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Blyth Academy is the leading private school in Canada by enrolment, with fourteen campuses across Ontario. Additionally, we offer over 30 academic summer programs in more than 30 countries across the world where students can earn credits towards a high school diploma. Blyth Academy has four international academies: Qatar, Florence, Prato, and Global High School. We are the most trusted educational organization offering study abroad programs for students from the US and Canada. More than 50,000 students have experienced our International Summer and Community Service programs since we opened in 1977.

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Founded
1977
Headquarters

160 Avenue Road
Toronto ON M5R 2H8
Canada

Reviews

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Ramona
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was an amazing experience and I strongly encourage anyone on the fence to check it out. Both my brother and my sister have also attended these programs and have had an equally compelling expirience. I’ve never been away from home for so long before and I was a little worried, but everyone makes you feel at home right away (even though you’re constantly travelling!). The friends I made on that trip are still my friends and we travel to see each other a couple time a year. I do feel that taking a photography credit was a good choice for me becasue it gave helped me discover the passion I had for it. Since that trip, I’ve entered and won a few different contests using things I learned while abroad. All in all I think it was well worth the money for me and I would suggest that if you’re uncertain to go to an info session for more information. For me it was 10/10!

What was the most nerve-racking moment?
The first day, when you don’t know anybody and it’s all travelling and jet lag. However, people warm up to you pretty quickly and by the third or fourth day any awkwardness at the beginning was long gone.
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Erica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having the opportunity to take this travel and travel was the best decision ever. Sure, you get nervous at first if you're going alone (which I did) because you're unsure of the friends you'll make etc. However, that lasts maybe a couple of hours until you all begin talking about where you're from and what you're excited for.

Not only did I meet some amazing friends that I am still in contact with to this day, but, I also got a high school credit while doing it (grade 12 university english). It was the best version of summer school! Despite moving around every 4 days, the teachers always kept us on tract with the curriculum and were available around the clock to talk about our ongoing assignments. The other 2 staff (manager, and activities coordinator), essentially made sure we were safe at all times, in the right place, and having fun all at the same time.

Let's just say, if I could still be exploring western Europe right now, I 100% would be.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
SLEEP IS VERY IMPORTANT!

It is very easy to fall behind on your sleep because you're out every night exploring a new city or grinding out an assignment. My advice would be to find a balance and stay on track of both, because you're up and out every single day at 8:00am. And being tired while doing a walking tour of a city for a couple of hours, or trying to stay awake in class, is fun for no one!
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Ariel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was nervous at first to go on this trip as I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know anyone else going and I wasn't sure what to expect regarding the work load. I can safely say that making friends was not an issue. Everyone on this trip was on the same boat as me, no one came with a friend and we were all eager to get to know each other. Within the first hour after getting dropped off at the airport, I already got to know 2 people very well. The teachers cared about their students much more than any other public or private school teacher would, making it much easier to understand the work. The teachers were available at all hours to help their students with any difficulties we would have. The experiential learning opportunities were beyond incredible. While learning and reading about both world war I and II, we got to visit Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach. We had the chance to see first hand where certain battles took place which helped us visualize and picture the challenging lives of the soldiers in the war. Not only did we get to see the educational aspect of France, but we were also immersed in the amazing French culture. Our trip led us on incredible paths leading to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Mont-Saint-Michel, and much more. Truly and incredible trip!

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Katelyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I travelled to various locations in Italy to obtain my grade 11 English credit this summer and I can honestly say it was the greatest experience of my life. Not only did this experience allow me really break out of my shell and make life long friends , but I experienced academic enrichment like I’ve never had before. Every day in Italy was a new adventure for me and the memories I created with my class will last a lifetime for me. Not only are all the staff so supportive and easy going, but they are also there to help you maximize your success in their class. All the excursions and tours I had on this trip were unforgettable. As someone who is extremely anxious when separated from home, everyone on the trip made me feel so comfortable and really allowed for me to mature and let go of my fears. I remember in Florence my friends and I sprinted through the city to make it to the top of the Micheal Angelo view point to see the beautiful sunset across the city. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and if you ever have a chance to experience Blyth, without a doubt ... DO IT!

What would you improve about this program?
Blyth has a perfect balance between class and free time , the only thing I would look to make even better is have trip coordinators research and reccomend great restaurants and cafes nearby your hotel, since there are so many places to eat in Italy, it was hard to narrow down the best spots! Other than that, nothing !
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Avery
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to Costa Rica with Blyth August 2018 and it was definitely the best month of my life! The staff were so friendly and easy to talk to and I made so many lifelong friends. Playa del Coco, the beach town that you are in most of the trip is such a fun place to be and you really feel connected with the location. I would recommend doing the surfing excursion because you go to this gorgeous beach town and can go exploring and learn to surf. As for the school portion of the trip, I did grade 11 Biology and it was great. My teacher was super cool and she always went the extra mile to make sure I fully understood every concept before evaluations. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone! Remember to take tons of pictures and enjoy every moment you are there!

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Mara Mark

Mara is a Blyth Representative, having travelled with Blyth International Summers twice. She is currently in grade 11 and attends Abbey Park High School.

Mara Mark

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I love biology and what better place to study it than the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection and evolution originated there and evolution is covered in the grade 11 bio course. In addition I had previously travelled with Blyth and I was wanting to travel with them again. So when I heard that grade 11 biology can be studied in the Amazon and Galapagos, I jumped on the opportunity, as I understood that it would be a once and lifetime opportunity.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider managed the hotels, breakfast, dinner, included excursions, flights, itinerary, transportation and tour guides. So, the students and teachers didn't have much to organize. The teachers had to organize the lesson plans, classes and course materials, but they didn't have to worry about anything else besides their packing. Students only had to prepare for the course and trip (packing).

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would give is bring a travel journal with you. You will want to remember this trip for the rest of your life. So recording your daily experiences and most memorable moments will allow you to reflect on your amazing trip in 10 years or so. The experiences you will have may only happen once it your life, hence why would you want to forget them.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day looks like; wake up around 7-8, eat breakfast around 8-9, class time for a couple hours, lunch time, fun activity/excursion, free time, dinner, signing out, bed time. Lunch was not included, so everyday my friends and I went to various restaurants to try the local food. It was very nice, because I love to experiences different cultures, whether it is through the eyes or the mouth.

During free time we could explore the city in groups of four, study or ask your teacher questions. Signing out means, going out with your friends in minimum groups of four after dinner to explore the area. I love this because I feel restricted to what I can do when I am in a large group, so this allowed me to see and do what my friends and I wanted.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was getting sick, as in the Amazon there are many life threatening viruses. However, I kept telling myself that I am protected from by bug spray and all the required shots and medications. In addition, I found out that the areas infested by insects has drastically decreased. Overtime I stopped worrying about it as much to allow myself to enjoy my time there.

What was the most challenging part of the trip?

Traveling alone may seem scary or worrisome, but you are not alone on the trip. There are teachers, students and a program organizer there with you 24/7. If you ever need assistance, there are many people that can help you. In addition try and get to know everyone on the trip, because once you do, you will feel like one big family and that is one of the best feelings. The students on the trip may end up being your life long friends.

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