A Travellerspoint blog

Canada

NSISP Foreign Correspondents 2019-20

unnamed.jpg

We are pleased to introduce our Nova Scotia International Student Program Foreign Correspondents for the 2019-20 school year.

Our Foreign Correspondents have been carefully selected by representatives from agencies in their home countries to share their NSISP adventure with the world!

Please welcome:

Adriana Quijano Avila - Mexico, HRCE
Amy Huang - China, AVRCE
Beatrice Cioffoletti - Italy, SSRCE
Emilio Alvarez Suazo - Chile, AVRCE
Ines Sanchez Rodriguez - Spain, HRCE
Patrick Kim, Republic of South Korea, CCRCE
Tim Burkhardt - Germany, AVRCE

Journey along with them:

Travellerspoint: http://nsispfc.travellerspoint.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nsispfc/ #nsisp #nsispfc
Youtube: NSISP Foreign Correspondents
and on the official Nova Scotia International Student Program Facebook Page

Best wishes to all of our 2019-20 NSISP Foreign Correspondents

Posted by NSISPFC 05:40 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp Comments (0)

Camping and prom

semi-overcast 16 °C

Now that spring is finally here there are diffferent things to do and the most fun thing I have been doing is camping with my host family.

We go camping every weekend. We leave right after school on Friday and do not go back home until Sunday night so we have a lot of time at the camping. I have never been camping before so that it was very fun. My host parent have a trailer where we go to on a campground in the valley which is beautiful. We are really close to the look off, where you have a beautiful view of the land.

We do a lot of fun things. Last week we went to a drive in theater to watch movies. I had never done anything like that before. And beside the movies being really good the mood is very different than at a regular movie. I really enjoyed it.

We also make hotdogs and s'mores almost every night over the fire. I even helped chopping wood for the fire. I had also never chopped wood before, because at home we don't make fires. It thought it was really fun to do, but the next more my arms were really sore. I also have a lot of fun playing with my little host sister. She is 11 and at home we usually don't go outside a lot. At the campground we play outside a lot together and we play soccer and football and I am even teaching her a little bit of rugby.

Now that the end of the school year is nearing the end of my time in Canada is also coming closer and closer. But there are still a lot of fun things. Like next week, when I had prom. I was on a Friday and we didn't have to go to school that day, so we had all the time we needed to get ready. I went over to one of my friends to get ready with a group of girls. We did our make-up, hair and nails together. After we were ready to go we went to downtown Halifax to take pictures with our group and our dates.

After we had taken the pictures we went to the hotel were out prom was at. There we took more pictures with more people. After that the dinner started. The food was very good and me and my friends were sat together at a table. After everyone was finished eating, the dance started. I had so much fun. I danced with my friends, with classmates and even with some teachers.

Prom and camping are two very different experiences but for sure two I will never forget. -JP

Posted by NSISPFC 17:29 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp #novascotia Comments (0)

Sports

semi-overcast 12 °C

Last February I tried out for the girls Rugby team in my school and I got in! I couldn't help but notice that there are a lot of differences between playing sport in Canada and playing sports back home in the Netherlands.
large_933CE6CB-BAFD-4B9D-8423-193DDE06D074.jpg
I love how much sport there is in Canadian schools. My school has volleyball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, hockey and even more. But my favorite by far is rugby. I think it is really nice that everyone is so involved in what the sports team at their school do. The school is also really supportive. If I need to leave early to make it to a game the school allows that, as long as we keep our grades up.

We have had two tournaments so far and I've had a lot of fun so far. Rugby is a tough game and you will end up with some bruises but its totally worth it. The team is also really nice because everyone is really devoted to the team and really supportive towards each other. Our coached are also amazing because they find the perfect balance between having fun and being serious.

In the Netherlands sports are done very differently. First of all there are no sports in school, there are no schoolteams. It is just not a thing. All sport are done through clubs. The difference between a schoolteam and a clubteam is so different and it is amazing to experience that difference.

