Svetlana’s Story

Cultúr: JUMP Programme

The  JUMP Programme is a free support and training programme developed to enhance knowledge, skills and experience of migrants living in county Meath; to facilitate improved access to employment and training supports.  It aims to work in partnership with the Department of Social Protection, Louth and Meath ETB, Meath County Council, agencies, and local businesses to carry out a work placement scheme that will improve job opportunities for migrants who are unemployed and for those dealing with other employment barriers.


Svetlana’s Story

Svetlana Litvinskiene, JUMP participant standing between two giant oscar statues
Svetlana Litvinskiene

My name is Svetlana Litvinskiene and I am from Lithuania. I have been living in Ireland for 8 years.

Before I took part in Cambridge English at Cultúr I was nervous about speaking English, I would usually get stuck repeating the same sentence over and over again. I was afraid to say any words, I was afraid to open my mouth, I was afraid to make a mistake. I would stand in the corner of the room just to avoid any questions or conversations.

I now speak English at the beginner level, but I rarely use it in my daily life. I work as a housekeeper in a large Hotel and most of my day-to-day work is with Polish or Lithuanian people. At home and with my friends I mostly speak Lithuanian.

I went to English classes in Navan twice a week because I really wanted to improve my English. I had a dream of getting a new job, but I know that my English level was not high enough. I wanted to enjoy my life, to become stronger and confident when speaking English.

Deciding to take the Cambridge courses, was my best decision. I am still a little nervous but now I am not afraid to speak. I have learned some strategies and I know that I can do it step by step.

After completing the Cambridge English course, I have participated in meetings and made presentations and now enjoy talking with others. I think the most important thing is I have stopped feeling shy.


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