Meet EC Montreal’s New Activity Leader: Milena Yanes Orozco

We are delighted to introduce you to EC Montreal’s new Activity Leader, Milena!  Milena joins our team as our Activity Leader next week.  She comes to us with a great deal of experience working in the field of customer service and animation.


Hello everyone!

My name is Milena, I was born in Colombia and I am 30 years old (not ashamed at all to say it; I look way younger). I have lived in Montreal for 3 years, and I am very happy to have chosen this amazing city to live in. Back home I was an English teacher, but here I am studying social work at UQAM University; I am on my second year. I also love dancing; I am a Zumba instructor and a dance teacher.

I am a member of 2 dance groups (traditional dance from Colombia and Salsa). I am so excited to become the activities leader at EC. I have worked in the teen programme for 2 summers (2012 and 2014) and I really loved it, to get to meet all these kids from all around the world was an amazing and unforgettable experience.

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When I was 17 years old, I had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to study English for 8 months. My level of English was really low; I was really young, immature and shy. It was the first time in my whole life I was traveling on my own, so far away and leaving everything behind. It was a very unique experience that allowed me to grow up and learn so many things. As a matter of fact, that trip changed my life. Thanks to that experience, I decided to become an English teacher and traveling around the world became my dream.

Before coming to Canada, I worked for Disney cruise line for a year as a youth activities staff. This job was the tool to achieve my dream; I visited more than 10 different countries, I made wonderful friends from all around the world and I got to know Mickey Mouse and all his friends! (I really lived by their motto: Where dreams come true).

Now I am very happy to be able to share all these experiences and memories with you at EC, I am very excited to be given the chance to be with brave people who come here to learn and grow! Learning a new langue is about understanding a different cultures and be opened mined towards all the things we can learn.  So; as language students who travel overseas, you not only learn a new language, but also a different way to see life. From my personal experience, I can tell you that it is the best way to really live life to its fullest: taking the risk to discover every day something new.

I am so glad to be a part of your journey!