Experience High School Life in Canada - Easter Holiday

Overview

Experience daily life in a Canadian High School, with the opportunity to meet local students, while you apply your English knowledge towards real life situations. In this CISS MLI programme, students will have the opportunity to stay with a local host family, explore Brockville, visit Montreal -the largest French-speaking country in Canada, and have an excursion to the capital of Canada - Ottawa. This programme offers a mini high school experience for international students to integrate in the school community.

Host Family

Students have an immersion experience not only at school, but also in their stay with a local host family. These families are eager to integrate international students into their lifestyle and activities. They provide a warm, welcoming environment, as well as a double bedroom that will be shared with another participant of the program (note: single accommodation can be arranged). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered by the host family, and on school days, a bagged lunch is provided.

Typical Easter Holiday activities in Canada

Visit relatives, go to church, outdoor activities, road trips, day trips, shopping, Easter Egg hunt, sports and recreation, board games, get together with friends, neighbourhood activities.

LocationBrockville, Ontario
Ages14 to 18
AccommodationHomestay with a local Host Family in Double Room
Session Length2 Weeks: Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2021
Excursions1 Day in Montreal, and 1 day in Ottawa
MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

Attention: Dates and Prices for 2021 Departing
April 10th, 2021
Arriving
March 28th, 2021
2 Weeks
$ 3,275.00

Inclusions

  • Airport meet and greet by CISS/MLI staff
  • Roundtrip transfers (YUL - Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau) – for arrivals on March 28th and for departures on April 10th
  • CISS MLI airport check-in assistance for departure from YUL - Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
  • One-night hotel stay on arrival day, 3-star hotel by Montreal Airport, including dinner and breakfast
  • Homestay accommodation with daily meal in double room.
  • Attend local Canadian high school
  • Daily transfer to/from school location
  • Listed activities and excursions
  • Admission to Notre Dame Cathedral (Montreal), Museum of History (Ottawa)
  • Canadian Buddy at local school
  • On site program coordinator
  • Program Completion Certificate
  • 24 hour emergency support services
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Transfer for arrivals before 05am or 8:00 AM March 28th + $ 150 CAD
  • Transfer for departures before 8:00 PM on April 10th + $ 150
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa Fees
  • Unaccompanied minor fees (if applicable)

Payment

A non-refundable CAD $200 deposit must be made at the time of application with the booking agent with the balance of payment due by December 03, 2020 (2-week program).

We accept bank wire transfers or credit card payments (VISA, Master, AMEX; Note: credit card payments are charged an additional 3% handling fee). 

Optional inclusions

  • Medical Insurance - $25 (Note: Medical Insurance is mandatory. Our plan is provided by GuardMe Student Insurance. Groups can provide their own comparable plans by submitting proof of coverage)
  • Single Homestay - $125 (private room)

*Taxes are included. Information updated: May 14, 2020

Excursions

Montreal Excursion

Enjoy a full day excursion to Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in Canada. Students will have the opportunity to explore charming Old Montreal and busy St. Catherine St, visit a traditional Maple Sugar Shack and visit the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Included:Private bus transportation, chaperone, tickets to the Notre Dame Cathedral and lunch voucher.

Ottawa Excursion

Students leave Brockville together and go to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, which is a little over 1 hour away. There, they will have some free time to explore the ByWard Market area, stop at the Parliament Building at Parliament Hill and visit the fascinating Canadian Museum of History.

Inclusions: Private bus transportation, chaperone, lunch voucher and tickets the the Canadian Museum of History.    

Facility

Brockville, Ontario

With approximately 39.000 people, the town has a privileged location, being around two hours from Montreal and a little over one hour from Ottawa, Canada's national capital. 

Brockville is one of Canada’s most historic towns, with early settlers coming in waves from the US during the years in which the American settlers fought for independence. Loyal to the British crown, these settlers were known as Loyalists and became the roots of a new settlement. Today, Brockville is a thriving urban community with much of its Victorianera charm still intact.  Recognized as one of the most picturesque areas in the world, the 1000 Islands is world famous for its beauty, rich landscape and many waterfront attractions and events. It is also one of the best fresh water scuba diving sites in the world.

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St Mary Catholic High School

Built in 1986, the school is home for around 660 local students, and offers many courses in different areas. Participants of the Easter Holiday program can indicate their preferred subjects, and should there be availability, we will work with the school to place them accordingly. Besides regular classrooms, the school has computer labs, science labs, art rooms, drama room, music room, a photography lab, chapel, gymnasiums, sports fields, cafeteria and library/learning commons.

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Programme

Schedule

Sunday

March 28

Monday

March 29

Tuesday

March 30

Wednesday

March 31

Thursday

April 1

Friday

April 2

Saturday

April 3

Morning

Arrival in Montreal

Montreal Excursion

Program Orientation

School Experience

School Experience

Good Friday (No School)

Weekend with host family

Afternoon School Experience School Experience School Experience

Sunday

April 4

Monday

April 5

Tuesday

April 6

Wednesday

April 7

Thursday

April 8

Friday

April 9

Saturday

April 10

Morning Easter with host family

Easter Monday (No School) 

Ottawa Excursion

School Experience

School Experience

School Experience

School Experience

Departure from Montreal
Afternoon School Experience School Experience School Experience

School Experience

Schedule

When at school, students should expect to have the following schedule:

Time Activity
08:05 - 09:22 Period 1
09:28 - 10:43 Period 2
10:43 - 11:33 Lunch
11:33 - 12:48 Period 3
12:55 - 14:08 Period 4

For Parents

What is the objective of the program?

