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My time in St. John’s, Newfoundland, On September 1st I arrived at the St. John’s Airport. It was my first time in North America and I was really nervous. There was no reason for me to be nervous though because a few minutes later I met the director of NISEP, Marc Ward and my host father, Doug Long. They were very friendly and I already felt more comfortable. The next weeks and months were a huge adventure. I met so many new, interesting people at school, in the homestay program and in St. John’s in general. Everybody was so friendly and interested. I didn’t need a very long time to get used to living in my host family. After some days it already felt like home. At school I found friends really quick because students from Newfoundland find it interesting to talk to new, foreign people. So, it was easier for me to improve my English and to “hang out” with a lot of different people. The homestay program also helped a lot. I met students from Mexico and China and we did activities like Scuba Diving or a Boat Trip.

Besides, the landscape on “the Rock” is very different than what I knew from home in Germany. It was exciting to discover the sights (like Signal Hill or Cape Spear) and to go for a walk at the bay. Another great thing in St. John’s, and Canada in general, is Ice Hockey. In Germany Ice Hockey is not famous at all but everybody in Newfoundland was so excited about it. Every now and then I went to Hockey games where the local team, the St. John’s IceCaps played. It was awesome to see the fast, rough games and after a few weeks I became a real fan. I also saw a lot of bands, as the music scene in St. John’s is amazing. There are always bands playing somewhere and if you are interested in music or you play an instrument it is no problem to play with different musicians. I even got the chance to play a little show with a friend of mine!

After I spent 4 amazing months in St. John’s I had to go home again. There were about 15 people at the airport, my host family and friends. Even if I was happy to see my family and friends back in Germany again, I was sad because I had to leave so many cool people and a beautiful country. Nevertheless, I am sure that I will come back to Newfoundland.

Johannes Kruth
Papenburg, Germany

The year that I went to St. John’s was the best year of my life, definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had. The people are very friendly and the family with which I stayed the best that I could have experienced. Although the city is small, it has an incredible magic because of its tradition and simplicity. I was so happy there that I didn’t want to return to my home! And now I plan to go back there someday.

Marcos Ponce

My time in Newfoundland was great. Since the first day of this wonderful adventure, I got to meet some of the coordinators, my home-stay family and I also made friends with students from my country on the way to Newfoundland, Canada. Everyone with the NISEP agency were just awesome. The coordinators and families were so kind and caring. I have no words to describe how wonderful my home-stay family was. My parents were so thoughtful, always trying to make me feel comfortable and even buying the food that I liked. I had a lot of fun sharing with my two host family brothers too, with whom I got along with very well. I also made many good friends at school. There were lots of activities where we all got to share and have a wonderful time. Everyone in Newfoundland were so kind to us. The whole experience was awesome, meeting other students and their cultures from all around the world, the fun activities, the beautiful places. It was all amazing and fun. I recommend it a lot to everyone who wants to have a really good time.

Gabriel Leal Aguilar
Guadalajara, Mexico