Sotogrande International Boarding House
Since opening its doors in 1980 Sotogrande International Boarding House has become home to intellectually adventurous students from all over the world. Here, Nele, one of our graduating students, shares her experience of her time with us.
Life in the Boarding House
I recently graduated from Sotogrande International School, after attending and living in the Boarding House for four years. When I arrived in September 2014, I was very shy, hesitant and insecure in new situations. Today I asked my one of my friends to describe me and she did so as approachable, selfless and open-minded, and it is truly living in the Boarding House that turned me into the person I am today.
Living in an international community (or family, as we called it) with teenagers from all over the world, allowed me to learn about different cultures, and opened my eyes to new ideas. Trying new foods and sports, such as Polo and Boxercise, and meeting new people are just a few of the great experiences I had.
I shared my room with a student who has become one of my closest friends, and someone I know I will always be able to rely on. We were also encouraged to travel, and I had the opportunity to go to Ecuador and Uganda during the summer breaks, again alongside some other boarders, and the memories I have of these trips will last a lifetime.
My time in the Boarding House has now come to end, however, I will never underestimate the positive effect it has had on me, and how it helped to shape the decisions I am making for my future.