Los Angeles Weekend Trip with California Tours

Although we love San Francisco, we understand that traveling around California is an important part of your experience in the United States.  California Tours is offering a Los Angeles Weekend Trip.  LA is one of the most popular tourist destinations in California and holds the famous “Hollywood” sign, the Chinese Grauman Theatre, Rodeo Drive, and much more!  This trip includes two nights accommodation at Best Western Stovall Inn, Los Angeles city and Santa Barbara tours, a professional tour guide throughout, and transportation by deluxe motorcoach or minibus. The tour dates are January 18th-20th, 2013.  This would be a great weekend trip to take during our second week back after the break.  Get your friends together and see what Southern California has to offer!  Oh, and don’t forget to use the school code, “ECSF,” to save $20 on the price!  Come to the front desk for more information.

Happy Holidays from ECSF!

This is our last week of class before the two week winter break!  Our final day is Friday, December 21st, and our first day back is Monday, January 7th.  What are you going to do with your time off?  San Francisco is even more beautiful during the holidays, and there’s plenty to see!  Why not go ice skating in Union Square?  The Union Square ice rink will be available until January 21st!  It’s open every day from 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM.  If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s always shopping in Westfield San Francisco Centre.  And if you haven’t checked out the holiday decorations at the Crocker Galleria on Post St (right around the corner from EC), now’s your chance! The holidays are a time to be with those you love.  Spending time with family and friends, cooking, sharing gifts…these are all part of the holiday season.  How are you celebrating?  If you’re traveling outside San Francisco during the break, we recommend the Christmas Day Parade at Disneyland.  And if you’re traveling a bit further, to New York City, for example, why not be a part of the celebration in Times Square?  If you won’t be heading anywhere, there’s plenty to do right here in San Francisco, and of course you can always ring in 2013 by watching the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop on TV!  If you’re not sure where to go/what to do, check out the link below for a great SF New Year’s Eve Guide. http://www.sfstation.com/nye/ Happy Holidays, everyone!  

Charity Change Jar

EC San Francisco is proud to announce a new charity that we will be supporting with our change jar!  Every month, our teachers and staff nominate and vote for a local charity.  This month it’s the Homeless Children’s Network.  Students are encouraged to donate any extra change they can spare to support a great cause.  Last month, one of our generous students, Michael Rohrer, donated the most and was named the winner. The Homeless Children’s Network was founded in 1992, and since then, they have been helping the community by providing services such as mental health aid and education support to more than 2,000 homeless youth and adults.  So…if you have any quarters, dimes, nickels, or even pennies laying around, why not give them to a fantastic organization that benefits the community?

ECSF Testimonial – Madeleine Casio

EC student, Madeleine Casio, graduated on December 7th.  Before she left, she filled out an EC Testimonial talking about her experience at our school and in San Francisco.  Thanks, Madeleine!  We enjoyed having you here.  Come visit us again soon! Madeleine Casio Switzerland I had an unforgettable time in San Francisco.  EC is a very recommendable school when someone is looking for a school with lots of different nationalities.  I really enjoyed my time in San Francisco and have met a lot of people especially when I was joining the school activities.  The EC staff was always nice to me and very helpful when I had questions.  I was quite lucky with my home stay because I was right next to the Golden Gate Park and also not that far from Downtown.  Overall my stay in San Francisco was superb!

A Host Family Thanksgiving

How did you celebrate this famous holiday?  Some of our students here at EC San Francisco spent Thanksgiving with a host family and learned about an important American tradition while eating a delectable home-cooked meal.  Here’s what Fatih Demiraslan, an ECer, wrote about what some call Turkey Day! Thanksgiving This week Kelly organized a Thanksgiving activity which introduced us with one of the most important celebrations of America.  When she asked us if we wanted to join, I was not sure and refrained from joining.  However, I trusted Kelly and accepted.  It was an amazing experience for me to meet the American family and to celebrate one of their most important days with them.  After eating the delicious meal including a generous turkey, we played many traditional games all day.  Now, I really feel that I am a member of this family because we continue to come together after this activity.  I want to thank you, Kelly, again for organizing such an amazing activity.

