Testimonial: Marcelo Ayala from Paraguay

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2016)

Olds College (Agribusiness and Rural Development, M.Sc.)

Marcelo Ayala

Under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), I had the opportunity to conduct research on livestock and animal welfare at Olds College, in Alberta. I had access to high-quality research facilities and new technologies such as Infrared Thermography for cattle.

I also took classes during my exchange at the college. It was challenging to study in a new language but I was grateful for the support that I received from both professors and classmates. I met students from all around the world and learned about their countries and cultures.

The ELAP exchange was an enriching experience for my professional career. I am currently in contact with a company to exchange ideas and discuss different topics related to livestock.

Overall, studying and living in Canada was amazing. I experienced the quality of the Canadian college system. I felt safe from the first day that I arrived and admired the stunning Canadian landscape. I would encourage anyone to undertake an exchange in Canada. The country offers so many possibilities.