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Blog #3 by Sohrab Ayan

Hi guys!
Third month over and it feels like I've never been somewhere else...
It is unbelievable how quick a place can feel like home even though it is not your own house. You can tell what home really means. A place where you have people who love you and people you love, people you feel comfortable with and feel safe. This is what my host family became for me. But let me tell you a bit about this month, what I did and how things are going.

One of the Highlights this month. In the first weekend of this month we went to Hal-Con. I'ts a Halifax version of the Comic-Con and it was amazing!! I didn't even entered the huge conference room and I saw all those strangers, dressed like people you know! Shaking Darth Vaders hand, taking pictures with Pikachu, and have a small talk with Hagrid from Harry Potter. That's the moment you know you're at the Hal-Con. Hundreds of people dressed like heroes from Comics, Movies and TV shows. But that's not all. Merchandise! Lots and Lots of Merchandise!!! I was able to take a picture with my Hero from the Anime 'Naruto'.


School's going great. It didn't take me long to get into the new school, new people and the new system. Thanks to the people!!
I have five different classes in school: English, Drama, Math, Agriculture and Physical Activities.
Physical Activities and Drama are absolutely my favourite classes. In Drama we are working on plays and musicals we're gonna present and that is so much fun.
Our soccer season ended this month because we lost the finals of our league but we did something we're really proud of. The soccer team of our school has never been so far in the history of this school and we are happy about this achievement! But this is not the only achievement you can get by joining a sports team in your school. This is the best way to get to meet new people and becoming friends. I can tell!!
We also went to an auction house with our Agriculture class and it was the first time I went to one. It was fun but I felt kinda sorry for all the animals.


Canadian Culture
Three months are definitely not enough to get to know the whole culture. But I know a lot already. In this month I actually saw my first Hockey Game ever. And I can say one thing. It is intense!!!! I don't care what people say about Canadian and Hockey but I can tell they love their national sport. And it was actually so much fun watching the game. We went to Antigonish to see a game between the team of St.FX and a team of PEI. We went for St.FX and they actually won. Another thing what Canadian love is Poutine. No, it's not the President of Russia. It's French Fries but instead of eating it with ketchup, it's with cheese and gravy. And it is delicious!



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Time flies when you are having fun!

Hey guys, in this blog I am going to tell you all about my amazing experiences from the past few months! Enjoy.

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Hey everyone!

“Time flies when you are having fun!’’ Well believe me that is the truth! I am Michal and I’ve already spent more than 3 months in Nova Scotia. It is unbelievable how fast the time goes. The past few months were really amazing. I became part of a great family, made friends from all over the world and experienced the Canadian culture. I am going to tell you about some of my experiences!


I really enjoy going to school. I am going to Sackville High school and I am in grade 12. My four classes are: English, Leadership, Global Geography and Physical Education. In English we learn a lot about the English literature which is really interesting. Leadership is one of my favorite classes. In this class we learn all about how to be a good leader. We are often presenting speeches and presentations to our classmates. Our class also organizes events like talents shows, fundraisers and sport games in the school. In Global Geography we learn about the earth, humans and nature. I am glad I took Physical Education, this way I have the opportunity to try a lot of new sports like: football, basketball, tennis, badminton and a lot more! All the teachers and students are very nice, they are always there for you if you need any extra help.
My friends and I really enjoy joining school activities. We often support and cheer at the Ice Hockey games. We are having a lot of fun at the school dances. We also went to the Mascot Showdown, to support our school dance team while they were battling against other schools.

In the beginning of the semester I joined the girls soccer team at our school. Playing soccer was new to me but the girls from my team and the coaches helped and supported me a lot. I had a great time playing soccer. This soccer season was a lot of fun. I even scored a few goals! We ended our season by going out for supper with our team and coaches. Together with some friends I also joined the yoga club after school for a few times. I really recommend to join a sport team or club in your school, in this way you get involved with a lot of fun things in the school!

