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DEC 08, 2013
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Student Comments - Matthias Andruschko
HI FOLKS! HI VEC ASPIRANT!
I want to give you a real life experience how Vancouver, VEC and the Canadians are. But this should also be a story of how to get to know new friends! This is what my time in Vancouver was about!
As I decided to go abroad for a short time period, it was very important for me to work in an English speaking company, to improve my business English skills, to learn about the foreign culture and people and to meet people from all around the world. So I started to do research in the Internet which city and which organizations could give me all of that. The final result was VEC. The BINT program of the Vancouver English Centre includes all I wanted: Business English conversation classes, working in a company and living with Canadians! So I enrolled in the 8 weeks BINT program from August to October 05. After all it was the right time to go there. My host mum (Glenda, the best host mum of VEC and without much doubt of Canada) showed us all cool places in town: the beaches and the bars, the cool areas to live and the best parties in BC! She did the best BBQ and she showed us how to be an enthusiastic fan of the Vancouver Canucks and how to celebrate a real Canadian Thanksgiving! She exported BC-style rock music. She and her family were so open-hearted and so indescribably cool. So I still be a little Canadian! Thank you!
Because VEC organizes the home stay coordination, I lived with 6 other international students at Glenda´s place. They where from Czech Republic, Mexico, El Salvador, Japan and Germany! We had a unique and very funny intercultural house-sharing! We had dinner together, we shared our spare time together, we watched Futurama and the Simpsons and we got to be friends! It was great fun!!!
Along the way, I went to school for the first time since I passed my A-levels! Unusual! But it was perfect. In an a.m. and a p.m. class our teachers taught us about Canadian company culture and how to do a job in Canada! The experiences of the teachers gave our class a lot of necessary information about working in Canada! The VEC facility was also a good place to get to know a lot of guys from all around the world. With a lot of those people I am still in contact!
Wendy, the internship coordinator, got in contact with me during my first VEC week to talk with me about my school and work experiences. Constructive of this conversation she searched for the right occupation for me! She tried very hard to find the right place to send me and she found more: I worked in an office of an Investment dealer downtown! There I were the assistant of 3 very cool Canadian guys. I learned a lot of them and of their work. And I got to know real cool friends! We also shared our spare time together, went out for dinner, met for sport events and chilled around for some beers! It was such an amazing and awesome time!
Now, 2 months after departure, I am so glad that I decided to go to Vancouver! The VEC School program is efficient, well organized and enlightening!
This letter should pay homage to my friends in Vancouver, to real cool Canadian guys and to the fabulous city of Vancouver!!!!!
I AM A CANUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!