IELTS GT Writing Task 1 - You recently visited a place that had a strong impact on you

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You recently visited a place that had a strong impact on you.
Write a letter to a friend about the place. In your letter:
  • Explain where the place was and how you got there.
  • Describe what you saw.
  • Offer to take your friend there.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ................. ,


Sample Answer 1 (306 Words, 14 Sentences, 9 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Samuel,

How are you?, I hope you are fine as is with me, I am writing this in reference to our earlier telephonic conversation regarding a philanthropic activity.

I would like to draw your attention to an area where we can do a lot of social activity. Recently I along with a group visited a slum area. This slum is situated in an interior place away from the city outskirts and could be reached by foot only.

Upon entering the area, I was surprised by the children who were ready to welcome us; they were eagerly waiting that someone would bring something for them to eat. We spent about 4 hours by playing games, explained them the importance of personal hygiene, taught them few important social aspects, gave them food which we took along with us and at the end of the session we distributed around 30 winter blankets for each family in the slum.

When we were in the midst of the slum, I personally saw and felt their poverty, their longing for help and need of social awareness, when we were returning back we were so happy to see a smile on their faces and this happiness made me feel joyful and satisfied.

The trip to the slum infused me of an idea to gather few more and ask them for their help in helping the slum dwellers. I know that you are very much interested in these type of activities and as a person who is interested in philanthropic activities, I request you to lend your supporting hand in this program.

If you are interested let me know your consent so that you can partner with us in the next visit to the slum. I promise this would definitely interest you and fulfill your desire to do something social.

Thanking you and waiting for your reply in this regard.
Prasad.
(Source: Written by Prasadarao Talluri )


Sample Answer 2 (177 Words, 11 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Leon,

I have just returned from my holidays in France and while we were there we climbed a mountain called 'Parleman' in the French Alps. We were able to drive half way up the mountain but then the road stopped. So we parked, put on our walking boots and began the long uphill struggle.

In spite of the road at the beginning, it still took us a while to complete the climb but it was well worth the effort. When we got to the top of the mountain, the view was incredible. I could see right across the town and the lake to one side, and on the other side were the snow-covered peaks of Mont Blanc. It was simply breathtaking.

As you know, we often go to France on our holidays and next time we plan a trip, I'd really like to take you there. I'm sure you would love the scenery and as you enjoy exercise, you would be able to take advantage of all the mountain walks.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours Truly,
Paul MacCarney.
(NB: Follow the above band 9 writing structure for getting good band score in IELTS Exam. This Sample answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

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