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Student from Mexico making dream come true on P.E.I.

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Mauricio Tellez Martinez has always wanted to improve his English by attending a language-training program abroad. It’s a dream that he’s had since long before even graduating from high school.

This year, his dream will come true.

As he was entering his fourth year at University, he learned he would participate in the Proyecta 10,000 program in the summer of 2017 held at the Collège de L’île along with six other students.

Martinez arrived at the college in early July to take part in an intensive four-week immersion program in English.

“I speak English, but I want to expand my vocabulary,” he said.

“To me this is a necessary part of my studies in mechatronic engineering, because I have to be able to communicate with people from all over the world, and English is often the language that people have in common.”

Collège de l’Île was chosen, again, to take part in the Proyecta 10,000 program, part of an ambitious initiative to provide 10,000 Mexican students the opportunity to study English as a second language in Canada between 2015 and 2018 while also showcasing cooperation between the two countries.

Students stay at the college for four weeks and complete at least 96 hours of language study. They also take part in a broad range of activities designed to help them learn more about the Island culture and life in Canada.

“This is m first time in Canada and so also my first visit to Prince Edward Island,” said Martinez.

“We’ve already done quite a few activities, like visiting the engineering school at the University of Prince Edward Island and going to see the musical “Anne & Gilbert”. People here on the Island are so friendly; even if they don’t know you, they wave and say hello when you’re walking down the street.”

The Proyecta 10,000 participants will be on the Island until July 29.

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