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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), as well as visits to key highlights of the city of London.

The intercultural exchange program focuses on 2 main components:  The Spartan Experience and Life in London.  All of these components will help to foster an understanding of the Ontario educational system, life of a Canadian high school student and the city of London, Ontario.

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 1 or 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, Jack.org, social justice, chaplaincy, and eco schools.   

Mentoring Along the Journey

During the 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, Ontario

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 No.10 Big City in Canada with population about 490,000, about 200 miles far away 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 High 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