2016 Teachers – Wynchemna http://wynchemna.com English Language Adventure Camps in Canada Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Teacher Orientation-Camping June 18th-20th http://wynchemna.com/teacher-orientation-camping-june-18th-20th/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 03:05:33 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=5031 As the sun rose on June 18th, the sleeping teachers enjoyed dreams of mountains and valleys. The teachers had received all the knowledge they could from SAIT; it was time to head to the rockies. Chatter at breakfast covered topics such as the history of the Kananaskis and drifted steadily towards how to deal with […]

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As the sun rose on June 18th, the sleeping teachers enjoyed dreams of mountains and valleys. The teachers had received all the knowledge they could from SAIT; it was time to head to the rockies. Chatter at breakfast covered topics such as the history of the Kananaskis and drifted steadily towards how to deal with bears and other wildlife. After breakfast the teachers washed the dishes and used the washroom, not fully appreciating their final encounter with indoor plumbing until Monday. After they packed the budget truck to the brim, they embarked on the 2 hour drive. Little did they realize, their narrow dreams would hardly compare to the rustic, natural beauty they were about to discover.

With Mike driving the van, Addy driving in her Toyota Camry and Adam and Roland in the budget truck, the teachers headed toward their destination. As soon as the mountains came into view, some of the teachers from Ontario could not help but look out the window. The first stop was at Troll Falls. A simple 1.5 km hike to give the teachers a taste of what lay ahead. After Troll falls, the Wynchemna convoy rolled into Peter Lougheed provincial park, where they were greeted by a Grizzly bear at the entrance. They quickly assembled their tents and began to make dinner. It is at this point when the appreciation for indoor plumbing kicked in. Although they did not have electricity, dinner was composed of a variety of hors d’oeuvres and entrees. While dinner wrapped up, some teachers began washing dishes and others chopping fire wood. Though broadway is very far away, these teachers delivered ear melting performances as they took turns singing their favourite camp songs. Night fell and slowly one by one the teachers cozied into their sleeping bags.

The forecast called for rain on Sunday. One might consider them fortunate as it rained heavily all through the night instead. The teachers rose at the crack of dawn to begin making pancakes for breakfast. After the meal was enjoyed by all it was time to show these teachers what the Rockies truly had offer. Adam led the group on an hour bike ride around Elbow lake. One of the teachers was absent during this expedition; Jessica, who had never learned to ride a bike before, was waiting for their return. Once everyone settled, Jessica showed them what she had been up to during their ride. One bystander said, “a beam of sunlight illuminated her trail,” as she rode down the road seamlessly, Roland encouragingly running beside her. Jessica came to Wynchemna to teach English, but that day she finally mastered the ability to ride a bike.

After lunch the teachers departed yet again, most of them tired from the ride. When they arrived at the base of Rae glacier they jumped out of their vehicles, eager to ascend the mountain ahead of them. The hike took about 3 hours round trip. If it weren’t for the cold wind that caressed them as they stood atop the glacier, they may have stayed for hours. The view was breathtaking. In each direction there lay snow-covered mountain peaks and tree filled valleys. At this point they realized the shallowness of their dreams from the night before. The change in temperature from the base to the summit was significant. Shorts and T-shirts turned into long pants and multiple sweaters. When they returned to the base, they were thoroughly fatigued and ready to get back to the campsite. Again dinner was a splendid meal and each teacher went back for seconds, some even for thirds. S’mores were passed around the campfire and the moon shined bright. The teachers minds were as clear as the mountain air.

Monday morning the teachers staggered out of bed. They figured the slower they prepared breakfast the longer they could stay in their new found oasis. Roland and Adam seemed to pick up on this and decided now was the time to play some Canadian football. It was a nail biter from start to finish. The defensive battle terminated in a draw, with each side scoring one touchdown. After the game it was finally time to pack up and bid farewell. However each person had to pick up ten pieces of garbage from the surrounding area before they could leave. Leaving the provincial park was bittersweet. The comfort of a shower and warm bed conflicted with the serene joy they had just experienced. Luckily they would return in a few fun-filled weeks of teaching English.

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From the Capital of Canada – Ottawa http://wynchemna.com/capital-canada-ottawa/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 04:10:18 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4988 Hi Everyone! My name is Emily and I am very excited to be a part of the Wynchemna team. It is my first summer with this camp and I cannot wait to start! I am an avid reader, hiker, and traveller. I am excited to create memories and share adventures with you all. See you […]

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Emily and I am very excited to be a part of the Wynchemna team. It is my first summer with this camp and I cannot wait to start! I am an avid reader, hiker, and traveller. I am excited to create memories and share adventures with you all.

See you all in a few of weeks!!!

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Another New Teacher! http://wynchemna.com/another-new-teacher-3/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 03:20:07 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4985 Hello! My name is Brittany and I am so excited for my first summer working at Wynchemna. I have a strong passion for working with youth and sharing in their growth with my knowledge and experiences. I love spending time outdoors and always try to stay active with an array of activities. I hike, canoe, […]

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Hello!

My name is Brittany and I am so excited for my first summer working at Wynchemna. I have a strong passion for working with youth and sharing in their growth with my knowledge and experiences. I love spending time outdoors and always try to stay active with an array of activities. I hike, canoe, play all types of sports, and always look for a new adventure. I enjoying learning about different cultures and I look forword to making new friends and memories with the students and teachers this summer in Calgary. Can’t wait to meet everyone see you soon!

