Experience High School Life in Canada - Easter Holiday Groups

Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School Spartans - London, Ontario

Overview

This program provides Groups of international students (10+) with an exciting Canadian high school immersion experience. Students attend regular public High School classes with local students while applying their English skills and knowledge towards real life situations. They have the opportunity to stay with a local host family, celebrate Easter in Canada, explore their local community, spend time in trendy Toronto, and visit world-famous Niagara Falls. At school, students take traditional courses and have the chance to practice their English while studying math, geography, science and many more; all while making new friends in another country. 

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.

LocationLondon, ON (sample community - other cities can be arranged)
Ages13 to 18
AccommodationHomestay with a local Host Family in Double Room
Session Length2 Weeks
Excursions1 Day in Niagara Falls, and 1 day Toronto Excursion
MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Dates and Fees 2020

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

Pricing

Pricing depends on location, length of stay, number of students, and included excursions. If you are an agent or teacher and want a quotation for your group, please contact us at ciss@cisscanada.com.

Standard Inclusions

  • Airport meet and greet by CISS/MLI staff
  • Airport transfer to community
  • Homestay double accommodation with daily meals 
  • Attendance at a local Canadian high school
  • Admission to listed activities and excursions
  • School bus on excursions
  • Canadian Buddy at local school
  • On-site program coordinator
  • Program Completion Certificate
  • Invitation Letter
  • 24 hour emergency support services
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Flight ticket
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering Canada
  • Programming prior to and following Group Study Tour
  • Emergency health insurance (see below)

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)

Payment

We will work with you to develop a payment deposit schedule. Full balance of payment must be received one month prior to start of program. We accept bank wire transfers or credit card payments (VISA, Master, AMEX; Note: credit card payments are charged an additional 3% handling fee).

*Taxes are included. Information updated: May 15, 2018

Excursions

Niagara Falls

See one of the wonders of the natural world! On this excursion, students visit the amazing Niagara Falls, and even go on a Journey Behind the Falls. They also visit the Table Rock Complex and have fun with the many attractions in the Clifton Hill neighbourhood.

Niagara Falls, Canada

(Should the Hornblower Boat be operating, the group will have a boat ride instead of the Journey Behind the Falls; schedule is seasonable and dependent on the weather.)

Inclusions: Private bus transportation, chaperone and tickets to the Journey Behind the Falls, or the Hornblower Boat ride.

Toronto Excursion

Students leave London together and go to Toronto, the vibrant capital of Ontario, and the largest city in Canada. There they will visit the CN Tower, Toronto City Hall, the University of Toronto and the Ontario Parliament Building.

Toronto Skyline - Sunset

Inclusions: Private bus transportation, chaperone and tickets to the CN Tower.

Facility

London, Ontario (sample community)

London, Ontario, is approximately 2 hours from Toronto and has been voted among the most livable cities in Canada. It is a top Canadian centre for medical research and education and offers all the recreational and educational facilities that international teens seek in their high school experience. London has excellent culture, entertainment, shopping, and sports, with the added bonus of a friendly ambience reminiscent of small towns. London also boasts many natural areas throughout the city that are open year-round, including the Thames Valley Parkway, a pedestrian and bike path that runs over 40 kilometres, offering scenic river crossings and links to over 150 kilometres of additional trails connecting all corners of the city and into the region beyond. 

London, Ontario

Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School (sample school)

Located in the north part of London, Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School is large and has advanced technology. It was built in the year 2000 and is home for around 800 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, broadcasting studio, auditorium, greenhouse, chapel, gymnasiums, football and soccer field, 8-lane track, indoor 2-lane running track, weight room, cafeteria and library/learning commons.

     Mother Theresa Learning Commons     

Programme

Sample Schedule (can be customized to your Group's needs):

Sunday

April 5

Monday

April 6

Tuesday

April 7

Wednesday

April 8

Thursday

April 9

Friday

April 10

Saturday

April 11

Morning

Arrival in Toronto

Transfer to London

Orientation

Team Building

School Experience

School Experience

School Experience

Good Friday (No School)

Toronto Excursion

Afternoon Host Family Matching School Experience School Experience School Experience School Experience

Sunday

April 12

Monday

April 13

Tuesday

April 14

Wednesday

April 15

Thursday

April 16

Friday

April 17

Saturday

April 18

Morning Time with Host Family Easter Monday (No School) Niagara Falls

School Experience

School Experience

School Experience

School Experience

Departure from Toronto Airport
Afternoon School Experience School Experience School Experience

Farewell Gathering at school with Canadian students

Schedule

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

Time Activity
08:00 - 09:20 Period 1
09:25 - 10:40 Period 2
10:45 - 12:00 Period 3
12:00 - 12:50 Lunch
12:50 - 14:05 Period 4
Lunch time will be determined by the class schedule students are given.

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 Niagara Falls and Toronto, and activities with their host families.

Where will this program take place?

Our sample community is London, Ontario, about 3 hours west of Toronto; however, other communities in Ontario can be arranged.  

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.

How will students get to and from the Canadian school?

If the host family is located less than three kilometres from the school, the student will walk to school. This is common in Canada, and London is a safe city. Students that walk will be paired with Canadian students or host siblings; they will not be expected to walk alone.

If the host family is located more than three kilometres from the school, the student can take the local school bus (no additional fees). The host family will teach the student how to take the bus.

Some host families choose to drive their children to school, and may offer the same to a visiting international student; but this is not guaranteed and it is not common in Canada.

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 London, Ontario?

Like most cities in southern Ontario, London 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?

Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School is our sample school; regular public school can be arranged upon request. 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 e.g. green polo shirt and black pants.

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

There are many churches in the London area 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 London at that time of year?

Easter will be in early April in 2020. The average daytime temperature at that time of year in London is about 10 to 15 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!

How do I enroll my child? 

This program is for GROUPS of students:

  • If you would like a Group quotation (10+ students), please write to us at ciss@cisscanada.com.
  • For individual Study Tour programs, please see our January Experience program on this site, or ask us about short term High School stays for individuals.

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