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September 2016

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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(This picture was already taken in Canada)


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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My Canadian experience

My first three weeks!!

[i] Hi, everyone! I'm Sera, and I come from Turkey. I am 15 years old. It's my third week in Canada and I'm having so much fun that I've haven't even realised that it has been nearly a month. First of all, I was at a camp with the correspondents (it was fun). We get to learn more about blogs and how to take photos in a better way. I also met new friends and enjoyed it all. Second off all, I met my host family and they are great. They have four cats and two dogs. They took me shopping cause I needed clothes for winter. I had my first peanut butter and jam sandwich that day! I was very exited(mostly nervouse) for the first day of school. My host sister helped me a lot and I didn't have any trouble. I met my coordinator and she's awsome!! Most of the time she mix us up because there are a lot of international students in our school, still she's getting there. After the first week of school we had a picnic that weekend with all of the international students at our school, my coordinator and the ambassador students.(photo below) thanks for them, we had a water fight and I was soaking wet. After the picnic we had a camp and we went to Brigadoon. We stayed there for a night in different cabins. I get to meet the other international students from different schools(photo below). 20160911_183552__1_.jpg .
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Two days ago there was an exhibition and we went there after school with my host sister and a group of international students. I tried poutine(tasty). We won prizes(bloubs), we didn't realize how the time past. We walked for 5 hours, it was great(photo below)! Overall I had great time in Canada and I can't wait for my next adventures!! 14368870_3..119899146_n.jpg

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My first week in my hostfamily and school

Hello everyone,
It's me, Merle, again. I will tell you about my first week at my hostfamily and the first days at school.
Everything is still exciting and new and I am so happy to be here in Nova Scotia.

The first days at my hostfamily -everything is new

The first days were very exciting, everything was new, looked different and is used differently than it is in Germany.
Even the fridge is something new, it makes ice cubes itself, how cool is that !?
On my first days I got to know my hostfamily, the house and the area we live in.
We had a little surprise party for my hostsister on her birthday. We went to the beach and even tough it wasn't warm, we went into the sea !!
It was freezing cold but my hostsister, hostmother and I had a lot of fun.
On the next day we all drove to Halifax to pick up my second hostsister from Italy.
In the next couple of days I met more family members and we all went canoeing together. We put the canoes on the back of the truck and drove to a very beautiful lake, we even found an isle on the middle of the lake and explored it. In the evening we made a little bonfire in the back of the garden, and ate marshmallows.
On the day before school started our hostparents took us to the Pictou Colchester Exhibition. We walked through the stables, saw and pet goats, ducks, cows and horses. We watched the firemen’s competition and the horse barrels show.
In the end we went home, a bit disappointed but with a lot of popcorn.

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7th of September -School Orientation

To let us not go unpreparedly to school on the 8th, my school’s ambassadors, invited all the internationals to school on the 7th. We played some games to get to know the other exchange students and afterwards we made a tour through the school. The ambassadors told us a lot about our school and made sure we are not totally lost, the next morning at school.

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8th-9th of September -Fist days of school

We went by bus to school, that was my fist time ever driving in one of the famous „yellow school busses“.
The schoolday was very chaotic for me. We got our schedules and I had to change two of my classes and couldn’t find the classrooms.
But all in all it was a great day, and very different to the school in Germany. Instead of having 11 classes, I only had 4 classes and the majority of homework the teachers give us is online, with the „Google Classroom“.
On the second day I went to a cross country meeting in the break. And…I signed up for being in the Cross Country Team!!! The second day of school was on a friday so, after these first days of school we already had weekend, and we were really tired from learning and experiencing so much new.

10th of September -Runaway Run and Multicultural Fusion Festival

On Saturday we woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning and met the other internationals at 6 o’clock to drive with two busses to Halifax, because we all would participate in The Runway Run. The Runway Run is organized by the Lung Assosiation (http://www.ns.lung.ca/site/) and took place at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The purpose of this run is to raise money for The Lung Assosiation, to help those with lung diseases.
After we arrived, we prepared to run and then the run started. We all ran 5 kilometers, it was hard, because only a few of us internationals were used to run long distances. But we all did it!!! We were tired but at the same time really proud of us!
After the run we drove to the Multicultural Fusion Festival in Pictou (http://commmapc.wixsite.com/fusion-festival).
You could find food and meals from all over the world, like India and Japan. At the same time there were little music performances on a little stage. It was a great atmosphere and we enjoyed staying there for some hours.
It was a great day, we had a lot of fun and were really proud of what we achived on this day.

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That's my little update about my last week here.
I look forward to the next school week, my first cross country practise and an orientation for the internationals in some days.
I will tell you about it in the next post.

Bye, Merle

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