Earlier this week, 96 international agents from 22 countries joined the annual ILAC FAM trip in Toronto, the most popular event of the year when education consultants are invited to Canada to learn firsthand about studying English at ILAC.
ILAC Agents having fun during Fam Trip 2013
The activities started off on Tuesday, May 7th with a tour of Seneca, one of ILAC’s prominent pathway colleges in Toronto. That evening agents enjoyed a welcome reception at Il Posto in Yorkville sponsored by Blyth Academy, ILAC’s new high school partner.
Spring hasn’t exactly been a reprieve from our long and cold winter. Nonetheless, in the coming weeks, the weather will become more consistent, the trees will start to bud and the grass will get a little greener. Spring and summer are such beautiful seasons in the city and a great chance to get out of your home stay or apartment and explore some of the beautiful sights Toronto has to offer. Here are some of my suggestions:
The Toronto Zoo – we have been anticipating for the arrival of two pandas named Er Shun and Da Mao to the Toronto Zoo. The wait is over. They arrived earlier this month and they are currently in quarantine, getting settled. They will be unveiled to the public on May 18. If you’re not interested in seeing Pandas, the zoo is filled with hundreds of different animals from all over the world. There’s something for everyone. The Toronto Zoo is quite big, so make sure you take a full day and get there early in the morning. That’s when the animals are the most active.
So our fearless Captain Hande Coskun started something amazing when she decided to climb the CN Tower for the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). Before we knew it, we had two great teams from our company signed up and ready to go.
We begged, borrowed and pleaded and managed to raise $2300 for the Pandas, Tigers, Orangutans and other endangered species around the world.
The energy was amazing. Not only was the race fun, exciting and vomit-inducing, it was also a really great time to bond together as co-workers and friends.
Thanks to everyone who supported us, it was an incredible experience and we’ll be back next year for more!
You’ve arrived. After weeks and months of planning, you are finally here in Canada.
You may be a little jet-lagged*, you may be a little nervous, you may even be a little homesick*.
These are all normal feelings. What we hope is underneath all these mixed emotions is a feeling of excitement and possibility.
This is the start of your English Language Adventure. So make the most of it. Introduce yourself to the people around you. Try to connect with other cultures instead of only speaking with people from your own country.
Go to class. Show up on time and try your best. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. This is how you learn.
Participate in social activities. Check out our social media for what’s happening in the city.
Speak to your counselor or teacher if you have any questions or would like any special advice. Don’t be afraid.
Your journey begins here. Be proud of yourself for how far you’ve come. Then take a step further.
*jet-lagged: tired from flying from different time zones.