Tears and Hugs: Time for Airport Farewell!

Quest students say goodbye at Toronto’s Pearson Airport before flying home to Brazil

This weekend was the final goodbye for many of our students, so you could say there were a few tears shed…

Goodbyes are hard for us at Quest since our students always leave lasting impressions on us. Plus, it’s never nice to see your students sad!

To ensure we get the chance to say a proper goodbye, our team members will escort students to the airport and hang with them until they are ready to go.

Airports are magical places and we are happy to share the final moments in Canada together.
Here’s to another amazing summer at Quest and to many more in our future!!
Quest students wave goodbye on their final day together as a group in Toronto.
Every year, students like to use Canadian flags as mementos of their time here in Toronto.
By |2022-02-17T15:52:25+00:00July 31st, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Time for Graduation!

Graduating students of Quest scream goodbye to camera at our summer campus. 
Hat’s off! It’s time for graduation! 
This week saw the bulk of the Quest summer students graduate and we couldn’t be happier. 
After three to four weeks of challenging classroom work, each student gets the honour of receiving an official Quest graduation certificate. The certificate comes with their photo on it, so it’s perfect for hanging on the wall! 
Every student worked amazingly hard this summer and we are proud of the dedication of each and every one of them. 
However, while we are proud, we are also sad.

Graduation is always a bittersweet moment for us teachers since it also means saying goodbye to our students.

We will us miss you very much and wish you return to Canada soon. 

See below for more graduation photos!

By |2022-02-17T15:52:26+00:00July 30th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Laser Tag!

Quest smile while bowling at RINX in Toronto

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ game of laser tag?

And maybe some bowling?
And oh, also, why not some rollerskating, fuzzball, basketball, bumper cars, and billiards? 
Sounds like an awesome day, eh? Well, it was for the Quest students!
They got to spend the day at RINX in Toronto, an entertainment complex that houses all of the above-mentioned activities. 
Students got to compete on the bowling lanes, hold hands (to ensure they don’t fall!) on the roller-rink, and drain some 3-pointers in games room. 
This event was held near the end of the program, so it gave most of the students to catch up with old friends and let loose by having some fun.  
Quest students are well focused on the fuzzball at hand

By |2022-02-17T15:52:26+00:00July 29th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

New York, New York!

Quest students stylishly pose for a photo in New York City, USA. 

While Toronto may be the biggest city in Canada, it will seem a bit smaller once you visit New York City, North America’s second largest city with more than 8 million people (compared to Toronto’s 3 million).

New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world, so visiting it is an amazing experience for Quest students.

This year, students spent one weekend touring the “Big Apple,” exploring one of the largest English speaking cities in the world.

Quest students smiling in Times Square, New York City, USA 

Students got to explore the Brooklyn Bridge, shop in Downtown Manhattan, gaze from the Top of the Rock, and of course, be amazed by the lights in Times Square.

While the experience was unforgettable, many students admitted that they preferred Toronto over New York City.

Woohoo! Go Toronto 🙂

By |2022-02-17T15:52:26+00:00July 28th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Tasting Canadian Cuisine

Quest students smile before digging into their meals

New Quest students to Canada always ask us teachers, “What is Canadian food?”
It’s a hard question to answer. 
Living in Toronto, we don’t really have any “Canadian food.” Instead, we have food from all over the world. 
You want Japanese Sushi? Okay, we have plenty. 
You want Indian Samosas? Yup, we have plenty of that too. 
How about some Jamaican Jerk Chicken? Oh yeah, we have that too. You could even say we have the best outside the Caribbean.

Eating out in Toronto is like travelling the world and every summer Quest students get to explore a world of tastes. 

Aside from plenty of amazing restaurants, some students even check out food festivals as well. In the summer, it seems as if every weekend in Toronto is a celebration of a different culture or dish.
Mhmmmm…. Bon Appétit! 
By |2022-02-17T15:52:26+00:00July 26th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Boat Cruise

Quest students from Russia (far left) and Mexico (two on the right) pose for a photo on Lake Ontario

There’s no better way to experience the skyline of Toronto than by boat at night.

Add some music and some friends to that boat and you have yourself an awesome evening!
This summer, the Quest students got to experience this at a boat cruise off of the Toronto harbour. 
Coasting on Lake Ontario, the boat offered students the chance to make new friends, dance to Canadian (as well as international) music, and to simply take-in the majestic view of the city. 
Students enjoyed the chance to dress-up nicely and pose for photos near the water and the skyline. 
By |2022-02-17T15:52:26+00:00July 26th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Afternoon in High Park

Quest students sneak into the garden to snap a quick picture at Toronto’s High Park

While it may be one of the largest recreational spaces in Toronto, High Park still seems like a hidden gem to most Torontonians.

So, every summer, it feels as if we are sharing a little secret with our students by showing them the beautiful park.

Situated in the West End of the city, High Park feels similar to New York City’s Central Park in that it allows residents a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Home to countless animals, flowers, and trees (including the beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees), High Park is a place to take-in some nature, go for a peaceful hike, and connect with your friends. It’s a place free of technology and full of vibrancy.

Fun Fact: A pair of capybaras once escaped the zoo at High Park in 2016 and were hilariously spotted wandering around downtown Toronto. It took more than a month to find and safely return the mammals!  

By |2018-07-25T21:32:00+00:00July 25th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Class Trips: University of Toronto

If you didn’t know, Toronto is home to one of the best universities in the world: the University of Toronto.

Built in 1827, this public university – commonly known as “U of T” – has a beautiful campus in downtown Toronto that we love to show off to students.

During our tours of the school, we love to chat to students about what life is like for a university student to hopefully inspire them all to continue onto higher education.

This summer, our class trip proved to be motivating since we had many, many students ask us, “How do I apply to be a student in Toronto? I must study here!!!”

We hope they one day get the chance to study where they desire and that they never stop learning!

By |2018-07-24T21:17:00+00:00July 24th, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Canada’s Wonderland x2…WaterPark Time!

Quest students pose with their teacher, right, at Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto.

Here at Quest, we love Canada’s Wonderland so much that we sometimes go twice! 

Situated in the north end of the city, Canada’s Wonderland is not only the biggest theme park in Canada, but also one of the biggest water parks. 
Thus, on our second trip, we give students the chance to explore this awesome water park!

The water park has so many amazing slides, pools, and rides for students to embark on. By the end of the day, all the students have lost their voices from screaming so much on the slides. Woohoo!
By |2018-07-23T16:59:00+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments

Double-Decker Bus Tour

Toronto is an amazing city to tour by foot, but sometimes it can be quite tiring…
This is why we take double-decker bus tours! 
This amazing sightseeing buses stroll all of the city’s main streets, allowing students to explore different Toronto neighbourhoods without lifting a leg.

The bus rides high above all other cars, offering students an unparalleled vista of the city’s streets.

The best part about Toronto is the diversity of its neighbourhoods, so we love to have students embrace each culture! 

By |2018-07-22T17:31:00+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Summer 2018|0 Comments
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