International Student Program
Life, I have much time to relax and I can pay more attention on my studying and do everything I like here—so, no…no pressure here. I met with people from China, from Japan, from Philippines, from Thailand, from Brazil, from Colombia, from France, Germany—a lot of countries. It’s really nice here. One of the best experiences of year, is that you meet people from all the countries. And, it is really fun to know about other cultures. And, yes awesome, I will go back to Spain and I will say…Yeah, I have friends from all the world. That’s like…fantastic! Having the ESL class and everyone from all these different cultures in one room is a really great opportunity for them to see that they’re not alone when they come to a new country. They’re able to experience the same homesickness together and we can all kind of commiserate. And, talk about some of the challenges that they might be having—coming to a new school, at a young age. At 15, 16 years old, just branching out and really seeking that independence. They still feel as though they’re they’re at home and we create this this nice little community here that represents the entire world essentially in one room. My name is Erika. I’m from Japan which is Tokyo. The reason why I came here because I spend time in high school, which is great time and, I would like to learn English more. This school, has so many great opportunities for me. And also, great friends who will help me. My name is Marieke. I’m from Germany and I’m 15 years old but—almost 16. I came to Canada because, I always wanted to see the world. And, I still want to see the world—more parts. And, Canada’s a really pretty country. I was so nervous and the first day of school, I cried and I don’t want to go to school again. But, I’m gonna try it again. Because, I came here for learning English and to be independent person. After a couple months, later—I’m not scared anymore, because I have friends and I have host family. Everyone supported me, so that I’m really, I’m not feeling—I’m alone now. My name is Mariana. I’m from Brazil and I’m here studying at Bear Creek. I chose Canada. First, because it was a English country. I wanted to improve my English. And, also because I had good references about the country and I mean I know that it’s a lot different from Brazil. So, I wanted to get to know a new culture and see different things. I found out that I made a really good choice. Having the international program here has been a fantastic opportunity for myself as a teacher, to grow, and to learn about all different cultures. I’ve met some fantastic, incredible kids through this program. They are strong leaders and they really branch out into the school community. They get involved in sports. They meet new friends. They do extracurriculars. It’s a fantastic opportunity. I plan to join the soccer team before I come back. Well I went to the district that was really fun. And, then we went to Wonderland. That was fun too. I took drama class last semester and I had an evening show. We played The Crucible. I feel like my English skills improved. I have friends, who eat with me in the lunchtime so I’m not alone there. I make cross-country here, so I found a lot of friends there and, I’m part of this team. We don’t have this in Germany, so it’s really special. We make trips like treetop trekking or ice-skating. You have your friends there and you help each other. If someone don’t know how to do this part. Or, how to do this way. How to come… to the end of this. You help. And, you tell—go this way…make this…through this. This is better…Do this now. And it’s…yeah, it’s really cool because you come closer to it with your friends because of this help. And, it’s a lot of fun! I run. I am a runner, so I did cross- country, track and field. And then I did, nordic ski—that was fun! I never tried to ski. I’m from Spain, so there is not too much resources. And, there is none of this stuff in Spain, so it was really fun. I didn’t win. But, it was fun. Don’t be afraid and just try new things. Challenging makes international student—us, to have confidence and make us happy. Yeah, and to be Canadian teenager.