“Learning by doing” that is what COLC is all about. I recommend you to do the activity course because you just go out the whole afternoon and you discover stunning locations while having fun. Your English will naturally improve simply by doing things and talking. But what I like the most at COLC is that you always feel at home eben if it is different from your own country. There I learnt that there isn’t only violence in the world. There is also love, friendship, respect and happiness wherever you come from. One of my best schoolmates was actually from Thailand!
The warmth and kindness of the place , with its empathetic staff and teachers, makes you feel welcome from the first day on. They create an environment in which you do not only learn English in an excellent way, but also learn about yourself, other people and their culture, about life. COLC is a school like no other. It is a school where you get nervous two weeks before your last day, not because school is finally over, but because you don’t want to leave.
COLC is not only a school, it is a family, I know hard to believe first, but true! I will never forget the time I have spent and the people that I have met there. I really recommend this school! This is one of the best place in the world!
I loved the school especially because of the family atmosphere. At every morning and lunch break, or after class sitting in the beautiful sun on the veranda with other students talking, singing and sharing the great experiences of the day, or playing volleyball.The great open nights were also unforgettable with delicious food and interesting conversations. Great games at the school and lots of fun in the local Pub.
From the first day on I found myself being part of a multi-cultural family, welcomed with a heart-warming song. The Learning wasn’t just about Before my flight to New Zealand I was a girl scared to go away from comfort zone. Being the part of COLC family changed me a lot. I had warm-hearted family, which was carefull and loving. The second family I had was my COLC family full of inspiring ,witty teachers and hilarious, open-minded students. This experience changed me to person I always wanted to be. Now I strongly believe in myself and I know one thing. As long as I have got passion and i am willing to work hard, I can do anything I want in my life.
When I arrived at COLC, I thought 6 months studying there would be too long, but “It’s not true”. It’s such a short time and I didn’t have enough time to do all the things that I wanted to do. COLC isn’t just an English language school but it looks more like Home. Although, it’s such a small school in a small town you wouldn’t know that you would have such a great time, get wonderful and unforgettable memories and improve your English. It was my first time to go overseas and I never ever regretted choosing COLC.
When I went to COLC, I just wanted to improve my English. But I learned so much more! I learned a lot about other cultures, I learned how easy it can be to get to know other people, I learned how special and wonderful a country can be and I learned how to enjoy life in a way I will never forget. And these things all together makes the COLC so special, it is a place where you can improve your English and a place to find yourself.
If there is one thing you should do to have the time of your life, you should go to COLC in Whitianga. From the beginning you will feel that you are part of a big international family and everyone is so friendly and nice to you which makes you feel comfortable the whole time. The teachers are awesome, you learn a lot from them. So people out there: Go to COLC and become a part of this lovely family.
I recommend you go to COLC in Whitianga. It is one of the best parts in my life and it is like dream. I stayed in COLC in Whitianga for 1 year, and I felt that school is like big family. Kim and Robyn were our parents, and the students were brothers and sisters. People in Whitianga are very kind and friendly so I could enjoy every day. If you are worried about going to Whitianga don’t worry!! Teachers , students, and a lot of people will help you.
COLC is the best way to learn English, and also to meet people from everywhere, in a friendly family atmosphere. The environment is just amazing, the activities are great. You don’t just learn English but also about life! It’s just a great experience.
My name’s Wipach Ampornklinkeaw. I’m from Thailand and now I’m 40 years old. I have studied English in Thailand in high school, but that is a long time ago. When you’ve learned a language, but never used it, it will be gone. I desired to study at COLC because my friend recommeded to study here and the whole school didn’t disappointed me. My English has improved a lot with the help from my teachers and my foreign classmates. I’ll strongly recommend to study English at COLC to my friends and especially my daughter when she has grown up.
The school is friendly. It is in a beautiful part of New Zealand. Everybody at COLC is happy to help you, and you speak only English at school. The lessons are very funny, not boring.
As I arrived in Whitianga, the first impression was, how beautiful and calm it was . It was green everwhere.... But an important point, is that most of the people are really friendly.
I have had a very nice time at COLC. Whitianga and the Coromandel Peninsula are beautiful places. I have had a lot of new experiences, like surfing, fishing and scuba diving, and yes, of course I could improve my English too.
At first when I visited COLC I thought it was a traditional school, but soon these thoughts changed. At COLC you study and live an experience you will never forget. Teachers and staff make you a friend and you become one of the big family of the school. I speak from personal experience as I have become a dear friend to people from 10 different countries, separated by thousands of miles. I have had the experience of my life.
I went to COLC in 2005 and it was wonderful, in 2006 my mother went there, and in 2014 I went there again with my boyfriend! I always wanted to go back to COLC and this year I could do it! It was an unique experience! I will always recommend this school because it is really special. It’s like a big family. The lessons are interesting and funny and the most beautiful thing is the activities during the afternoons. You can have a lot of different experiences!
The time I had in New Zealand, specially the time I spent in Whitianga was just amazing. A big reason why, is a school named COLC and all people I met there. We were one big family and I have this feeling still right now back in my country.COLC is not a usual language school. You can do heaps (NZ slang for many) of activities and you will learn a lot about the great Kiwi-lifestyle. And last but not least, you’ll learn a lot of English in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
What a good experience going to school was. Before I hadn´t known that you can learn and have fun at the same time. Next to this it was the whole atmosphere in this school which caught me. It felt like being part of a big family in which everybody is honestly interested in the well-being of the others. I just can say thanks and I would always come back!
I stayed for 11 months and I had great memories as well as painful memories. Being shy I couldn’t understand anything at first but teachers and staff were very kind and really friendly so I could slowly improve my English. I made lots of friends from all over the world through Thursday’s Open Night. I can say the memories that I made at COLC are the happiest in my life and it still makes me happy to this day.
The time at COLC was just great! Even when you don’t like to learn and study, this school offers a perfect way, which is: learning by doing! I met people around the world and made some very good friends. Often I think back to this time: all these nice beaches around Whitianga, the atmosphere at school, the adventurous activities... I just recommend this school to everyone and wish you an exciting time in this beautiful country!
I was a complete beginner at first and all I was doing was smiling. Teachers, friends and my host mother were all very friendly and helpful so I could keep trying in a supportive environment. Getting out of the classroom to the beaches and cafes and weekend activities are great ways to learn English as well as making lots of friends for life. I can say this school is my family and I am proud that I had an opportunity to change my view of the world and grow as a person.