New Russian students at Canterbury College

What does it feel like to arrive in New Zealand when you speak no English at all? For Nadzeya and her mother Svetlana, pictured here with Nadzeya’s sister Veronika (centre), the experience has been very exciting, and they really want to start learning in our FREE ENGLISH classes so they can express themselves directly. In the meantime, we asked them to write down their thoughts in Russian, and we translate below.

Suprun Nadzeya

Пролетев значимое количество киллометров,дорога от Сиднея до Крайсчерча показалась не долгой, но тревожной.Все ближе приближаясь к островам Новой Зеландии, первое впечатления поразила красота природы. Все прелести природы как нарисованы по плану архитектора.Все подобрано одно к одному.Понимая, что ты оказался совсем на другом континенте, незная ни культуры, ни менталитета, ни смысла жизни людей, к чему они стремяться.Сделав первые шаги после приземления было страшно, но и интересно,с желанием скорее узнать и постичь все прелести этого маленького в своем роде “уголка земли”. Начиная общаться, понимаешь, к этому стремяться многие, но таков шанс выпадает не каждому.Здесь люди свободные и не зависимые,они живут в прекрасном уголке, где не только пекрасно, но и экологически чистый воздух.Все права каждого гражданина защищены. Понимая что ты совсем чужой в этой стране и не гражданин Новой Зеландии,но государство  тебя поддерживает и дает все возможности для реализации задуманных планов.Посещая общественные места,знакомишься с культурой, модой,разновидностью кухонь. Очень необычное поведение людей, совсем не зависимое от мнения общества. Так же обратила внимание на воспитание детей, нет всех тех запретов которые встречались в Белоруссии.Незнаю, что будет в будущем, но могу сказать одно, если правильно все взвесить и расчитать, то может у меня и есть возможность овладеть языком, получить проффесию и обосноваться здесь для дольнейшей жизни в прекрасной стране.

 

Nadzeya:

Despite the number of kilometres, the journey from Sydney to Christchurch passed quickly. Suddenly we were approaching the islands of New Zealand, and our first impression the striking natural beauty. All the charm of nature is displayed, as if by design. We realised that we were not just in another continent, but in a new culture or mentality, where the meaning of life was different. Our first steps after landing from the plan were scary but also full of interest, as we felt a desire to learn more and understand all the charm of this world on a  human scale.

Many people would love to have this experience, but the chance is not granted to everyone. Here we feel people live freely and independently, in a beautiful place, which is also environmentally friendly, and where the rights of every citizen are protected. Arriving as a foreigner in this country, not a New Zealand citizen, but recieiving the support of the Government  which gives you every opportunity to realize your dreams as  a Permanent Resident!

Exploring public places, you can get acquainted with the culture, fashions, and variety of cuisines. You can even observe unusual and excentric behavior, which is not limited by the views of society. Even children are under less prohibitions than in Belorusse. Who knows what will happen in the future? Still, I can say one thing, if properly weighed and calculate, then I can and have the opportunity to learn the language, get settled and enjoy making  a contribution here for the long life in a beautiful country.

 

Suprun Sviatlana

Летели с Москвы на самалете фирмы “Эмираты”.Делали пересадки в Дубае, Бонкоке, Сидней и конечный пункт назначения город Крайсчерч. Во всех аэропортах делали фото на память. Больше всего поразило-это вид с самолета, когда пролетали над Новой Зеландией. С высоты кажется,что над землей Новой Зеландии трудился какой-то искустный архитектор,так затейливо поделена территория на ровные квадратики, и с высоты смотриться очень красиво. А какие здесь приветливые и улыбчивые люди. Даже не зная ничего по английски. Встречали нас наши родные:дочь, зять,внучки,сваты.Встреча была долгожданной, почти девять лет невиделись с родными,а внучек вообще не видили.Мы очень рады, что мы все вместе, вся наша семья.Хочеться выразить благодарность всем людям принявшее участие в воссоединении нашей семьи.

Suprun Sviatlana

We flew from Moscow on “Emirates”, passing through Dubai, Bangkok, Sydney and the final destination city of Christchurch. We were most impressed when flying over New Zealand. From avove, it seems that over the land of New Zealand some landscape architect has intricately divided territory into flat squares, which looks very nice from a height. And what friendly and smiling people!  We felt this even without knowing English.

Soon, we met our family: a daughter, son, relatives I had not seen for almost nine years, and a granddaughter I had never seen. We felt very happy to be all together again. I felt I want to thank all the people who have been involved in  reuniting our family.

Further Education

Someone once said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”.

We at Canterbury College are so proud of our students and their positive attitudes and efforts towards higher education.  One of our teachers is leading by example and moving onto further education, himself. Graeme Carmody, we are sad to see you go, but applaud you for leading by example and being an amazing role model for so many.  We asked Graeme how he would sum up his experiences here.

