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Hello, present and future language assistants!  Wow — I just came across this site while I was thinking about the good old days when I was an English language assistant at l’École secondaire Barthélemy-Joliette in Joliette, Quebec, back in 2003–04. I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years — wow! I hope today’s language assistants are enjoying the experience to the fullest. My best friend and I were both English language assistants in that same year, and we... More →

Derek Cassidy - monitor at École St-Noël in Thetford Mines

Dear CMEC, My name is Derek Cassidy. I am a monitor at École St-Noël in Thetford Mines. I know it’s obvious what the impact of Odyssey is on schools and communities, but I would like to share with you my Odyssey experience and recognize the impact of the program on me personally. Being in the Odyssey program has introduced me to so many awesome people, and I have had the chance to get to know many of... More →

Emir Topalovic - Donnacona, Quebec

My name is Emir Topalovic and I am the language monitor in Donnacona. It is a smaller town of about 6,000 people with a lot of beautiful scenery and wonderful people. The secondary school is really the highlight and pride of this small community as it welcomes students from the surrounding regions and offers sporting activites and festivals throughout the year. Working in this school has been a wonderful experience as the teachers are very... More →

Frédéric Desaulniers, from Québec City, Québec, to Golden, British Columbia
Frédéric Desaulniers, from Québec City, Québec, to Golden, British Columbia

It’s really rewarding seeing all these young people who want to spend time with you, who speak French to you, and who admire you! When I arrived in Golden, in British Columbia, it took me at least a week before I looked down at the ground to watch where I was going, because my eyes were always turned up towards the mountains! I wasn’t the only one fascinated by them, because soon after the... More →

Kathleen Lynch, from Sarnia, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kathleen Lynch, from Sarnia, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia

I left the town of Sarnia, with its 80,000 inhabitants, for Halifax, a city four times as big, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. I never expected that people here would be so friendly; they all seem to know one another. What struck me was how polite they all everybody was here. You just have to step off the sidewalk, and drivers stop their cars to let you cross the road safely. It... More →

Lila Bujold

I had such an amazing experience at Odyssey that I ended up working as an English language assistant twice — once at Cégep de Sainte-Foy in 2006–07 and again at École secondaire de l'Aubier in 2007–08! I had just graduated from university in my hometown, Vancouver, and since I had never really travelled, I knew I wanted to live in a new city. I chose the Odyssey program to develop my teaching skills and explore... More →

My Odyssey Experience By: Rihannon Phillips

Participating in the Odyssey program was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Although I was nervous about moving away from my hometown to a new province for the first time, I could not be happier with my decision. Odyssey was fun and challenging in such a positive way. I opened myself up to new opportunities and new possibilities. Meeting new people, learning a new language, and figuring out what career I... More →

Nadia Lebel, from Drummondville, Québec, to Whitehorse, Yukon
Nadia Lebel, from Drummondville, Québec, to Whitehorse, Yukon

I get up in the morning, and the sun’s been up all night! It bathes a mountain in pink light. That’s what I see in the morning, on my way to work. You cannot imagine the stillness of wide open spaces until you’ve set foot in Yukon! You really feel alive here! With every step you take, nature is all around you. Signing up for the Odyssey program was the most important decision of my life... More →

Personal anecdotes by Inge Marie Pedersen for Odyssey 2009-10

I first became interested in the Odyssey program because I needed to improve my French. At that time, I was preparing to apply to teachers’ college and I couldn’t finish my application due to the fact that I wasn’t confident enough to teach French, even with an Honours French degree. I needed a full-on French cultural immersion experience. I work in a high school called Curé Hébert in Lac St-Jean with 450 students from levels secondary... More →

Robert McNutt, from Saint John, New Brunswick to Lévis, Québec
Robert McNutt, from Saint John, New Brunswick to Lévis, Québec

Lévis is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, facing Québec City. You can sense four hundred years of history everywhere there. In the morning, the sun washes over the Château Frontenac and the Citadel. Just across the bridge, you can go for a walk on the Plains of Abraham, or stroll through the meandering streets of Old Québec, which is one of the most European towns, as well as one of... More →


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