Congratulations on making the decision to come and learn English in Victoria! You must be getting ready to travel and wondering what you should pack.
Maybe you’re an experienced traveller but you’ve never studied abroad before. Maybe this is your third time studying English in a foreign country, but your first time on Vancouver Island.
Whatever your experience, the following guide will provide you with the 16 essential items to pack for Victoria.
(And don’t worry, it won’t be your own kayak!)
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When you arrive in Canada, you must be prepared to show certain documents to the immigration officials. Be sure to carry them with you and do not pack them in checked luggage.
Here is what you should bring:
You MUST have appropriate medical insurance if you want to participate in all the fun sports activities that Global Village organizes for our students, such as this:
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Victoria is described as the mildest city in Canada and the weather is generally very comfortable. This chart shows you the average temperatures in Victoria throughout the year:
However, you’ll find the temperature somewhat changeable, especially during the transition from winter to spring.
The day can begin cloudy and rainy, then change to sunny with blue skies around lunchtime, and be back to dark and rainy when you’re walking home after school.
The following list may change slightly depending on the time of year you’re arriving, but generally speaking, here’s what you should pack:
Of course, you can always buy any clothing items you may need at the many stores in Victoria. Check out this great read on shopping in Victoria.
When was the last time you were a student in a classroom? Regardless of your answer, you may think essential study materials are fairly obvious. However, I’ve seen new students show up on their first day at Global Village with nothing but a bright smile and a big lunch.
So, to help you make the most of your time in the school, I’d recommend you pack the following:
If it’s been a while since you were in a classroom, you’re probably relieved to see that not much has changed. Or you may be curious why I haven’t included any technology on the list, such as a laptop or translator. If you have them, then by all means bring them with you, but the focus in the classroom will always be about communicating with the people around you. Sometimes technology acts as a barrier to reaching out to the person sitting next to you.
Which brings me to my last checklist….
I realize that you can’t exactly “pack” an attitude. Or can you? Let’s visualize a tiny little suitcase in your heart, where the following behaviours should get carefully stowed away:
Read more about the local people you might meet in Victoria.
I hope this list has helped you to prepare for your time here in Victoria. I promise you won’t regret your choice. You’ll be studying in one of Canada’s most charming cities, at an English school well known for its caring staff.
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