Life as an "International student" in high school

Life as an "International student" in high school

  Christina @Lisgar CI

One of Christina’s English teachers from the Canary Islands encouraged her to apply to study in Ottawa. For Christina, the whole experience has been a dream come true; she had been eager to visit Canada since she was 11 years old. She is not only busy with her studies, but also is an active member of Lisgar’s cross-country team and has participated in several races. She describes her host family as “Fantastic!” and she has gone on trips to Toronto and Kingston with them. She has noticed a significant improvement in her English fluency and vocabulary development while in Ottawa. Christina has found the experience so enriching that she is looking into returning to Canada again as an international student.

 Oscar @AY Jackson SS


A friend of Oscar told him about the scholarship opportunity sponsored by the government of the Canary Islands. The more he researched about Ottawa, the more excited he became about coming to Canada. This was a big step for him since he had never travelled outside the Canary Islands. He finds the teachers and students at his school very friendly and helpful. His Homestay family hosts other international students as well, and along with his Canadian “brother” they often play basketball. One of his best experiences so far was going on the OCENET trip to Niagara Falls. He feels he has improved his English skills and also learned to be successful in a new situation.

  Flavia @Hillcrest HS


Flavia has travelled widely and visited both Africa and South America. As for Canada, Flavia finds it is a place where it is “very easy to fit in.” She likes that her school provides lots of course options and that students get an opportunity to discover the ways they learn best. Flavia loves anything to do with science and really enjoys the experiential activities in her Environmental Science course where she gets to learn outside of the classroom. She plans to participate in the OCENET organized trip to Montreal later this semester. In the future, Flavia has her aim set on studying paleontology at the University of Alberta. With the return home only a few weeks away, Flavia is finding her 3.5 months here far too short.

  Jose @Glebe CI


Jose is known to friends and family by his nickname “Pepe.” His parents were pleased that he showed the initiative to come to Ottawa to study in order to improve his English and to learn to be more independent. Jose has found adapting to a Canadian school and culture a fairly easy transition. He has made many Canadian friends and spends some of his social time with them. His Homestay family has been great and they introduced him to camping several weekends ago. He loves Ottawa and is especially impressed by the downtown area and the amount of green space throughout the city. Jose’s educational pathway will probably involve science and technology.

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