The main objective of the program is to experience life in Canada while attending a local Canadian high school. It is an excellent opportunity to practice and improve English language skills in a natural setting, and make new friends in another country. Students also learn about Canadian family culture and traditions through their homestay experience. 

What will students in this program do while they’re in Canada?

Students will spend two weeks in a Canadian high school with local Canadian students complemented by excursions to Montreal and Ottawa, and activities with their host families. 

Where will this program take place?

Students will arrive at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). They will be transfered at the end of the second day to Brockville (about 2 hours from Montreal) where they will attend a local public high school.

What is the minimum language level?

We recommend that students have at least a basic understanding of English.

Are English lessons part of the program?

No, the purpose of the program is a local Canadian high school experience, so there are no formal English lessons. Students may choose to join a regular ongoing English class, if there are spaces available.

How will students get to and from the Canadian school?

Students will be transferred either by their host family or by school bus to and from school daily.

What do the students do with host families?

Students will be welcomed as members of the family. They will enjoy daily family activities at home after school and on the Easter long weekend. Activities are at the discretion of the host family but may include things like: seeing a movie, going for a hike, visiting relatives, taking a daytrip etc.

If there is a problem with host family, can you change my child’s family?

We recruit only the best families available, however, difficulties in intercultural communication or personality conflicts arise from time to time. If this happens, every effort will be made to resolve the situation with the student and family first. If we are unable to resolve the situation, we will discuss the option of changing host families with the student and his/her parents and/or agent. Any student who feels they are in an unsafe situation should call our emergency number and he/she will be moved immediately to a respite family immediately. 

How safe is Brockville, Ontario?

Like most cities in Ontario, Brockville has a low crime rate and a high quality of living compared to cities across the country, which already has a low national average crime rate.

What is your emergency protocol?

There is a 24hr emergency number available to students, parents or agents at any time: 1-866-388-6543 (toll-free from within the United States or Canada; from outside, please call +1-416-623-6215; standard long distance rates apply). 

What courses will the students take in school?

Because this is a short-term program, students will be assigned to courses based on space availability. If a student has a strong interest in a specific course, we will do our best to place the student in related courses, but there is no guarantee.

Can the student change the course if they don’t like it?

Due to the short length of the program, it is not possible to change a course if the student doesn’t like it. We encourage students to keep an open mind and remember that they will be in four different courses.

Who is the “Canadian buddy” and what do they do?

The Canadian buddy is a local student chosen to be a helper to the visiting international student. He/She may be a different gender and age from the international student but is someone eager to help and make friends. International students will follow their Canadian buddies to their classes and participate in school life together. Buddies will show their school and Canadian school life to their assigned partners.

What if the student doesn’t like the food the host family is preparing?

Host families have a variety of food and eating habits and it’s common for visiting students to not like something their host families prepare. We strongly encourage students to come with an open mind and at least try things before saying they don’t like them. If they try, and still don’t like it, students should be open with their host parent(s) and talk to them about what kinds of foods they like. Most host families are accommodating and willing to adapt their meals. Students can also speak to the Program Manager if they need help negotiating this type of situation.

I see the local school is a “Catholic School”; what is the difference from a regular public school?

Catholic schooling in Ontario is also publicly funded and is very similar to regular public school. The main differences in Catholic schools are: students wear uniforms; students take one course in Catholic philosophy (full year students only); there is a morning prayer; and there are Catholic symbols and teachings throughout the school. Students of all faiths are welcome to attend Catholic schools.

Do the students have to wear a uniform if the program is in a Catholic school?

No, however we ask that students bring clothing that is similar to the school uniform and wear this during days at school.

This program takes place over the Easter holiday; can students attend church if they want?

There are some churches in Brockville and most of them offer Easter services. Students who would like to attend a service over the holiday weekend should talk to their host family. Although host families will not necessarily be of the Catholic or Christian faith, they are happy to help students find a way to attend church.

How’s the weather in Brockville at that time of year?

Easter will be in early April in 2021. The average daytime temperature at that time of year in Brockville is about 8 to 11 degrees Celsius. However, the weather is unpredictable in the Canadian spring and can range from below zero and snowing to more than 20 degrees and sunny. Spring is often a wet season, but there are also days of sunshine. In short, check the weather before you depart for Canada, and be prepared for everything!

Do I need to have overseas medical insurance?

Yes! Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all students in the program and is included in the price of the programme. Only emergency medical insurance is included. The programme does not include travel insurance.

What documents do students need to submit to apply?
  1. Application Form and Deposit are due at the time of booking, no later than January 27, 2021     
  2. Passport Copy, Flight information & Balance Payment Form are due by January 27, 2021        
Where should applications and questions be sent?

Please send questions and completed applications to your Booking Agent or contact us here.

When is the application deadline?

Thursday, January 27, 2021 (or until the program is full).                     

What is the Cancellation & Refund Policy?
  • Cancellation received before Feb 28 2021: We will return 100% of any program fees paid, less the non-refundable $200 deposit.
  • Cancellation received from Feb 28 to Mar 20 2021: 70% of program fee will be returned.
  • Cancellation received on and after Mar 21 2021: No refund available.
When will homestay information be received?

By Thursday, March 22, 2021

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