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gvfbs-logo-colour-webDonate food to support The Greater Vancouver Food Bank this holiday season! inlingua Vancouver will match all donations made by the staff and students, which means that your contribution will be doubled.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.

How to get involved:

There will be food donation boxes around the school for each classroom. The classes in each campus that collect the most donations (food or money) will be awarded with a Pizza Party on Monday, December 22nd.

needed-food-itemsHere are few of the things that are in greatest demand:

  • Baby food (in jars)
  • Baby cereal (in boxes)
  • Baby formula (powdered in containers or liquid in cans)
  • Diapers (size 2, 3, 4)
  • Other items such as baby oil‚ wipes‚ etc.
  • Whole wheat pasta and rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned protein (fish, meat, beans)
  • Juices (100% natural  fruit  and  vegetable)
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Healthy / low sugar cereals
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Money

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Homemade Items
  • Items with Alcohol
  • Expired Items
  • Opened Packages

Statistics:

  • 26% in need of help are children
  • 18% in need of help  are seniors
  • 10% increase in new registrations from 2012
  • 5% overall increase in clients from 2012-2013
  • GVFBS has a food buying power of 3 to 1 for every dollar donated
  • GVFBS occupies a 36,000 square foot warehouse
  • GVFBS moves 8.5 million lbs. of food annually
  • GVFBS employs less than 30 people
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We’re almost at the end of another year… December means we have one month left to squeeze in a few more great memories into 2014. Luckily we will have many opportunities to do so.

Check out our Activities Calendar for December to plan fun activities with your classmates, English teachers, friends, and family. We will have lots of fun this month, while ALWAYS speaking English!

There are multiple ski and snowboarding trips in December. Sign up early to make sure that the tickets are not sold out. Those trips are among the best experiences of our English students (and our staff!).

Don’t forget the Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 21. It will be the shortest day, longest night of the year. Winter Solstice is a great time to self-reflect and find your “inner light”, and also enjoy the glimmering Xmas lights to the fullest!

The whole month is filled with many Christmas themed parades, rides, movies and other events.

Christmas:

Many Christians in Canada mark the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, which is known as Christmas Day. It is not only a religious event, but also a day of celebration when many Christian and non-Christian Canadians exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals. Xmas Day is a national public holiday in Canada. Schools, post offices and many businesses and organizations are closed, although some stores may be open. Many public transport services are closed or offer a reduced service.

Christmas Shopping:

A popular time of the year seems to be the few weeks before Xmas in Vancouver. There will be special decorations, music, carols, treats, and sweet, warming fragrances in most places that you will visit, including stores, coffee shops, offices, and the streets of Vancouver. Here are a few ideas to start from if you want to explore the city in December.

🎄 Lonsdale Quay Market
Location: North Vancouver
More info: www.lonsdalequay.com
Unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities, festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December Long!

🎄 Vancouver Christmas Market (paid admission)
Location: Vancouver
More info: www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com
Traditional food and beverage, authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery and other unique gifts. Stop off at the special children’s area, the Kid’s Market, to make Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

🎄 Boxing Day
Location: everywhere!
Date: December 26
More info: wikipedia.org
Great time to get the best prices on many items! But you are warned, it’s not called “boxing day” for no reason… Get ready to see the shopping malls at their fullest. You might be able to beat the crowd if you are early enough in the morning.

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We’re going to take full advantage of the great summer days in August. Join other inlingua students and teachers for fun outdoor activities, including Celebration Of Light, Pride Parade, World Student Day, soccer, volleyball, sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, weekend trips, and more…

Click here to view the Activities Calendar.

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Sweet summer is here to make activities twice more fun! Outdoor movies at Stanley Park, exciting rides at PlayLand, sightseeing tours, pub nights, soccer games, school BBQs, and more! Check out our activities calendar to plan ahead fun things to do with your friends. Remember, every activity is an excellent opportunity to practice your English outside the classroom.

Click here to download the Student Activities Calendar.

Check out the Study Hall in Gastown campus for students at level 3A and below, and the Study Group in Granville campus for students 3B and above. These are great opportunities to get help from other students and the observing teacher, also a productive way to socialize. Contact your counselor for more details or just show up there on time. There are Facebook events that you can RSVP and see who else is coming. See the posters below for more details.

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Free Dance Lessons and Performances at Robson Square

    DanceSportBC’s Robson Square sub-committee will be hosting 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances.(check the schedule)

  • Lessons: Waltz, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Rumba
  • Performances:DSBC Standard, Kababayang Pilipino Dance, Myles and TessaWest Coast Swing, DSBC Latin, Harbour Dance Centre, JC Dance Co, DSBC Junior, DSBC Senior
  • Dates: Friday nights between June 27 – August 29, 2014
  • Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Location: Just behind the Vancouver Art Gallery (At Robson and Howe below street level)
    The Robson Square salsa dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. (check the schedule)

  • Lessons: Salsa
  • Performances: Belly Dance, Balboa, Salsa, Flamenco, Peruvian Folkloric, West Coast Swing, Samba, Filipino Tinikling, Ballroom, Animation, Cha Cha, Kizomba/Bachata, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Cuban Styling, Bollywood, Cuban Salsa/Rueda, Zouk, Tango
  • Dates: Sunday afternoons between June 29 – August 24, 2014
  • Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
  • Location: Robson Square

Free Tours – Vancouver

Tour Guys are offering FREE tours in and around Vancouver Downtown area. They have been ranked one of the best tours in Vancouver on Trip Advisor. Their tours are fun, informative, and quite likely the best free walking tour you’ll ever take. Tour Guys are not paid for these tours by any third party, business or government office. They are an independent guide cooperative.
Click here to see their tour schedule.

