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Mother Teresa Intercultural Exchange Program

Our primary focus is to provide an opportunity for visiting international students to experience life of a high school student at Mother Teresa by attending classes and participating in extra-curricular activities at the school; the visiting students will live in the home of a student of Mother Teresa; there will be tours of our post-secondary institutions (Brescia, Kings, and Fanshawe); facilitate visits to key highlights of the city of London, as well as a visit to Niagara Falls and Toronto.

The intercultural exchange program focuses on 3 main components:  

  1. The Spartan Experience
  2. Life in London
  3. Discovering Ontario

All of these components will help to foster an understanding of the Ontario educational system, life of a Canadian high school student, the city of London, Ontario and an appreciation for many geographical and historical aspects about Canada.

The Spartan Experience

The Spartan Experience will allow students an opportunity to experience life as a high school student both in and out of the school environment.  Students will gain an understanding about secondary school academic and extra-curricular programming, while developing relationships with Mother Teresa students.  When not attending school, students will experience life within a Canadian home and what it is like to live together with a home-stay family.

Life as a Student: International students will participate in an intercultural exchange at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London, Ontario, Canada.  The program will take place during the course of 2 weeks.  During the span of 2 weeks, visiting international students will take on the experience of life as a Canadian high school student.  Students will be provided with a timetable that will allow them to experience 4 classes each school day.  The school day at Mother Teresa begins at 8 am and ends at 2:05 pm.  All students have a 40-minute lunch in between.  Students will have access to a student locker to store their personal belongings during the school day.  As well, students will be provided with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities.  These activities are offered in athletics, the arts, and clubs. Some examples of the many different opportunities offered to all students in athletics are: football, basketball, volleyball, cross country, badminton, hockey, swimming, golf, soccer, and track and field.  In the arts, students can participate in our drama productions, both on the stage and behind the scenes, the school's music band, ceramics, and mural clubs.  Students at Mother Teresa have taken the lead in establishing a number of different students' clubs, some of these include table tennis, robotics, debating, dance, archery, healthy schools,, social justice, chaplaincy, and eco schools.   

Mentoring Along the Journey: During the 2-week intercultural exchange program, students will each be partnered with a peer mentor from Mother Teresa.  This will allow for student relationships to develop as well as the fostering of a peer mentoring experience.  The visiting students will participate in an orientation session involving school tours, overviews of the different school programs, as well as a formal introduction to the many different supports available at Mother Teresa, all of which will be facilitated by the peer mentors and administration.

Life with a Home Stay Family: Students will reside with a home stay family.  These are families with children enrolled at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.  Visiting students will be provided with living accommodations and enjoy meals with the family.  This will allow the exchange students the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a Canadian home and the home stay families an equal opportunity to learn about the student''s culture and lifestyle.  The mode of transportation to and from school available to the student enrolled at Mother Teresa will be adopted by the exchange student.  He/she will accompany their home stay student to school by either walking to school, taking the school bus or public transportation.  The home stay family may also schedule family events in which the student would be invited to attend.  

Life in London

London is a city located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. 1855 – London becomes a city complete with railway, hospital and police force and City Hall. London is the the tenth largest city in Canada with population about 490,000, about 200 kilometers from Toronto. 

Highlights of the city 

  • Museum London is Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture. This distinctive arch-roofed building, designed by Raymond Moriyama and opened in 1980, houses an impressive collection of regional art and historical artifacts.
  • Eldon House is an historic site in downtown London that has been preserved and maintained since 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. It was home to four generations of the Harris family, and is an excellent example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles. Its gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the city.
  • Today's Covent Garden Market building opened in 1999 and is the third structure on this site that has been home to a public market since 1845 – a full decade before London became a city! It's one of London's center of commerce and community offering fresh produce, gourmet foods, unique gifts, Public Square, seasonal outdoor farmers' Market, ice rink and regular family programming.
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village is an early example of the museum type known as a "Pioneer Village," initially developed in mid-20th century Ontario by Conservation Authorities. Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural communities in the former townships of Westminster, London, North Dorchester, Delaware, West Nissouri and Lobo in Middlesex County from 1820 to 1920 and the founding and development of the City of London up to 1840.
  • The Chinese Canadian National Council – London Chapter provides social and cultural activities and events, information, education and advocacy to Chinese Canadians and the broader London community in order to meet the needs of Chinese Canadians in London and to build bridges across communities.
  • Boler Mountain Tree tops and Zipline offers an adventurous and unique form of recreation for those who crave activities that are healthy, inspired by nature and which promote personal growth and a sense of accomplishment. Built in the Carolinian forest behind the ski trails, the Treetop Adventure Park activities include zip lines and treetop challenges such as wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings, pirate nets, ladders and hanging logs, all suspended up to 40 feet in the air! End your Treetop Adventure with the 1100-foot Big Zip, a tandem zip line! We employ the latest technology to ensure a safe and fun experience for all.
  • YMCA
  • CCNC Tai Chi & Lion Dance

Post-Secondary Institutions Tour — A Higher Education City 

  • Fanshawe is a comprehensive college serving the greater London region by providing flexible learning arrangements and experiential education opportunities developed in response to labour market needs. Fanshawe offers more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year, helping people unlock their potential and achieve success in a variety of disciplines including applied arts, business, health care, human services, hospitality and technology.
  • Brescia is Canada's only women's university. We were founded in 1919 by the Ursuline Sisters, strong women of faith who are committed to social justice, community service, and the development of women. While our roots are in the Catholic faith, we are open to – and embrace – women of all faiths.
  • Founded in 1954, King's University College at Western University is a Catholic, liberal arts university college affiliated with a large, world class university. King's students enjoy "The Best of Both Worlds" - small classes led by outstanding faculty on a small, beautiful campus while enjoying the experiences of being part of a comprehensive university 

