International students enjoying Ontario through local school board

Some of the students involved with the Avon Maitland District School Board's Capture Canada Camp program. (Photo courtesy of AMDSB Superintendent, Jodie Baker)

The Avon Maitland District School Board is currently hosting 42 Grade 7 and 8 students from China at its Capture Canada Camp in Stratford.

Superintendent Jodie Baker said the students arrived from their school near Shanghai, China on July 6 and they’re here for three weeks. Baker noted they had 22 students from the same school last summer.

Baker said the students participate in activities throughout the province.

“Obviously we take them to Niagara Falls and Toronto and then they do classroom activities, some English Second Language classes, as well as local activities and we immerse them, not only into the English language but our Ontario culture,” she said.

Baker said the students are fairly young, but she expects some students will be coming back for longer periods of time once they’ve been exposed to Ontario.

“We anticipate that students will be coming for longer, once they’ve been exposed and their parents have had an opportunity to hear about how great the experience was. We expect that there be students who come back in their senior years and possibly university years,” she said.

Baker said part of the three-week visit includes a tour of the University of Toronto and some activities at Western University

Baker adds they’re already planning to open a similar camp in Goderich next year.