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AS GOOD AS MAPLE SYRUP

Experiencing culture

See

Lighthouses, Lobster ships, waterfalls in parks like fairy tales, big and modern buildings, majesctic forests, maple trees, stunning views and dreamy sunsets. Nova Scotia has much to offers . I have seen a big little world,from a big city as Halifax to a stately nature beauty as Victoria Park or the only one Peggy´s Cove or the Unesco World Heritage Site the port twon of Lunenburg. Everywhere is so clean, so interisting and there is always something to see and do.

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Hear

The volume of speaking of people is not loud. Something fantastic from this experience as a international student from NSISP is I have been able to hear how sound like other languages, not just English is what you hear, the sound of tranquility, "Welcome" your host family say to you for first time,the laugh you have when you are having the time of your life here in Nova Scotia (Believe me, you will and it is one of the most heartwarming things).

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Smell

You can smell clean and fresh air from the woods and the smell of the sea in the coast, the exquisite smell of Canadian food fresh homemade, the smell of the adventure.

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Taste

Canadian food is incredibly delicious; sweet, warm and pretty good with a texture soft. I love maple syrup, and it is something so Canadian and so good, Maple syrup donuts, waffles with maple syrup, roast ham with maple syrup, maple syrup butter and more. What does maple syrup taste like? Well, is sweet, semi-liquid and lucious.Also Poutine made with french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.

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Feel

Canadians are very nice people. "Welcome to Canada""Have a nice day""Enjoy your staying""It is always nice have international students" these are some of the phrases somo people have told me. They are in solidarity, you can see it everywhere,They are friendly at school there is always someone telling you "hello!""hi!". People is punctual (Where I live almost always we are late we called it "Campechan Hour") I liked to be always in time. Also Canadians are so kind, at school, at the grocery store, at the movies, it does not matter where. Experiencing Canadian culture has made me learn so much good things, even I just have been less than two months, I love this country.

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This photo is very special for me, because I am with the man who directs NSISP, Paul Millman. He is very nice, like all Canadians and like all the people who work in Nova Scotia International Student Program. This photo was token at NSISP offices in Truro, Nova Scotia, more than an office is the heart of this program, there are clocks of the countries of each country participating in this program since Mexico to Germany another sample of which committed is the program. with its students.

Getting ready for my very first real Halloween.
Manuel Tamayo, The Journalist.

Posted by The Journalist 15:06 Archived in Canada Tagged nova_scotia study_abroad nsisp nsispfc ad_astra_international study_in_canada Comments (1)

Y TÚ ¿DE QUÉ ESTAS AGRADECIDO?

Esta vez quiero contarte acerca de mi primer Día de Acción de Gracias

La casa estaba llena de un delicioso aroma y en el horno el platillo principal se estaba cocinando.
Pure de papas con salsa gravy, vegetales, salsa de arándanos, pavo y pay de calabaza. Una gran cena estaba esperando en la mesa. Era Día de Acción de Gracias.
Mi primer Día de Acción de Gracias me hizo reflexionar acerca de que afortunado y agradecido soy. Esto es lo que me gusta de la NSISP que vivo la real experiencia de disfrutar y descubrir la cultura canadiense.

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Mis padres anfitriones cocinaron esta gran cena que tuvimos, esta cena fue diferente de otras porque mientras estábamos hablando y disfrutando nuestra suculenta cena estaba pensando que agradecido estoy. Me refiero que el Día de Acción de Gracias es un día para estar agradecido y estoy reflexionando acerca de lo agradecido que me siento por tener esta experiencia, por tener un casa donde vivir, por tener una familia, por tener que comer diario, por tener agua potable y luz eléctrica. Me siento agradecido de estar aquí.

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Es verdad Nova Scotia es un lugar para crecer. Durante mi estancia aquí me he sentido tan feliz estudiando en el extranjero, tan agradecido por conocer nuevas personas de Canadá y de muchas partes del mundo. Me siento tan agradecido y feliz con mi familia anfitriona porque ellos hacen cada día otro especial recuerdo para mí. ¿Arrepentido?,¿Frustrado?,¿Incomodo?, Absolutamente NO, he estado ya un mes viviendo y disfrutando esta experiencia y no me arrepiento, porque esta es una de las mejores cosas que me han pasado.

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Y tú . ¿De qué estas agradecido?

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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? (THANKSGIVING)

This time I want to tell you about my first Thanksgiving

The house was filled with a delicious smell and in oven the main dish was been cooked.
Mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce, turkey, and pumpkin pie. A big supper was waiting at the table. It was Thanksgiving Day,
My first Thanksgiving Day made me reflect about what lucky and what thankful I am. This is what a like from NSISP that I live the real experience of enjoy and discover the Canadian culture,

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My host parents cooked the big supper we had. this supper was different from others because while we were talking and enjoying the mouthwatering dinner I was thinking what thankful I am. I mean Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful and I am reflecting I feel thankful for have this experience, for have a house to live, for have a family and what to eat everyday, for have drinking water and electric light, I feel thankful for being here.

