Life as an “international student” in high school




Kamiyu wanted to study abroad and chose Canada because she thinks it is one of the most interesting countries in the world. Initially she was a little homesick, but now feels “at home” in Ottawa. She talks to a family member at least once a week and is looking forward to returning to Japan after being away for one full year, but she will also greatly miss her Canadian host family and her new friends. Kamiyu enjoyed trying lots of different Canadian foods. She was active on the Badminton Team at Brookfield and competed against other local school teams. One of her best experiences has been meeting and making friends with other international students from so many different countries.



Makana surprised her parents when she asked if she could study in Canada for a year. She wanted to come to Canada because “its people are known to be friendly and nature is always close by.” She loves her Homestay. She found communicating in English difficult at first and her classes very challenging, but now her English skills are much stronger and she feels independent, happy and strong because of her learning experience in Ottawa. She likes how everyone participates in classes at Brookfield. She especially enjoyed cooking class and discovered poutine, which she plans to make for her friends in Japan. Makana loves Ottawa’s weather, especially the snow.



Shunsuke says: “Ottawa is a great place to come to study.” His family was very supportive of him coming to Canada, and an older brother also studied overseas. He did extensive research about Ottawa before coming to attend Brookfield. He has found the teachers and students very kind and helpful. Even though he had never played the game before, he got involved in extra-curriculars by joining the Rugby Team, and thinks it’s a great sport. Also, he really enjoyed being at his Homestay and his fellow roommates, and feels more independent. He made many friends amongst the international students as well as Canadian students, and anticipates that he “might be homesick for Canada” upon his return to Japan.



Inspired and encouraged by her English teacher in Japan who happens to be Canadian, Mayu studied about the history and weather in Ottawa before beginning her study abroad experience. She finds Ottawa an extremely safe city where it is easy to get around. She likes the staff at Brookfield because they are so friendly and enjoys their style of teaching; all the students are friendly too. Though homesickness was never a challenge for her, Mayu says that her biggest hurdle was English communication, but she has improved greatly and now is no longer shy, but confident in speaking English. She really appreciated all that her Homestay family did to welcome her to Canada.

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