Event: Global Language Villages
Student: Junella Corpus
Event Date: July 10 – August 1, 2006
Global Language Villages in offered an opportunity to experience another country and culture through interaction with students by teaching English as a Second Language, as well as North American culture. Global Language Villages is a volunteer program that combines travel, touring, teaching, and cultural exchange. Since Junella was the only Canadian who attended this U.S volunteer program, she presented Newfoundland and Labrador culture to the Chinese students. This volunteer experience included extensive touring in Beijing as well as in the city of Yangzhou , where she taught.
Event: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Conference
Event Date: November 12, 2005
On Nov.12, Don Butler, an Arts student attended the International Archaeological Conservation Conference entitled “The Conservation of Archaeological Materials: current trends and future direction” At this conference Don presented his paper entitled “Nurturing Budding Conservator: Conservation Education in Canada.” The presentation was well received by the approximate 150 attendees as numerous positive comments were forwarded to him throughout the duration of the conference. To conclude, Don represented Memorial and himself internationally in a very positive light.
Event: Canada’s Trade Mission to China
Student: Lindsey Hewitt
Organization: Global Vision (Junior Team Canada)
Event Date: January 15-26
Lindsey is a Commerce student here at Memorial. Last summer, she was selected to take part in the Junior Team Canada Trade Mission to China - an experience which only thirty-five young people across our nation shared. Like any aspiring business student would, Lindsey accepted the position as a young Canadian representative and began her trek across the globe by fundraising right here at home.
While fundraising was the first leg of her actual trip, Lindsey’s journey to China began back in her high school days. One of her teachers had suggested to her that she apply for the Junior Team Canada position. After applying, she was accepted to go on a mission to Mexico, but was forced to turn it down due to prior commitments during the timeframe of the mission. The story would have ended there only she was offered the chance to go on the next mission which involved travel to China - an experience she was only too happy to be a part of.
Lindsey describes her first trip as being a medley of shouldering the responsibility of representing her country, competing with fellow delegates, and just plain having fun. While it is true that she was very busy constructing and giving presentations and participating in other activities such as networking socials, she and her youth colleagues took the opportunity to take in the Chinese culture first hand. In her own words, “[They] didn’t have a lot of time [to take in the culture], but [they] took great advantage of the time [they] had.” But underlying all the ongoing presentations and networking meetings, there was definite competition, however friendly, between all thirty-five of the youth delegates. The members of Junior Team Canada were being graded with regards to their performance on the trip. The two delegates who scored the highest were to be invited to partake in a future trade mission back to China. This time, however, it would be on the right hand side of the Prime Minister. Lindsey scored in the top two of thirty-five people.
Her second trip, which took place this past January, was a bit different than her first. She was no longer one of thirty-five youth delegates, but one of two youth representatives of Canada. Without as big a burden on the fundraising and presentation side of things this time around, Lindsey was better prepared to face this brand new challenge. Since she was much more visible on this mission, there was a higher standard of etiquette along with heightened expectations. But the bigger the challenge, the greater the reward. Lindsey’s hands-on experience in the second mission due to her extensive exposure to Chinese diplomacy and economics gives her an edge in her future career which most people graduating today may never have. She gained actual international relations experience, Chinese market expertise, and invaluable insight into world economics.
Lindsey is now settling down into her studies once more. While enriched by her experiences abroad, she is still hungry for more and does not want to limit herself in any way. She firmly believes that it is in experiencing new things that we grow as people. As for the Junior Team Canada Program itself, Lindsey has nothing but high praise and words of encouragement for young Canadians to take part in this worthwhile endeavor.
Event: E-ducation Without Borders Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Student: Arif Husain
Event Date: February 19-21, 2005
This past February, Faculty of Business student Arif Husain
attended a conference dedicated to e-learning. This is an era that
is dominated by information and technology and as education along
with available technology reach higher altitudes; e-learning is
facilitating the delivery of education. This international student
conference was focused on the future and potential of
At the EWB 2005 conference, Arif had the opportunity to interact with several world-recognized professionals in their respective fields of academia, industry and government. He also had ample opportunities to interact with hundreds of university students from various countries. Not only did Arif advance and enrich his experience of understanding e-learning on an international level, he also promoted Memorial, in particular the e-learning resources we have here. This was an invaluable experience for Arif and Memorial as well, which ultimately generated and advanced its global partnerships and e-learning.