Sophie Knowles, University of Alberta, La Pocatière, Québec
Ontario to Quebec

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. As a result of Explore, I gained the confidence necessary to offer service in French, something that has proven to be a great asset in my work and is always highly appreciated by patrons. I live in downtown Toronto and sometimes I’m asked for directions in French. “Parles-tu français?” It is a wonderful feeling to be able to smile and answer “Oui. ”

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