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Student Testimonials

Sook Kyung Koo

"The most important thing was I improved my English a lot and had the opportunity to meet a variety of different people. PEETO gave us a lot of info about NZ culture, laws and employment skills.

I'm planning to enter the Christchurch Academy's Computing for Administration course, then after that to enroll for a Social Work degree and at the same time develop my own small business with international students."

Sook Kyung Koo (Sophia), Korean

April 2012 - May 2013

Sirikalaya Thipthawee

"It was my first place in New Zealand to study English. I can now understand a lot more and my listening is better than before. I'm starting my own Thai business and want to complete my studies in aroma therapy and massage.

I have now many friends from different countries and cultures. I like everything at PEETO - I call them my family!"

Sirikalaya Thipthawee (Siri), Thai

March 2012 - May 2013

Adyl Umarov

"PEETO helped me with my education especially my writing, reading and listening. It is a good place to study.

I am starting further ESOL training at Hagley Community College soon and I am also looking for a job. I want to thank everybody who was always so good for me."

Adyl Umarov, Kazakh

March 2012 - May 2013

Minnegel Umarova

"PEETO helped me with my English studies. Linda is a very good teacher and I was always very happy in her class.

I have enrolled at Hagley Community College and will start my studies there soon. Thank you PEETO and I wish you all well."

Minnegel Umarova, Kazakh

March 2012 - May 2013

Zi Ping Wu

"Everything is really good at PEETO and my spelling and writing is better than before. Thank you PEETO for helping me learn English.

I've got now a full time job - that is the job I always wanted - as a Machinist after responding to an advertisement in the newspaper."

Zi Ping Wu (Mandy), Chinese

May 2012 - May 2013

Man Singh Biswa

"99% of my English now, is from studying at PEETO. There are many different cultures at PEETO, so I learnt about their countries. Learning at PEETO is good - like a family with students and teachers.

I've completed my studies now at PEETO and will start at Hagley Community College soon. Lots of thanks to PEETO for the past year, it was nice to study at PEETO."

Man Singh Biswa, Bhutanese

March 2012 - May 2013

Lu dai

"I am now more confident with my speaking / listening and finding the reading and writing a lot easier. The friendly staff and classmates were like a family to me.

I am re-starting our family business a coffee shop, "Coffee Lovers", in New Regent Street in April."

Lu Dai (Lucy), Chinese

June 2012 - April 2013

Yan Dong

"I have enjoyed my time at PEETO. The teachers were warm hearted and very helpful - I have studied at other places but the teachers weren't like PEETO teachers.

The conversation classes were good with interesting topics. I learned a lot about the "Kiwi / English" values. I'm starting a full time job at a salmon factory this month. My long term plan is to buy my own business - a cafe or a dairy."

Yan Dong, Chinese

March 2012 - April 2013

Rei Fijiwara

"I have enjoyed my time at PEETO especially learning how to write a CV, the conversations in the class and the relationship with my classmates and others. I have enjoyed the different activities at PEETO and participated 100% in all of them.

I am starting a full time job when I leave PEETO and my goal is to continue in my job for as long as possible and maybe move back to Japan one day".

Rei Fujiwara, Japanese

March 2013 - April 2013

Dilli Biswa

"I arrived with my wife and family in NZ in 2009 and could not speak English.

I started at PEETO in 2010 and took part in the Gardening Work Experience Programme also worked as volunteer in my church and my community.

In March 2011 I got a full time position at Foodstuffs with the opportunity to do overtime and further training. I gained my forklift licence and use these skills in my job.".

Dilli Biswa, Bhutanese

January 2010 - March 2011