The Gaspé Campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles hosts 21 Montréal - area students via its anglophone mobility project
Last January 15, the Gaspé Campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles welcomed 21 students from Montréal-area colleges: Vanier College, Dawson College, John Abbott College and the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.
The project in which the group of Social Science students are participating is an initiative on the part of the five colleges. This pilot project is a fine opportunity for the Gaspé Campus to increase its student population while for the visiting students, it is a life experience in a superb region. “I’ve never felt so welcomed, by everyone. Teachers, students and townspeople have offered nothing but kindness since we got here,” said Devan Aubut (John Abbott College).
A number of activities are being organized to help them feel at home in the community, but also to make sure they make the most of their time in the region. For instance, on February 2, the group took part in Groundhog Day activities in Val d’Espoir, where they were able to immerse themselves in the local culture. The day’s activities were rounded out by a hike up Mont St-Anne in Percé.
In the coming weeks, they’ll have the chance to enjoy dog sledding, a hike up Mont St-Alban, ice fishing and a number of other activities.
For these students, the experience at a smaller campus appears to be most conclusive. As Teneille Arnott (John Abbott College) put it, “I love personal classes, we have class discussions, get to know each other and get to know our teachers on an exclusive level.” In addition, for most of them, once far from home, it is an opportunity to experience independence, make their own choices, meet challenges, etc.
It is important to point out that when the project – initially financed by the Entente Canada-Québec – began, four students from a single college (Vanier College) were hosted in Gaspé. In contrast, the winter 2014 group is composed of 21 students from four colleges who will be continuing their studies in Gaspé.