Saigon Savvy Summer

By Idara Effiom Summer of 2019 was a very interesting one for me. It was a summer of exploration, professional development, travel and volunteerism. I got to explore southern Vietnam, live in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) for a month and work with my favourite demographic of people- children! Talk about a […]

“Minding” the Gap: A Mental Health Awareness Project

-Alyssa Mae Domingo When I applied to Peter Lougheed Leadership College, I knew I wanted to give back to the country where I grew up in, the Philippines. The 200-hour “stretch experience” is a great opportunity to make it happen. I started from scratch with only the “motivation” and the “purpose” in mind to do […]

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 […]

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 […]

La vie à Grenoble: What could go wrong?

By: John Chmilar We have all heard about the student who went abroad for a semester and came back and tells stories about how it “totally changed their life”. It happens because of all the problems you face! The first thing I realized upon arriving in France is that my French is nowhere near as […]

Beyond Bones

By Joanna Pearce “The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone. The foot bone’s connected to the ….” Everyone knows the song, but you don’t often expect to have the chance to be faced with the real thing. “The distal phalanx is connected to the intermediate phalanx…” doesn’t have the same ring, but it certainly […]