The goal of Mulgrave's GEx Service Week was to enable students to expand their educational experiences, further develop their real-world skills, and engage in meaningful and impactful service learning experiences. Social good and service learning sit at the heart of Mulgrave's vision and values, and the GEx Project, with its range of service learning opportunities, aimed to nurture students' self-awareness, generate action on a collaborative global or local project, and develop dispositions of global citizenship such as empathy, humility and intercultural understanding.
After speaking with Middle School students and teachers about their experiences during Service Week, it was great to see evidence of the impact the experience had on their perspectives. Take a look at some of what they shared.
Costa Rica Highlights - Full blog here.
- For Ms. Chee a key highlight was getting to meet the G9s and see how their eyes lit up when they made connections about our trip.
- Spending time at Earth University where we learnt about self sustainability, saw banana plantations, and realised that the organic bananas available at Whole Foods are from CR.
- Learning ' a lot' about environmental sustainability from 'incredibly knowledgeable people' and exchanging ideas with indigenous people.
Fiji Highlights - Some Student Reflections
- Gaining knowledge about the impacts of climate change.
- Learning about cultural transitions in Fiji.
- Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
The GEx Fiji trip was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will relish forever. It was completely different from visiting ordinary tourist attractions that everyone else would normally go to. We were very fortunate to have a chance to visit the interior part of Fiji and to interact with local villagers. Time spent with them was personally very meaningful for me because it allowed me to have different perspective towards not only issues that Fiji is facing such as global warming and climate change but small things happening in my daily life. - Ava
Fiji was an eye-opening experience that has taught me a lot about the impacts of climate change. As Canadian students, me and my peers have the opportunity and ability to make a difference. This opportunity must not be wasted. - Avery Zhou
The trip to Fiji was an absolutely incredible experience for us grade 9's to go on since most of us are new students to Mulgrave. I felt like we needed to try out more new challenges. I suggest that everyone goes on a trip like this. - Jason Liu
The Fiji trip was an amazing experience for me to get some exercise and understand more about global warming. I surprisingly survived the high temperature and was brave enough to touch some brand new animals. I learned a lot more about the unbelievable Fijian culture and weaknesses that Mr. O has. - RRTeddy (Ray)
The GEx Trip to Fiji was truly an enlightening endeavour that educated me in regards to climate change as well as cultural traditions of Fiji. During this trip I was given the chance to help counteract global warming in a small way, assist members of various villages and surpass my personal fears and boundaries. I was truly given a different perspective on life as I look back on my life in Vancouver in comparison to my time in Fiji and a different lifestyle overall. - Dylan Fox
This year's GEx trip to Fiji has really opened my perspective of how I see the world. I have now learned the aspects and potential outcomes of global warming as well as a bit about the daily lifestyle of every villager in each village we visited. By experiencing the culture and society of every city, the "Insight Global Education" trip has changed my life. - Harvey Ma
Fiji 2017 was a truly unforgettable memory that I will forever hold on to. I was lucky enough to explore different activities that I will most likely never experience again. This trip most definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zones. As well as gaining knowledge about the impacts of climate change and a completely different culture. I can't believe I'm not excited to go back home. This trip has been a unforgettable experience. Also watching Damian McKenzie play rugby was a great experience <3. :) - Sophia
Through the GEx trip to Fiji, I was able to not only learn about the impacts of global warming on this island country, but also personally experience the wonderful culture and traditions of Fiji. As a group, we had the honour to visit a number of villages and interact with the people and discuss the problems they were facing in their everyday lives. I really appreciate how friendly and adventurous our group was, and this fun-filled experience in Fiji will forever be irreplaceable. - JinHyo
Tanzania Trip Overview - Student Reflections Here
By: Mr. Wilson
The G9 Global Experiential Learning Programme (GEx) Tanzania in partnership with Me to We was a rich 12-day journey, from May 14-25, into the rural communities of Maasai Mara of northern Tanzania around Oldonyowas in the District of Londigo. In the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Londigo, and Meru, students camped safari-style and engaged In a wide range of service learning and intercultural experiences. They worked on the foundations of a primary school moving sand and rocks, mixing and pouring cement, crushing boulders into rocks and gravel, and twisting, bending and constructing rebar frames. They helped the local mamas carry water for their homesteads, make traditional beaded necklaces, and re-smear their bomas with cow dung. They went on morning treks with Maasai warriors on the savannah and into the local mountains, avoiding acacia wounds and watching dik-diks graze in pairs. They connected with local community and children, learning about the traditional environment, playing cultural games, using the African toothbrush, and going on a safari which overwhelmed them with elephants and giraffes. They went shopping at a local market in a simulation as a Tanzanian family and made global connections in leadership modules on international trade, the scramble for Africa, food security, clean water, poverty and inequality, education and health care, environmental sustainability and more.
G8 Social Entrepreneurship Week
Our G8 students spent Service Week focussed on social entrepreneurship. They created pitches to help the local community and participated in a Model UN trip to UBC where they represented many different countries and discussed important social themes impacting each.