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first mounth in Canada

Hi my name is Javier and I going to tell you about my experience of the first month studying on Canada.

The first dais were a little bit difficult because you’re are studying old in English but the teachers and the class partners give a lot of help to you, another think that I were thinking will be hard is do new friends because I am a very close person but my class partners come to me to do a new friend and now I have a lot of new friends.

At the second week the nsisp organisation take old the international students to White point that is one hotel neared to the beach and is beautiful. The organisation take we there to explain to we the rules and what will pass if we broke one of them, they explain to about the hospitals in Canada and how it work, after that they take we to do some fun activities like play football in the beach.

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This first month I have a lot of new adventures, I learn more about the life in Canada, I make new friends. But this don`t will be possible if the family don`t help me like they help me so thank for old the help.


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Home of the Nighthawks!

Hey everyone,

it's me, Merle and some days ago I realized, that I'm already here for one month!
Unbelievable how the time flies!!
Now, that I have been in school for some weeks,
I thought I will tell you a bit about my school.

Home of the Nighthawks

My school is the Northumberland Regional High School.
Our maskot is a Nighthawk, named Squawk and whose birthday is celebrated on June 6.
Our school colours are red, black and white and the school has a guiding principle called:

Safety
Opportunity
Achievement
Respect

This helps us students and teachers to live in a safe and respectful learning environment.
A variety of sports and clubs are offered, after school and in the lunch break, like basketball, soccer, volleyball, art club, band, and community events.
Other than in Germany, a lot of homework and so on is possible to see with the Google Classroom and to check your grades and marks for tests you can just go onto Powerschool.
And the best of all, we got a geofilter for Snapchat last week, isn't that amazing ?! ;-)

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A day at the Northumberland Regional High School (NRHS)

My hostsisters and I go to school by bus, the yellow schoolbus. The ride to the school is about 45 minutes and gives us a possibility to do forgotten homework ;-). When we arrive at school the foyer is already packed with students.
When the bell rings at 9 o'clock, everybody goes to their classes. We have different "pods", parts of the school for different subjects, like the math pod, the social studies pod and the fench pod.
As soon as everybody is in the right class the announcement asks us to stand up for "O Canada", the national anthem. After that, we sit down again and watch the "morning announcements", which are projected on every classe's board and where students tell us everything important for the day. For example what meetings are in the lunch break or who won the yesterday's soccer game and so on.
Every period is one hour long and we have two breaks. The second one is 45 minutes, where we can buy a meal in the cafeteria, go to the clubs or just hang out with our friends. Then we have two periods, until the bell rings and the schoolday ends. Everybody rushes out to find their bus and with all the students, busses and cars it get's really full in front of the school.
I go home with my hostsisters or I stay at school to have Cross Country practise.
We always have a short meeting, talk about our goal for the practise, warm up and start running. The regular goal is 3 to 5 kilometers, which was very hard for me at the beginning, but I feel how I'm getting better and better. Every week we have a race, 2 weeks ago in Trenton, last week in Truro, next week in Antigonish. Running in a team is really great because you can celebrate wins and I met many great people.
Races are always very hard for me but when I finish, no matter which place I am really proud.
Go Nighthawks!!!!

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Academic Award Celebration

The Academic Award Celebration is an event in September to honor all the students that had good grades in the last year.
There are two levels, distinction and excellent. Which determine, how good your grades were. My friend and my hostsister were both nominated,
so I had the possibility to go to the celebration, and it was really great. There were a lot of students and the whole school was decorated, and they even had a red carpet and a cake with the school logo!! The event was very formal, everybody was dressed well and I like that it was taken so seriously.
We ate the cake (soo delicious) at the buffet after the show and talked a bit with the other students, parents and teachers.

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International Buddies

The international buddies are a club, like Art Club or Dance Club, to meet canadian students, and for the canadian students, to meet the international students. Everybody is welcomed and together we have a lot of fun, like we had last week when we had a "Games Night".
We all met in the school, brought a lot of board games, chips and pop, and started to play. We played many games like Twister, Monopoly and we all got to know each other even more.
Some days ago we went together to the movies, to "Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children".
We were about 17 people, and it was really great to see everybody having fun and liking the movie.

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Spirit Week

The Spirit Week is organized by the Spirit Club, and the week was so much fun.

