Junior Camp at ILSC Vancouver

Here you’ll find all of the resources you will need to enjoy an amazing English learning experience at ILSC Vancouver Junior and Family Camp!

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Before you arrive

Student Digital Setup        Guide

Set up your @ilsceducation.com account to access ILSC Student Connect, the myILSC application and the email inbox for:

  • Your Welcome email
  • English Language Test Invitation
  • Orientation Session Information
  • Surveys
  • and so much more

Go to the Juniors Digital page for instructions.

ILSC Online English Assessment

Four weeks before the Junior Camp program begins, you will receive an email to your personal email and your ILSC email address with a link to our online English Placement test. The test will assess your English reading, writing, grammar and speaking skills and will take about 60-75 minutes to complete.

Technical Requirements:
• Internet connection
• Audio
• Camera and microphone to record videos for the speaking part of the assessment.

Orientation – pre-arrival information session

Go to the Juniors Orientation Page for information on these sessions and to find the meeting link.

There are sessions in 6 major languages and one in English. Choose the session best for you.

Watch the video below to see what adventures you will enjoy.

Arriving at the Airport    Airport Pick Up

  • If you are coming from an international flight, you will be arriving at the international arrivals’ terminal of the airport.

    If you are coming from a Canadian connecting flight, you will be arriving in the domestic arrivals terminal of the airport.

  • There will be an ILSC Junior Camps staff member waiting for you inside the terminal. The person will be waiting for you with a sign with the ILSC logo and your name. This Juniors Program staff will greet you and take you directly to the Residence.

    See the Important Information page for the emergency phone number (activated 2 weeks before Start Date)

First Day Information       Where to go

  • On your first day, arrive on campus in the morning. Orientation will begin at 9am. Your host family will explain how to get to campus using public transport. Bring any school supplies you may need and bring anything you might need for the activities that day. Check the Activity Calendar below to find out what that is.

Life at the Homestay

Our Student Accommodation Department will match you with a homestay family based on the information you included on your application (i.e., age, allergies, preferences).Prior to your arrival, you will receive a description of your homestay family including names of the family members, their ages, professions, and interests. You are strongly encouraged to communicate with your family by e-mail or by phone before you arrive. Sending them a picture is also a good idea—this will help them find you at the airport. They are as curious about you as you are about them!
Your new family will do their best to make you feel at home. Please keep in mind that this may include your helping with chores occasionally. If you follow the guidelines, your stay will be enjoyable and memorable.

Your homestay is your home away from home – a place where you can relax and experience Canadian family life. Your host family will provide you with a comfortable place to stay, meals and any guidance or support if and when you need it.

The Homestay

Tell Us About It

If you have a problem with your host family, please tell the Junior Camp staff or the Accommodations Manager, and we will help

Host Family

We carefully select our host families by inspecting their homes and interviewing them before accepting them as appropriate families for our Junior Camp students. We advise our host families of our expectations in providing our students with the care and attention they need.

Canada is a diverse country and our host families come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, races, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. Our host families are also diverse in their structure – two-parent families, single parent families, parents who work from home, or retirees.

Features of a host family

A clean home in a safe neighbourhood that provides our students with a private furnished room, shared bathroom, access to laundry facilities, and 3 meals per day.

A home that is accessible by public transportation and is approximately a 45-60 minute commute by bus or train.


Canadians typically leave for work between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM and arrive home around 6:00 PM. Dinner is usually served between 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM. Bedtime is usually between 9:00 PM-11:00 PM.

Meals and Cleaning


Meals with host families should not be missed. If you have any food concerns, discuss them with your host parents. Tell them if there is a particular type of food you dislike or if you desire another type of food.


In Canada, family members usually help with the household tasks. You may be asked to help with some of these tasks and you will be expected to keep your room and the washroom neat and tidy.

3 Meals a Day

Breakfast is usually self-serve (prepared by student) and families often do not eat together. Canadian breakfasts typically consist of : Cereal, toasted bread with jam and/or peanut butter or cheese or yogurt and fruit. Breakfast is usually between 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM (Monday-Saturday)and 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM on Sundays.

Lunch in Canada is not a large meal and will usually be a packed lunch to be eaten at school or on the field trip. Canadian lunches typically consist of leftovers (uneaten food from dinner the night before), or a sandwich with meat and/or cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Snacks consist of fruit, granola bars, or yogurt. Water is usually the preferred drink choice and is very safe to drink. Lunch takes place between 1:30pm-2:30pm (Monday-Saturday) and between 12:00pm-2:00pm on Sundays.

Dinner is the largest meal of the day and is usually eaten together with the host family.

Dinner meals may include meat, potatoes, vegetables/salad, pasta or stir fry and rice. Desserts are not usually offered but your host family may offer fruit.

Rooms and Bathrooms


You will be living in private furnished room, with a shared bathroom and access to laundry facilities.

If you are tired or just want some time alone, it is okay to go to your bedroom. If you want privacy, close the door to your room. You do not have to stay with the homestay family at all times.


