Brady Dean, a sixth grader at Grain Valley Middle School, just returned from an incredible 12-day People to People Student Ambassador Program to Western Canada.

Brady Dean, a sixth grader at Grain Valley Middle School, just returned from an incredible 12-day People to People Student Ambassador Program to Western Canada. The delegation consisted of 48 fourth through sixth grade students from throughout the Kansas City area. They explored new cultures and created new international friendships.

Highlights of the program included spending time on a Blackfoot reservation learning about the First Nations tribe through elder stories, dancing and sleeping in tipis.  Other highlights included hiking on the Athabasca Glacier located in Jasper National Park, Zip-lining near Banff National Park, visiting the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, seeing the British Columbia parliament, and going Orca whale watching near Victoria.  

The delegation was led by Jill Ebmeier, a music educator at Briarwood Elementary in Olathe.

The group was accompanied throughout their adventures by a local delegation manager, Ariel Boisvert of British Columbia, Canada, who coordinated the cultural and recreational excursions.

Before departure, leaders worked closely with the students and families to learn more about their destination and prepare for the journey.  

“The orientation meetings are a time for all those involved to bond together, focus on a destination, and learn what sort of responsibilities like budgeting and packing will make for a great overall experience for the student,” Ebmeier said.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency in 1956 with the belief that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference where government could not.

People to People has over 50 years experience in safely bringing the best educational journeys to life.

For any questions regarding the People to People mission or programs, visit www.peopletopeople.com.