Thirty-three member centres visited Lima for the English UK Fair, Lima 2013, took place at the Swissôtel Lima, in Peru’s City of Kings. Organisers report that the event got off to a stunning start with a welcome reception at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, which overlooks a pre-Columbian pyramid.
“Guests got to know each other over Peru’s national drink, the Pisco Sour, and enjoyed fantastic views of the 1,500 year old archaeological site with their meal,” said Emma Chon, English UK’s international officer who accompanied the trip.
The first full day began with seminars tailored to the different interests of language centres and study abroad agents. Both groups came together for a talk and Q&A session presented by the UK Home Office before spending the rest of the day in one-to-one appointments.
Further networking opportunities came that evening, as delegates were whisked off on a Lima by night tour which took in one of the city’s newest attractions – the ‘Magic Water Circuit’, a stunning illuminated water show of fountains and more. The tour ended at the Larco museum, a breathtaking collection of ceramic, textile and precious metal artefacts created over 5,000 years of Andean civilizations.
Ambassador, Mr James Dauris hosted delegates at his residence for dinner, and spoke of the importance of English as an international language and the quality of a British education.
“James Dauris hosted delegates at his residence for dinner, and spoke of the quality of a British education”
Leonor Baez De Gimenez of Access Asesoria Educativa in Venezuela said: “These were three very productive and enjoyable days that gave us the opportunity to renew contacts and make new ones. The social events were good for networking and the seminar programme provided useful information for our agency. We had a great time.”
The 49 agencies came from 10 countries in the region: Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, and the UK.
Also attending were representatives from the British Council Brazil and the UK, British Council – Services for International Education Marketing (Americas), the Home Office, UK Trade & Investment Argentina, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru, and English UK regional groups, English UK South West and English UK North.
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