Off topic: Is there anybody from (Northern) Scotland?
Thread poster: smarinella

smarinella  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 18:06
German to Italian
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Jun 29, 2003

Dear Colleagues,
since I became a ProZ, I met people from all over the world.
Now I have a question for any colleague living in (Northern) Scotland.
The youngest of my 3 adoptive children (15) is going to Aberdeen in July, to attend an English course.
His elder brother, who now recovers from a motorcycle accident and is himself a sensible but naive boy, a bit younger than his age (17), wants now to go himself to Scotland "in order to work and to improve his English".
Here's the question: does anybody up there know a SERIOUS INSTITUTION (church or ecological or boy-scout or similar) where he can live, help a little bit and socialize with young people? He doesn't need to make money, of course, only spend some weeks in a "protected" environment amidst nice young people in the lonely, imposing nature of Northern Scotland.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or concrete help!
Best greetings from the Thyrrenic sea
smarinella


 

Pernille Chapman  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:06
Member (2004)
English to Danish
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Just a few suggestions Jun 30, 2003

Dear smarinella,
I can understand your concerns, but I also think it's a good idea to let your son travel a bit, especially since he's come up with this idea on his own initiative.
The following are well-known and reputable organisations working on a voluntary basis - I haven't been in contact with them personally, but have a look at their websites and see what you think.

www.findhorn.org
Alternative lifestyle, non-religious

www.iona.org.uk
Ecumenical Christian community; welcomes people of all faiths

You could also try "good old" YMCA - they have an Aberdeen branch:

http://www.aymca.freeserve.co.uk/

I'm sure there are plenty of similar organisations that can be found on the Internet.

Good luck!


 

Alison Schwitzgebel
France
Local time: 18:06
Member (2002)
German to English
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Check out this link Jun 30, 2003

Check out this link.....

http://www.btcv.org.uk/cgi-bin/database_searches/website_groups.pl?region=Scotland

Perhaps one of these groups needs a volunteer for a couple of weeks.....


 


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