Discovering Ontario

Stratford is a city on the Avon River in Perth County in southwestern Ontario, Canada. The area was first settled by Europeans in 1832, the townsite and the river were named after Stratfordupon-Avon, England. The town is well known for being the home of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Port Stanley is on the north shore of Lake Erie, the beautiful harbour town beach of Port Stanley enjoys the coveted world-class 'Blue Beach' designation. There is a historical train ride, a live summer theatre, some art galleries have works of talented local artists. You can also sit and watch the lift bridge raises and lowers and the sail, fishing and recreational boats come and go. Restaurants near the beach serves some of the finest fresh fish and meals. 

Niagara Falls, the name is derived from the Indian language, meaning "water of the God of thunder". It Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). It is one of the greatest wonders of the world, bringing to mind pictures of a far away, unattainable place. It seemed like a larger-than-life miracle of nature. Niagara-on-the-Lake (2011 population 15,400) is a Canadian town located in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region of the southern part of the province of Ontario. It is famous the Prettiest Town in Canada. The surrounding region enjoys a comparatively mild climate, with beautiful gardens, art galleries, antique shops along the sides of the main street. 

Toronto Tour

  • The Royal Ontario Museum, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the fifth largest museums in North America and Canada's largest world culture and natural history museum. The museum exhibits including dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, the Near East and African art, East Asian art, European history, Canadian history & culture and so on. The museum also has the world's largest from the Burgess Shale fossil group used, including more than 150000 samples.
  • Casa Loma castle was built in 1911, is the first Canadian castle, built by the wealthy financier Henry Larter baron. There are about more than 90 decorated room in the castle. There is also a mysterious tower, an up to 270 metres deep tunnel, large stables and hidden secret tunnels, elegant greenhouse, and an area of 20234 million square meters which built close to the mountains of the mysterious garden. Medieval armors are on both sides of the corridor. You would hear groan and creak when you walk on the wooden floor which gives you a feel of time interleaving, as if living in a hundred years of rich giant house.
  • The CN Tower is an awe-inspiring architectural and engineering wonder of the world that is a symbol of pride for Toronto residents, Ontario residents and all Canadians. It is Canada's national one of the top ten scenic spots, is also the world's tallest freestanding building. Toronto CN Tower was built in 1978, 146 and 553.3 meters high tower. Standing beside the harbour of Toronto. Overlooking from the top, you can see the whole Toronto. It is not only the pride of Canadians, but also the symbol of Toronto urban scenery as well as the communication center and tourism center of Toronto. 
  • Toronto Aquarium The Aquarium features North America's longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. This awe-inspiring attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world.
  • Toronto Chinatown is one of the world's most famous eight Chinatowns, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of a culturally diverse city. Especially the food there attracts visitors to come and enjoy. The Toronto Chinatown is the home of people from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc. The shops and fruit and vegetable markets are full of Asian characteristics. There are two large Chinese shopping centers -- Mandarin Center and the Dragon City Mall at the intersection of Spadina and Dundas street which is bustling and hustling. 
  • University of Toronto, founded in 1827, is located in the largest city of Canada—— Toronto, is one of the top universities in Canada. Also it is one of the four traditional universities in Canada. Ancient buildings and modern architecture being together enhanced each other's beauty, green grass and big trees, in a simple and elegant environment, showing its vibrant modern university style. The University of Toronto is Canada's top university, their funds, donations, national Professor Award, published research in quantity and number of books are the No. 1 in the country. Their annual number of published research papers in North America is second only to the Harvard University, citations ranked sixth in the world. The school is one of only two universities members of American Association of university which are outside the United States.  The number of professors who won Nobel prize is the most in Canada.
  • Ontario Science center  Ontario Science Center: A place you can play and learn at the same time. Teens can explore the mystery of space, know about the development of science history and improve science knowledge at Ontario Science Center. There are more than 600 interactive exhibition and demonstrations. Many of them you can experience. You can explore the space with the help of mini-planetarium, ride the simulated sled to get into limestone cave, experience how static electricity makes your hair stand up. And there is also simulated tropical rain forest, simulated seabed, rocket seat to experience weightlessness. The ten exhibition halls here have different themes, form Space to The Living Earth. Don't forget to go to the only one giant dome screen theater in Ontario to have a unforgettable space exploration journey.

Schedule Plan






Travel from China to London Ontario 



Day 2

Morning rest

Welcome party at school

Meeting Homestay Families

Day 3

Classes at school

London Downtown Tour:

  • The Covent Garden
  • Market
  • Museum London
  • Eldon House
  • Grand Theatre

Activities with homestay Family 

Day 4

Classes at school

Fanshawe/Brescia/King's Tour 

Activities with homestay family

Day 5

Classes at school

Boler Mountain Tree Tops & Zipline 

Activities with homestay family

Day 6

Classes at school

Fanshawe Conservation Area and Pioneer Village 

Activities with homestay family

Day 7

Classes at school

CCNC Activities

Activities with homestay family

Day 8

Classes at school

Stratford trip

Activities with homestay family

Day 9

Classes at school

City recreational &YMCA activities

Activities with homestay family

Day 10

Classes at school

Student reflections presentation  

Activities with homestay family

Day 11

Leave for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake

Leaving for Toronto check in at hotel

Day 12

Toronto Tour



Day 13

​Toronto Tour



Day 14

Departure for home