6 Audio clip 3: Ernest
At the time of the interview, Ernest was 28 years old. He was living in the Cyrenians' hostel, where he had been for some time. He was trying to find employment, and was contemplating a move to independent living. However, he felt somewhat frightened at the prospect of leaving the security of the hostel, which he likened to a family.
Ernest is from Kenya. He first came to Britain, and Swansea, as a student, eight years before the interview. You will hear about the difficulties he faced as a foreign student in a foreign land. Ernest talks about how he was unable to ‘stay the course’ as a student, and how he ended up with insufficient means and accommodation. He eventually became estranged from his family and his homeland, and felt too ashamed to return.