As a new year started at Golden Secondary School, a group of students from around the world were taking in the first days of a year they will never forget. One of those students was Saralota Salacova, who has come to Golden as an international exchange student from Prague in the Czech Republic.
The 17-year-old explained why she was interested in coming to Canada over other potential countries.
“I did not want to go to England because it was too close, and many people were going to the United States, so I wanted to try something different. People also told me that Canadians were very friendly,” Salacova said.
She also had another reason why coming to an area like Golden was perfect for her. The teen is an avid skier who has spent time skiing some of the mountains in Italy, and cannot wait to hit the slopes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
After being in Canada for the last month, Salacova said she loves it here, and is amazed by how people have been treating her since she arrived.
“The teachers and students are very friendly. You can go up and talk to them and ask for help. My host family is also treating me well. They are amazing cooks,” she said.
She has also become close to her host sister. Salacova is excited to have the chance to share in her birthday celebration coming up, which will include a trip to Edmonton.
The year in Canada is a dream come true for the student who said the only concern she had coming to Canada, was whether or not there would be a visa issue.
As for the rest of her year Salacova explained she is just excited to try new things and take the time to see as much of the area she can while also spending her spring break in Vancouver.
The Home Stay co-ordinator, Monica De, explained the group is still looking for host families. Anyone interested in learning more about how to become a home stay family can call De at 250-272-6694.