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Adam Schermbrucker

I had the time of my life at the Explore program! Five weeks of eating, learning, and even dreaming in French, all the while forming life-long friendships! My french is much better, and I've learned more about Quebec culture in these five weeks than I ever thought possible. I would highly recommend this to everyone, regardless their level of French! More →

Andreas Zailo

Having not taken any French courses in high school, I was skeptical of the value of learning a second language. However, after attending the program and spending a month learning and living in French, my entire outlook changed... It's not just a language, but a culture and way of living. Learning French in the heart of rural Quebec gave me an understanding that had eluded me before. Explore is a great program and I would highly recommend... More →

Anika, Collège de Jonquière

My friends at home get tired of me talking about my summer at Explore. I gained confidence in my French and in myself in general. I had the best summer of my life with a bunch of amazing people! The only bad part is how much I miss it. More →

Anna Haylow, École de Langue Française de Trois-Pistoles

My five weeks in beautiful Trois-Pistoles was an incredible and unforgettable experience that I will cherish. The welcoming ambiance and unique spirit of the town's residents, combined with the natural beauty of the region, made it the perfect setting to learn and discover. Having the opportunity to be immersed completely “en français” was the absoloute best way to learn. If you do the program and choose to use French as your only language for the... More →

Badri

Would you rather spend a summer parked on your couch sweating away, or make friends and memories that last a lifetime while travelling around the country on a budget that's almost entirely paid for? Participate in Explore! More →

Caitlyn, Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière

Explore at Jonquière was the best experience of my life. As well as increasing and expanding my knowledge of the French language, I was able to make new friends and experience cultural changes. The things I learned were invaluable, and I was able to meet people from all over the world, including Spain, Finland, Ireland, and Brazil, who all shared a common love of French. I would recommend this experience to anyone! More →

Carly

This was the best summer ever. I met some of the most amazing people from all over North America and made some great friends. The program really helped me gain confidence while speaking French. The teachers and animatrices were supportive, kind, and amazing. This was five weeks of adventure, learning, and cultural experiences that I will never forget. More →

Celesta G

I participated in Explore at the Université Laval, and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! Every day was a new adventure and always exciting. I met friends that will last a lifetime and became fluent in French. Whenever I hear of anyone remotely interested in learning French, I immediately recommend the program to them. If you get the opportunity, do it, because my reapplication is proof that this program is... More →

Cindy

I had a great time in Trois-Pistoles in the spring of 2011! I definitely improved my French conversation skills: I could form more complex phrases and I could speak faster. The rural setting encouraged me to speak French and communicate with local residents. I learned so much about Quebecois culture and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the cabanes à sucre! The school also rigorously encouraged us to speak French and it... More →

Claudia Chan, Vancouver BC

My Explore and Langues et Travail experiences in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, marked a very significant period of academic and personal development for me. I became very smitten with this quaint little town of 4,000 people located on the St. Lawrence River. In five weeks, I grew strongly attached to my very hospitable host family and my counterparts from all across the country. This program allowed me to gain a better sense of identity and my role... More →

Demerie

Explore was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Explore didn't just teach me French, with the people I met, it showed me what the real world out there feels like. The fact that I was going to live with people I didn't know in a month was such a crazy thought and learning French in the summer was a decision but it taught me how to budget money on the weekends. I... More →

Eninna Luli
Eninna Luli

Explore... What a great opportunity to learn French and meet people not just from Canada, but around the world! I did the program in Quebec City at Université Laval and I had the best time of my life! I was able to attend the Festival d'été, watch a free Cirque De Soleil show, go on a cruise ship on the St. Lawrence River, learn salsa, and so much more! The Explore program made me appreciate... More →