Popular Activity: Gifford’s “The Hood!”

“The Hood” is one of our newest staff-led activities here at EC San Francisco.  It’s led by Gifford, one of our teachers, and always fills up quickly!  Students join him for an in-depth class that explains the history of different San Francisco neighborhoods.  Fatih Demiraslan, a stellar student ambassador, joined this activity and wrote a description of his experience.  Read about it here!  And don’t forget to sign up for “The Hood” at least once before you leave EC!  In fact, why not do it every week? Hood Walking Anyone who wants to know more than that can be seen should join the walking tour with Gifford.  This week we’ve visited Haight Ashbury Neighborhood where is the center of hippie revolution.  We tried to remember and live the ambiance of “Summer of Love” visiting some of famous musicians’ houses such as John Philipps and Scott McKenzie.  This activity started to begin more popular and regular among EC San Francisco activities.  We can’t wait for the next one.  If Gifford had enough free time, we would want to do it everyday.  However we know that it is not possible so that we should wait for the next week.

ECSF Testimonial – Iva Zic

EC student, Iva Zic, graduated on November 16th.  Before she left, she filled out an EC Testimonial describing her experience at our school and in San Francisco.  Thanks, Iva!  We enjoyed having you here.  Come visit us again soon! Iva Zic Slovenian My 4 weeks in EC went by too quickly!  I enjoyed every aspect of my stay!  The location of the school can’t be beat and the school’s facilities are modern, clean and comfortable.  The staff are wellcoming and very friendly, always with a smile on their faces.  The teachers focus on the student’s needs and their lessons are organized and well prepared.  The weekly social activities are a fun way to get to know other students, who come from all over the world.  Overall, I would certainly recommend ECSF to others, and I would LOVE to come back!  Thank you for everything!

Business Communications Class at ECSF

Are you interested in business?  If so, our Business Communications class here at EC San Francisco might be the right fit for you!  Cyndi Cadua, our Business Communications teacher, recently took her students to the Wells Fargo History Museum and often has guest speakers, such as Oracle Vice President, Jeffrey Pease, give lectures about leadership to the class.  Check out past blogs for detailed information about the museum and Mr. Pease. Cyndi will continue taking her class on business-related excursions in San Francisco as a way to learn outside the classroom.  Her students benefit greatly from learning business terminology that can be used in a work-related environment.  Here’s a lively picture of Cyndi’s motivated students, a few of which left us last Friday.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

Get into the Holiday Spirit in San Francisco! Get ready for an exciting, holiday-related activity this Saturday, December 8th!  Join Yuka, one of our fantastic student ambassadors, as you travel back in time to London in the 1850s.  Celebrate the holiday season as represented in the famed Charles Dickens Christmas stories!  It only costs $22 for this all-day event.  What a deal!  Yuka will be meeting students at 1:00 PM outside the Cow Palace in Daly City (2600 Geneva Avenue). Pretend like you are a resident of Victorian London for a day!  You can look forward to visiting unique shops that sell holiday decorations, stopping by the Ale House, dancing the night away, watching scenes from Dickens’ holiday story come to life on stage, eating food you would have tasted in London during that time period, and sipping tea at a famous tea house.  What a festive way to celebrate the holidays! http://dickensfair.com/

ECSF Testimonial – Michael Rohrer

Michael Rohrer, EC student and one of our enthusiastic student ambassadors, graduated on November 30th.  Before he left, he filled out an EC Testimonial describing his experience at our school and in San Francisco.  Thanks, Michael!  We enjoyed having you here.  Come visit us again soon! Michael Rohrer Switzerland I studied more than four months in EC, mainly in the CAE Preparation Course.  EC stands for competent and motivated teachers, helpful staff and modern infrastructure in the heart of Downtown San Francisco.  I had the unique opportunity to meet students from all over the world due to the international atmosphere in EC.  San Francisco is a bustling, open-minded tourist destination with chatty inhabitants and a multicultural cuisine.