An Australian teacher, Brad Annison, recently came to Campbell River with his family to teach at Carihi for a year.
Annison viewed teaching internationally as a unique way to experience another culture.
He did a year-long exchange with Carihi teacher Jason Kerluck, who travelled to Australia.
At Carihi, he took on the role of a math and science teacher.
Annison greatly enjoyed the students and culture of Carihi.
He said that, in his experience, Carihi students are kind, respectful, and that they care greatly about the school.
The event that demonstrated this most, he thought, was the annual Christmas turkey dinner.
Annison was impressed by the enthusiasm of the students, and teachers, with regards to organizing and running the event.
Comparing the environment to his school back in Australia, he noted that students have much more freedom at Carihi.
Annison also liked many of his colleagues at Carihi.
In addition, he joked that “the students here are no different than the students in Australia, in terms of how much homework they do”.
Annison liked the community of Campbell River, specifically, the relaxed pace and the natural environment.
He particularly enjoyed “the scenery, the views, walking in the forest, the wildlife, the Campbell River, and Elk Falls”.
Annison went further to add that he was very disappointed that he never caught a salmon.
He continued with the theme of the natural environment, stating that he particularly enjoyed the snow and the mountains.
“We don’t get snow in Australia, and I really like it”, Annison said.
Annison said he and his family had a great time.
“We’re going to miss it when we go, especially the new culture and the outdoor activities.”
Annison said he would strongly consider returning to Canada at some point in the future.