Hello everyone. This is Carolina. I am from Chile. I recently moved to Vancouver, Canada to learn English. I will talk about my experience living at the GEC Viva Residence and attending ELS Language Centers. A typical weekday for me is very busy. Let’s begin talking about a day in life in Vancouver as a student!
In the morning, I have breakfast in my apartment. At GEC Viva, we have a fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, plates, and all the other cooking supplies you may need. I eat a quick breakfast and head out for class.
My language school ELS is located on Howe St. and I have to be ready for class at 9 am. It usually takes me 15 minutes to get to ELS. There is Tim Hortons and Starbucks right across the building. It’s also a short walk from Canada Place, which has amazing ocean views.
Inside ELS, there are several classes and a common area where you can study or have lunch. As you can see in the video, the classrooms are very big. Currently, I am enrolled in an Intensive English program, and I am taking 4 courses: Grammar, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Each class is 1 hour long. In between classes, we usually have a 15-minute break.
We have a 1-hour lunch break. During lunch, I hang out with my friends in the common area and eat the lunch that I prepared in my apartment kitchen the day before. My classes end at 4 pm. After class, we have the option to attend one of the activities organized by my school such as skiing, going to the museum and parks. As I said, they are optional and very cheap for students!
Classes end at 4 pm, and since we are in March, the sun is still out — Now, it’s time to explore Vancouver! You can find nature everywhere in Vancouver. I love biking, so I sometimes rent a bike and ride through Stanley Park Seawall. The other day I noticed a cute bunny hanging around while I was biking. So, I stopped and gave it some of my snacks. Seeing animals in nature and living a short distance away from hiking trails are some of the many perks of living in Vancouver.
I have been living at GEC for a few months now. Living here helped me transition to a new culture a lot easier. I didn’t have to worry about finding an apartment, a roommate, or furnishing a new place which was really helpful. All I had to do was to empty my luggage and everything else was ready for me. I enjoy cooking in my own kitchen, going to the residence gym, and especially walking to classes. I highly recommend GEC to international students who are planning to come to Vancouver!
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