Claire Blueitt (England)

Dear Nicola and Angela and everyone at Pintadera,

I wanted to write to you to thank you again and recommend this school to anyone who is considering learning Italian, who wants to experience the Sardinian lifestyle or who just wants an amazing holiday! Centro Mediterraneo Pintadera changed my life!!! This may sound a little dramatic but it is true!

About 4 years ago I had had enough of my 9–5 life in London and dreamed of going to Italy. I wanted to learn more about the culture, try all the gorgeous food (and wine) and of course learn the language. I emailed a few schools asking for advice. I told them that I wanted to leave my job and come to Italy for a month or more but was really nervous about going alone and not knowing ANY of the language. However, all I got sent back was application forms, it all seemed a bit cold and formal so I started to think it was a bad idea.

It wasn't until a google search came up with Pintadera that I had even considered Sardinia and it wasn't until I had emailed Nicola that I decided to take the plunge and go to Alghero and do a one month course at the school. Nicola was so helpful, Pintadera was the only school that actually listened to what I wanted to achieve by coming to them and when they heard that I was looking into the possibility of staying longer they were unbelievably supportive and helpful. I had absolutely zero Italian but Nicola, Angela and the teachers were great. It was a really relaxed and friendly teaching environment and everyone helped each other. The focus was on communication and 'reallife' language which was exactly what I needed. Going to the markets, cafes and the town really helped me remember all the key phrases and vocabulary you need day to day.

While I was there I made great friends from the school who I am still in touch with now. It helped that Pintadera had lots of different activities to sign up to. The boat trip was fab! We spent weekends on road trips to see all the beautiful beaches and scenery too. It's a stunning and truly unforgettable place.

I stayed at the school for a month but even after my month was up, Nicola and the school continued to be a of support and helped me to stay longer, even on my miniscule budget! I had a brilliant room looking out to sea at Maria Grazia’s house which Pintadera set up for me. She was really kind and generous introduced me to lots of different people in the area.

Pintadera gave me the confidence to continue living in Italy and I actually ended up staying a year in Sardinia teaching English. I’m now a qualified English teacher in Asia but my heart will always be in Italy and Sardinia and I know I will go back one day.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my time at Pintadera or after. I hope your time there will be as memorable as mine. Divertitevi!