A GROUP of Italian students has said arrivederci to the borough after spending a month working here.
Four of them, all from Foggia, spent time working at North Tyneside Council’s headquarters at Cobalt Business Park in North Shields.
The teenagers were in England to develop their language skills, as well as gaining a better understanding of the public sector and the country’s culture.
Luana Delli Carri, 19, and Miriana Di Biccari, Simona Rochira and Fabrizio Ricciardi, all 18, worked at the council for four weeks, spending time in different departments including business development, human resources, adult social care and tourism.
Fabrizio said: “This has been a great experience for all of us, and we’ve loved working in North Tyneside. It is a very beautiful place and somewhere I would like to come to again.
“The trip has been excellent. My English has really improved, and I am much more confident speaking the language now.
“I will be telling everyone back home how great the north of England is.”
The council has been working in partnership on the project with Christine Goodwin, owner of the Northumbria School of English in Whitley Bay.
She said: “The project is important for the town as it will bring in around £80,000 in terms of income, host family payments, payments to local attractions and sub-contractors, transport systems and spending money in local businesses.
“We hope the project will be repeated in the future.”