...'residencies', which last several (days)...

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Through workshops lasting one day, and 'residencies', which last several, the company focuses on the young offenders, motivation and ability to change.

I found the sentence in a CAE reading exercise. The text describes a dramatic approach to helping young offenders. What bothers me is the underlined word. Does it refer to a typical training programme taking place on the institution premises?

Thank you!
  • Janey UK

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    Residencies are usually short intense programmes in which all participants are resident for the duration (either on the premises where the programme is conducted, or in a nearby hotel) and are thus encouraged to also participate in evening activities and team-building exercises. In other words, they do not go home each evening and return the following morning.
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