February 21-23, 2020

Are you an international or exchange student who is new to the joys of Canadian winter? If so, then this is the trip for you! Don’t miss your chance to participate in a weekend homestay in Orillia, Ontario and try a variety of winter activities such as ice hockey and tobogganing. 

Orillia, Ontario is 135km north of Toronto and borders Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching. The Centre for International Experience is pleased to offer this annual opportunity in partnership with the Rotary Club of Orillia.

If selected, you will be hosted in a Rotary Club member's home and will enjoy some of the great things winter has to offer: maple taffy, cross-country skiing, tubing and more! The trip is free, but participating students are required to prepare a 3-5 minute presentation about their country of origin to be presented during the trip. The application is open to all international and exchange students but space is limited.

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Important dates Application deadline, trip dates and pre-departure orientation
How to apply Find out how and when to apply
Contact us Contact Hannah Souza at hannah.souza@utoronto.ca

Important dates

  • Information session: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Interviews: Group interviews will be held during the last two weeks in January.
  • Pre-trip orientation: TBD
  • Trip dates: Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2020 (leaving midday Friday and returning Sunday evening)
  • Post-trip meet up: TBD

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 Rotary Orillia Winter Weekend are now closed.

Please note: Due to strong interest in this event, late applications cannot be considered. 

If you have an accessibility or accommodation requirement and/or would prefer to complete an application in person, please contact us as soon as possible prior to the application deadline. We will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.

Contact us

Questions? Contact Hannah Souza, International Student Experience Coordinator at hannah.souza@utoronto.ca or call at 416-946-7567.