In the Netherlands a played a sport called Korfbal, which is barely played in Canada, or in North-America in general. It is a game that is kind of like basketball and it is mainly played in Europe and Asia. It is also one of the only sport that is played in teams with both men and women in one team on all levels. I have played it since I was 4 and I had never done a different sport than korfbal. Suddenly playing rugby was very different and I took some time adjusting to being on a all-girls schoolteam. But everyone has been so nice that it has not been hard at all to adjust.
large_IMG_1981.JPG
I am so happy that I joined the team because it feel like it really adds something really special to my experience in Canada and I am so proud of my team. GO CHEETAHS.

Posted by NSISPFC 17:06 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp #student #sports Comments (0)

Showing my parents around

sunny 4 °C

Last week was spring break and I had the most amazing time. My parents were visiting and I could finally show them around the place I love so much.

They arrived on Thursday night and I was there to meet them at the airport. It was amazing to see them again after 7 months. My mom was so exited to see me she almost forget to get her suitcase. The next day I still had the go to school, which was a great opportunity to show my parents around there. I have been talking to them so much about school and how much I love it and finally being able to actually show them some of it was really fun. Later that day we went out for dinner with my parents and my host family. This was kind of strange at first because it two different worlds colliding but in the end we had a lot of fun and the food was really good.
large_rckqKFVFT4OPtz5e3x4BvQ.jpg
On Saturday we went out to see one of my favorite Canadian thing: Hockey!! It was such a fun experience because it was such a good and exiting game and sharing this experience with my parents was amazing. Hockey is such a Canadian thing and something I've come to love so much since arriving in Nova Scotia that I had to share it with them.

We also decided to just drive around for a day and see the beautiful nature Nova Scotia has to offer, and it was amazing. There are a lot of part of the province that I hadn't seen before. We drove around and sometimes stoped to see beautiful skies, fields, waters and a lot of deer. I was really beautiful and the drive we made, made me really appreciate the beautiful nature around here.
large_275ea5a0-4e82-11e9-8aac-4bcc7691c248.jpglarge_14618080-4e82-11e9-8aac-4bcc7691c248.jpg
During this trip I off course let my parents try some typically Canadian things. My really loved Tim Hortons drinks and almost tried them all. My dad had lobster for the first time and liked it two. Showing them around like I was the expert here was an amazing experience. Only seven months ago I. was the one trying all these thing for the first time and this little break made me really appreciate all the amazing experiences I already had the experiences that are still gonna come in the next few months.

So my march break was pretty was pretty awesome but made me also realize I only have 3 months left in this amazing place. Only three more months of this beautiful country and my beautiful family before I have to leave again. Before you leave everyone tells you how fast the time will go, but I refused to believe them, after all it is 10 whole months. But now I have realized that the time flew by and we are getting closer and closer to the end. Although this make me a little bit sad, I am also super exited for the thing still to come, like prom and graduation. I ready for 3 more months full of adventures. -JP

Posted by NSISPFC 14:50 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp Comments (0)

Embracing school activities

storm -12 °C

Everyone here in Canada told me that the best place to find friends is to join a club. And although my first few tries to find a sportsteam weren’t really successful I finally found something I really like: Rugby.

The rugby season hasn’t really started yet but practice is on! We practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. We start at 7.00 in the morning which can tough but it is so much fun. We are with a big group of girls. I never played rugby before but I’m learning really fast and having so much fun doing so. All the girls are so nice and even though we have just been together for 4 weeks but I believe we truly are a team.

It has been a really sporty year this far. I have also been skiing almost every weekend. I am so lucky and grateful that my host dad takes me down to ski hill so much. I love skiing so much, the speed and the cold wind. There is nothing quite like the feeling of skiing. And one of my friends has been learning how to ski so he can come with us and the only thing more fun than skiing is skiing with friends.

Another thing that is fun to do in the snow is sledding. I never really did that much as a kid as there are very little hills in the Netherlands even big enough to sled down. Sledding with my little hostsister is the most fun thing ever because it is not only sledding. The playing in the cold and the big snow fights. A true Canadian winter. -JP

Posted by NSISPFC 16:30 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 5 of 58) Page [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .. » Next