Alejandra our Intern from Mexico

  Hi everybody, My name is Alejandra and I am from Monterrey, Mexico. I used to be a student at EC Vancouver but now I’m doing my internship here as well. I have enjoyed my time at EC; the staff is great and it’s such a pleasure to work here. I also like to meet new people from all over the world and get to know other cultures while making friends. Please come and say hello and if you have any questions I’m here to help you!  

Student Ambassador Profile: Guillaume Mellina

  Tell us something about you: I’m from the French part of Switzerland. I’m 19 and I love all kinds of sports but especially volleyball! I listen to a lot of music. Why did you choose to be a SA? Because I like to be active for the school I go! In addition, I like to have responsibility and to create animations for the other students. What is your job as student ambassador? Firstly, we are a link between the students and the administration (staff) in EC Vancouver. After that, we try to create events or different activities for the students! And also patrol during the break to catch students who aren’t speaking in English. In your opinion, what is the best activity so far? Why? I think it was our “Explore Vancouver” event to Lynn Canyon. It was our second big event and we had an amazing success! So it was very enjoyable to see that our job was useful!

Welcome Pierina to EC Vancouver!

Dear readers!!! My name is Pierina I’m from Switzerland and I’m doing an internship at the front desk of EC Vancouver. I’m in the co-op program, I was taking general classes here in the school for 12 weeks. I have already improved a lot in these 12 weeks. I really like the EC teachers and the way these teach. The nicest thing about EC is that you meet so many people from different countries and get to know their cultures. Another thing that I like is you have every 4 or 5 weeks the chance to move up and have a new challenge at a higher level. My 12 weeks in school are over, I had one week vacation and now 11 weeks left to work at the front desk. I expect that I can still improve my English a lot. That I’ll get used to working with the computer and that I can help everyone as much as possible. I like to work in a Team and independently so I think I will have a good time at the front desk. So if you have any problems or questions come and see me at the front desk, I will help as much as possible.

Student Ambassador Profile: Minji Cha

Tell us something about you: I’m from Korea and I have been staying in EC Vancouver since March. I’m easygoing and active so I’d like to experience new things in Van. Now I’m in the Cambridge class and I’m enjoying every day here. Why you choose to be a SA? As I mentioned, I’ve been staying here quite a long time so I’d like to help students with their questions and have a great time getting to know them. What is your job as student ambassador? I usually try to give opinions on organizing some programmes, and help other SAs if there is something I can do. I’m happy to share my experiences with new students and give some information about Vancouver. In your opinion, what is the best activity so far? Why? I believe “weekly put night” has been a good opportunity to meet and get on well with new friends from EC.

Go Canucks, Go!!

Last Monday the hockey season started in Vancouver. Some of EC Vancouvers students and staff went to see the game. Let’s read about their experience. Inna Lin (intern): “The season has started and everyone is going crazy in Vancouver. You can see a lot of people in blue tights. But why everyone is so exited? Is an ice hockey game so special? The answer is yes!!! You can’t compare the atmosphere with anything else. Everyone in the stadium is so excited, they are screaming and cheering for their team – the Vancouver Canucks. They’re singing and they are so happy if the Canucks score a goal. Also there are mascots who animate the crowd. Furthermore there is a cam which shows fans on a big screen and their faces are so funny when they recognize that they’re being filmed. In the stadium you won’t die of hunger because they sell a lot of drinks and food. For example there are nachos, chips and salty popcorn. Because of the huge variety of offers, you are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks with you. All in all I can say that it was a great experience to see the game in the stadium and I recommend it to everyone. So get up, buy a ticket and enjoy your time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver!” Alma Begovic (Acommodation Coordinator): “We entered the stadium through Gate 2 of Rogers Arena and made our way to our seats to settle in for the game. Despite it being a pre-season game the stadium was filling up and the atmosphere during the National Anthem before the opening face-off was electric. It was a perfect lead up to a hotly contested game that often boiled over into some fighting which at the professional level in … Read more

Welcome back Craig!

  Four months ago I left EC Vancouver for a summer abroad in Uganda, East-Africa. Back in 2009 when I was completing my undergraduate degree I and a fellow student launched a charitable initiative devoted to supporting youth and young adults in Uganda. This initiative turned into a fully-fledged registered charity in the summer of 2010. This past spring we received very generous financial support towards our pilot project located in Mbarara, Uganda. I was formally requested to oversee and manage the construction of 12 classrooms that will help increase the enrollment capacity of our pilot partner, Kent Foundation Training Institute, from 150 to 500 students. Uganda is a nation in transition. It is probably best known for the brutal dictatorship of President Idi Amin who was responsible for the deaths of over 600,000 people. During his reign the country mired in poverty and the overall living conditions declined dramatically. Fast forward more than 30 years and the country is still facing significant humanitarian challenges. Today Uganda is one of the fastest growing countries (in terms of population) on the planet. Youth unemployment is becoming a national concern which is why schools like Kent are teaching youth more practical and relevant skills, such as carpentry, tailoring and agriculture. Having spent the summer living in Uganda I must admit I am glad to be back to Vancouver. The summer was a great experience and Uganda is a beautiful country but it it’s time get back to EC and back to work.

Tips for taking good notes

Note-taking is a skill that can help you do well on all your schoolwork as a EC Vancouver student. So here are some tips. –          Write down key facts. If you have a teacher who writes notes on the board, that’s a bonus: You can copy them. If not, write down the most important points from class. –          Don’t overdo it. Don’t go crazy taking notes. You’ll be frantic if you try to write down everything that’s said in class. If you focus too much on getting your notes right, you might miss important points. As an example, some people actually learn better by listening, writing down a few key points, and then going over the material after class when they have more time. –          Ask. Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher to repeat something you miss. If the teacher’s going too fast, chances are your classmates will also be relieved to hear the information again. –          Compare. Keep your notes handy when you’re doing your reading. Compare what you wrote with what the readings say. Going over your notes with a friend and comparing what the two of you wrote can help with what you’re learning. –          Copy. Depending on how clear your handwriting is, you may want to recopy your notes when you get home. If you’ve taken notes in a hurry, you’re more likely to figure out an unreadable word or sentence on the day of the lesson than you are weeks later when you look back over your notes in preparation for a test. –          Organize. Keep notes for each subject in one place so you can find everything easily when it comes time for a test. That may mean keeping a notebook or section of a notebook for each subject as you take notes … Read more

Things to do in September – Mexicofest

Our EC Vancouver Students from Mexico What? MEXICOFEST – FIESTA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA DE MEXICO Although the official Mexican Independence day is on September 15th , you can celebrate a Mexican day with cultural performances, beer garden, Mexican food vendors, traditional mariachis, traditional Mexican dances, businesses booths special performances and more When? Saturday, September 7, 2013, 12pm to 9 pm Where? Vancouver Convention Centre – Hall B Cost: FREE … For more information about the Mexico Fest: Juan is proud of being a Mexican!  

Inna from Germany

Hello everyone,   My name is Inna and I’m the new intern for EC Vancouver at the front desk. I’m going to stay in Vancouver for 6 weeks. I’m here to improve my English and to get to know a new job, new cultures and a lot of different, new people from different countries.   I’m 21 years old and I live in a small city in the south of Germany which is famous for its big wine areas and the black forest. Also it’s very close to France. At home I’m studying economics in the 4th semester and work in a bank. There I have to communicate a lot with people, too.   If you have any questions or problems please visit me at the front desk and I will try my best to help you. Cheers!