Since I came to Canada I’ve made friends from all over the world. I became friends with International and Canadian students. Together we always make a lot of fun plans to make sure that we explore a lot of Nova Scotia. We like going to Halifax, going to the Shopping Mall or Waterfront. We also often go out for supper together. Some other activities that we like to do are: watching Ice Hockey games, going to the movies, play pool, go for a hike in the beautiful nature of Nova Scotia, drink something at Tim Horton’s, joining local activities and so many more! I am really happy and thankful that I met so many amazing people!

I love being part of a Canadian family. We are all very glad that we had the chance to meet and getting to know each other. My family and I spent a lot of time together doing fun activities, celebrating holidays and learning about each other cultures. We went to Peggy’s Cove, to the cottage and playgrounds. In the fall we went to the Fall Fair, which was a lot of fun. We also went to a corn maze and we picked a lot of apples. We went to the Christmas Craft Show, picked and decorated our Christmas tree. We watched the Parade of Lights in Halifax and we went to the Sackville Christmas Lighting Tree. We already made so many amazing memories together, I can’t wait for more to come! Again, I am so thankful that I became part of my Canadian family, I am sure that we will have a special bound for the rest of our lives!

Traditions & Holidays:
Since I came to Canada I’ve had a chance to experience all kind of new Canadian traditions and Holidays. It was my first time celebrating Thanksgiving. In October my family and I came together to enjoy each other’s company. The first day of thanksgiving weekend we came together with Tiffany’s (my host mom) family. At thanksgiving day we were spending time with Marks (my host dad) family. Both days were really good and we had a lot of fun. We also ate a lot of good food, including a : Turkey dinner!
Halloween was also a new holiday to me. My host family and I decorated our house with all kinds of Halloween decorations. In the weekend of Halloween we had a ‘kids’ Halloween party at our home. The kids played all kinds of games, they carved pumpkins and we ate good food. I also had another party with the International students and our Buddies. We had a really good time together. On October 31st was Halloween. In the beginning of the night I went Trick or Treating with my family and later on in the night I went with my friends. It was so much fun and we got so much candy!
Canadian Culture:
It is so great to learn more about the Canadian culture. Trying new food like poutine, donair and beavertails. Ordering my favorite coffee and snacks at Tim Horton’s. Watching big Ice Hockey games in Halifax. Exploring the beautiful nature. Experiencing the holidays and traditions and so much more. I love Canada and I really can say that Canada has become my second home!

Thankyou for reading my blog! I also post weekly pictures on our Instagram: nsispfc and Facebook: Nova Scotia International Student Program. Make sure you also check out my videos and the videos from the other Foreign Correspondents at our YouTube channel: NSISP Foreign Correspondents.
First week in Canada
Fun family activities in October!
My first Halloween!

Have a great day!

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Hola, mi nombre es Rosa, tengo 17 años y quiero compartir mi experincia viviendo en Canadá, este post es para dar las gracias.

Es difícil de explicar como me estoy sintiendo, no puedo creer que ya son 100 días, quisiera dedicar este post a todas las personas que he conocido y está siendo parte de esta hermosa experiencia.

Quiero empezar con todo el equipo de NSISP, en especial Mike, Monica, Paul, Lisa y Lacy, gracias por todas las actividades que hemos realizado, toda la ayuda que me han brindado y por hacer que todo esto pase.

Gracias Val y Sheldon por recibirme en su casa por una semana, fue un placer conocerlos y ser parte su familia, estoy muy feliz de poder verlos otra vez y que Ga-yeon y Tina están pasandola bien viviendo con ustedes. Gracias Laura Lee y Theresa por dejarme ser parte de su familia, estoy pasandola increible. Gracias a las chicas por tratarme como una hermana, todos ustedes son mi familia.


Quiero gradecer enormemente a todos en SCA por dejarme ser parte de los lobos. Mrs. Bruce (Directora), Mr. Miller y Mrs. O'Leary (Subdirectores) por siempre ser amables, por siempre hablar conmigo, responder todas mis preguntas (yo sé que son demasiadas), gracias por compartir sus opiniones conmigo, gracias por hacerme sentir parte de SCA. Mrs. Karen, gracias por platicar conmigo todas las mañanas y asegurarse que todas mis preguntas sean respondidas. Ms. Lever gracias por siempre hablar conmigo cuando lo necesito, por siempre preocuparse por mi y ayudarme a encontrar una solución a todos mis problemas.


