Student Testimonial – Masaki from Japan

My name is Masaki Kato. I came to Canada from Japan about 3 years ago. I was 15, and my English wasn’t the greatest when I first arrived here. I still remember that I could only introduce myself in English very briefly. I was also very nervous and scared of going to a local high school in Canada. For example, my biggest concern was making new friends whose first language is different from mine. Although I personally love socializing with people, I wasn’t really sure if other kids in the school would accept me or not. Other examples of my concerns were living with a host family and studying. However, in the end of this wonderful experience in Canada, I realized that I didn’t have to worry about any of the concerns I had.

As soon as I arrived in Ottawa, my very welcoming host family came to the airport to pick me up with warm hugs, which helped me a lot to feel comfortable with staying at their place. Not only in learning English, my host family helped me in many other things too, such as the transportation in the city, getting a phone, even school work, and many more! Most importantly, they always made delicious meals which I was totally in love with. Some people might think that living with a host family wouldn’t be really comfortable, but it was not true in my case. My host family was always very nice, friendly, and helpful. I really enjoyed chatting with them everyday, because I could really feel that my English was getting better and better. I was extremely happy when they told me that I don’t really have an accent when I speak English.
When it comes to questions, concerns, or troubles with my host family, my homestay coordinator, Angelle, always helped me. Although I didn’t have a lot of big troubles with my host family constantly, after I finished Gr.11, I decided to change my host family due to my personal reasons. In that case, I asked my coordinator, Angelle, and she quickly made a move to find a better place for me. Thanks to her, I was able to have great times in my last year in Canada. Most host families are nice, but it can be hard to find the best one for each student, therefore homestay coordinator is always there to help international students.
In conclusion of this article, I would like to say that my 3 years in Canada was absolutely amazing and unforgettable. I enjoyed every single day in Canada with my multicultural friends, host family, and Canada Homestay! I’m really going to miss everything about this life-changing experience in Canada. I will definitely come back to Ottawa again!

Masaki