Student Ambassador Testimonial : Juan Jose from Panama

!Our very own student ambassador, Juan Jose from Panama There are some students who are truly unforgettable due to their strong presence and humble personalities. Juan Jose, is one of those students. Juan was our student ambassador here in EC Vancouver during his 6 months stay. He was known around the school by staff and students to be someone who was active and approachable. Always smiling and trying his best to get people involved, we loved his enthusiasm and kind character. For that we miss you JJ and hope to meet the whole Panamanian group altogether again! Below is a testimonial by Juan Jose sharing his time and experiences in Vancouver and EC Langauge Centres : “My name is Juan Jose and I’m from Panama. My experience in EC Vancouver is only described with a word that is Unforgettable. I came here with the purpose that was to improve my Level of English and to follow my studies as a commercial plane pilot. During my time in EC Vancouver, I managed to make it much better by becoming the first EC student ambassador in Vancouver from Panama, participating in many football games, creating friendships with people from different parts of the world and visiting many beautiful places that Vancouver provides us. When you believe in yourself, you can accomplish many things. Keep Climbing.” Above all, we will miss you Panamanians and hope you guys are all doing well! Contact EC Vancouver to learn more about our ESL programs in Canada and around the world. We have levels ranging from basic elementary and beginner to complete proficiency or advanced. We also have our IELTS test preparation classes as well as the Cambridge exams. Visit our social media platforms (Facebook/Instagram) to keep up with the latest EC news!

Happy Mother’s Day 2019!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hardworking and loving mothers out there! Nonetheless, everyday is Mother’s day so they deserve the love and care everyday of the year not just on this special day! We owe you a lot and wish all the beautiful mothers a happy day and a joyful year. This special day is celebrated all around the world. Raising a child is a full time job. It requires love, attention, care and energy. Thank you for your care and love, the world needs more people like you! Check out our other blog posts for more events celebrating this special day around Vancouver. There are countless activities and celebrations happening around town like Run for Mom marathon, Brunches, Yoga and much more. Check out our other blogs to learn more. EC Vancouver is an ESL program provider with locations all around the world! Specifically USA, Ireland, Canada, Malta, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa! Contact us to learn more about our events, programs and courses that we offer all year long! Please note that there is no class on Monday May 20th in commemoration of Queen Victoria! Victoria Day is a statuary holiday in Canada celebrating the late queen’s birthday. Classes will resume on Tuesday as scheduled and new students orientation will also take place on Tuesday May 21st. Sunday tours will still be conducted as scheduled, starting at 11:30 AM to approximately 3 pm.

Renan Lacalendola Shares his EC experience!

Vancouver and EC became the best choice of my life, and the reason is simple… I had experiences here that I never imagined before. I hiked mountains and trails, I saw beautiful lakes, I experienced snow for first time in my life, and enjoyed the real Canadian life! Vancouver and EC offers all that you need and it will change your life forever! I made new friends from all around the world, I tried new foods, cultures and for sure I will visit them one day!   Vancouver is a beautiful and amazing place and I recommend everyone to come and live in it.   I’ll never forget this experience!   Thank you for everything, EC Vancouver!  

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium and one of the most visited sites in Stanley Park. It is home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more. The Vancouver Aquarium is widely respected for its research and marine stewardship, and visitors can learn more about the region’s marine life through the numerous exhibits. Adults and kids alike will love the entertaining and educational “encounters” program, which allows visitors to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals and the people who train them. This includes feeding, helping train and learning about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures. The permanent marine animal displays are as diverse as the ocean itself. In the Amazon gallery, creatures slither, swim and splash around. Another features 22 species of frogs, toads and salamanders in the Frogs Forever? exhibit, which talks about the extinction facing many of the amphibian species. There are also exhibits focusing on butterflies, Artic creatures, tropical waters, dolphins, otters, seals, the British Columbia coast and more. The aquarium focuses heavily on species native to the Pacific Northwest. Yup, if it swims or lives in an ocean, lake, river or stream, there’s a good chance the Vancouver Aquarium has an informative display around it. Throughout the year, the marine life housed in the Aquarium comes to life in the form of entertaining and educational shows that include the popular dolphin demonstrations, feedings, reef shark performances, and talks that focus on habitats, conservation and more. The various shows are generally scheduled every 45 minutes, and the aquarium also features special events regularly.   Planning to come to Canada to study English? Come to Vancouver and study at EC Vancouver English Centre!

The Autumn is coming in Canada!

