It was an amazing trip for me. I found some of my long-lost family in Ukraine.
I was an EMT for 20 years before I decided it was time for a career change. I want to work abroad and I thought going to Ukraine would be a great opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like to work and live in another country. It really was. And the experience wasn’t over when the course ended.
I decided to extend my stay and met up with my mom and sister who also travelled to Ukraine to join me. We had the name of the village my great-grandparents had emigrated from, but the last time any of our family was there would have been over 30 years ago. Anyone in Canada who might have been able to tell me if our relatives still lived in the village were long gone.
But we went to the village anyway and actually found our family. The whole trip was life-changing.
– Candace, 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student
Where in the world ... Ternopil
Candace and 10 of her fellow nursing students gained global perspectives from Ukrainian and Nigerian students this summer.
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