Out-trips for newcomers to Vancouver – a great way to make new friends and learn about your community
Blog by Daniela. Are you a newcomer to Canada living at the Westside of Vancouver? Are you interested in meeting new people, practicing your English and learning more about your community? Then I have something for you: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House organizes social out-trips every second Thursday from 9:30am to 1:30pm (Fee: $ 5 per adult, $ 2 per child).
I still remember my first out-trip to Vancouver City Hall. I didn’t even know that I could go inside City Hall and get a tour. I was impressed to see and actually go inside the Council Chambers.
For me there are many good reasons to join an out-trip: meet other newcomers, make new friends, practice English (also with native speaker volunteers), learn about your community, find out how you can be more involved in the community and of course have lots of fun.
The out-trips will take you to places like Londsdale Quay in North Vancouver, Raven Song Community Health Center, Trout Lake, Granville Island or City Hall, just to name a few. It’s not so much about just going to these places. Often the people from Kitsilano Neighbourhood House would organize a guided tour so participants would get useful information that otherwise is not easy to find.
A social highlight at the end of each out-trip is having coffee and a bagel with all members of the group. Everyone gets a chance to practice English and to get to know each other better. Especially when you’re new to a country like me back in fall 2010, I found it very encouraging to meet other newcomers and to hear their stories. I made friends with many of the people I first met at the out-trips and we are still in touch today.
If you’d like to learn more about out-trips or register for the next out-trip – click here to get to the out-trips page.