Hello everyone! Jake here, reporting on an amazing fourth year at the YVR School Tour program. The tour guides, Breanna and Annalisa and I, have had the pleasure of giving tours of Vancouver International Airport to over 2000 grade five students from the Metro Vancouver area.
Just like a traveller boarding a flight, our students were equipped with YVR School Tour Program passports which were jam packed full of activities and interesting facts about our airport. These passports guided students as we made our way through the airport, learning how to check-in for flights, YVR history and airport operations. The students also explored First Nations’ art and learned how to communicate like pilots, using the NATO phonetic alphabet.
When I started as a tour guide, I had an idea of what it might be like. I imagined myself memorizing a script and delivering the information to students--- piece of cake, right? To my surprise no two tours were ever the same, thanks to all of the enthusiastic students with great questions and stories to tell about their own personal travelling adventures. Over the last 11 weeks I have developed new skills that will serve me well as I complete my studies at Simon Fraser University and transition into my first career.
I want to give a big ‘thank you’ to the Green Coat Volunteers for accompanying us on our tours! Your knowledge and passion for aviation really made the difference. Thank you to all of the wonderful students and teachers who participated in the YVR School Tour Program, it was a great honour to be your tour guide.