Taking a dream to new heights

International students come to Golden.

Saralota Salacova has come a long way to go to school in Golden. The student from Prague in the Czech Republic is just one of the international students in the area for a year of new learning and experiences.

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.


Just Posted

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire District

The prohibition will take effect at noon on Wednesday, June 12

Editorial: We’re already ambassadors to our community

There are many ways to spend your extra time in Golden. Have… Continue reading

Data shows nine years of Tourism Golden growth

Tourism Golden has seen its ninth consecutive year of substantial growth in… Continue reading

Protecting small mammals after logging near Golden

A team of biologists are keeping an eye on small mammals in… Continue reading

Business profile: IGA celebrates 50 years of business in Golden

IGA has been providing the Town of Golden with their groceries for… Continue reading

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read