As a new person in the British society and culture, I felt quite lonely and
worried about everything connected with my future in this city. I know how
difficult it is to find oneself in a completely different environment than that
we are used to in our countries.
Obviously, I did not have many friends that I could talk to in Bradford at that
time. In addition, my English required a lot of practice. I need to admit that
the language poses a huge barrier when one is afraid of speaking,
especially when it comes to talking to native speakers. Thus, I had many
problems as a newcomer in the UK.
When I decided to come to Global Café for the first time, I was warmly
welcomed by all team members and was offered excellent food for
absolutely nothing. At the time, I had some concerns about the language
and the people who I had been supposed to meet before I came there.
Fortunately, all of them turned out to be without merit.
I found patient volunteers whose main goal was to help me with my
assimilation process in Britain. I could finally practice my English in a
friendly atmosphere and got to know other people from all over the world.
Naturally, it was a great opportunity to form new friendships as well.