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A student testimonial of the week – Tatiana Makino

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“When I was in VancouverI lived in a homestay with the best host family I could have. I had a host mother, a host father, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I have no words to describe them.  They gave me all the support to make me feel great. I felt very happy and comfortable all the time as if I was a real member of their family. I spent Christmas, New Years and my birthday there. It was the first time that I wasn’t with my family and I was a little bit afraid because of this, but fortunately I had an unforgettable time with my host family. My host mom Agostina always made sure that I was doing well and asked if I was enjoying her house. When I was at home I liked talking to her about my life and my future plans because she always gave me good advice, not only about Vancouver, but about everything. She used to say this phrase: “If you never try, you will never know, right?” I will never forget this.  I will carry this thought all my life.

Also, when I was at home I spent my free time playing with my brothers. I used to play “Barbie game” with my cute youngest sister and I played video games with my brother. Sometimes, my brothers, my roommates and I used to watch a movie all together.

If I had to choose the best moment with them, I would choose my birthday. My mom bought a cake and some sushi and my sister made a chocolate cream by herself, SO CUTE! After dinner, we played a lot with a big balloon and I felt like a child. Before going to bed, we watched a movie with some popcorn, pizza, and cake. Those were simple moments that meant a lot for me.

My biggest wish right now is to see my host family and my roommates again. Even if they are not my host family anymore, I still can say they are my family, my Canadian family.

For me the worst time was when I had to say goodbye to them. I came back to Brazil but I left a piece of my heart with them.

LSC/EC Vancouver helped me a lot with my English skills. They have good staff there, which support you with everything you need. Thank you guys for everything, mainly Fatima and Silvia, two amazing women. Also, I want to say thank you for two special teachers, Ritu and Jim. They always helped me with everything and we had awesome classes together.  I could learn a lot and my English is so much better now.

I do not want to be sad because my trip has already finished, but I’m so glad that I had this brilliant opportunity. This was just the first part of my dream, I hope write here again to tell you guys my next experience there.

If you are thinking about going to Vancouver and you have the chance, DO IT! It will be the best experience of your life. Do not be afraid; believe in yourself. You can do more than you expect. Follow your dreams and never give up! You will love this amazing place.”

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