«Grâce au camp»: reflections as a monitrice / counsellor: July Camp

Camp Ouareau is situated in the north of Québec, around 2 hours from Montréal.  Established in 1922, it is an all-girls camp in a French/ English bilingual setting. Strong Ouareau tradition has run through families for generations, proudly producing “Ouareau girls” across Canada and across the world.    Is it what I expected? No matter…

The start of my Canadian adventure…

Bonjour à tous! I’m writing this post on the bus from Montréal to Sainte-Agathe des Monts. My blog over the next 10 weeks will be a means of documenting my Canadian adventure, working as a Camp counsellor at a bilingual summer camp in Quebec. This is my first time travelling alone somewhere so far from…

Back to Belfast: Back to the Past?

On returning home to NI after my first year in Manchester, I am strongly reminded just how inextricably linked politics is with culture here. Following the momentous referendum held in the Republic of Ireland on 25th May, I’m writing about something extremely topical and controversial across the whole island: ABORTION. I acknowledge that abortion, like many…