6 S4 students joined the programme from 30 July to 14 August 2017. The students participated in lessons and activities such as city tracing to enrich their understanding of leadership and social justice. During the lessons, the students explored and reflected on their potential and willingness to make a positive social impact through the lens of global leadership. Out of the classroom, our students met other students from all over the world and developed intercultural skills by interacting with people of differing backgrounds. Our students enjoyed the camp a lot.
The following is a reflection written by Leung Chi Yan of S4C, one of the participants of the camp.
During my summer vacation, I joined a two-week exchange program to Canada– Camp Pulse. It is a really remarkable experience in my life and has indeed changed me a lot.
The camp was organized by Alpha Education, which is a non-profit educational NGO and a registered charity in Canada. In the morning of the first five days, we had lessons and discussions about different topics such as “Comfort Women” and “Identities”. In the afternoon, we visited tourist attractions such as the Niagara Falls, and even tried rafting in the Grand River. Moreover, we played different games to break the ice and develop friendship among the participants regardless of nationality and identity. During these few days, I made two new friends, Caitlin and Brenna from Canada.
In the next three days, we went to the capital of Canada, Ottawa. We visited the political hub of Canada, the Parliament Hill and watched the Changing of the Guard ceremony. It was quite impressive to see the loyalty of the guards and to know how much Canadians love their country. Also, we went to the Canadian Museum of History and had a deeper look of the history of Canada. We learnt more about the Canadian-American War in 1812, as well as how the original habitants of Canada, the indigenous people, were poorly treated by the British and French in the past. It was a meaningful visit and guided me to think deeply about colonial policies. I was genuinely upset to hear the incidents that happened to the indigenous people.
After that, we went back to Toronto and finished the last few lessons. Furthermore, we had many group activities, like our FANTASTIC group project and city trekking. These were memorable moments in my life.
Time flies and we had to say our goodbyes. Although I know that everything has its end, I could not help crying. On account of you guys, I had a meaningful summer vacation and learnt a lot more about the world! My life has become more perfect thanks to all the experiences that we shared, and I am more than glad that our paths crossed. May our paths cross again!