SEEing new leaders emerge!
In July, the international contract training division of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS), with support from the Office of International Collaboration and Development (OICD), welcomed 31 students to campus for the Summer English Experience (SEE) Leadership program. This non-credit, 4-week program created a unique experience to bring together students from different countries with the common goal of improving their English communcation skills, learning about leadership models and practices, and experiencing Canadian culture in Victoria, BC. Students from Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Yemen transformed from shy newcomers to an engaging and communicative group of leaders. Their final project presentation focused on a social issue that they could develop as part of their program, but could also be actioned in their home towns. Panelists were very impressed to see complex issues such as women's rights, and animal cruelty, as well as the challenges of working in groups and holding each other accountable to the task (among others).
While in Victoria, some of the activties our SEE Leadership students included an afternoon of volunteer work at Our Place, an introduction and awareness of indigenous culture at the Songhees Wellness Centre, and the opportunity to challenge their comfort zone at Wild Play! They met with current Royal Roads University students to learn about different education pathways and the degree options that may be of interest to them, and spent some time with our president learning about the value of international educational experiences. By the end of the program, it was easy to see that strong relationships and bonds were made, creating an experience that these students will not forget.
Our thanks to everyone at Royal Roads University who contributed to the success of this program, and helped put such great smiles on their faces.