Mrs. Whitty, Mrs. Shea, Mr. Adams y Mrs. Williams, gracias por ser mis maestros, por ayudarme cada vez que estoy teniendo problemas con algo. Gracias por preocuparse y asegurarse de que estoy entendiendo todo.

Todos los estudiantes internacionales, gracias por ser mis amigos, por aguantar mis buen y mal humor. Gracias por cada segundo que pasamos juntos y todos los recuerdos que hicimos. Todos ustedes viven en mi corazón, son mi familia. Sin ustedes esta aventura no sería lo mismo. Los quiero mucho chicos. Gracias a todos los embajadores por planear actividades para nosotros y asegurarse de que pasemos un buen rato.


Todos los estudiantes canadienses, gracias por hacerme sentir parte de SCA, en espacial; Maggie, gracias por se más que una embajadora, gracias por ser una amigo, estoy muy feliz de ser mejor que tu en ajedrez (en realidad no); Julia, gracaias por ser más que una embajadora, gracias por hacerme parte de tu familia, eres como mi hermana, gracias por soportar todos mis problemas incluso cuando tu tienes los tuyos, estoy muy feliz de tener como amiga, siempre vas a contar conmigo y gracias a tu familia por hacerme parte de ella; Rain, gracias por ayudarme en geografía y por encontrar la moneda del 2016, estoy pasandola increible contigo en el club de ajedrez; Kage, gracias por ser tonto conmigo sin importarte lo que los demás piensen; Christina, gracias por soportar toda mi rareza; Anna, gracias por siempre hacerme reír aunque a veces me vuelvas loca; Shelby; gracias por siempre preocuparte sobre como me siento; y Emily, gracias por ser rara conmigo, gracias por guardar mi secreto (Soy una princesa pero ella es la única que sabe la verdad sobre como mis papás me estan escondiendo en Canadá, bueno ahora todos saben pero por favor guarden mi secreto JAJA), gracias por hacer mis días mejores cuando cantas, gracias por ser mi amiga y puedes contar conmigo. LOS QUIERO.


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Hi, my name is Rosa, I'm 17 years old and I want to share my whole experience living in Canada, this post is to say thank you.

It's hard to explain how I'm feeling right now, I cant believe its already 100 days, I would like to dedicate this post to everyone that I met so far and its being part of this beautiful experience.

I want to start with all the staff of NSISP, especially Mike, Monica, Paul, Lisa and Lacy, thanks for every activity we've done, all the help you've given me and making all this happen.

Thanks Val and Sheldon for welcoming me in your house for a week, it was nice to meet you and be part of your family a little bit, I'm so glad that we can see each other again and that Ga-yeon and Tina are having a good time living with you. Thanks Laura Lee and Theresa for let me be part of your family, I'm having an amazing time. Thanks to the girls for treating me as a sister, all of you are my family.


I want to say huge thanks to everyone at SCA for letting me be a part of the wolves. Mrs. Bruce (Principal), Mr. Miller and Mrs. O'Leary (Vice-principals) for always being so kind, for always talk to me, answer every question I made (I know they are a lot), thanks for share your opinions with me, thanks for making me feel part of SCA. Thanks for talking to me every morning, Mrs. Karen, and making sure that all my questions are answered. Ms. Lever thanks for always talking with me when I need it, always taking care of me and helping me to find a solution to all my problems.


Mrs. Whitty, Mrs. Shea, Mr. Adams and Mrs. Williams, thank you for being my teachers, for helping every time I'm struggling with something. Thanks for care and try to make sure that I'm understanding everything.

All the international students, thank you for being my friend, for handling all my good and bad moods. Thank you for every second we spend together and all the memories that we make. You all live in my heart, you are my family. Without you this adventure wouldn't be the same. I love you so much guys. Thanks to all the ambassadors for planning activities for us and making sure that we are having a good time.


