Welcome Aboard, Shawn Pantin, to the EC Miami team!

Hello Everyone! My name is Shawn Pantin and I am super excited to join the EC Family as a Part-Time International Student Advisor. I am born Trinidad and Tobago but I have lived in Miami for about 10 non-consecutive years. I spent the past year and a half working Activities Coordinator for another international language school. That being said I am an outdoorsy person and love doing extreme sports, such as Skydiving, Horseback Riding  and SCUBA Diving. I hope to bring that same passion for life and adventure to EC!

Student of the Month – Willian Rodrigues

Student’s Hometown Sao Paulo, Brazil Student’s Miami Thoughts   Study abroad is a unique experience in our lives. EC Miami provides to all students excellent teachers and the opportunity to be in contact with different cultures. Moreover, Miami Beach is also an amazing place to enjoy the nightlife and spend your time at the beach with the sunny weather.  Don’t forget to eat at Zuma restaurant and party at LIV club. Enjoy Miami Beach! Teacher’s Comments Will is an incredibly accomplished guy – he holds a law degree, an MBA, and he’s training for the Ironman competition. He applies the same kind of work ethic to his English studies. Perhaps more importantly, though, he’s got a great sense of humor and really serves as a leader in the classroom.

Teacher of the Month – Jeremy

Jeremy Adams Advanced Teacher’s Hometown Andover, Massachusetts   Teacher’s Miami Recommendation   Everyone should definitely check out the Wynwood Art Walk at least once. It happens every second Saturday of the month. I’m not a Miami native, but I found it to be a great way to meet local people and artists and “get off the beach”. Plus, there are food trucks! Teacher’s English Tip The more exposure you can get to English outside of school, the better. Read a newspaper every morning. Attend a concert. Go shopping at the mall (a very tough assignment, I know). See a movie without subtitles.  

Student Ambassador – Marisa Steiger

Warm welcome and congratulations to Student Ambassador Marisa Steiger. Who is Marisa? Read her biography below.   Hi, my name is Marisa Steiger I’m from Switzerland. I like Miami because the weather is perfect, the people are friendly and open-minded. I recommend scuba diving in the Key’s it an awesome experience. You will see many different kinds of fish and corals. If you aren’t  a scuba diver there are many places to discover scuba diving lessons or take snorkeling trips.

What Does That Mean?? Beach Flags Revealed!!

Students choose to learn English in Miami for many reasons, one of them is the wonderful beach life! Many of you have had the pleasure of enjoying the beach life here in Miami. I’m sure you’ve also seen the different coloured flags on the life guard stands. Do you know what they mean? If you don’t here is your chance to find out, it could save your life. Red flags with a no swimming symbol indicate that the water is closed to the public. Red flags without a symbol indicate a high hazard from surf and/or currents. Yellow flags indicate a medium hazard from moderate surf and/or currents. Green flags indicate a low hazard with calm conditions. Beachgoers should still exercise caution. Purple flags indicate a hazard from dangerous marine life. These flags are used in conjunction with another coloured flag indicating the current surf/current conditions. It is extremely important to monitor the flag warning system. Dangerous rip currents may exist in the water but provide no visible indication from shore. Here’s some advice from Miami Dade Fire Rescue to help you stay safe while enjoying South Florida beaches: The best survival tip is prevention. Avoid swimming in beaches when rip current advisories are in effect. Swim only at guarded beaches during lifeguard duty hours, and ask them about surf conditions before entering the water. Never swim alone, the buddy system works! Keep an extra careful watch on children and elderly swimmers. If you do get caught in a rip current, remain calm and don’t try to swim against the current. Instead, swim out of the current in a perpendicular direction, following the shoreline. Once you are out of the current, swim back to shore. If you cannot swim out of the current, float or lightly tread water to conserve … Read more