My Life-changing Teaching Experience in Natal, Brazil

“Olá, meu nome e Xiaole.”  On June 27th, I arrived in Natal, Brazil. On August 14th, I left my older version of myself in this charming and magical city. As an English teacher, I volunteered for 6 weeks in Centro Educacional Dom Bosco, a Catholic informal education school that has different social projects for children […]

Mbolo Moy Dole: A Story of Leading Through Change

Julia-Don Edwards The bussling East African urban centre of Nairobi is known for many things; vibrant markets, epic traffic jams, and, most exciting to me, a powerful underground theatre community. In July, I was privileged enough to witness a group of young theatre artists from Mathare, Nairobi’s largest collection of slums, use public performance and […]

Promoting Inclusivity

Azan Esmail The University of Alberta High School Model United Nations conference (HSMUN) is the largest high school Model United Nations conference in western Canada. HSMUN is an annual non-for-profit three-day conference that is hosted in late February for high school students across Alberta. Founded in 2002, HSMUN offers an opportunity for around 500 Alberta […]

Looking Through Different Lenses

By Phoebe Marinakis A man walks down the street, looks at his phone, it’s 6:30pm, the bus arrives in 10 minutes, sits at the bus stop and waits for the bus to arrive, he’s on his phone, thinking about what he wants to eat later. The bus arrives, he gets on, sits down, and makes […]

First Days Leading to Today

Christy Kan I remember… my first day in Canada: fresh air, blue skies, neverending prairies, and the scent of freshly cut grass. It was a beautiful summer day in Edmonton and in the eyes of five year-old me who had newly immigrated from Hong Kong to Canada, I was absolutely elated to be in a […]

Explore la Poc 2019

By Mohamed Bah. Hi all! This summer for my Stretch Experience I had the opportunity to be a monitor for the Explore Program in la Pocatière, Quebec, for 6 weeks. These weeks were a learning and giving experience that will live on eternally in my mind. From the standpoint of a multilingual person, I had […]

Lending and Developing a Helping Hand

Luke Sperry According to advancedamputees.com, there are over 1 million limb amputations performed globally every year, which translates to a rate of one limb lost every thirty seconds. Although partial hand / finger amputees constitute a large portion of this statistic, due to perhaps the precise abilities of the human finger and its relatively small […]

Stretching at TusStar in China

Hello! My name is Xiaoyu Jin.  My stretch experience starts at TusStar, which is one of the largest business incubators in China.  What is TusStar? What does business incubator do? TusStar is the leading university science park incubator in China. Its holding company is owned by Tsinghua University. TusStar helps startups and scaleups to develop […]

The Challenge Behind Challenge Studies: The Hepatitis C Perspective

As a third year immunology student in the University of Alberta’s Specialization program I spend most of my time learning about the dozens of different bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites that plague humanity. From memorizing virulence factors to drawing out countless mechanisms of infection all night, I can now say immunology and the immune system […]

Health & Wellness in the North, Eh?

Hey, how’s it going? My name’s Arjun Khabra. I’ve been a resident of Chateh, AB for two and a half months now and have been serving as the Public Health intern for the Dene Tha’ First Nation at their health centre. Little did I know that “public health” and “health and wellness” can literally involve […]