In the Cottage Life program, students stay together in an idyllic cottage or chalet with their group and a Red Leaf counselor. Each evening, our Red Leaf live-in counselor will conduct a lesson previewing the next day’s activity. The following day, students explore Canadian sites and activities that bring said theme to life. They prepare their own breakfasts and packed lunches, and each evening a different pair of students is responsible for preparing dinner for the group (and another pair is responsible for the clean-up).
Based on a ratio of 4 or 5 students to 1 teacher, this intensive and fun program is perfect for all students who want to maximize the time they interact with their teacher and progress quickly in English. The program combines morning classes at a college or university site, or the teacher’s home, as well as afternoon activities, 4 days a week.
Students spend the entire day with the teacher and 3-4 other students. Once a week, all the groups are combined together to take part in a full day excursion. Students spend the weekend with their host family to maximize their immersion in the Canadian culture.
Red Leaf is always looking for new and exciting ways to challenge students, and to enrich their educational experience. With that in mind, we are offering two enrichment opportunities which can be added to any of our programs:
Individual students, as well as school groups, can now earn an online credit from the Ontario Ministry of Education before, during or after their stay in Canada. Students can take an ESL course in the summer before their September arrival, groups can do a class in Canadian History or Geography before their study tour, and Volunteers can supplement their immersion with evening classes. The possibilities are endless, and completely customizable. Just let us know what your needs are, and we will design a program that fits them!.
Today’s youth are socially conscious. They’re not thinking about “me,” they’re thinking about “we.” In 2020, offer them the opportunity to volunteer in Canada! Local Canadian students must complete volunteering hours each year in order to graduate. We would like to give all international academic students the opportunity give back to their community, just like their Canadian counterparts. Groups visiting for short-term study tours or summer programs can also take a day during their visit to volunteer at an animal rescue centre, a local food bank, or a local wetland