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Classic City Homestay

VANCOUVER



Consistenly rated as one of the top three places in the world to live, Vancouver is a stunning, friendly and charming West Coast city. It offers culture, recreation, history, adventure, shopping and entertainment, against the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountain range, which are perfect for outdoor activities.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  •  20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  •  Course materials

  •  End of Course Certificate

  •  Max. 15 students per class

  •  Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):
    - 5 half-day activities
    - 4 evening activities
    - 1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

  •  Full board

Dates available

  • 06 Jan - 03 Feb 2018
  • 05 Jan - 02 Feb 2019

Ages

  • 13 - 17

Emergency Number

  • +1 604 710 3920

In a comfortable, local Vancouver home, students will experience a new culture while enjoying a warm, friendly envionment and home-cooked meals. 

Arrival day

Saturday

Departure day

Saturday

Getting to school & activities

  • Approx. 60 minutes by public transport

  • Travel pass CAD $50 per week


Meals

Hosts serve three meals daily: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner. They include the four basic food groups: protein (meat, fish, eggs), carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice), dairy products (milk, cheese, etc), fruit and vegetables.

Breakfast

Juice and/or milk, fruit, cereal and/or muffins, toast/bagels

Lunch

Sandwich (e.g,sliced turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce), fruit and vegetables (e.g,apple, orange, banana, carrot and celery sticks), juice box, snacks (e.g,pretzels, nuts, crackers)

Dinner

(Sample Menu)
Pasta, salad, bread and cheese, dessert and/or fruit
Or
Roast chicken and potatoes, cooked vegetables, dessert and/or fruit

Dietary Requirements

  • Vegan - supplement applies
  • Halal - supplement applies
  • Celiac/Gluten intolerance - supplement applies
  • Lactose intolerance - supplement does not apply
  • Vegetarian - supplement does not apply

Any other special dietary requirements, EC must be informed of this at the time of booking.

Medical

Students must have proof of adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes. This must be acquired prior to their arrival.

Students should always travel to Canada with a proof of insurance document. Insurance can be either private or booked through EC. Further information is provided on request.

EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medications that need to be administered to students.

Accommodation

Room Type

Twin

Bathrooms

Shared bathroom

Board status
Full board (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)

Rooms include

  • Desk/table where students can do their homework (if not in the room, a place for studying will be provided in a common area)
  • Storage space

Internet

WiFi is available at the homestay.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to receive calls. If students would like to make international phone calls, they will be asked to purchase a calling card.

Linen/towels

Linen and towels are provided by the homestay provider and are cleaned weekly.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available to the student at their homestay. Some families prefer to do the laundry for the student themselves.


Learning centre

Address:

909 Burrard St 3rd floor,
#300, Vancouver, 
BC V6Z 2N2

*Lessons may be held at off-site classrooms in downtown Vancouver

Course Options: 
- General English

20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

About courses:
 
  • Classes begin on Monday.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English in practical situations. Conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their language skills as much as possible.
  • The course will help improve English language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff will provide feedback and support and help students build confidence to speak English.
  • Lessons are always held in the morning
  • Free Wi-Fi is available. Wireless internet is password protected.

Academic Rules

  • Attendance in class is required. If students are sick they must notify the school immediately.
  • Punctuality is required.
  • All classes begin promptly at 9am.
  • English is the only language spoken at school and in the classes.
  • Students must respect their fellow students' cultural and ethnic background. Intolerance, harassment or discrimination is not tolerated.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the classroom or in the computer room.
  • Students will be required to pay for any damages.

First Day

  • On the first day, all academic staff places students in the relevant group for their ability based on  the placement test. In the afternoon, students will be given an orientation tour. 
  • Students are to bring their passport and their airline ticket to school on the first day.

Maximum Class Size

15

Attendance

All students must attend classes on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example).

Educational materials

Educational materials are provided. Students should bring their own notepaper and pens.



Please view the programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Welcome Talk and Placemente Test Capilano Suspension Bridge Welcome Party
M Themed Lessons Vancouver Art Gallery Film Night
T Themed Lessons Designer Outlet ShoppingFree Evening*
W Themed Lessons Masterpiece Mural Trash Fashion Show
T Themed Lessons Rock Climbing at the HiveFree Evening*
F Themed Lessons & Granville Island Tour EC Graduation and Disco
S Full Day Trip to Whistler
S Free Morning                        Vancouver Aquarium                Party Night
M Themed Lessons Gastown Scavenger Hunt Movie Night
T Themed Lessons Queen Elizabeth Park Free Evening*
W Themed Lessons  Park Royal Shopping CentreMovie Night
T Themed Lessons  iExit Free Evening*
F Themed Lessons                   Museum of AnthropologyEC Neon Themed Disco Night 
S Departures / Full Day Trip 

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.

Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.


Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Standard curfew time is 21:30 on weeknights
  • Standard curfew time is 22:00 on weekends

Alcohol consumption

The legal drinking age in Vancouver is 19 years. It is illegal for all students attending this course to consume alcohol, have someone buy alcohol on their behalf, or visit bars/clubs.

Drugs

Using drugs, being under the influence of drugs or possessing drugs is illegal. Under no circumstances should students use, possess or be under the influence of drugs.

Smoking

The legal age to buy tobacco is 19 years. It is illegal to buy tobacco or have someone buy tobacco on the student's behalf if they are under the legal smoking age.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an Initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay, such as tuition, accommodation and leisure. The form also allows students the opportunity to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay which gives then the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home country.

Accommodation Rules

  • The student must call their homestay by 4:30pm if they are going to be late for dinner or if they are not going to join their homestay for dinner
  • No overnight guests
  • A phone card must be used for all long distance phonecalls
  • Students should lock the door when leaving the homestay
  • Students must keep their room clean and tidy at all times
  • Students must advise their homestay hosts of where they are going and at what time they will be home
  • Homestay hosts set times for students to be home during the week and weekends. Students must obey and respect these times

Expulsion

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in immediate expulsion from the programme with no refund. Students' parents will be notified immediately and the student will be sent home at their own expense. Depending on the severity of the situation, breaking any of the above rules may result in a monetary fine, arrest, jail sentence or deportation by the Canadian police.

Course Certificate

Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate.

False ID
Being in possession of false identification is an act of fraud and is illegal in Canada.

Parent's Permission
Parents/guardians must sign the Young Student Waiver giving emergency details, and their consent and permission for their child to receive medical treatment and attend activities.

Extra Nights
Extra nights may be available at an additional fee, all requests are subject to availability.

Visa Requirements
Students are asked to check with the Canadian embassy whether they require a visa to enter Canada before they submit their application. Further details will be provided on request.

Note
EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.

Activity Rules

  • Attendance to all pre-paid and afternoon activities is mandatory.

  • Punctuality for all activities is also mandatory.

  • If you are late for an activity that is time dependent, the activity will continue as scheduled.

  • No refund will be issued for missed activities.

  • Students are to respect their activity leaders, fellow students and their surroundings. Students will be taken outside the Learning Centre for their activity, therefore, it is essential that students stay with the group at all times and follow all activity instructions carefully.

  • Supervision is provided during all activities.