Goodbye 2013!

2013 is almost over and there are a lot of different ways to celebrate in Vancouver. One of the biggest parties in Vancouver is the NEW YEARS MASSIVE hosted by Club ESL. They will be celebrating at GOSSIP nightclub with the motto: End this year with a blast. Start the New Year off with a bang. Buy a ticket at Club ESL for only $50 and enjoy an awesome party. You can find a lot of different parties that night. But not just only in clubs. There are also different Party Busses or just throw a party at your home with your friends. By the way EC Vancouver English School students, don’t forget Translink is offering free fares from 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM tonight.  

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is one of the most popular shopping day of the year. Boxing Day is upon us and arrives on December 26th and sales usually continue throughout the week. Traditionally, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas Day, when the servants got gifts from their employers, known as a “Christmas box”. People also spent more time with their family. They just relaxed during the day and before the New Years celebrations arrive. Today, Boxing Day is known as the Shopping Holiday. Since it is a federal holiday, EC Vancouver is closed. You can find really good deals, especially one electrical appliances. Stores downtown and especially on Robson Street will be full of discount sales and packed with people. Shoppers even wait in front of the stores until they open, which is usually before the normal time. The best thing that you can do is go early in the morning or late in the evening. Enjoy your shopping!

Student Ambassador Isabella Giampaolo

Meet our new student ambassador Isabella Giampaolo! Hi! My name is Isabella, I’m twenty years old and I come from the Italian part of Switzerland. I’ve been here in Vancouver for two months, and I still have four more months here at EC Vancouver. I decided to become a student ambassador because I would like to share my experiences with all the other students, especially the new ones. This is because I firmly believe that I can be really helpful to find a reference point inside the school; someone who’s able to suggests you something, or give you a tip. We are all in the same situation and we should support each other. I’ll be happy to help anyone in need! Enjoy time here at EC Vancouver English School! See you around Isabella

My Time Studying English at EC Vancouver

I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of the EC Vancouver staff for the last year. Working at the front desk has given me the opportunity to develop useful skills, meet a lot of people from around the world and develop meaningful friendships with the EC staff and students. Today is my last day at EC Vancouver and though I am sad to say goodbye I am looking forward to new opportunities I will be undertaking in Uganda, East-Africa. It seems fitting that on my last day here, a freak snowstorm, a true rarity for Vancouver, has rolled in as tomorrow I’m on a flight back to blistery Ottawa, -30, and significant snow to say the least. Of the jobs I have had I can say without a doubt that working at EC has been one of the best experiences I’ve had. In a time when corporations are synonymous with cutbacks and harsher working conditions, EC constantly strives to create a great atmosphere. Tomorrow I start a new chapter testing the waters of full time entrepreneurship. The lessons I have learned working at EC are already starting to help shape my future. To the EC Vancouver staff, thank you for a great year. A special thanks to Ingmar, our Centre Director – few possess the leadership qualities our director does. Craig Vandermeer (in the middle)   Please click here for more information about learning English in Vancouver.

The Gingerbread Competition Results!

On December 6th, EC Vancouver held a ginger bread house building competition. Students and staff worked together in 5 different groups to build beautiful and delicious ginger bread houses. After the houses were finished, EC Vancouver exhibited the houses and let students vote for the best one  from December 9th  to 13th. Last Friday, EC Vancouver  counted the votes and it is time to announce which team is the winner! The winner for the ginger bread house competition is Team 3, Chiara and Marcela! Congratulations!   Look out for more exciting activities in 2014.

EC Vancouver’s English School Guide to a Vancouver Christmas

The cold season has started but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture outside. Vancouver offers a lot of things to do during the Christmas season. Here are some recommendations from EC Vancouver School of English. Vancouver Christmas Market (Through Dec. 24) The Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Plaza is a real German – styled market. It offers a lot of unique handmade gifts. You can also taste mulled wine, served in a mug and different types of German food. Every night, live bands, choirs and singers perform at the market.   Canyon Lights (Trough Jan. 5) Thousands of lights decorate the The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver; additional lights are hung through the forest along the Cliffwalk. There are also other activities to do, like gingerbread-cookie decoration, a carol sing and glass blowing. Ice Skating at Robson Square (Through Feb. 28) Do you want to do something more active? Then you should try the ice skating at Robson Square! The ice skating at Robson Square has become one of the must-do activities since reopening for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is located downtown Vancouver right next to the Vancouver Art Gallery (800 Robson St). If you have your own skates, you don’t need to pay anything, skating is free! (Skate rentals: $4, helmets and ice cleats rentals: $2) Bright Nights (Through Jan. 5) The train in Stanley Park is a Christmas tradition that has enthralled young and old for over 20 years. You can see over three million lights during a ride on the Christmas train. Children can also visit the North Pole and see Santa. There’s a lot to do in Vancouver during the Christmas season, so go ahead and go outdoors!

Building Gingerbread Houses at EC Vancouver English School

During the 11th Century explorers brought the ginger to Europe. It became very popular in Germany; Nuremberg quickly became the gingerbread capital of the world. Gingerbread houses became popularized after the Brothers Grimm published the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. Gingerbread houses have become a common tradition in North America, notably during the Christmas season. Making a gingerbread house is now a common Christmas tradition. EC Vancouver decided to make these houses as a social activity, reflecting the commitment of the school to keeping the school fun and engaging. In groups of 3, EC students built different houses, using their own creative flair. After fixing the walls using icing sugar, the students could decorate houses with different kinds of candies. A little village of five houses was created and now sits on the second floor. For most of the students this was the first time that they have built a gingerbread house; it was a great experience. The gingerbread houses are placed in the second floor, so that everyone can come and vote for their favourite house. The winning team will receive an awesome prize. Thanks to the EC Vancouver English School for putting on this fun activity!

Juan Reflects on His Time at EC Vancouver English School

by Juan de la Peña Rubio When I arrived in Vancouver I didn’t have any idea of what my new adventure would be like, I was excited but in the same time I was also afraid. My first day at EC Vancouver I was quite nervous, as though I was the new guy in high school, but I was wrong, the environment of the school was so friendly that I felt quite comfortable at EC within my first week. Switzerland, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Korea, Japan, etc, many students from many country’s but everyone with the same goals, learn English and make as many friends as you can. Everyone generally had the same mood and would say to you “Hi how are you “ The EC Vancouver staff was also so friendly, managers, front desk, teachers, even the location was perfect to get into Vancity (what the locals call Vancouver). Me and a few others from the school went on the Rocky Mountains tour. We became really good friends during this trip which was great. We then spent a lot of time outside of EC hanging out, going to Malones, and getting to know the city better. Thank you EC Vancouver for helping me learn English in 3 months in such an unbelievable way, now I can come back to Mexico really grateful and excited to new challenges, I won’t forget this experience and neither my friends, whom I’m hoping to see sometime in the near future. -Juan