What is the International Student Activity Program (ISAP) at Thompson Rivers University?

The International Student Activity Program (ISAP) at Thompson Rivers University is happy to announce another successful trip. For those not familiar with the program, ISAP is a part of TRU World, the international division of TRU, and we at ISAP have a very fun job. We get to take student from all over the world on fun activities of cultural or natural significance to the Thompson-Okanagan region. ISAP events offer students the chance to learn about Canada and to make friends from a multitude of different countries. So far this semester we have given students canoe and kayak lessons, toured orchards and wineries and visited Tranquille Sanatorium for some haunted tunnel tours. Upcoming fall events include; a trip on the Old Kettle Valley Steam Railway, a Kamloops Blazers ice hockey game, a huge Halloween party (with a haunted house), curling lessons and a Christmas party. If you are interested in getting tickets or a calendar of events head to the ISAP desk in the International Building. Better yet, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/truISAP so that we can keep you informed of upcoming events.

[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” background_color_class=”otw-silver-background”]Thanks! Best bannock/salmon ever! Very fun, an educational experience. ~ Joyce Chen[/otw_shortcode_quote]

October 5, 2014 we attended the, “Salute to the Sockeye” festival at Rodrick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. We were able to bring 50 students from many different countries to this uniquely British Columbian celebration of a natural resource. About a one hour drive from Thompson Rivers University is Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. Every four years this location on Adams River hosts the return of millions of sockeye salmon. These fish swim up river to where they were born only to spawn (lay and fertilize eggs) and die. On this epic journey the salmon travel 500 km from the Pacific Ocean. These fish battle against the currents of Fraser River and the bears and other predators waiting for them. On the way, the sockeye turn from a silver to a dramatic crimson colour with olive-green heads.

[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered”]Love the scenery and nature—hours to spend here was the perfect amount. ~ Sabine[/otw_shortcode_quote]

Sunday was a beautiful albeit partially overcast day. Upon arrival at the Park, participants walked trails along the river and through autumn coloured foliage to view the striking red coloured salmon spawning near the shoreline. As this was the opening day of the festival, attendees were also able to try salmon bannock burgers and buy unique local arts and crafts. Some students talked to BC Park Rangers or got information from Fisheries and Ocean Canada personnel. A few also enjoy storytelling from the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band in whose territory the Park exists. Over all, this was a beautiful day and a unique experience for our international and Canadian students alike. Comments about the day included…

[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered”]Really cool event. Nice to see something so unique and typical Canadian, good job. ~Martina Isler[/otw_shortcode_quote] [otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” background_color_class=”otw-silver-background”]“Nice. Good to do it today because there was also music and a show! ~ Alice [/otw_shortcode_quote]

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