Global Youth Leaders Blog: Egan John

Last but not least, we are hearing from youth leader Egan John! Egan is a high school student from Hubbards, Nova Scotia. The 17 year old tells us a bit about himself, as well as his thoughts before his departure to Honduras.

ACIC: Why do you want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour in Honduras? 

Egan: I wanted to do this tour to get an open mind on a new place and experience something new and fresh. I also wanted to educate myself to be able to learn a new language and a different way of living.

ACIC: What are you most excited about for this tour?

Egan: I am most excited about interacting with people and just talking to them dispute the language barrier, it would be good to hear their stories and maybe share some of mine.

ACIC: What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Honduras and afterwards in your community?

Egan: I hope to gain more knowledge about the world around me and as well the country of Honduras. Afterward I would like to engage with youth and share my experience with kids my age and tell them that it changed my life and to just get involved.

ACIC: What do you do in your spare time?

Egan: In my spare time I play basketball, soccer and rugby and go to the gym a lot, as well as that, I like to write poetry and spoken word. I love to draw and dance. I am trained in hip-hop, ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary.

ACIC: What is your favourite quote?

Egan: My favourite quote is by Martin Luther King Jr.:

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

 

The tour kicks off July 7-17, 2015!

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Global Youth Leaders Blog: Caroline Nochasak

As we are nearing the Global Youth Leaders Tour, we are getting to know the youth a little bit better.

 Today we are hearing from Caroline Nochasak, from Nain, Labrador. Travelling to Honduras with ACIC and the Falls Brook Centre, the 17 year old tells us a little bit about herself and her thoughts prior to departure.

ACIC: Why do you want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour in Honduras?

Caroline: I want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour because I am passionate about the topics and dialogue it will provide. I also would love to get to know a different culture and see the universal connections between people.

 ACIC: What are you most excited about for this tour?

Caroline: I'm excited the most for meeting people who will collectively and individually teach me about international development and appropriate interactions between peoples.

 ACIC: What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Honduras and afterwards in your community?

Caroline: What I hope to accomplish during the tour is to have a greater understanding of how certain systems work and how to improve relations with each other as human beings. I hope to bring the newfound knowledge back to my community and share it thoroughly.

 ACIC: What do you do in your spare time?

Caroline: In my spare time I like to sketch portraits. People's unique faces fascinate me, and I like to attempt to capture it. I also love post rock and classical music! I listen to it any chance I get. And to play it on my violin. I read a lot. The current book I'm reading is "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck.

 ACIC: What is your favorite quote?

Caroline: My favourite quote is a cliché quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Gandhi

You're a piece of this world, and you can easily be that piece of the world that is being changed. And hope people see.

 The tour kicks off July 7-17, 2015!

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Global Youth Leaders Blog: Jocelyn Leblanc

The count down for the Global Youth Leaders Tour is on!

Today for the GYLT blog, we are featuring Dalhousie, New Brunswick resident Jocelyn Leblanc! Jocelyn will be travelling to Honduras with 3 other youth leaders, ACIC and our partner institution, the Falls Brook Centre. 18 year old Jocelyn tells us about his thoughts prior to his departure, as well as a bit about himself.

ACIC: Why do you want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour in Honduras?

Jocelyn: I want to see the Honduran culture and see how Hondurans live.

 ACIC: What are you most excited about for this tour?

Jocelyn: Having the opportunity to work with three other young people from the Atlantic Provinces is already an asset, but understanding how organizations are doing to interact with citizens of Honduras particularly piques my attention.

 ACIC: What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Honduras and afterwards in your community?

Jocelyn: I want to see and understand how people do to help each other and subsequently testify with Canadians.

 ACIC: What do you do in your spare time?

Jocelyn: I'm passionate about education, justice and politics. I operate a small business and of course I love to travel.

 ACIC: What is your favorite quote?

Jocelyn: "Unity is strength"

The tour kicks off July 7-17, 2015!

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Global Youth Leaders Blog: Drew Dalziel

Heading our way is this year’s Global Youth Leaders Tour (GYLT)!

The GYLT is an opportunity for four Atlantic Canadian Youth to visit and connect with an Atlantic NGO or institution and their partners working in the South, and see firsthand the impacts that are being made. This year’s partner institution is the Falls Brook Centre, which you can read more about here.

We asked the youth leaders a few questions concerning their upcoming trip to Honduras, where the tour will be taking place. Youth Leader Drew Dalziel, from Charlottetown, PEI tells ACIC a bit more about the upcoming trip to Honduras as well as herself.

ACIC: Why do you want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour in Honduras?  

Drew: I want to do the Global Youth Leaders Tour in Honduras because I want to be able to learn a new culture and a better understanding in different communities other than my own. Also connect with new people I meet along the way.

ACIC: What are you most excited about for this tour? 

Drew: I am the most excited for meeting new people, learning and experiencing new things. And seeing the different projects that are taking place in Honduras.

ACIC: What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Honduras and afterwards in your community?

Drew: What I hope to accomplish in Honduras is help where need be, learn as much as possible to be able to come home and tell my community and what they can do to help.

ACIC: What do you do in your spare time?

Drew: What I like to do in my spare time is play hockey in the winter, coach hockey as well. I like to spend time with my family at my grandparents’ cottage. I spend lots of evening at the Charlottetown Driving Park (Red Shores Racetrack and Casino) and spend lots of time at the beach with friends.

ACIC: What is your favorite quote?

Drew: my favourite quote "Actions speak louder than words."

The tour kicks off July 7-17, 2015!

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Welcoming Back our Global Youth Leaders!

Welcome back from Guatemala to our Global Youth Leaders Isaac, Abby, Kathleen and Brandon!

The youth made it home safe and sound (after a bit of a harrowing series of flights!) from Guatemala on Sunday, July 14.

 In Guate, these students met with staff and volunteers from local organizations, as well as community members who have been impacted by international cooperation efforts.

Now that they are back in Canada, the youth will participate in a speaking tour, sharing their experiences and perceptions through a presentation and video they will create based on their time in Guatemala. They will share their experiences with students and other organizations in the Atlantic region throughout fall/winter of 2013.

Thanks to everyone who made this amazing experience possible in Canada and Guatemala. Thank you for all the support at ACIC and Breaking the Silence, as well as the friends and family of these four phenomenal youth. And finally, thanks to the youth themselves for taking part in this journey.

Great job everyone!