Explore Program bringing 200 Quebec teens to Hamilton this summer

It’s an opportunity for Hamilton families to open their doors and showcase some local culture and amenities to young people from Quebec.

Mohawk College has partnered with the Centre Linguistique du College de Jonquiere (a CEGEP or pre-university college located in Jonquiere, a borough of Saguenay, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City) through the federally funded Explore Program and is looking for host families for some 200 boys and girls, age 16 and 17 for five weeks this summer.

“It’s a life-learning experience,” said Valentina Stagnani, director of the language and culture centre and international programs at Mohawk College’s Fennell campus.

Stagnani noted the students will be in Hamilton to practise their English, get a taste of what the area has to offer and hopefully build new friendships.

The students will be in Hamilton from July 2 to Aug. 2 and will be attending English language classes at Mohawk each morning and taking part in a variety of social, cultural and sporting activities in the afternoon.

The Canada Homestay Network is working with the college to find host families for the teens and relationship manager Stephanie Lostanaw Lavin said they need 150 host families in addition to the 60 they have already lined up.

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Mar 24, 2017
by Mark Newman
Hamilton Mountain News