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Coleg Llandrillo Cymru’s Students Become Outstanding Achievers

After spending their gap years teaching English in mainland Europe, two European ex-students of Coleg Llandrillo Cymru are to begin their degree courses in Dublin.

Silvia Schmidt from Germany and Rolf Fredheim from Sweden flew back into the UK to visit friends and staff members at the College, where they finished their two year International Baccalaureate (IB) course last year. Rolf lived in Llanddulas and Silvia stayed in Llysfaen during their time at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru.

Since gaining their qualifications, they have been working for the European Voluntary Service in Poland and the Czech Republic. Amongst other things, they taught English as a Foreign Language to students in Prague and the Polish city of Wroclaw, on the borders of the Czech Republic.

Independent Achievements

Each of these students brought new initiatives to the learners. Rolf created a website and also presented the local children with a painting he did of their vicinity. He also gave presentations to local schools on his experiences in Wales. Silvia taught at a youth camp and also gave presentations on Wales and her homeland Germany.

Both Silvia and Rolf have been accepted to study at Trinity College, Dublin. They will start their degree courses next month, which will both include a year abroad. Silvia is studying Law while Rolf is into Business and Russian. They were both happy to reminisce about their College experiences: “We both loved our stay in Wales. At the College, we made some great friends during the two years we were there. It was especially nice to see our Tutor Melanie Monteith, who was so supportive and friendly”, said Silvia.

Aakriti Kaushik, International Education Correspondent

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