Last week we saw Mosqoy's 2012 Student Ambassadors, Ebhert and Elvira, off at the airport. They had an amazing and productive trip - and left Canada with many new friends. Between attending English Language classes at the University of Victoria, Ebhert and Elvira gave lectures about Quechua culture and their experience in the Mosqoy program, attended Canadian Cultural events, gave presentations at various high schools on Vancouver Island, and hosted educational workshops. Its been incredible to see them share their stories and hopes for Mosqoy's future, which they continue to work with in Peru as Student Leaders.
But while we could recount their experiences, we think the story is best told in their own words! We've shared their accounts of their time in Canada below. Over the next few weeks we will also be posting photographs of their travels, testimonials from the ESL teachers who worked with them, and musings from our volunteers on what it has meant to spend time with Ebhert and Elvira in Canada. We are looking forward to welcoming next year's ambassadors in 2013. In the meantime, please enjoy what Ebhert and Elvira had to say about their time as the 2012 Mosqoy Ambassadors - using their newly honed English Language skills.
Hello, my name is Ebhert Florentino. I arrived in Victoria on January 5. I started to study at UVic on January 9th. I have had a nice experience here because I have learned a lot of English and I know new friends from other countries, for example Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Chile, China, Japan and many countries. I studied for 12 weeks and yesterday I had the final dinner with my friends and teachers. It was a nice dinner.
During my schedule in Victoria, every day I went to class. The class is in the morning from 8:30 until 12:45. On Saturday and Sunday, I went to play soccer with my new friends. Sometimes I went to a Mosqoy volunteer’s home to make food together or sometimes we went hiking in the mountains. I saw a hockey game and we also went to the opera and had many other activities at UVic.
I visited 3 high schools to explain about Mosqoy and Q’ente and I did one presentation at the First People’s House at UVic. In two weeks, I will go back to Peru, but I am very happy because I introduced many people here to the life in Peru and the difference between Peru and Canada.
Thank-you to everyone for everything and for the opportunity to come to Victoria and study at the university.
Hi, my name is Elvira I has been a good experience studying English at UVic because every day I learned new words and culture. It was exciting. I learned a lot of English. Many people helped me. At UVic I had a class from 8:30-12:45. I was never absent from my class. Every day, I spoke English with everyone. I also learned that some people have a lot of money. It is amazing!
My experience in Victoria is wonderful because I learned about Canadian culture and I saw the beautiful forest. I also learned about the daily life here. It is very different from Peru but I’m so happy because I could learn about Victoria and meet very good people. I’m lucky I also met volunteers who work for Mosqoy and Q’ente.
We participated in presentations at high schools and the university. I’m happy because I have talked about my life and my culture to almost 200 young Canadians. It was exciting because I used to be nervous speaking in front of an audience but now I’m not!
When people ask me about Peru or Indigenous communities, I’m really happy because they want to know about my culture. Thank-you to all the people who helped me. Now my dream is real. Thank-you, my time here has been great.
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