Fahad Alfaify from Fayfa won a scholarship from Education New Zealand Saudi Arabia to study English and stay at a Campbell homestay family for 6 weeks. Before returning home Fahad shared his secret on improving his English in just 3 weeks since he started studying at The Campbell Institute in Wellington.
It’s the second time Fahad came to New Zealand to study English. He first came in 2012 to Whitianga, and has ever since been looking forward to return. When Education NZ Saudi Arabia created a competition on social media, he jumped at the chance and won the opportunity to study at Campbell by sharing content on Twitter and getting the most retweets.
When asked why New Zealand, Fahad answered, “Actually, because of the people.” He finds people in New Zealand very helpful and friendly. “I think New Zealand is different from other countries. There’s no hate for people with different skin color or religion. That’s why I find it great here.”
Knowing he only had a short period of time in Wellington, he joined almost every Campbell activity after class and on weekends. “At Campbell I’m not only focussing on learning English from books. I can attend more than one activity and it’s very helpful to improve my English faster. I can practice speaking more. Before it was hard to get the words out and make sentences,” said Fahad. “In 3 weeks I was able to speak fast and make more friends.”
A couple of days before his departure, Fahad and another Campbell student, Mohammed Alanazi, threw a farewell afternoon tea in the staff lounge. Campbell teachers and admin team members were lucky enough to be served delicious cakes and traditional Arabic cardamom coffee.
Fahad’s teachers were sad to see one of their brightest and active students leave, but excited to know that Fahad’s improved knowledge of English will help him advance in his professional career. He was scheduled for a job interview the day after his arrival in Saudi Arabia. All the best Fahad!