Catalina Rivera Mejia arrived at EC Monreal on October 6, 2012 and will be staying at EC Montreal learning French until June 2013. Catalina returned back home during the Christmas holidays for her brothers wedding. One request that she had was” please make sure that I return to the same homestay family. This is what Catalina has to say.
1) What made you decide to choose a host family?
I chose to go to homestay because you get the opportunity to have the experience with people that are willing to open their doors of their home to make you part of it. You get to know more about the culture and experience different things.
2) What is your favorite aspect of being in a homestay?
For me being in a homestay lets you feel you have a family that will give you a “good morning” or a “ how was your day” and will always be there for you since you show respect towards their rules and to them and that you also want to make part of their lives.
3) What was your first impression of your homestay?
The first time I met my homestay was that you could really feel there was lots of love and that as I mentioned before I felt that not only was I going to find a homestay I was going to find a home.
4) What are your comments about EC Montreal?
EC Montreal has let me get to know so many people from all around the world, I really enjoy going there because you get to enjoy learning and it’s a very nice place.
FAVORITE MEMORY WITH your homestay-(so far)
I actually have no words to describe my homestay. I don’t even call it homestay I call this place “MY HOME”. Each member of my family has shown me that I can be part of their home and treated me so good. Olivia she’s like a sister for me, I get to talk to her every day. Same with Joanna my homestay mom and Chris (Joanna’s son) it’s like being with people I will have in my heart for the rest of my life. I talk a lot with them and Dominique (Joanna’s boyfriend) that is also part of the family and we all have an amazing time together. I also got the opportunity to meet other international students and actually one of them became one of my best friends. I really love my family and it has been the BEST decision to come to Montreal and to stay in homestay.