With the world becoming more and more a global village and with English the common language for work and recreation, there is an increasing demand for students to improve their English.
Our school is unique. We do not compete with the “big city” schools. We have much more to offer our students.
The ESL Program
ESL school in the Wilderness Ranch, Year Round!! 15 hours of classroom study each week with a Wilderness lifestyle experience. After your language course, why not enroll in one of our Wilderness Guide schools and learn much more about working with horses and guiding in the wilderness.
Afternoon ActivitiesIncluded in the ESL Program, you will learn to ride “Western” style during your introductory orientation on a real horse ranch with over 40 horses. Guided and independent riding, gold panning, target shooting, fishing, and much more are all part of the offerings available. A three-hour riding orientation with first ride is included, and additional rides are available for a fee. Read more about our free and with fee activities.
Weekend Adventure Activities Year Round Students get involved in many weekend activities such as hiking and wildlife viewing on the weekends. Camp Based horse pack trips and Fishing.
Homestay is at the Ranch No commuting here! Everything is all within a 5 minute walk, accommodation, school and horses! — Family style meals and community living. Accommodation is usually in a single room. Facilities include shared bathrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and a large selection of educational videos and books about nature and horses.
Classroom in the Wilderness, May to Oct As a bonus, students on a program of 4 weeks or longer have the opportunity to join a pack-trip to a camp in the mountains (in Summer season only).
ESL Winter Ranch Program, Oct – April Experience a Canadian winter with all the options — Horse riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing or ice fishing. An add-on that delights many ESL students is the Winter Predator and Eagle Viewing Snowmobile Trip. You can search for mountain lion, bobcat, wolf, and eagle; additional fees apply.
Wilderness Trips As an Add-on after your ESL School, try going on one of the Guest Ranch trips such as a Horse Pack Trip, Guided Hiking, Mountain Biking or Fishing Trip. Perhaps a Wildlife Safari or Grizzly Viewing Trip. Many options are available, additional fees apply.
Extended Immersion Program, Year round This Program is very popular with all our students. Students can join this program after they finish their language course. We provide accommodation and all meals in our Extended English Immersion environment 24/7 which includes work experience in many areas of the ranch. We are a Tourism industry professional with over 30 years of experience in Tourism Management and hire almost all of our staff in-house from our Immersion Program participants.
Business English This program provides business English training to international managers and executives who compete in today’s global market and need the global currency – English. Both single and group programs are available; group programs enable workgroup teams to bond together more strongly. Team-building, Self-development, and Leadership areas are explored within an experiential-learning framework. Through client-centered, interactive training, participants learn to communicate and lead effectively in English. Ask our staff for details.
Immigration / Visas Foreign students can work in Canada during their studies and after they graduate. In most cases, you will need to apply for one of the student-related work permits, which are required if you want to work in a co-op / internship placement, off campus, or after graduating from your studies. We work closely with an Immigration and Visa Consultant who can answer all your questions and file your applications for work and study or work and travel.
Employment Students can also apply their new knowledge and practical skills by working on our Ranch through our paid positions, and Practicums. We have various jobs such as working in the kitchen, housekeeping, ranch hand, horse guide, office, sales and accounting.
“My idea of Canada and living on a ranch was more than I expected! It was an amazing time here at the ranch for me. I met a lot of new people and discovered different views about life. As well, life at the ranch is very different from the life in Switzerland. I also learned more about different and new values. For me it was a really interesting and instructive time and I have left with the feeling that I will miss this place.”