Overall the students really enjoyed the field trip. I have to admit that this was somewhat of a surprise for me. Mamadou, a Guinea student, described the centre as “paradise” as he considered the cleanliness and the consistent supply of electricity that was powering the lights. This was obviously a stark contrast to what he had come to know in his home country. Beyond that, it seemed the students enjoyed using some of the tools from the classroom in a real life context.
After lunch in the Devonian Gardens on that same day, we were also privileged to take in a tour of the Calgary Civic Complex. Our gracious and patient tour guide showed us around the interior of the complex, and explained the significance of various murals, paintings, artefacts and structures both inside and outside the building. As well, we got to sit in the gallery of council chambers, (on a day when council was not in session), and learn about what happens during council meetings and the basics of how the municipal government functions. You can download the accompanying activity to the trip by clicking here.