Preparations underway for youth ‘voluntour’ trip to Ecuador

Preparations are underway for a once-in-a-lifetime ‘voluntour’ trip that will see a group of Sylvan Lake youths spend two weeks in Ecuador

Preparations are underway for a once-in-a-lifetime ‘voluntour’ trip that will see a group of Sylvan Lake youths spend two weeks in Ecuador in April 2016.

While there, members of the travelling group will divide their time between sightseeing and volunteering with a service learning project — the latter of which could include anything from helping build a school or medical clinic to digging a well or planting a garden.

It’s the second time high school teacher Kelsey Wilson has organized such a trip, having taken a group of youths to Kenya for a similar ‘voluntour’ experience last year.

She wants the community to know the value of the experience for both the travellers and the locals who benefit from their volunteer work.

“Travel is one of the best educators, and (students) can experience the world from a different perspective,” she said. “They’re not going to be staying in a hotel; they’re going to be staying exactly in that area and helping out and learning what it means to give back to a community.”

As an avid-traveller, Wilson feels the best way to experience the world involves not just sightseeing and exploring, but also giving back in some way.

That’s the message she wants students to take away from their Ecuador visit.

“I love the idea of not only going, but also helping,” she said. “And while it’s service learning to help that part of the world, we’re going to go the the Galapagos and swim with the sea lions and experience that as well.”

The trip is being offered to Sylvan Lake youths between the ages of 14 and 18, as well as any parents who wish to accompany them.

Fundraising for the trip has already begun, with various campaigns currently underway.

Wilson is hoping the community will support the travelling group’s fundraising initiatives. Information on how to do so, as well as information about the trip’s first organizing meeting, is available by contacting Wilson at 403-848-2468, or at kb.wilson@live.ca. A discount will be offered for registrations received before the end of the November, she said.

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Pirates hockey team add tally to win column

The Pirates won versus the Westlock Warriors on Dec. 9

Another successful year for the Sylvan Lake Charity Check stop

The annual charity drive took place on Dec. 8 on 47 Avenue between Shoppers and McDonald’s.

Spray Park Committee hosting kid friendly New Year’s Eve party

The Sylvan Lake Spray Park Committee is hosting the Kids Countdown Party fundraiser on Dec. 31

Sylvan Lake Grade 6 students learn about municipal government first-hand

Grade 6 students are learning about municipal government and attended Monday’s Council meeting

Retired B.C. teacher a YouTube Sudoku sensation

A retired Kelowna teacher has amassed quite the following online by teaching the art of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

Firm says trees obstructing vision at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection

Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured in the collision at an intersection north of Tisdale

Three victims of ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest suing Alpine Canada

The victims are also seeking $150,000 each in punitive damages

Trudeau names four new senators, filling every seat in the Senate

Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and will have the chance to appoint more in 2019

Judge gives Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion

Humboldt Broncos, cannabis, Fortnite: Here are Canadians’ top Google searches for 2018

When celebrities died or Canada Post went on strike, Canada turned to Google

Condominium market still ‘a lot better’ than normal in Vancouver suburbs

The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.

Most Read