Social programmes are increasingly important to international students studying in the UK -- but can be time-consuming for language centres to organise, says Cesar Ruiz.
Cesar, who is director of English UK corporate member Lost in London, wants to make it as easy as possible for centres to keep their students happy.
So Lost in London has a ticket allocation for the city's iconic clubs, as well as must-see tourist attractions, and it organises its own parties and day trips aimed at international students. English Language centres can buy tickets online, print them out, sell them on to students at a discount -- and still take a commission on each one.
"We're working with maybe 70 per cent of the centres in London, but we'd really like to get more of those outside the capital aware of what we do and the services we can offer," says Cesar.
"We can support schools which want to not only give students the full London experience but also put on a programme including day trips to places like Oxford, Brighton, or to theme parks and attractions.
"We know it helps to give them the edge, and it can be more difficult for smaller schools to do some of these things. Our system makes it really easy for our customers -- all they have to do is log into our bookings website and purchase the tickets they want for the dates they want.
"The students get cheap access to lots of things. It's good for students, its good for schools," says Cesar.
Lost in London, an English UK corporate member, always has a Friday night ticket allocation for the iconic Ministry of Sound nightclub as well as Pacha. It also has a partnership with Merlin Group, and so offers discounted tickets for its attractions including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds. Students can also visit the Tower of London and other attractions in the capital, and go on day trips to British cities and short breaks to European cities.
In addition, Lost in London organises three regular events in London each week during the peak summer period: a "Welcome to London Party" on Mondays, a midweek party with free Salsa classes and a rotation of London's top clubs on Friday nights.
To find out more about the services offered by Lost in London, members can either visit their stand at the English UK Annual Conference in May, or visit the website at www.lostinlondon.com.
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