OCENET hosts its 1st Annual International Education Info-Fair


 Key organizer of the International Education Info-Fair, Kathy Scheepers (left), OCENET International Education Coordinator, with presenter Elspeth Morgan (right), Coordinator, Career Services at Queen’s University

“The International Education Info-Fair was a great success. Workshops were well attended and the exhibitors in the Hall of International Opportunities were kept busy with a steady flow of interested student and adult delegates.”
- Kathy Scheepers, OCENET International Education Coordinator

On Saturday, April 12, more than 250 people - students, parents, educators and exhibitors - participated in OCENET’s inaugural International Education Info-Fair. The event was held at the Albert Street Education Centre and clearly showed that there is a keen interest in international education initiatives in Ottawa.


 OCDSB Director of Education Jennifer Adams in conversation with representatives from the Embassy of Turkey


 City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson shares a laugh with Beth Keogan of Canada Homestay International

There was something of interest for everyone at the info-fair. More than 30 exhibitors hosted information booths from a wide variety of organizations, including foreign embassies, student exchange organizations, student homestay, international NGOs, student tour companies, universities, the Government of Canada, and students from OCDSB schools involved in the International Certificate Program. In addition, a series of informative seminar presentations covered a diverse range of topics of particular interest to various target audiences throughout the info-fair.

For students there were opportunities to learn about the many international exchange and study abroad programs available throughout both the regular school year and during summer months. There were also presentations on language learning overseas and details about an upcoming trip to South Korea exclusively for OCDSB students enrolled in the International Certificate Program.

Parents appreciated the opportunities to learn more about the benefits of hosting international students through presentations by Canada Homestay International. Also, parents could hear from experts about their children taking part in international study abroad and student exchange programs.

Many local educators attended to learn about ways to engage their students and schools in international education. Others went to sessions which shared information about teaching overseas on an educational exchange. Yet other teachers were updated on proposed revisions to procedures for conducting international trips and exchanges.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of the info-fair!

An open invitation is extended to all students, parents and educators to attend next year’s Info-Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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