After seven informative and incredible days, our 2018 VPA students said their goodbyes and departed for home early this morning. For the last blog entry of this program, we asked our new Vimy Pilgrimage Award alumni to describe their experience in one line.
(Please note: participants will blog in their mother tongue.)
Amy: Memorable, thought-provoking, emotional, connecting, and life changing are all words that best describe this experience!
Rohan: A beautiful experience that I will forever cherish!
Léa: Ce programme m’a tellement appris.
Sarah: I came into this program expecting to learn more about the First World War, but I emerged with tons of knowledge about the war, and Canada, 19 new friends, and memories that will last my entire life.
Damien: Cette experience m’a permis de vraiment comprendre la guerre et ses consequences, à la fois sur les gens et sur l’environment.
Stephanie: From the museums to the cemeteries and memorials, I learned more about the First World War and learned to think critically, more than I ever could have imagined.
Christophe: C’était une experience qui m’a ouvert les yeux à la puissance de l’histoire sur les victimes du passé, les apprenants du present et les leaders du future.
Thomas: C’est avec le coeur lourd que je quitte le vieu continent, mais sans regret d’avoir participé à ce programme extraordinaire.
Julia: This was a life-changing experience for me- I will carry the stories I’ve learned close to my heart for the rest of my life.
Osose: An amazing program that not many can experience and not all would appreciate; I’m so grateful.
Katie: This has been a jam-packed week that broadened my perspectives in thinking, strengthened my appreciation for history, and for those who it was a reality.
Kiana: I couldn’t have been more honoured to be chosen; I am so proud to be Canadian.
Montaña: I’m sad to go home but happy to have done the program.
Lloyd: I walk away from this program today with a greater appreciation for the Canadian forces, our country, and the blessing that is life itself.
Nupur: This experience has taught me a new dimension of what it means to remember and I will forever carry my experience of honouring those of the First World War.
Laurissa: This program has been an amazing experience for me; thanks to the Vimy Foundation, I had the opportunity to travel to the Vimy Memorial with students who share the same interests as me.
Jeriann: I will never forget the lessons I have learned, the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities I have had, and the emotional moments I have shared with all of my new friends from across the country.
Shakil: Partaking in this pilgrimage has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.
Markus: Don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that it happened.
Bethany: I am very sure that I will never be the same or feel the same way as I did before the program, but in an amazing, wonderful, life-changing way.
Photo credit: Lindsay Fraser-Noel, Vimy Foundation 2018