Explore, encore by Rebecca Schneidereit
Explore, encore by Rebecca Schneidereit

In May, I got drenched under the Montmorency Falls. I carb-loaded at a sugar shack, hiked up a mountain, went on a riverboat cruise along the St. Laurence, and spent every cent I had at the biggest shopping mall I’d ever seen. I made tons of friends, clogged my Facebook account with gloriously stupid photos and did my darndest to communicate consistently in un francais terrible. Did I mention all this was free—not to mention... More →

Jessica A

Explore is literally the experience of a lifetime. All the testimonials that say "if you're even considering the program, do it" are 100% correct. Had I not gone to Explore, I would not have met 250 other students who wanted to have the same experience I did. I would not have travelled to a province that I otherwise would not have been able to go to. I would not have learned more french in 5 weeks than I ever... More →

Jessica Ling

Just over a decade has passed since I attended the Summer Language Bursary Program, and the memories linger today - from talent night (which included everyone from Newfoundland in doing a skit with cod!), to weekend trips around the city, to Roy Rogers night, just to name a few. I had the best time of my life, and I honed my oral communication skills (in French) along the way. Just out of high school, I... More →

Jonas Cosh

My professor of the Explore Program in 2010 completely transformed my life in just 5 weeks! He taught me so much more than just French; he taught me about life! As a youth living with a disability he helped me by making me feel as though I was no different than the other students in his class. He has forever shaped my life. More →

Karine Racine
Karine Racine

The Explore experience in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is one of the best opportunities ever for a student to learn English. We arrived at Memorial University in July, and we discovered an environment where learning our second language was really encouraged. Instructors were very understanding and were just as eager as we were for us to make progress. There were a number of monitors, and they offered us a lot of activities where we could discover... More →

Katie Chung

The full immersion in the French language truly made me more confident in my French skills and helped me further perfect the language. The experience was amazing: meeting new friends and having fun is what this program is all about! More →

Kevin Lei, Trois-Pistoles French Immersion School

Through Explore, I was able to reinvent myself and discover a part of me that I never knew existed. More →

Krista Shaw

This was the most enriching experience of my life! Getting to explore another region, learning another language and meeting some fantastic people were all part of the program. I've fallen deeply in love with the French language and the Quebecois culture! This was a very beautiful experience. It was fantastic to see how much importance this program places on improving itself and looking for feedback. The only problem I've found is that I have nothing to say... More →

Laura Hildebrand, Cégep de Trois-Rivières

My five weeks in the Explore program were the most condensed BEST weeks of my life! Making friends across the country, learning what residence life is like, and having weekend excursions were unforgettable. Being in a francophone community and adapting to the French culture was extremely educational. Explore helped me to realize that I want to continue my studies in French at university, and someday, hopefully, be a French immersion teacher! I highly recommend this program to... More →

Laura Sawchuk

L’Université Sainte-Anne à Pointe-de-L’Église, en Nouvelle Écosse était incroyable! I was hesitant at first about the strictness of the French-only rule. Are the animateurs really going to sneak up behind me and check my headphones for English music? The French-only rules were strict, but they worked! Everyone spoke French all the time, and we had so many opportunities to improve our knowledge of the language. It was five weeks of an amazing, nurturing French environment... More →

Leah, 20 years old, Quebec

It’s been three years since my summer spent at Jonquière, and here I am on their Web site still thinking about that summer three years later! Beyond amazing program! More →

Lesleigh Von Dyne
Lesleigh Von Dyne

Lesleigh Von Dyne My B.A. program at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, includes an immersion requirement. I’d already done French immersion, but while searching the Internet for other opportunities, I discovered Explore. Explore participants work in small groups and get a lot of opportunities to speak French, which students in normal courses don’t have. Although the program includes written work, the real benefit of the program for me was the chance to practise my verbal skills... More →

Lisa Semplonius

My time in Chicoutimi was fantastic. The directors of the program were encouraging, and living in an immersion environment was just what I needed to confirm my love of the French language. I took my excellent experiences in Québec with me on my travels to France, and am now using my French every day teaching. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that would like to learn the language while having... More →

