In Their Own Words!
Some personal thoughts from international students, their parents and homestay families that have experienced what our Cultural Bridges team can do!
We recommend Malvina as your international program coordinator for English and Culture in Saskatoon
Malvina is always gracious and full of enthusiasm in implementing around cultural inclusion. Her passion is creating cultural and linguistic experiences for youth. Her programming is always filled with activities involving host families and students.
As a Homestay Coordinator she exposed students to Saskatoon’s abundance of beautiful biking and walking trails as well as summer festivals. Malvina would include our winter’s beauty of frost on trees and fresh snowfall with skating events, toboggan festivities, and other winter adventures.
One of the most amazing experiences I ever had in my life!
Living in Saskatoon was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had in my life. I made lots of great memories and loved friends in there. I had the opportunity to have sunny and cold days, When I got there, it was 27°C and on winter, temperatures went to – 50°C and in BOTH situations there were a huge diversity of activities to do, like the boat trip in the Saskatchewan river, and ice-skating on winter (only a few of them). I miss Saskatoon because it felt like home all the time. <3
I couldn’t have asked for a greater time!
During my stay I not only made memories that will last for a life time, but also formed amazing friendships. While staying in Saskatoon over christmas with the program I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Malvina, Kelly and the kids just made me feel like I was at home!
Nach dem Schulfrust zuhause in Deutschland, hatte unsere Tochter "das Jahr ihres Lebens" in Saskatoon! Ein voller Erfolg dank Malvina und Kelly
Marie was young when she went to Saskatoon to attend high school for a year and as a mum I was concerned of what might happen. What did happen was that Malvina and Kelly offered support and solutions whenever our daughter ( or even we as parents, far away in Germany) felt uncomfortable. Phone calls and emails were answered quickly. What else happened is that Marie found friends from Canada, China and Brazil, many of whom she is still in contact with years later! Even we -as parents- were already invited to Canada and Brazil and we've enjoyed to meeting some of our daughter's Canadian friends and parents, as well as Malvina and Kelly in person! It couldn't have been any better!
Saskatoon has a great environment, beautiful streets and buildings, international culture and education and the ability for the kids to improve their English skills faster.
We liked Saskatoon so much that we sent our daughter Sandy to a language program and our daughter Ivy to the University of Saskatchewan. Malvina and Kelly helped us with the whole process and took care of our children while they lived in Saskatoon.
But most important thing is that Kelly and Malvina were there with Jordan. We were definitely comfortable for Jordan to stay there in Saskatoon when we know that Jordan got support from a such warm, kind, loving and righteous family.
Today, both our younger daughters have graduated and Sandy is managing a company in Taiwan and Ivy works for a national corporation in Canada. Jordan is staying at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, yet we are still thankful for all the supports from Malvina and Kelly.
Our experience as a host family was great- we would definitely recommend Malvina.
When we were interested in becoming a host family for international students she provided us with information about the program and reassured us that once we became host parents she would be a phone call away. Which was true. She was always there when we needed her.
The year I spent in Saskatoon was an amazing and life-changing experience.
Attending a Canadian high school, I was able to learn and try so many new things that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to. There are so many interesting academic and extracurricular activities at school that you can take part in. I personally enjoyed joining all the sports clubs that I could, such as soccer, curling, wrestling, track and field, flag football and canoe club (with which went on a three day camping trip through Saskatchewan). As well as this, I was able to take classes such as Photography, Guitar and Special PhysEd (where I also got to try different sports every few weeks), and I even took part in one of the school’s theatre productions! Getting involved in so many activities not only helped me make so many new friends which I am still in contact with today, but I also received a school award for participation at the end of the year. All in all, living in Saskatoon was a great and enriching experience which made me more confident to try new things, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity
– Andreas Alcocer Jirash, Mexico
– Flavia Santos, Brazil
Xinchen from China