We had a study tour in Vancouver, Canada to deepen our understanding of boarder tourism in a tourism development class and the coexistence of multiculturalism and a multiethnic nation in a global studies class.
Vancouver, Canada is the biggest city in the province of British Colombia and the third most populous city in Canada. But the first language of 52 % of them is not English and Vancouver is a melting pot of different ethnic groups. We, Asians can walk there without an uncomfortable feeling and we can feel multiculturalism and what is a multiethnic nation directly.Here is our schedule :
Fly to Vancouver（Shin Chitose→Narita→Vancouver）First Nations（native tribes）・Study about Multiculturalism①：Sightseeing at Stanley Park and in Vancouver city
First Nations・Study about multiculturalism②：Tour at the Museum of Anthropology in UBC，Have an interview with students. Sightseeing at Granville Island Public Market
Study about Border Tourism
Spend time with our host families：Sightseeing in outlying forest，Make a Halloween pumpkin, and so on
Interact with high school students：Join some classes with our buddies，make an presentation in a Japanese class, and visit Masquem tribe center
|Oct. 27th||Fly back to Japan
|Oct. 28th||Fly back to Japan
※We stayed at our host family’s home for the whole trip.
We studied about boarder tourism only for 4 days but we followed a set assignment everyday so we had a productive study tour. We hired a Canadian tour guide so the explanation was in English. We also spoke only English while we had a discussion within a group so students’ listening comprehension and speaking ability improved a lot. Of course, students deepened their understanding about the history and current situation of the coexistence with First Nations, the immigrant policy, and current situation of Border Tourism through having an interview and discussing with high school students not only their English ability growth.