Marco Roy, 29, St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec
Marco Roy, 29, St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec

My mother is American so I’ve been surrounded by English since I was little. But I’m finding that my English is too stilted and I want to become more fluent, that’s why I applied to Explore. I’m a pianist and when I signed up, I was afraid that I wouldn’t get to practice during the program. But thanks to the team at Humber College, I have access to a piano and can practice on evenings... More →

Maria Lam
Maria Lam

I was a bit nervous applying to this program, but now I wish more than anything to relive my five weeks at cégep. It was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to not only learn French, but also have a taste of Quebecois culture while having a blast! With a welcoming atmosphere from the fantastic moderators and the close bonds made between roommates and classmates, no other word could describe this but “home” — aside... More →

Marie-Émeline Pierre Louis – Glendon College ESL
Marie-Émeline Pierre Louis – Glendon College ESL

I had a very good experience. It’s very exiting to speak English every day in class, in the street and having fun with my friends from all over Canada. I am completely immerged. I decided to participate in the Explore program to have the opportunity to improve my writing and speaking English. I have an English test in July, and I want to be successful. Explore gave me the chance to understand grammar and learn new... More →

Matt Smith, Université Laval
Matt Smith, Université Laval

Explore gave me the experience of a lifetime. They provided me with the tools, through the help of our federal government, to learn about, engage with, and experience a new culture and language, all while making new friendships that will last a lifetime and open up a new set of doors on a bright and open future. In my soon-to-be-profession, I will be able to travel the world and work in health-care teams that may... More →

Mélanie Gélinas, 23, Shawinigan, Quebec
Mélanie Gélinas, 23, Shawinigan, Quebec

I decided to participate in Explore in order to broaden and improve my knowledge of English. I love to travel and, in fact, I do travel a lot. Improving my vocabulary and grammar is really important to me. Explore is excellent and the program is far better than I’d expected. The people at Humber College are great, and the participants are really friendly. A friend of mine was in the program before and she told... More →

Monique Morin

This summer I spent five weeks in Trois-Rivières and was fortunate enough to experience the best five weeks of my life. The people I met, the friends I made and the memories I now have are priceless. Not to mention how much my French improved, and I've been taking French courses for 12 years. The best way to improve is by being immersed in a French environment. I would 100% recommend this. Words cannot describe my... More →

Najma Mahdi

A week before my departure, I wanted to back out completely. I was nervous and at the time, didn't believe it was worth missing my summer at home for. Boy was I ever wrong! The first day was nerve- wrecking but everyone was there for the same reason: to have a good time, meet people and learn French. The first days were extremely difficult. I didn't know more than bonjour going into the program... More →

Nick Warelis

The Explore program is an amazing opportunity to learn French and experience something new. I had an amazing experience with Explore, from the classes, the workshops, the trips and the people. Everyone is there to help you! It is an amazing opportunity that will only build upon your knowledge of French whether you are beginner or advanced. I recommend the Explore program to anyone who wishes to gain a very valuable experience. More →

Patrycja Jankowski
Patrycja Jankowski

I had the best summer last year with the Explore program — I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn French. The program is really focused on the French language and the culture revolved around it. The teacher I had was very friendly and helpful, and the outings were fun and helped you practise your French. There was a lot of free time given, and I used this time to explore Montreal with friends... More →

Rebecca Schneidereit is learning French through the Explore program.
Rebecca Schneidereit is learning French through the Explore program.