All the Canadian students, thanks for making me feel part of SCA, especially; Maggie, thanks for being more than an ambassador, thanks for being a friend, I'm so glad that I'm better than you at chess (not really); Julia, thanks for being more than an ambassador, thanks for making me part of your family, you are like my sister, thanks for handling all my problems even when you have yours, I'm so glad to having you as a I friend, you are always going to count with me and thanks to your family for make me part of it; Rain, thanks for helping me in geography and thanks for finding the 2016 coin, I'm having a good time at chess club with you; Kage, thanks for being silly with me without caring what people think; Christina, thanks for handling all my weirdness; Anna, thanks for always making me laugh even when sometimes you drive me crazy; Shelby; thanks for always caring about how I'm feeling; and Emily, thanks for being weird with me, thanks for keep my secret (I'm a princess but she is the only one that knows the truth about how my parents are hiding me in Canada, well now you know so please keep my secret HAHAHA), thanks for making my days better when you sing, thanks for being my friend and you can count with me. I LOVE ALL OF YOU GUYS.


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November - being really Canadian!

Hey everyone!
November flew by and is already over.
Sometimes when I think back to when I came and I'm so surprised for how long I'm already here
because it seems like yesterday that I arrived on the plane, being super excited for the coming months.
And so far those months were even better than expected!

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is a day dedicated to all the fallen soldiers in the past two world wars and current wars.
When I came here I didn't know that Remembrance Day would be celebrated that much and would be taken this serious,
which I think is really great! The Remembrance Day is on the 11th of November, which was a Friday in this year.
On Thursday we had a Celebration in school, where poems were read out loud, and the band played a variety of songs.
It was the band's first performance in this school year and we were a little bit nervous but we all managed to play our best and we got a lot of really nice responses, of people saying they were touched by our performance.
Everybody wears a little stick pin poppy, to show their respect to the fallen soldiers, which I think is a really nice and thoughtful gesture.
On Friday, we had no school, so we went to the Ceremony in town.
Soldiers gave speeches and every family in town laid a wreath down to the stature in town, which is dedicated to the fallen soldiers.

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Christmas Parade in New Glasgow
The Christmas Parade is an annual celebration where all the clubs, companies and schools of the town decorate floats with pretty and colorful lights and show their floats in the parade. My school being one of the schools in the area of New Glasgow, took part too. We had a really big float, which was decorated pretty and which had place for around 20 to 25 people to sit on and that's how many people really sat on it in the end, including me and my friends. We were dressed in our schools colors plus having Christmas themed clothes on. We had antlers, bells, christmas hats and much more. All the people that came didn't fit on the float so there were some people walking next to it and handing out candy canes to the people watching the parade. We sang chants and rang our bells because we had to defend "The Spirit Award", which my school got last year and we succeeded and won it again!!

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Hockey Game
On the 20th of November all of the Internationals and Ambassadors of the CCRSB school board went to Halifax to watch a hockey game.
The Mooseheads played against Bathurst. It was nice to see some of the Foreign Correspondent girls again! The game was really exciting but the Mooseheads lost unfortunately after a really nerve wracking end.
Bathurst scored the determining goal in the last 15 seconds after the Mooseheads scored a draw in the last 40 seconds.
We were disappointed but it didn't reduce our fun! We drove to another school, where we had a dinner, including lobster,
salmon and really good cupcakes. It was a great day and an amazing experience I won't forget!

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My host sister is leaving
My host sister left in the last week of November. Just the weekend before she left we threw her a surprise party, and she had no clue! We drove "home" from the movies and instead on going home we went into another direction but we kept her talking and talking and so she didn't ask us why we weren't going home. When we stopped in front of her friends house she got confused and asked a lot of questions but we pretended to not know anything. When we cam into her friend's house and she saw everyone with the cake she was so shocked and surprised! It was really nice for her to spend a last time with all of her friends together. The day she left we all cried and we will definitely miss her!


I feel like I got to know this country even more than before this month! I got to experience the most Canadian thing - Hockey! Not just in a schools game, but a really professional game. I felt really included in my school, playing in the band and being on the float at the Christmas Parade! I just love it here and I don't want to think about having only one month left.

Bye, Merle

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