Hello YVR Connections readers! My name is Breanna and I am one of three tour guides who are part of the YVR school tour program The Future Lands Here. Jake, Annalisa and I give tours of the airport to local grade five students. We’ve only been guiding these tours for a few short weeks but already have had many unique and interesting experiences with the students which we wanted to share with you.
Here are some observations from our first few weeks:
• One of the most noticeable things is that some students have a remarkable knowledge of the airport before they arrive! Many of the grade five students are into aviation and share cool facts or stats that they’ve learnt at home. It’s really great to teach kids about a subject they’re passionate about.
• Recently, one class was delighted when WestJet pilots surprised us in the Observation Area to sign autographs before their flight. The students were in awe of the pilots in uniform and it was amazing to see their smiles. Thanks WestJet!
• Kids really love The Spirit of the Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe. There’s so much more to this sculpture than just its sheer size and students love hearing the story behind the art.
• The most rewarding part of being a The Future Lands Here tourguide is the feedback we receive after the tours. We really feel like we’re sparking a passion for aviation and exposing kids to careers at the airport they never knew existed.
Although we only have three short hours to take a class through all the interesting things that happen at the airport, we try our best to answer all of their questions. In the end, we can only hope that the students will come back as future travellers or employees and explore the rest of the airport themselves!