From the 13th of May to the 4th of August, I was in Bristol, a town from the South West of England. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to go to England because it is the nearest country to learn English and also because I was interested to discover its culture its system a little more. My strategy to find a work placement was to choose the city before the company. I really did not want to be in the countryside, far from the city centre. London was the first town which attracted my attention, most of all thanks to its potential regarding companies. After a few researches about accommodation and the cost of life, I changed my mind because it was really expensive. I chose Bristol because it is one of the biggest cities of England and also because a lot of people who have been there were pleased about their stay.
I heard about OXFAM GB in the IUP because there was an offer in an Oxfam shop in Oxford. I decided to apply to Oxfam in Bristol: I went to the Oxfam website and found several Oxfam shops in Bristol. I sent an e-mail to all of them, explaining why I wanted to work in Oxfam. Two managers of two different shops in the same street replied because they were interested in my application. I had to choose between a bookshop and a more general shop (selling clothing, “bric-a-brac”, fair trade food…)
[...] The only inconvenience for the seller is that he has to pay charges to PayPal for every transaction. Every week, Oxfam Finance Office sends us a spreadsheet to list all the PayPal transactions we have made. As the money has been registered on the Oxfam bank account, we can finally make it appearing in our weekly sales. In accordance with our Head Office, we are unable to accept cheques, as they take a long time to be cleared and as we do not have access to the Oxfam bank account. [...]
[...] • The space It is fortunate that the shop is on the corner of the street, so that it has two windows. One is used for the Homeware section, the other for the clothing section, or sometimes for a campaign. The shop has been recently renewed to have more space for selling and to get an attractive display. For example, ties of all colours are knotted on rods, on top of the men's section, and scarves are suspended on top of the women's section. [...]
[...] For the seller, it is a very good opportunity to evaluate his/her work, but most of all to attract every future buyer's attention. In fact, these comments and ratings are valuable indicators of your reputation as a buyer or seller on eBay. They are included with a feedback score in each Member Profile. Of course, feedback from buyers only depend on the quality of the service and the transaction: has the item been well packaged? Has it been promptly delivered? Does the item match its description? [...]
[...] Some are even very happy to speak a bit of French or to talk about the French society or history. A lot of English people seem to be very cultivated and interested in other cultures. What is striking about this is that each country is clearly represented in the supermarkets with its cooking specialities, or also that English people often say that they prefer to meet their friends in a Chinese, Indian or Mexican restaurant than in an English one. [...]
[...] After that, we were not able to revise it and the item was only offered in the UK, which made us lose opportunities to sell it. This situation was difficult to resolve because we had sent a few messages to the eBay staff to complain and claim a refund on their fees, but all they answered was that they apologised and that they will do their best to resolve the problem. So we had to end some items early and to relist them with the original form, which was a loss of time. [...]
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