As an international student in Canada or the USA you will usually get the months of May, June, July and August as summer vacation. (If your semester started in September.) This is a long period of time to be off from school. So what will you do with all of this spare time? There are so many different things you could do within these 4 months. Take a look at the list below and see what you could be doing through your summer vacation in Canada or the USA!
1) Explore the city
You are probably still getting used to your new surroundings in your new location. So go exploring! There are usually many things for people to do around town. You can go to local shops and restaurants and really experience this new culture. There might have been places you wanted to visit through the school year, but didn’t have any time. Well now is your chance to do all the things around town that you wanted to do through the school year!
2) Experience the outdoors
There are many outdoor activities you can do in both Canada and the USA. You can go camping, hiking and go to the beach! These are very fun activities that many domestics students love to do throughout their summer vacations. These activities are a great way to experience the outdoors and summer weather. Go swimming at the beach or canoeing when you are camping! There are so many different things you can do to enjoy the summer weather. You can find great locations for these activities from people on your campus, or by searching online! Get a group of friends together so you can all go experience these adventures together!
3) Go to music festivals/ local events and other summer vacation activities
Canada and the USA are known for their summer festivals. Many cities will hold their own festivals/ events, or you may have to travel to a different city to attend a larger event. These festivals are so much fun to experience with friends. Enjoy the outdoors while listening to music and eating great food. Many downtown areas will have events for you to enjoy, these events will vary on theme depending on where you are living.
4) Enjoy your hobbies
Did you have something that you loved to do back in your home country? Maybe it was sewing, drawing, or singing? Take this time to do some of the things you enjoy most. These are stores located everywhere where you can buy supplies for your hobbies. Or look into community events and maybe you can find groups of people who enjoy doing the same thing you do!
5) Spend time with new friends
So it has been almost a year of being in a new country. Why not take some time to get to know your classmates and new friends out of the classroom setting. You can enjoy some of the activities listed above with friends you have made throughout the year. All these activities are great ways to get to know people. You can experience these fun things with a group of people to make the summer memorable!
6) Find a job
Being a full time student in Canada or the USA you have the opportunity to work part time. [INSERT WORK AND STUDY BLOG] You may have already been working part time through the school year, but if not the summer is a great time to look for a job. Take the time to write up your resume and then go around town and apply to jobs. You can also apply to jobs online, or your school might even have some jobs available.
7) Prepare for the next school year
No matter what year of your program you are in, it might be a good idea to prepare for the next year. It is a good idea to take at least a small portion of your summer to brush up on what you have learned in the previous semester. Depending on the school, your courses for the next semester will usually be posted before the end of the summer, so you can take a look at what you will be doing and prepare yourself!
8) Organize your room
Whether you are living in a dorm, apartment or house, it is a good idea to stay organized! Give your room a good cleaning so you can have fresh start for the next semester. Try to get rid of any notes/ school projects that you won’t need so your room won’t be so cluttered.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Also a good way to spend some of your summer vacation! You can find volunteering opportunities like how you would look for a job; looking online, looking around your community or looking for volunteer positions on campus. Volunteering will give you some great experience in this new country.
Take this time off to just relax! The school year can be stressful so enjoy your summer vacation and forget about the stress. Stay at home, go on an adventure, no matter what you do just remember to enjoy your time in Canada or the USA and gain experience as much as you can!
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