Liliane’s experience studying in Vancouver

Liliane writes about her experience at CCEL and the Canadian College. Check it out!

“I grew up in a small town, 20,000 people. When I was 18 years old I moved to study Journalism at CESUMAR University. As I was still pursuing more challenges in my life, I decided to move to Curitiba the capital of Paraná. This is where I met the Vancouver Institute a partner of Canadian College in Brazil. Now I am here living in this wonderful city achieving my dream. It has always been a dream of mine to live abroad. A few years ago I could not imagine my life like this, I always thought that this was unattainable, but I never gave up and here I am.

I initially came to Vancouver for a eight month Study & Work Program. I attended intensive English class at CCEL. When I started, I was definitely a beginner. I say this because I had never studied English in Brazil before. At the beginning, it was really hard. But, I realized that everybody was here for the same reason, which was incredibly positive boost for me and made me more comfortable to make new friends. I now have friends of many countries, I got to know their culture and learned some words in Korean, Arabic and Japanese. I learned that I was kind of “ignorant” about cultural diversity and even about the English language.

Before coming to Vancouver, I created a blog to report everything I was going to do in Vancouver. This idea did not only create more opportunities to keep my realationship with my friends in Brazil but also gave me an opportunity to work on the CCEL Blog in Portuguese. I also did some Journalism volunteering jobs. After the four months of class period I started to work as a busser in an African restaurant where I could practice English that I had learned during the intensive English classes at CCEL. Currently, I am working as a hostess at another restaurant in Yaletown.

I have been so involved with many different projects in Vancouver, which makes me feel very much at home. When I lived in Brazil, I was working full-time and taking an MBA program; however, it was not enough. So, I went to to enquire about diploma programs because the school has a good reputation for its education quality and facilities. it recently has received its PCTIA Accreditation and EQA quality assurance. I decided on taking the International Trade Co-op because Vancouver offers great job opportunities for this industry, and I can combine my background and my Brazilian connections to succeed in Canada. 

After I complete this program I will explore about creating a life in Vancouver through the Canadian Experience Class.”

Liliane Danas