I started French classes in first grade and barely made it beyond “bonjour.” In junior high, I rationalized this by saying I’d never need French. Turns out I was wrong. During a post-high school tour of Europe, my best friend and I stayed with her family in France, where I was reduced to communicating with grunts and gestures, cavewoman-style. It wasn’t an especially social two weeks. I thought taking English in university would protect me from... More →

Renée

I have to admit, when I walked off the plane in Bagotville, QC, I was nervous. It was my first time away from my family for more than a week, my french had a ridiculous immersion/Franco-Albertan accent, and I just wasn't ready to speak french 24/7.   By the end of my 5 weeks, however, I did not want to go home! I met the coolest people, I did so many activities that I would... More →

Shandel Brown

Explore Laval was one of the best experiences of my life. The program was well organized with more activities than I could ever have had time for. The animateurs were very helpful and encouraging and the classes, although traditional, were effective. I stayed with a beautiful host family who really helped me improve my French and provided a true immersion experience. Québec is a lot of fun in the summer with many festivals and activities... More →

Shane H. Université de Montréal
Shane H. Université de Montréal

I will forever be appreciative of my time spent at the University of Montreal in the summers of 2009 and 2010. Until my first session with Explore, I had very little training in French. In the days before my scheduled flight to Montreal, I was nervous and questioning my own potential for the Explore program. Despite the nerves, I arrived in Montreal to a welcoming group of fellow Explorers waiting for a shuttle to U... More →

Shannon Kelly

Doing the Explore program was the best choice I've ever made. I was really nervous going in, especially being out of province for 5 weeks. By the end, I didn't want to leave. You will never EVER regret this experience. Embrace it with all you have. More →

Sophie Knowles, University of Alberta, La Pocatière, Québec
Sophie Knowles, University of Alberta, La Pocatière, Québec

My experience in Explore three years ago was, without a doubt, one of the best times of my life. I met many friends, some of whom remain close friends, and, incredibly, the love of my life. Learning French has served me very well. Explore gave me the confidence to hitchhike around Quebec, a fabulous opportunity that gave me the chance to further my French and my understanding of Québécois culture. I work in the cultural sector... More →

Stephanie

This experience was beyond amazing. I went not knowing a word of french and I learned so much there. I met friends so quickly there (french and english ones) and our group became so close in just those 5 weeks that we felt more like a family than anything. We now have a group on facebook called "Explore withdrawal" and we all want to go back. So if you do go, enjoy every minute because... More →

Tia Kelly, University of Victoria
Tia Kelly, University of Victoria

Before I joined Explore at La Maison Française in Victoria, I had never really spent that much time away from home. My first choice had been Montreal, so I was kind of disappointed at first to be going to my second choice instead. Am I ever glad it happened that way! The program was small enough that I was able to build really great relationships with both the participants and our monitors. Five months later, I... More →

Tiffany Harrington, Cégep de Jonquière
Tiffany Harrington, Cégep de Jonquière

My mother’s family comes from this quaint little town in northern Quebec called Alma (20 minutes from Jonquière). Her father had originally come from there before moving to Toronto, where he raised his family. I got my first taste of real northern Quebec in the summer of Grade 5 and quickly made it my second home. So when I heard about a program — in my Grade 11 year — put on by the government... More →

Vicky Morin

My name is Vicky. I’m 23, and I live in Quebec. In the spring of 2015, I enjoyed a five-week stay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, as part of the Explore program. It was the best time of my life. I blossomed like a flower in the sunshine. I gained confidence and discovered that I love to speak English! I have so many wonderful memories that it’s hard to choose just one — but here... More →

Wesley Chow

After hearing so much good feedback about the program from my sister, I decided to apply for this program to find out for myself; I ended up not getting any of my three choices but rather a school in Toronto - Glendon College.   At first, I was skeptical of being able to learn French in a city predominantly English such as Toronto, but I was proven wrong. The campus was great for learning your target language... More →

Zachary A. Cox, 20 years old, Alberta

Wow! By far the best way I could have spent the first five weeks of the summer. Sainte Anne’s was amazing, I highly recommend applying for it. I entered as a débutant 1 (very, very beginner) but by the end, I was able to carry on a conversation — and not just a “Bonjour, comment ça va,” but a REAL conversation! Jean-Douglas (the director) said it best, speaking two languages is really a feeling of power! More →

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