Free Outdoor Movies

Bring your blankets and enjoy a great evening of outdoor movies!
Location: Stanley Park – Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach)
Dates: Every Tuesday between July 8 – September 2, 2014
Movies: Mean Girls (July 29), Dumb & Dumber (August 5), Ghost (August 12), The Karate Kid (August 19), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (August 26), Princess Bride (September 2)

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free Museums

Burnaby Village Museum

At this museum you will “Stroll down the streets of our 1920s community.” There are many tours, demonstrations, and activities available. Check out their website or the Summer 2014 brochure.
Dates: Tuesday-Sunday and on Statutory Holidays (closed on non-holiday Mondays) between May 3 – September 1, 2014
Time: 11:00am-4:30pm
FREE gate admission. Carousel rides are only $2.50 per ride for all ages.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Guided gallery tours are a great way to learn about the cultural and social contexts of artworks on display. Tours explore both historical and contemporary works, and are led by experienced art professionals and educators.
Date: Free on Tuesday nights from 5-9pm

The Rennie Collection

The Wing Sang building is the oldest in Vancouver Chinatown. The Victorian Italianate structure was constructed in 1889 for Yip Sang, a prominent Chinese-Canadian businessman whose Wing Sang Company flourished in an era when the Chinese faced discrimination and restrictions. In 1901 the building was extended to 69 East Pender Street by architect Thomas Ennor Julian. In 1912, Yip Sang built a six-storey brick building across the alley behind Pender Street for his family.
More than four years of thoughtful restoration and renovation has turned this Vancouver heritage landmark into a private exhibition space for the Rennie Collection, an internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art. Elegant, clean lines integrate with rich historic elements to create expansive spaces for art with focus on identity, social injustice, appropriation, painting and photography.
Location: 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Click here to view the availability.

Engine 374 Pavilion


CPR Engine 374 pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in 1887, and retired in 1945. In 1983, it went under restoration and became a prime attraction since 1986, since the completion of its restoration.
Location: On the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard (next to the Roundhouse Community Centre)

Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

Located next to the Space Centre, the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory features a ½-metre Cassegrain telescope to explore the skies around Vancouver. The 10 meter diameter observatory dome was built in 1979. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide your exploration and answer your questions.
Free Observatory visits: on June 28, July 4, and July 5 between 8:00pm – 12:00am

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We’re excited to go out and play this month as the beautiful weather is making it difficult to stay indoors. Lots of sunshine, sports, sightseeing, and more…

The highlight of this month is the new Cirque du Soleil show Totem. Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world. It is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment”. Contact our Activities Coordinator to buy tickets with 20% discount special for our students! Click here to read more about TOTEM on the news.

View our Activity Calendar for June 2014 to find interesting activities to take part in with your classmates. Social activities are a great way to practice the English that you learned in the classroom.

 

 

inlingua vancouver activities calendar june 2014

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Royal Roads University cordially invites inlingua Vancouver students to visit their campus in Victoria. This would be a good experience for students who are thinking of continuing their education in Canada, at Royal Roads University.

RRU is known for its high quality, innovative, competitively priced, and applied post-secondary education to working professionals and career-focused students in Canada and around the globe. RRU has been an accredited university since 1995, but they’ve got a long history of excellence that goes back to 1940.

The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, their blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.

Secure your spot for an all-expenses paid tour (includes transportation, ferry tickets, 1 lunch and 1 dinner) to Royal Roads University.

Availability is limited to 10 students, who will be traveling with inlingua’s Pathway Coordinator and Director of Studies. Contact Aly (aly@inlinguavancouver.com) to secure your spot now!

The trip will be on June 12, 2014. Click here to see the details.

RRU FAM Trip - June 12, 2014

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inlinguaVanouver May 2014 ESL Activities CalendarThere are lots of fun outdoor activities this month! The first school BBQ is happening today (May 2nd). There are events, sightseeing tours, biking, kayaking, and more… Activities are great opportunities to make new friends, have fun, practice English, and socialize with English students and teachers.

Check out the Activities Calendar and contact the Activities Coordinator for more details.

 

 

Group photos from the BBQ on May 2, 2014:

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BC Education Quality Assurance
We are pleased to confirm the renewal of our provincial Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Designation for the current year. Therefore, inlingua Vancouver is recognized as a BC EQA-Designated school and included in the official Registry of EQA Institutions that is sent by the Ministry each month to Citizenship and Immigration Canada officers and international Consular General Offices/Embassies.

EQA is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection. Read more about EQA here: www.bceqa.ca/about

We will continue doing our part to ensure that the quality of education in Canada for international English students remains excellent.

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Gastown Grand Prix Logo

The Gastown Grand Prix criterium is going to be  on July 9th this summer. Over 200 athletes will be racing on the cobblestones of Gastown as they try and break away from each other to win the biggest prize. As this is a free public event, it requires a small army of volunteers to survive.

Former inlingua Vancouver students volunteered for this event in the past years. If you are interested, apply online www.globalrelayggp.org/get-involved/volunteer or contact your counselor for assistance.

Every volunteer will get a t-shirt, an invitation to the volunteers dinner where they will be giving out a bunch of prizes and a certificate of achievement documenting their experience. The volunteer shifts are 4 hours. There are different volunteer options to choose from, that will require interacting with other English speakers.

Click here to download the event poster.

You can show up in Gastown to watch the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix even if you don’t want to volunteer. This is a free event open to the public.

Click here to see the route information and where to watch the event.

Photograph by Jennifer Gauthier / Metro News

Gastown Race Route

Gastown Race Route

 

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