2016 IBSC Student Forum
Friday, June 24 to Wednesday June 29, 2016
St. George’s School, Vancouver, BC, Canada
We look forward to welcoming our students and their mentors from around the globe. Since its inception in 2013, the IBSC Student Forum has broadened the scope and reach our our Annual Conference and its theme, providing rich rewards to all involved. The logistics for this year's forum are below.
Day 1: Friday 24 June
- 2-5:00 PM - Check-in at St. George’s School
(Once we have collected everyone’s flight/ travel information, we will determine if/when to arrange a shuttle service from the Vancouver International Airport to St. George’s School)
- Evening – Dinner and Welcome With Billet Families (Introduction and Program Overview)
- Go home to Billet Families
Day 2: Saturday 25 June
- Various events, seminars, field trips exploring aspects of Global Citizenship
- Evening with Billet Families.
Day 3, 4, 5: Sunday26–Tuesday 28 June
- Various events, seminars, field trips exploring aspects of Global Citizenship. Some possible locations might include:
- Museum of Anthropology
- Refugee Welcome Centre: Opening in Spring 2016, the first of its kind in North America to provide complete transitional housing and targeted services all under one roof for incoming refugees.
- West Coast First Nations cultural experience
- Various Vancouver sights: Grouse Mountain, Granville Island, Gastown, Squamish
- Sleeping at dormitories on St. George’s campus
Day 6: Wednesday 29 June
- Breakfast and wrap-up activities at St. George’s School
- Departure to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Housing – Students
For the first two nights of the Student Forum (24 and 25 June 2016), your son/student will be billeted with families of St. George’s students.
Staying with host families at the schools we visit is a St. George’s tradition and one that we reciprocate when other schools visit us. It offers the experience of being in another family’s home to share their culture and customs, and the opportunity to form individual and family friendships beyond school walls. Your student/son will always be staying in a home with at least one other Saints’ student and will have the contact information for the Forum Director (and alternate faculty) at all times.
During the second of the two nights there, he will be having dinner with his host family either in their home or out at a local restaurant. He will likely be invited to join in the daily life, routine and activities of the family, which may involve new and unfamiliar experiences for him.
- We will brief the students about what to expect, how to behave, and what to do should they feel uncomfortable at any time while staying with a host family.
- We will forward contact details of host families to you once we have them, and it very common for emails/calls to be exchanged between these two families prior to the Student Forum.
- We will give host families details of our expectations for Student Forum students’ behavior, and details of activities to which you have consented.
- We will also share medical information to host families, as provided by you. Please ensure that information on your son’s medical form is up to date. If there is anything else you would specifically like us to share with host families, please let us know.
During the final three nights (26–28 June) the Students will be staying in the dormitory on the St. George’s Junior School campus.
Housing – Mentors
The mentors will have housing at Harker Hall for the duration of the conference (nights of June 24-28th inclusive), which is included in their fee.
Meals will begin on Friday 24 June for dinner and will include all meals and snacks until departure after breakfast on Wednesday 29 June. Regional cuisine will be emphasized and every effort will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions. Costs are included in the students' and mentors' tuition.
Costs for forum attendees is $1000 for each student. The tuition will cover the costs of running the forum to include housing, meals, events and transportation in and around Vancouver. The cost for mentors is also $1,000 which includes meals and accommodation for the duration of the Student Forum and including the registration fee for the IBSC conference.
Additional planning information regarding specific travel planning, i.e. clothing, pre-forum curriculum and prep, etc. via Facebook. Instructions for mentors and students to join our Facebook group will be issued in the weeks ahead.