12An unforgettable experience: a wonderful place makes learning more exciting…
13…and finally some words about the experience Having been in a city like Vancouver, to the other side of this world, was a wonderful experience. It was not great only because I improved my English, but mainly because I’ve learned a little about the people who live in a society which is similar and at the same time different from ours: a mix of cultures I’ve never seen in my life and which gives a sense of a great unique community, with its pros and its cons.A city between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, where it’s easy to live: this is Vancouver, a great metropolitan centre with a freedom similar to the one of a little town. I can not describe it with words, because I think everyone might have a different view of Vancouver: someone may think it’s boring, some others that it’s not… I can only say it’s awesome.Studying English is hard work, but studying it in Vancouver and in particular at the school where we went, gives the opportunity to know people from everywhere (and the age doesn’t matter, I can say that): people from Europe, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Poland; people from Saudi Arabia, from Korea, Japan, China; and then from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia… and I could add more!Visiting places like these amplifies the horizon of the mind, which is usually focused only on things really close to us, and it’s strange to see how our little Italy isn’t so well known in the world. Because we’re not alone on this big coloured planet. There could be friends on the other side of the sea, as that happened to me. And, of course, there are friends here, the ones I learned to know during the trip and with whom I passed a great study vacation.So, this is all: an unforgettable experience in the city of the last Winter Olympic Games, of the biggest port on the Pacific coast, of the Rocky Mountains and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Vancouver.Leonardo Magnelli
14Just a little explanation… I 9 ragazzi che hanno partecipato al viaggio studio a Vancouver hanno frequentato la scuola internazionale ILAC per 5 giorni la settimana dalle 8.30 alleI ragazzi hanno fatto lezione con studenti di altra nazionalità. In ogni classe era presente uno solo dei nostri alunni. Il livello di internazionalità era altissimo.Non college residence ma host families nelle zone residenziali di Vancouver.Vancouver offre molte opportunità di divertimento: la spiaggia, i parchi, lo sport, le visite ai dintorni ( Vancouver island , Whistler).
15Organizzazione tecnica a cura di NEW BEETLE – viaggi studio Many thanks to Lisa Craviari and Veronica Sesenna, who provided the photos, and to Leonardo Magnelli, who wrote the report.