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From Nicaragua to Canada: How studying languages changed Maria's life

testimonial • September 25, 2023

Maria is an international student from Nicaragua. Gunnar is an international student from Brazil. Both study English in Canada. Find out why both decided to study in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and how this one decision changed their lives.

“I started a customer service job and thanks to this opportunity to study English here in Canada and specifically here at Heartland, it helped me to develop all the skills that I needed to communicate effectively.”

— Maria
Student at the Heartland International English School
Video transcript

Maria: I'm Maria Cerpas, I came to Canada, from Nicaragua.

Gunnar: My name is Gunnar. I came from Brazil in 2019.

Carol: When people start to study in a language school, I think the one commonality they all share is vulnerability.

Carol: Canada is so open and so multicultural. Many people from many different and they're all brought together by language.

Maria: I came to Canada, um, because [...] my family wanted to be in a place where we can live safely, also where our human rights are respected.

Maria: But when I came here I wasn't able to communicate effectively.

Gunnar: I knew that I would face some challenges, so I just decided to try.

Carol: I've seen students who came in with almost nothing and then they get better and better and better.

Carol: and finally they're ready to go out and study at university or get a job. And it just feels great to see that happen

Maria: I was able to understand better.

Maria: I was able to find a job It really changed my life.

Gunnar: I had good opportunities to talk with the new students, socialise with them, help me to improve my English and I'm really enjoying it.

Maria: I see a future for me here.

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