run smoothly and helping out members of staff. On Monday I helped a bunch of students to set up their university IT accounts, and this weekend I went with them to London!
My job in London was to be responsible for a small group of the Japanese students, making sure that they see everything that they wanted to see during their stay. It was a jam-packed schedule – we only had a few hours to do everything on the itinerary. I was a little nervous, just because I’m not from London and I’ve only be there a few times. It felt kind of strange being a sort of tour guide for a place I’m not familiar with myself. But it all went fairly smoothly. We started off at Hyde Park Corner, went up Constitution Hill, and then we were at Buckingham Palace. Then we went through St James Park, walked past Downing Street, and we ended up at Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. Then after we’d seen the London Eye and the Thames, we made our way to the Natural History Museum. After that, we took them back to their hotel, and our work was done for the day.
After I’d finished work, I went to meet up with a friend of mine that I met in Tokyo who happened to be visiting London at the same time with his friend! I stayed in London overnight and ended up being a sort of tour guide for them as well, but this time visiting different places, including Camden Town, Leicester Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square.
You can imagine how shattered I was after a whole two days of walking around in London. It was tiring work but it was also satisfying! I really enjoyed showing the students and my friends around, and they seemed to enjoy it too. It’s actually making me think about potential career prospects or potential lines of work that I could look into in the future. It’s also helped me to realise that I’d like to work with international people in the future, because the work is so rewarding and fulfilling and enjoyable! Next week I’m going on another trip, which will hopefully be just as good!