The Autumn is coming! One of the most beautiful seasons are almost on the corner you need to get ready for this. It is the perfect time to rest after summer, enjoy the rain, the cold breeze and specially to witness the trees and shrubbery turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. Check out the website Tourism Vancouver and choose some great places to enjoy the nature. 1 – Stanley Park  Stanley Park is an incredibly beautiful place to view the fall colors. Go around the seawall or check the trails, The park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks all around the world! 2 – Queen Elizabeth Park Located in central Vancouver atop the city’s highest point, this 130-acre park has gorgeous gardens featuring both deciduous and evergreen trees. When the colors start changing, the juxtaposition of the evergreens, gardens and red/orange hues of the trees that are morphing into winter hibernation is simply breathtaking. 3 – Van Dusen Botanical Gardens  Take the Laburnum Walk through Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, which features an eclectic mix of plant life that turns to crisp yellow throughout the fall. Also take a look at the ponds in the center of the park for a nice colour pairing of lily pads on the water and the surrounding plant life. 4 – University of British Columbia (10 kilometres, 6.2 miles)  The leafy campus of the University of British Columbia is a great choice for leaf-peeping. Located at the far western end of the City of Vancouver, the grand old trees lining the Main Mall turn spectacular colours, but the on-site UBC Botanical Garden is also full of reds, orange and yellows during autumn. 5 -Grouse Mountain  Although it’s filled with evergreen trees galore, Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is still a sight to behold each autumn. The grasses … Read more

Field Trip to North Vancouver Market

Sangah from Korea shares her field trip experience to North Vancouver Market! She stayed with EC for around 8 months and has improved her English level from Beginner to Intermediate! “Have you visited in the North Vancouver market? I visited with class mates, because my teacher could not speak. Maybe she caught a cold, so we visited in the market. First, we visited the North Vancouver market. My teacher gave us a paper so we could write about it. We went to Waterfront station to take a sea bus. We bought a ticket for sea bus. Finally, we arrived in the North Vancouver. And then we checked about the paper. We took a lot of pictures with class mates. This picture is of the plaza at the time. We had a nice time with our classmates. I can’t forget that time. It was a nice memory to me :)” ==== Planning to come to Canada to study English? Come to Vancouver and study at EC Vancouver English Centre!

EC Vancouver English Centre looking for student ambassadors

Are you enjoying your student life here at EC Vancouver English Centre? Do you want to improve your English? Make friends and enjoy many activities for free?? We want you for our Student Ambassador program! Is your chance to make friends, be part of a school project, join social activities and speak English while developing advanced personal, professional and leadership skills. The ambassador will work together with our EC staff organizing events, leading activities, helping students and much more! Also, when you finish your time here at EC we can offer you a reference letter! Go home with more than an English certificate, go home with a life experience! Join us and let’s rock it!

Kitsilano Beach Cleanup – 16 September 2017

Love your beach and keep it safe! Did you know that the majority of waste found on Vancouver beaches is left behind by local beach goers? Cigarette butts, needles, styrofoam take out containers and Starbucks cups are constantly being left behind creating safety hazards and destroying our environment. Your beach needs your help! Our goal is to clean every major Vancouver beach in 2017. You can join the Surfrider Vancouver team by signing up for this cleanup. Bonus points if you invite a friend to come! Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to get involved and keep your beaches and oceans clean. Help keep our beach cleanups totally zero waste — don’t forget to bring your work gloves and a reusable mug to our events! Help us protect where you play! We are stoked to announce Fjallraven Canada is providing 20% discount for the cleanup participants with a proof of participation in the clean-up (Eventbrite registration confirmation). This discount will only be valid at the Kitsilano location and valid Saturday and Sunday (16th & 17th) only. The discount will be applicable store-wide on regular priced merchandise, with the exception of the Kanken backpack. Please save our Trees by avoiding printing the Eventbrite confirmation, and showing it on your mobile device instead. Safety First: For safety reasons please bring gloves and closed toed shoes. Always use a stick or trash picker to sift through the sand to avoid sharp objects. If you come across any sharp or hazardous object, mark it and tell us, our team can handle the safe removal. Social Event: TBA *Make A Donation Our Vancouver chapter is 100% volunteer run by people just like you. Programs like these monthly beach cleanups help keep our oceans clean and increase awareness on how our everyday decisions effect the world around us. … Read more

Banff, Alberta

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. located in Alberta’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing destinations within the area. Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are the three nearby ski resorts located within the national park. Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Alberta after Lake Louise.     The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the rail line and advertised the Banff Springs Hotel as an international tourist resort. The Banff townsite was developed near the railway station as a service centre for tourists visiting the park. It was administered by the Government of Canada’s national parks system until 1990 when the Town of Banff became the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.   – Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park

Located within Chinatown, the gardens are accessible from the lane off Carrall Street, between Pender Street and Keefer Street. It is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the city center, or the closest SkyTrain station is Stadium. Alternatively if you’re on a hop on hop off tour bus, these will stop here. This was the first full-size Chinese garden to be built outside of China and was built between 1985 and 1986 with its opening in time for the Vancouver Expo 86. The gardens and park and named in honor of the nationalist leader, Dr Sun Yat-Sen, who is considered to be the ‘father of modern China’ with their objective being to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community”. The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park uses the philosophical principles of Taoism and Feng Shui and hence attempts to achieve balance of opposites and harmony, where different elements are used together.   Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!