Canadian students enjoying the deep south - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Canadian students enjoying the deep south

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - They're enjoying the warm temperatures, tasting their first grits and smiling about Southern hospitality.

College students from Nova Scotia, Canada are spending their spring break as volunteers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are a fun loving, hard working group of young people.

The students from St. Francis of Xavier traded heavy snow and frigid conditions for deep south comfort.

"It's nice to be in the heat for a little while," said Katie Giacomantonio.

Getting here meant a two day bus trip: 3,455 kilometers. That's 2,147 miles.

"I hadn't been through any of those states. So, it was kind of cool to see a big chunk of America," said John Cullen, as he worked a paint roller.

As they painted buildings for Visions of Hope on Division Street, the volunteer visitors discussed differences between Americans and Canadians.

"As soon as we hit like Alabama, we started to hear the accent for sure," said a smiling Michaela George.

"Accents. Y'all. And everyone is like 'sugar' and 'darlin,'" added Kaleena Johnston, through her giggles and laughter. "It's good though. I like it," she added.

On the road trip here, they enjoyed eating in Alabama at a place quite familiar to Southerners:  Waffle House.

"The grits were unreal," said George, "They should make them in Canada for sure."

"We walked in. I went to the jukebox and started playing "Sweet Home Alabama", 'cause you had to. And we all started cracking up about it," Cullen explained, "All the people from town just kind of looked at each other like, 'Who are these kids?'"

These "kids" from north of the border are young people with big hearts and a desire to help others.

"We're all really excited to be here.  It's exactly what we want to be here doing!" said Giacomantonio.

"This is going to be cliche. But we just really wanted to come down here and help after everything we heard. One of our team members came down last year and she said it was just an amazing experience," added Alison Maunder.

"How 'bout that weather, eh??" Cullen joked, with an exceedingly thick Canadian accent.

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers will keep busy this week with numerous painting and building projects. There should also be a little down time for visiting the beach and sampling some coast cuisine.

Copyright 2011 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-07-25 04:10:04 GMT

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>
  • Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:58:50 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly