BIBLE HILL, N.S.
Sascha Berliner is only 16, but she’s preparing to head off on her first international trade and development mission.
Recently, she learned she was the only Nova Scotian chosen to take part in a Junior Team Canada mission to Peru in February. She was chosen from hundreds of applicants and will be among a team of 30.
“I’m extremely excited,” said the Bible Hill girl. “I’m really interested in global affairs and international policy.
“I’m nervous, too, because I’ve never worked with something like this, where I have to network at lot.”
Applicants for the trip had to apply, sharing information on how they could contribute, why they want to represent their region, how they could use the experience to give back to their community, and what they feel are the most pressing issues when it comes to development.
“It’s a 10-day trip and it’ll be my first time in that area, so I’ve been reading a lot about Peru,” she said.
During the mission, team members will meet with business, government, education and community leaders. They will showcase educational opportunities in Canada, taking part in school visits, presentations and meetings.
Team members will work to identify trade opportunities for Canadian companies, and after returning home they will prepare reports that will be distributed to government, business and community contacts.
“The Trans Pacific Partnership involves Peru, and it’s important to have a closer connection,” said Sascha.
“I think this can benefit Colchester County because we exchange information and contacts.
“I think this trip will be very tiring, but in the best way possible.”
Each member of the team must also raise $4,500, so Sascha is looking for businesses and individuals interested in being sponsors. Global Vision will provide tax receipts for sponsorship.