July 27, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Written by Victoria Almeida, Communications Summer Work Study Student

King’s welcomed over 100 high school students from Brazil throughout the summer for the Intercambio Summer Program. In addition to the high school students, King’s has also welcomed chaperones, priests, and educators from Brazil. This unique summer program brings international students to King’s to experience Canadian life, culture, language and university life. The students, aged 11 – 17, are primarily here to learn and participate in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Art programs throughout their time at King’s. Classes are taught by ESL certified Thames Valley District School Board teachers, student volunteers or ‘Canadian Buddies’, and educators from ‘The Rap Camp’ that focuses on drama, photography, or music.

The hard-working Summer Program staff from King’s International organizes the students’ schedules and workshops, along with local excursions to showcase all that Canada has to offer. The students have attended local London attractions such as SunFest, a London Majors baseball game, and a Football Club London soccer game. Some of the more elaborate excursions that the students went on include trips to Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Grand Bend and Canada’s Wonderland.

Brazilian students from the program agreed they enjoyed their time in Canada. One of the students shared their appreciation of the King’s Summer Program staff: “The staff who joined us during the program were amazing! Listening is easier because not all of them are from Canada and the way they speak is different.” When asked what their favourite part of the King’s and London experience was, another student said, “Definitely the people and the friendships that I have found.”

The excursions and workshops allowed students from Brazil to build their sense of intercultural awareness, while also bringing a mutual sense of learning and insight to both students and mentors. The hard work of King’s staff, combined with the efforts of the community, allow the Intercambio Summer Program students to grow, learn and thrive, while also showcasing all the beauty and opportunity Canada has to offer.