The International Student Program at Edmonton Public Schools

The International Student Program at Edmonton Public Schools

August 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC PLAYING] When I first arrived
in Canada, that was like a huge shock
in the mind. I was super excited that
I got to see North America and traveling to Canada
for the first time. I feel a little bit
nervous and excited too. When the plane
landed, I was shaking. I was like, oh, what
am I going to do? Like, this is so long– 10 months without my family. It was really bittersweet. I was really excited
to, like try new things and get to live new experiences. But it was also hard
because I was missing my family and my friends. Edmonton was kind of
like a peaceful place. It’s not too busy. They have many
beautiful place in here. What I like the most
is all the things that you have for young people. You have so many public sports
centers and the community centers. You have also soccer fields
and ice rinks, which is crazy. My favorite thing about Edmonton
is the diversity that it has. Throughout these
nine months, I’ve got to meet people
from literally everywhere around the globe. In this city, a lot of
cultures mix together. Like, that doesn’t
happen in my country. I love everything
about Edmonton. The education here was good. From the first time, I was just
focused on my English skill, communicating in how you learn. I found my courses quite
challenging and difficult here. But the teacher in here, they
understand the difficulty you are facing. So they will help you. In Spain, you usually have
to memorize everything that the teacher
says and you have to stay put in a
class for six hours. And here, it’s so free. You have so much liberty to
just do whatever you want. School has been really
exciting, and I’ve got to try a lot of new things. What I like the most
about studying here is that you have
so many programs to explore what you really like. We can choose the option
that we would like to learn, and student can also have a
recommendation from a student or from a friend
or from a teacher. So you can choose
the option that is best for you and for
your career in the future. The options that I’ve
taken are all new. So there are things that
I have never done before. We didn’t have options in Spain. So getting here and doing
foods, like cooking in school, is so crazy. Study abroad was my
biggest step in my life. It’s changed me from shy
person to more brave. This experience has helped me
realize who I truly want to be. I’m more independent than ever,
and I’m so glad that I am. These 10 months have
really changed me in a lot of different ways. I feel like I’m more open minded
than ever because when you are living in a town for
16 years in your life and you don’t travel
that much, which was my case, going abroad
and seeing another culture is just a revelation. It opens your eyes and
says, maybe my town is not the center of the world. Maybe there’s more to discover. Maybe there are more people to
know and I can learn from them. And I did. I learned from so many people. I learned so much. My homestay family,
they’re great. They’re a large family. The mother takes
care of me like I was another one of her daughters. With the homestay family,
you are completely immersed in their lives
and their lifestyle, which is different than yours. It’s such a great experience
to come here and live with a family for 10 months.