I am writing this blog post after having returned back to Montreal for a few days and finally recovered from my jet lag. This GA definitely met expectations based on my objectives. I had so much fun promoting the exchanges that we offer for SCOPE in Québec. At all of the SCOPE sessions and the Regional session when divided into committees, we had small groups where I got to share some aspects of our exchanges and promote the academic quality as well as the amazing social program that we offer. In the small working groups, I learned about various problems that you may encounter in exchanges and ways to solve them.
On my last day, I assisted in a training that focused on how to assess outcome in exchanges where I learned about the importance of having specific tools to evaluate the impact on students participating on an exchange. In IFMSA-Québec, we offer a 1 day training for students participating in a SCORE/SCOPE exchange, called the Pre-Departure Training (PDT). This training has an impact of the experience of the students ans we were able to present it at the activities fair, which is a two-hour event where each NMO has the chance to present a project that they came up with that has an impact on a certain problem.
Overall, as my first GA, this experience was full of memories that will last me a lifetime. Meeting so many people from all over the world, as well as meeting up with old friends was such an amazing experience. I learned so much, not only in terms of SCOPE and IFMSA around the world, but also in terms of the wide diversity of cultures. I am going to miss everything about this experience so much, from the amazing people I met, to the beautiful Balkan landscape of Budva.