I am very glad to do it as I went to Hillcrest school during my trip!
I think that France and Canada are both very similar and different. Indeed, a part of Canada speaks French and even translates some English words we do not in France such as: « week end » or « basket ball » or even « shopping ». So that’s quite a difference to hear «jouer à la balle au panier » instead of «jouer au basketball ». It is also very different in its landscapes. The leaves are so orange during fall and all the trees are so colorful. But France and Ottawa are similar thanks to their social and language mix which is a jewel. Indeed, you can find people from various countries who speak various languages. I know that my friends who hosted me are Lebanese. And it is really interesting to see how much they mix Lebanese culture with Canadian one. To me, these mixes are very present in both countries.
The main relationship I saw between France and Canada was our school trip to Canada. We went to school and saw that Canadian schools are totally different than French schools. You have the internet, and clubs and music rooms which we do not have in France. It is so cool! I could also participate to the walk for water! It was super because the cause for the walk and the symbol were gorgeous. I also had the chance to go to Montreal with the German’s correspondents who came. It was great! I had a lot of fun. I also took part to singing class which was fantastic because I met many people and felt like I was part of this school. I also went to the orchestra with my Canadian friend because she is part of it. It was fantastic and very pleasant to listen to! I enjoyed my experience in Hillcrest High School!
Lisa Caja - Lycée Saint-Charles
At the beginning of grade 12, an exchange student came and visited me from France. His name was Adrian, and he had come along with his classmates to stay in the home of a Canadian student. At first, it was a little bit strange to have a complete stranger come and live at your home, but before we knew it he had become part of the family. We even got the chance to visit the French embassy and meet with the ambassador of France!
All in all, I had a lot of fun with Adrien’s visit, and I was truly sad to see him go. I hope that soon I’ll have the chance to visit him and his family in France!
Alex Skerjanc - Hillcrest High School