Overseas visitors loving the seaside

Streetlife Volunteers Rebekka Gottwald from Germany, left, Tara Page from New Zealand and Sarah Hall from Australia are loving their visit to Blackpool.
Streetlife Volunteers Rebekka Gottwald from Germany, left, Tara Page from New Zealand and Sarah Hall from Australia are loving their visit to Blackpool.

IT is the UK’s favourite holiday spot, and now students who have travelled around the globe are falling in love with Blackpool.

Seven students from oversees have come to the resort to volunteer for Streetlife, working with homeless youngsters aged between 16 and 25.

They have travelled thousands of miles, from New Zealand and Ghana, Germany and Australia, to offer support to the young people who need it.

But despite the difficult nature of their work, the visitors are fast discovering the resort is the place to be.

Tara Page, 18, was returning home to New Zealand over Christmas, but has spent a year in Blackpool and says she will be leaving with fond memories.

She said: “There’s nowhere quite like Blackpool. I think I will have to come back at some point and I know that I am really going to miss it.”

Rebekka Gottwald, 18, from Germany, is spending a year in Blackpool before heading off to university.

She said: “I am really enjoying being in Blackpool because of the young people at Streetlife and actually simply living here.

“There’s a real charm to the town and there’s something about Blackpool that makes you feel very welcome.”

Streetlife was launched in the resort 30 years ago and provides information and support to young people who are homeless, have been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Jane Hugo, chief executive officer, said she was delighted the overseas volunteers enjoyed coming to the resort so much.

She added: “When these students go home proudly wearing their Blackpool hoodies it is a real statement to their friends and families about the year they’ve had.

“That’s a great conversation starter not just for the work of Streetlife but for Blackpool as a whole.”

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