B2 Use of English Multiple Choice Exam 12
Jonathan's Gap Year in Colombia
Jonathan Glennie had absolutely no doubts about what he would do in his gap year. (1) the moment a representative of the charity "Let the Children Live" spoke at his school, he wanted to work with the street children of Colombia. He would help wean them from glue-sniffing and encourage them (2) an education.
No matter that the Salesian Fathers at Ciudad Don Bosco were reluctant to take an 18-year-old youth who spoke no Spanish, that he would have to pay his return (3) to Medellín, one of the most drug-infested, crime-ridden cities in South America, nor that his parents wrung their hands in horror, crying, "Anywhere (4) there!" He scraped together funds, bought 16 tapes of Teach Yourself Spanish and persuaded the priests about his sheer determination and enthusiasm that he could be useful.
And, despite missing his connecting flight from Bogotá and causing a hue and cry for 24 hours, his time in Medellín proved a (5) experience. "I discovered that, away from my friends and home, I was a different, quieter person," he says. "I found that I could work with kids and enjoy it, and I learnt to be reasonably good (6) coping with situations. It was the best five months of my life." Jonathan is a singular young man, (7) , because the tragedy of Colombia´s street children is a challenge that (8) school-leavers might wish to undertake. Even so, thousands of 18- and 19-year-olds are teaching English to youngsters in China and India, working on farms in Thailand and helping disabled children in Namibia.
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