Your Canadian shower should have a shower door or curtain. If you have a curtain, make sure it is always inside the tub so that water does not drip on the floor. If water gets on the floor, please clean it up. Shower times should not be longer than 15 minutes, and bathroom times should not be more than 20 minutes, as your family may share the bathroom with you.

Facilities and Internet


Most host families have a washer and dryer machine and will usually inform wen they explain the house rules if you are expected to do your own laundry or if they will do it for you. If you will be washing your own clothes, please ask your host parents to show you how to use the machines and when is a good time to use them. You should expect to do your laundry once a week.


Internet is included in your homestay.

Be considerate when using your phone in the evening and use headphones rather than the speaker function on your phone to avoid waking the family. Phone calls should not be made after 9:00 PM.

Life on Campus

Vancouver Campus and Classes

Mobile Phones and Valuables

Respect your teacher and classmates.
Please turn your cell phone off during class times.

Always keep your valuables with you: your wallet, bag, cell phone, electronic dictionary etc.


We want to help planet earth! So, remember the three R’s:
» Reduce: Bring your own cup or bottle
» Recycle: Use the right recycling bins, for beverage bottle and cartons, food scraps (compost) and paper
» Reuse: Bring your lunch in re-usable containers


All our classes take place on the ILSC Vancouver campus. 

Number of lessons: 17 lessons, 15 hours per week

Number of students per class: 16 students maximum

Our Teaching Philosophy

Learning works better when it is student-centred.

Learning works faster when it’s combined with everyday experiences.

People learn best when they are confident, at ease and happy.

What and how you study


You are expected to be on time to classes. Attendance, punctuality and participation are important parts of learning.
Students who come to class every day, on time:
» Learn more English!
» Get the class off to a good start!
Please note: if for any reason you are unable to attend a class or activity, please notify the school IN ADVANCE with a written notice or phone call.

Language Levels

Our five-level Junior Camp curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of our students, to address the range in language skills and abilities, and to challenge each individual student to progress and excel, based on their level.


Reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing are taught in dynamic and interesting ways.
Speaking and listening are practiced through discussion topics that are interesting and relevant to today’s youth.


The English Only environment helps you:
» Think in English
» Improve your English faster
» Learn about other cultures
» Make friends!



Students will receive a progress report and an end of course certificate upon completion of the program.

Vancouver Campus – 555 Richards Street, Vancouver

Life in Vancouver

About the city

Come and discover Vancouver, a modern, magical city set among lush green mountain forests and beaches lapped by the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the friendly multicultural atmosphere of Western Canada’s largest metropolis, where you can enjoy shopping, museums, and many outdoor adventures. ILSC–Vancouver’s campuses are in the city’s downtown, close to public transport, banks, restaurants, and shopping options.

Public Transport and Phones

Public Transport is a great way to explore Vancouver. Click on the images for more information or go to https://www.translink.ca/ for information on fares, zones and where to buy tickets.

An ILSC Junior Camp staff will always accompany you on activities and will know the transit routes and fares required. 

Students may need to travel on their own between their homestay and the ILSC campus each day. Your homestay family can explain the route and can help you choose the appropriate transit option.
Students are responsible for their own public transit fare.

Sky Train

The city’s three automated rapid transit SkyTrain lines take you all around Metro Vancouver:

  • Expo Line connects Downtown Vancouver with the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey.

  • Millennium Line takes you from East Vancouver through to Burnaby and into Port Moody and Coquitlam.

  • Canada Line travels between Downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Richmond.


The SeaBus is Vancouver’s passenger ferry that crosses the Burrard Inlet, connecting Downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver. Each ferry can seat up to 395 passengers at a time, and departs every 15 minutes during the day. It takes a short 12 minutes to cross the Inlet.

The SeaBus runs seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night — for first and last SeaBus info, see First and Last SeaBus.

Bus and Metro

The city’s network of buses, trolleys and Community Shuttles link to various hubs, exchanges, SkyTrain stations and tourist destinations throughout Metro Vancouver. NightBus routes (late-night service) start with “N”. RapidBus routes (frequent bus service) start with “R”.


The meter starts at $3.75 and the km price is $2.18.
Tax is included in the price, but it is always polite to tip the driver.
If the sign on top of the taxi is not lit, it is already occupied.



We use the app WhatsApp to communicate with students on their mobile phones.
An international SIM card can lower your roaming and international calling expenses while you are in Canada.
You can use your current mobile phone and by changing the SIM card, you will get a local phone number and data plan!
A SIM card, can cost from $9-$19/week or $35-$55/ month, depending on the plan. For more information, please visit gophonebox.com/plans.

If you would like to purchase a SIM card, please let us know on your first day of class and one of the Junior Program staff will help you.

Telephones in Vancouver


There are three area codes within Vancouver (604), (236), and (778).
You must always dial the area code, along with the number.
If you are making a long-distance call, you must always dial 1 + the country code (011-55 +, or 011-886+, etc.) followed by the phone number.

Pay phones are located throughout the city, and all local pay phone calls are 50 cents, with no time limit

911 is the Emergency number that can be dialed for FREE from any telephone. 1-800 numbers or 1-888 numbers are free.

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