Monday: Ice-Cone Day, you could have ice cones in the lunch break
Tuesday: Twin Day, dress the same as your friend or your group of friends
Wenesday: Tie-dye day, bring a white t-shirt and tie dye it in the lunch break
Thursday: Spirit day, come dressed in the school colors
Thursday Night: Spirit Dance, bring your dance moves and wear black, red, white
Friday: Compfy Day, you can come in your pyjama, sweatpants or just in comfortable clothes

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Especially the Spirit Dance was great, to see everybody taking part in the dance showed me how much the school community supports the school,
and I really love this school spirit here.
School in gerneral is so much more interesting and fun, compared to the German schools!!

I just can't believe that I'm here, already for a month.
I already experienced so much new and still it feels like I arrived a week ago!
I hope you liked now read about my school here.

Bye,
Merle

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My Story

How my exchange year started

Hello Travellers

Before I start to write about my exchange year in Canada, I thought I should introduce myself a little bit and tell you how I got here: sitting 5230 km far from home on this very comfortable couch belonging to my host family in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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My name is Celine. I´m an 18-year-old girl from Germany who is going to spend the next 10 months in Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada.

I think it was almost a year ago (during my last summer vacation) when I started to think about what I could do after I graduated from school, as school was about to start again and it would be my last year. So I stumbled about an information booth where there were lots of agents, who can give you information about any kind of stay abroad. I always wanted to travel and live in another country.
I don’t know what I was looking for because I thought going back to school after completing high school would be impossible (and that’s what I wanted to do). So my father and I were walking around, talking to some agents about Work and Travel, Au pair and whatever. We were about to leave but then we saw the agent Xplore. The banner said something like “School after School” so I ask what it means. We started to talk. The agent seemed nice (and it still is ;) ). The man said that somebody from the agent in Canada would come and talk about Nova Scotia. I never heard about Nova Scotia before but why not. So a few weeks later my father and I drove to Wiesbaden to listen to what he is going to say. He presented the province, showed the beautiful landscape, talked about living abroad in a host family and lots of other stuff. Paul Millman from NSISP did a great job because I think that was the day the decision was made: I was going to spend a year in Canada.
One thing lead to another and as you can tell: everything worked.
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But wait it doesn’t explain why I’m writing to you. I´m a foreign correspondent together with nine other students from 8 countries.
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We received a scholarship from NSISP to get the opportunity to study in Canada. That means we try to share our experience with you, those who are interested in Canada, an exchange year or whatever brought you to this blog.
I saw the possibility for a scholarship on the day my father and I talked with the man from Xplore. In the brochure he gave me there was this information sheet. It had the title “scholarship”. So I read it and I was interested in it. To apply for the scholarship, I had to do a video and I could choose about what. I made a video about my home town and sent it to my agent. A few weeks later I got a call. There would be another applicant to choose from and he wanted to talk with me and the other boy to get an impression of us. On the same day a got an email that I’m a foreign correspondent.
To finish my short introduction and the story how I got here: NSISP is a great agent. The people I met so far are so nice. You don´t need to be afraid to ask or worry that your English is too bad. They will help you and I´m happy that I´m in Canada with NSISP.
To everybody who lives in Germany: If you want to do something abroad, I just can recommend the information booth (Jugendbildungsmesse) and if you are interested in an exchange talk with somebody from Xplore. They are really nice and will answer your question.
So I´m done with my first entry. You are welcome to follow our experience on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and of course here on Travellerspoint.
Hope to see you soon.
Celine

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DEPORTES EN CANADÁ

Hola, mi nombre es Rosa, tengo 17 años y quiero compartirles toda mi experiencia vivendo en Canadá, ahora les voy a contar mis experiencias con los deportes hasta ahora.

La semana pasada fui a un torneo de béisbol con Theresa, ELLA JUEGA, su equipo “Bat Benders” es genial, el sábado nos levantamos a las 6:30 am porque vivimos como a hora y media de donde era el torneo, cuando llegamos ya había cuatro equipos jugando, ellas solo estaban en espera de un equipo, para jugar; una de sus jugadores se lastimó días antes pero aun así estaba ahí apoyando a su equipo. Angy una de las jugadoras me prestó una de sus playeras solo para que me sienta parte del equipo, fue genial.

