Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Nataliia from Ukraine

Nataliia is an ESL student coming from Ukraine, currently enrolled in our Study & Work program.

After graduating in Foreign Litteratures, Nataliia felt that she needed to go on an adventure to experience a new culture and also improve her English level. After speaking to a few of her friends who participated in STEPWEST Study & Work in 2011, she decided to enrol in the program and come to Vancouver for 6 months.

Nataliia first studied Intensive English for 3 months at one of Vancouver’s’ top English school located in the historical neighbourhood of Gastown in Downtown Vancouver. Thanks to this English training including an English for Hospitality course where she learned a dedicated vocabulary, required by most employers in order to serve customers – she was then ready to start the second component of her program; a 3 month work experience in the service industry.

After meeting a few times with her STEPWEST Placement coordinator to have an interview preparation, she was sent to an interview for a waitress position and got the job on the spot! She now works as a waitress in a restaurant located in the evergreen heart of Vancouver : Stanley Park.

Nataliia is really enjoying her job as the summer season is now starting and more and more tourists are arriving making her very busy but also meaning more tips! She enjoys exchanging with customers every day. Sometimes, she even has the opportunity to speak Ukrainian with some tourists! She insisted on the great atmospherethe staff is really friendly” and immediately “integrated her in the team”. She even told us it was the best place she’s ever worked for!

If like Nataliia, you would like to discover the best city to live in the world and at the same time improve your English level through English study and a work experience – contact STEPWEST at inquiry @


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