How studying abroad changed this student’s life

Traveling to Italy as part of the field school program taught this student how to find inspiration anywhere.

Living Between the Lines

a passport with many visa stamps on it

Identity: I think I struggle with the meaning of this word even now. What makes up my identity? Is my identity defined by where I was born? Where I grew up? Or by the country listed on my passport. As a cross-culture person, these questions consumed me growing up. When the question of identity comes up for me, my experiences as a black queer multi-cultural woman are the first to pop into my mind. All my experiences have defined me and made me who I am. My cultures have grounded me and… Read More

My Thoughts on Visiting Home

What I love about living in Vancouver is its diverse community. A very good example is exploring the restaurants around Douglas and seeing the many international flavors that each has to offer. Many of our families originated from different places, which makes everyone have  unique and fascinating stories, from the many languages to the various traditions. I recently had a chance to visit the motherland, the Philippines, more specifically an island called Cebu. The moment I came out of the plane, I could already see and feel the vast difference between Canada and… Read More

Hello from Zambia: Student-led Livingstone Trip

waterfall, victoria falls in zambia

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Hailea. —– Every year the students that participate in the Zambia Global Leadership Program plan a trip to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls and go on a safari. This year, that trip happened to fall on my birthday weekend, so I was lucky enough to spend it in both Botswana and Zambia. I spent the day before… Read More

Hello from Zambia: Lessons Learned

maria laughing with a brick wall behind her

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Maria. —- Traveling has always been a learning experience. By experiencing firsthand the way of life and communicating with other strangers, locals and tourists alike, I learn more about the culture an traditions of the place. In addition, by having different interactions, I also learn a lot more about me as a person- my strengths, my… Read More

Hello from Zambia: Turning Tables!

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Tefa. ——- After a couple rough weeks everything is back on track! Being part of a project like this has its ups and downs! Not everything is sunshine and rainbows but the key is to not forget why are you here, what makes it all worth it and most importantly what can you do to… Read More

Hello From Zambia: Kids on the Streets

group shot of the 6 students part of the zambia GLP

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Brayden. —— Before coming to Zambia, I thought that I had an idea of what street children are. I was wrong. Street children are an interesting population that are faced with many social issues. Some street kids are day street children, meaning they come to the market during the day to make money alone or… Read More

Hello From Zambia: Through Sickness and in Health

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will share their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Robyn. —– It’s been almost a whole month since we landed in Zambia, and man oh man, has it been an incredible trip so far. Unfortunately, in my second week here I came down with a horrible cold. Right now it is winter in Zambia, which means it’s flu season; of course I would be… Read More

Hello from Zambia: Through Adversity Comes Resilience

3 douglas college students with two zambian kids

  In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today’s post is from Hailea. —– As you’re walking through the town centre, you see people holding smartphones while wearing tattered, ill-fitted clothing. Some women wear beautiful traditional dress, while others wear casual business suits. Children beg for money holding blind women’s hands, while men sell smartphones on the side of the street. Zambia is full of contrasting… Read More

Welcome to Zambia!

In June and July, a group of Douglas College students are working with communities in Zambia through our Zambia Global Leadership Program. Each student will be sharing their experiences in a couple of posts. Today we’re starting with Tefa! ———- After a long, long, loooooong journey the Zambia GLP team made it to Zambia! It’s crazy to think that we have been here for 3 weeks now. So far I’ve learned that Zambia is a welcoming country with awesome people and a sense of community that surprises me. All in all it has been… Read More