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El primer juego fue contra “Los Gigantes” y ganaron con un resultado de 6-2, luego jugaron contra “Señoritas de Prospect” y otra vez ganaron con un resultado de 10-9, después de eso jugaron contra “TBR”, obviamente ganaron otra vez con un resultado de 14-1. Las horas pasaban y cuando menos lo esperábamos el juego por el campeonato estaba por empezar, todos estaban cansados, pero a pesar de eso jugaron como si fuera el primer juego y ganaron con un resultado de 15-4.

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Después de la entrega de trofeos, fuimos a casa de Trudy a celebrar y comer algo, comimos pizza alrededor de una fogata, fue todo muy lindo.

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El viernes pasado fui a una práctica de voleibol en SCA y puedo decirles que cuando escuche todo lo que teníamos que hacer supe que era suficiente, la buena noticia es que Aschaelle es la entrenadora y fue grandioso verla otra vez. Mientras veía como las chicas del equipo practicaban me distraje tanto que perdí de vista los balones, gracias Aschaelle por golpearme en la cara (sé que fue un accidente, jaja), ya aprendí la regla número uno, NUNCA perder de vista el balón y también gracias por que en dos horas hice más de lo que he hecho en 17 años y sigo viva, GRACIAS. Espero verte pronto.
Después de la práctica Theresa y yo pasamos la noche en casa de sus padres porque al día siguiente iríamos a otro torneo de béisbol.

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Nunca me voy a cansar de la carretera en NS

Ese torneo fue diferente, era un torneo donde podían jugar hombres y mujeres, fue un día muy cansado, cuando empezamos el viaje eran las 5:00am, no había luz. El primer juego lo ganó el equipo de Theresa, para ser honesta fue muy difícil seguir el juego, porque había nuevas reglas y muchísimas personas entonces el ruido me distraía. Perdieron el segundo juego, pero ganaron el tercero.

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En el juego por el campeonato hicimos un minuto de silencio porque uno de los jugadores falleció días antes del torneo, también se estaba haciendo tarde y empezaba a estar oscuro, empezaron a jugar, pero al final decidieron que ambos eran el número uno porque no querían que nadie se lastime.

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SPORTS IN CANADA

Hi, my name is Rosa, I'm 17 years old and I want to share my whole experience living in Canada, now I'm going to talk about my experience in sports so far.

The last weekend I went to a baseball tournament with Theresa, SHE PLAYS, her team “Bat Benders” are so cool, on Saturday we woke up at 6:30am because we live like hour and a half from were the tournament was, when we arrived they were four teams already playing, they were just waiting for one of the teams to play; one of their players get hurt days before the game but even that she was there supporting her team. Angie one of the players lends me one of her shirts just to feel part of the team, it was so cool.

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The fist game was versus “The Giants” and they won with a score of 6-2, then they played versus “Prospect Ladies” and they won again with a score of 10-9, after that they played versus “TBR”, obviously they won again with a score of 14-1. The hours were passing and when we didn’t expect it the game for the championship was about to start, everyone was tired but even that they play like if that was the first game and they won with a score of 15-4.

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After the awards ceremony, we went to Trudy´s house to celebrate and eat something, we ate pizza around a bonfire, it was everything so beauty.

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The last Friday I went to a volleyball practice at SCA and I can tell you that when I listen everything we had to do I knew that I was done, the good notice is that Aschaelle is the coach and it was wonderful saw her again. As I watched the girls of the team how they practice I was distracted while I lost sight of balls, thanks Aschaelle for hit me in the face (I know it was an accident, haha), now I know the rule number one, NEVER lose sight of the ball and also thanks because in two hours I did more than what I have done in 17 years and I still alive, THANKS.I hope to see you soon.
After the practice Theresa and I went to her parent´s house to spend the night because the next day we would go to another baseball tournament.

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I’m never going to get tired of the highway in NS

That tournament was different, it was a tournament where men and women can play, it was a very tiring day, when we start the trip was 5:00am, there were no light. They won the first game, to be honest it was hard to follow the game, because there were new rules and there were a lot of people and the noise distracts me. They lose the second one but they won the third one.

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At the game for the championship we made a minute of silence because one of the players passed away days before the tournament and also it was late and it started to be dark, they start playing but at the end they decided that both are the number one because they didn´t wanted anyone get hurt.

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