In July 2016 I embarked on this Learning Trek that took me far beyond I could ever have imagined. Since then I have been nomad, wandering from place to place, exploring projects and building a strong social network.
A few years previously, I founded Racine Carrée, an experiential learning hub that brings together university and primary school students to design and implement real world solutions for an existing need.
Through my early adulthood many other experiences contributed to my current view of education. Formally I got a DEC in Child Studies where I had the chance to make sense of many of the things I had seen in my own experience with children. During my Leisure Sciences degree I continued to see how crucial curiosity and play are for learning. But the informal education that I got during these years was just as valuable. I saw tremendous learning happening in the forest through my work at an outdoor activity center. I got to see children explore and develop their social skills while working at a sports camp. I played in gardens, expanding my understanding of the world. I spent a year abroad learning about a new place, meeting new people and problem solving. All these experiences led me to see the potential that such environments can have for authentic learning.
In my late teens I left on one of the most life changing experiences: Katimavik, a six month volunteer program where I lived in three different Canadian towns. I starting seeing how valuable personal learning was and how much I could do when I was passionate and surrounded by a motivating community. In my teens I got the chance to be part of the International Baccalaureate program at a public high school. This meant I got the chance to do many hands on and integrated projects. The most memorable project was my final personal project: organizing, creating and teaching children’s dance classes, as well as organizing and planning the dance recital.
Growing up as a child with a home daycare, I had the opportunity to observe many different types of children with different interests and ways of learning. My mom allowed me to take initiatives, take risks and get dirty.