Brittany

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And another Calgarian! http://wynchemna.com/and-another-calgarian/ Sun, 29 May 2016 03:26:27 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4982 Hello everybody! My name is Darko and this will be my first year at Wynchemna. I look forward to meeting all of you guys and sharing my love for Western Canada’s language and scenery with you! I’m sure that we will all learn a great deal from one another over the coming months and so […]

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Hello everybody!
My name is Darko and this will be my first year at Wynchemna. I look forward to meeting all of you guys and sharing my love for Western Canada’s language and scenery with you! I’m sure that we will all learn a great deal from one another over the coming months and so I figured I’d tell you all a little about myself. My whole life I’ve been in and around the Rocky Mountains; if I’m not hiking up a peak or fishing a cold river you can usually find me playing soccer with friends. At any rate, I can’t wait to learn more about you guys, and so without any further ado I suggest we make the summer of 2016 one to remember!

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A returning Calgarian Teacher! http://wynchemna.com/returning-calgarian-teacher/ Thu, 26 May 2016 04:08:18 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4979 I am so excited to be coming back to Wynchemna for another year! There are so many amazing things to show you about my wonderful city, and the beautiful mountains that surround us. I love all things art, and I am looking forward to sharing some Canadian art with you. I am always up for […]

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I am so excited to be coming back to Wynchemna for another year! There are so many amazing things to show you about my wonderful city, and the beautiful mountains that surround us. I love all things art, and I am looking forward to sharing some Canadian art with you. I am always up for an adventure and I hope you are too!

Alex

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Finally a teacher from Calgary! http://wynchemna.com/finally-calgary-teacher/ Sun, 22 May 2016 13:39:26 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4975 Hi my name is Jennifer! This will be my first summer in Wynchema and I am stoked to be part of the team. I love acting, recreating recipes from the food channel (or attempting to!) and anything Harry Potter related. In the summer, hiking is one my favorite activities, especially since Calgary offers numerous spots […]

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Hi my name is Jennifer!
This will be my first summer in Wynchema and I am stoked to be part of the team. I love acting, recreating recipes from the food channel (or attempting to!) and anything Harry Potter related. In the summer, hiking is one my favorite activities, especially since Calgary offers numerous spots with breathtaking views. Anyways, this summer will be a blast! I can’t wait to meet you all soon and have fun adventures in Calgary!

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Another Torontonian…… http://wynchemna.com/another-torontonian/ Wed, 18 May 2016 05:44:05 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4972 My name is Agata and this will be my first summer teaching English at Wynchemna. I am looking forward to an amazing summer filled with lots of fun activities and learning! I am very passionate about teaching and have experience working with children in a wide array of settings (teaching in Costa Rica, swim instructing, […]

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My name is Agata and this will be my first summer teaching English at Wynchemna. I am looking forward to an amazing summer filled with lots of fun activities and learning! I am very passionate about teaching and have experience working with children in a wide array of settings (teaching in Costa Rica, swim instructing, school placements, etc.).
I love the outdoors! Some of my favourite activities include: camping, swimming, hiking, snowboarding, and running. I enjoy meeting new people, taking risks, and am always up for a new adventure.

I am looking forward to a great summer! I cannot wait to meet everyone to make this our best summer yet!

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New Ontario Teacher! http://wynchemna.com/new-ontario-teacher/ Fri, 13 May 2016 16:42:17 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4967 Hey, My name is Noah Gould and I am an avid reader of historical novels. Being from suburban Ontario I have always been an adventure seeker. The absence of sufficient adventurous stimulation is what led me to seek work out west. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of Canada. It may […]

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Hey,

My name is Noah Gould and I am an avid reader of historical novels. Being from suburban Ontario I have always been an adventure seeker. The absence of sufficient adventurous stimulation is what led me to seek work out west. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of Canada. It may sound biased, but Calgary and the Rockies will always hold the number 1 spot in my heart. Aside from Canada I have travelled various parts of Europe, and Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Eventually I hope to at least visit every continent (including Antarctica). I love meeting new people and striking up a conversation with strangers. Like a true Canadian I love to play hockey. I have played ever since childhood and continue to play in both the winter and summer. I am very excited for this summer in particular to have the experience to meet and teach students from all over the world.

Noah

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Another New Teacher! http://wynchemna.com/another-new-teacher-2/ Tue, 10 May 2016 12:52:28 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4964 Hello! My name is Addy and I am so excited be spending this summer with Wynchemna. It is my first summer here and I think we are going to make it the best one yet! I enjoy being outside and staying active through a variety of activities. Sometimes this means going for a hike or […]

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Hello! My name is Addy and I am so excited be spending this summer with Wynchemna. It is my first summer here and I think we are going to make it the best one yet! I enjoy being outside and staying active through a variety of activities. Sometimes this means going for a hike or run or maybe trying something completely new. In the last few years, some of the new things I have grown to love are kickboxing, rock climbing and Zumba. I can’t wait to make some memories with you all!

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Guitar John is back!!! http://wynchemna.com/guitar-john-back/ Wed, 04 May 2016 00:48:09 +0000 http://wynchemna.com/?p=4961 Hey everyone! I am super excited to be back at Wynchemna. This camp is an adventure of a lifetime! There is always so much to do and so little time! I really look forward to meeting you and making memories together. We’re going to have a blast with all the sports, trips, games, activities and […]

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Hey everyone!
I am super excited to be back at Wynchemna. This camp is an adventure of a lifetime! There is always so much to do and so little time! I really look forward to meeting you and making memories together. We’re going to have a blast with all the sports, trips, games, activities and lessons! See you there!
— John

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