On 3 October 2011, Languages International moved back into its Worcester Boulevard premises following repairs to damage sustained during February’s earthquake. The English language school is among the first businesses in the Christchurch Central Business District to return to the area.
In the months since the earthquake, Languages International has been running in cooperation with Aspiring Language Institute at their Merivale premises. The return to normal operations marks another important step in the rebuilding of Christchurch’s English language teaching industry, a key part of both the international education and tourism industries that has been hit hard by the earthquakes.
“Straight after the earthquake, I wondered if we would ever return. But we’ve been lucky and after a bit of engineering work, we’re ready to move back in,” said School Director Kate Rouse. She said that staff and students were fantastic in the days immediately after the quake and many teachers continued giving students English lessons in their own homes.
“Some of the students were amazing,” said Kate. “They stayed on because the wanted to show their solidarity to their teachers and the people of Christchurch.”
All staff at Languages International are pleased to be home and back in the city centre as it comes alive again.
Languages International website