This past March Break saw three groups of students and teachers travel to three different parts of the world with three very aims and travel itineraries. The destinations of these trips were Cambodia, China, and South Africa.
While they enjoyed their share of sightseeing, the students who traveled to Cambodia were on a mission to assist with landmie relief. We asked the students what their favourite parts of the trip were and most seemed to agree that visiting the school where our donations were used to clear the school yards of mines and unexploded bombs was hard to top. The reception we received was heart-rendering. Touring the training facility for the dogs and their human partners for landmine detection was also an amazing visit, as was the rehabilitation centre for landmine victims. Actually going into a minefield to see the miners at work and watching workers detonate four landmines strapped together is, of course, something none of the students will ever forget.
The HS Business trip to China was a once in a lifetime experience! The students were all immersed in the rich Chinese culture while also learning about International Business. The golden triangle tour took the group through China’s top tourist cities: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, followed by Hong Kong. Beijing stops included he Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a Cloisonné factory, the Hutongs, and hiking along the Great Wall of China. The last stop was Hong Kong where the students were the guests of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. They also toured Victoria Peak and had fun at Ocean Park, enjoying the rides, wildlife, and a presentation from the park’s marketing department.
This March break also saw twenty-four science and biology students traveling to South Africa to participate in a global research and conservation programme. This form of ecotourism aims to educate volunteers about conservation issues, introduce them to field study practices, and use the data they collect to add to ongoing research projects. Highlights included a visit to Struwig Game Reserve where they carried out game transects, bird point counts and assessed habitat to determine the impact of elephants. They also photographed incredible animals close up and got expert info from bush guides. Oliphants river adjacent to camp. A number of our students also completed their PADI scuba dive training, becoming certified divers for life.