“Canterbury College was a lot of fun!” – Graeme Carmody

 

Graeme Carmody, Teacher at Canterbury College

 

 

Education is something that once you have it, nobody can ever take it away. The most valuable thing you can do to improve your quality of life is to learn. If you’re interested in further education or you know someone that is, Canterbury College has a lot to offer. Our students come to us from all over the world and when they graduate they not only gain NZQA qualifications, they leave here with memories of an invaluable experience.

Canterbury College is dedicated to providing a high quality, well-rounded education in a supportive, rewarding and enjoyable environment, where students can have a very good experience.

Make YOUR Dreams Come True

But don’t take our word for it, hear what our students have to say in these Student Testimonials. Just click one of the names below and listen to what some of our international students had to say about their time at Canterbury College.

>> Ana Maria from Brazil
>> Cristian Andres from Chile
>> Al Rasheed Abdullah from Saudi Arabia
>> Brita Steiger from Germany
>> Jin Sung from Korea

>> For more testimonials. Click here…

We offer a wide variety of Business courses, English course, and courses that combine English + Trade Skills (Ex. Farming, Barista, Accounting, Aromatherapy, etc.).  For more information on the individual courses we offer, please visit our website: http://www.cancan.com/

Meet Mignon, NZDipBus student from South Africa

 

Mignon Oliver

Meet Mignon - New Biz student from South Africa

Nearly all of us have dreams, but only a few try to implement their dreams. Meet Mignon Olivier who has recently started her journey towards her career as an entrepreneur.

She is our first student from South Africa (see this post for a list of nationalities at the College), though Mignon has lived in various countries in her life. It is remarkable that she has chosen New Zealand to get her qualification in Business. We asked Mignon about her background and plans for the future:

“I was born in South Africa but grew up mostly in the United States of America. I’ve spent 5 years in China, 2 years in Canada, 6 months in the Caribbean, 8 months in England, 4 months in Cyprus, and 4 years in the Netherlands. I’ve lived all over the world and I believe my vast firsthand knowledge of different cultures is greatly in my favor when working with people from diverse cultures. I plan to combine this with the business knowledge I will gain from all the courses I’ll be taking at Canterbury College.
I plan on becoming an entrepreneur. My dream is to have a chain of restaurants starting here in New Zealand and eventually expanding to every 1st world country on the planet. Cafe Mignon will be a chain of modern, moderate, and tasteful eateries worldwide that adapts to each country while maintaining a uniform company image. I will take into account different cultures, not only in regard to customers but in regard to my staff as well. Once my first establishment starts generating significant profit, I will begin studying towards my MBA.
I am so excited to begin my studies at Canterbury College and start working towards my dream!
Quote: Nee heb je, ja kun je krijgen (you’ve already got a ‘no’ but you can get a ‘yes’) i.e. it can’t hurt to ask!”

By the way the New Zealand Diploma in Business is an internationally recognised qualifications that provides students with a broad range of general business skills and knowledge. It will suit anyone who is interested in business and wishes to quick-start his or her study, as it is widely recognised by universities and institutes.

If you are interested in this course, hurry, as the first classes start on 28 of February! The course schedule for this year is:

28 February – 9 April Accounting Principles
11 April – 28 May Economic Environment
30 May – 9 July Business Communication
25 July – 9 September Introduction to Commercial Law
12 September – 29 October Business Computing
31 October – 9 December Organisation and Management

For more information download the course brochure

New student from Argentina

Sole from Argentina

Sole enjoys New Zealand

Canterbury College is happy to welcome our new student: Sole from Argentina! She has chosen to study our English plus Barista course. It is one of our special courses that aims to teach students coffee-making alongside with General English and starts nearly every 2 months beginning from 28 of March (for more information visit Barista course webpage).

Here is what Sole says:

“Personalmente espero llevarme muchas sorpresas en este viaje, pero lo que quiero guardar en mi memoria es la experiencia de vivir en otro país, con otra cultura, el poder adaptarme día a día a nuevas cosas y el crecer como persona. Dentro de esta gran lista tengo que nombrar a Canterbury College y toda la gente que trabaja dentro de esta escuela que realmente me ayudan día a día en lo que necesito y son una gran guía para poder adaptarse en este país. Uno llega medio perdido cuando viene de Argentina pero acá la gente es realmente amable y siempre que puedan darte una mano ahí va a estar.”

“Personally, I expect many surprises from this trip. But what I’m really looking forward to is living in another country and another culture, learning new things every day and improving my personality. I have to mention Canterbury College and all the people who are working here. They help me in my everyday needs and in adapting to new country. After Argentina it is very easy to get lost here, but all people are so nice and they help you if it is required.”

Did you know:

The official language of Argentina is Spanish, although many people speak Italian and German. Some indigenous populations still speak their native languages. If you wish to find out more interesting facts about Argentina, visit http://wanttoknowit.com/interesting-facts-about-argentina.