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It is true, Nova Scotia is a place to grow. During my staying here I have felt so happy studying abroad, so grateful for met new people from Canada and many parts of the world; I feel so grateful and so happy with my host family because they make everyday another special memory to me.
Regretful? Frustrated? Uncomfortable? Absolutely NO, I have been already a month living and enjoying this experience and I do not regret, because this is one of the best things has happened to me.

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And you. What are you thankful for?

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¡VAMOS NIGHTHAWKS!

Esta vez les quiero contar acerca de la escuela, y créeme por primera vez ¡la amarás!

La escuela es como un segundo hogar y si decides estudiar aquí, créeme lo amarás. My nueva escuela es Northumberland Regional High School, hogar de los Nighthawks. La educación es muy importante para nuestro desarrollo y estudiar en el extranjero con NSISP en Nova Scotia no es solo mejorar tu inglés, es una gran oportunidad para obtener un mejor trabajo en un futuro.

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LA ESCUELA.- La escuela comienza a las 9 a.m. (lo sé, ¡es genial!) y como en las películas, ¡el autobús amarillo te lleva a la escuela!. ¿Cómo son los uniformes? Déjame decirte, los alumnos no usan uniforme, puedes ir vestido como quieras, eso es otra gran ventaja de estudiar aquí. NSISP sabe que todas las escuelas del mundo son diferentes, por lo cual te da la oportunidad de elegir materias de acuerdo a tus necesidades. La escuela esta siempre al pendiente de los estudiantes internacionales y te pueden ayudar en lo que necesites, pero no olvides preguntar. Otra cosa buena es que tienes tu propio casillero. Cada país tiene su propio sistema educacional, y el sistema educacional de Canadá es uno de los mejores del mundo, donde aprendes a desarrollar tus capacidades al máximo de una manera practica y útil.

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LOS MAESTROS.- Tal vez puedes pensar que todas las clases son aburridas, pero aquí en cada clase no solo aprendes, te diviertes. Cada maestro es diferente pero son flexibles y si necesitas ayudan, te ayudarán. ¿Pero que pasa si no sé mucho inglés? ¿Me regañarán? ¡Por supuesto que no!, como te dije, los maestros son flexibles y ellos siempre encontrarán la manera de ayudarte a comprender lo que necesitas hacer para la clase. Los maestros pueden ser más que eso, ellos pueden ser tus amigos. Y créeme cuando te digo esto, ellos están felices de que estés aquí.

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LA DIVERSIÓN.- Sí, leíste bien, no todo es tarea, la diversión en la escuela esta también incluida, por ejemplo "Pink Day" ( un día para crear conciencia acerca del bullying; "Spirit Week" y "Spirit Dance" (una semana mostrando tu espíritu escolar y termina con un baile); "Twin Day" (un día donde te vistes igual que un amigo); y muchos más.
Además puedes usar el gimnasio, unirte a un club o deporte, o clases extracurriculares. Puedes unirte desde Béisbol hasta Teatro.

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Porqué es mas que estudiar en el extranjero con NSISP lo vives.

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GO NIGHTHAWKS!

This time I want to tell you about School, and believe me for first time you will love it!

School is like a second home, and if you decide studying here, believe me you will love it. My new school is Northumberland Regional High School, home of the Nighthawks. Education is very important for our development and study abroad with NSISP in Nova Scotia is not just better for your English, is a big opportunity to get a better job in a future.

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THE SCHOOL.- School starts at 9 a.m. (I know,it is awesome!) and like in the movies, the yellow bus take you to school!. How are the uniforms? Let me tell you, students do not wear uniforms, you can go dressed as you want, that is an other good thing of studying here. NSISP knows all schools in the wolrd are different, therefore they give you the opportunity to choose subjects according to your needs.School are always on the lookout for international students and they can help you whatever you need, but do not forget to ask. Another good thing you have your own locker. Each country have their own educational system, and the Canada educational system is one of the best in the world, where you learn to develop your skills to the maximum in a practical and useful way.

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THE TEACHERS.- Maybe you can think all classes are boring, but here every class you just not only learn, you have fun. Each teacher is different but they are flexible and if you need help, they will help you. But what if I do not know much English? Will they scold me? Of course not!, as I told you, teachers are flexible and they always find the way to help you to understand what you need to do for class. Teachers can be than more it,, they can be your friends. And believe me when I say this, they are happy you are here.

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THE FUN.- Yes, you read well, it not all is homework, School fun is also included, for example Pink Day (a day to raise awareness about bullying) where you wear pink; Spirit Week and Spirit Dance (a week showing to show your School spirit and it ends with a dance) ; Twin Day ( a day where you wear the same with a friend); and a lot more.
Also you can use the gym, join in a club or sport, or extra-curricular classes. You can join since Baseball to Drama.

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Because is more than study abroad with NSISP you live it.

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