In 2017, the Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George established its annual "Adventures in Health Care" program in which annually some four dozen high school students, from across British Columbia, spend four days in Prince George experiencing opportunities in post- secondary education, applied training and career options in the health sciences in northern British Columbia. This past spring the program was recognized with a Healthier You Award for Youth Initiative of the Year
The programs goal is to provide a learning experience which refers to any interaction, course, program, or other experience in which learning takes place, whether it occurs in traditional academic settings (schools, classrooms) or nontraditional settings (outside-of-school locations, outdoor environments), or whether it includes traditional educational interactions (students learning from teachers and professors) or nontraditional interactions (students learning through games and interactive software applications).
Because students may learn in a wide variety of settings and ways, the term is often used as a more accurate, preferred, or inclusive alternative to terms such as course, for example, that have more limited or conventional connotations. Learning experience may also be used to underscore or reinforce the goal of an educational interaction—learning—rather than its location (school, classroom) or format (course, program), for example.
"The goal of the program has created a bit of a monster, we call it the tsunami effect. We are unable to expand the program to meet the demand while maintaining the integrity of the program"
As a result, Yellowhead Rotary decided to regionalize the Adventures in Health Care program starting in 2020. By regionalization, they are sharing their experiences and encouraging other Rotary clubs to host the program in their region, as opposed to one program for the whole Province of British Columbia.
Unfortunately, as we are all aware COVID-19 disrupted everything in March, 2020. As a result all programs and future plans for new programs were brought to a screeching halt.
Once the pandemic has passed we suspect that discussions will again begin on expansion of the LIVE program into new communities throughout the Province of British Columbia.