Bonjour! Je m’appelle Lyndi, sometimes pronounced Lundi.
I am a year 13 student studying at Columba College in Dunedin.
I have studied French since year 9, and the language has quickly become a passion of mine. In learning French I have also discovered another interest, history. The French language and French history are intertwined, with words giving a glimpse back into time. In France, the past and present are so intricately connected, and the people have a great understanding of this.
My goal as a Young Ambassador is to bring back an understanding of how New Zealand’s history has become interlaced in with France's and to bring back knowledge of how this relationship has affected the both of our countries in the long term. I want to be able to share this knowledge and information with the youth of New Zealand, perhaps even other generations in New Zealand, so they can learn or remember how important this War was for us in all aspects, and how key it is in developing a country to remember it’s past and the people who fought for it.
On this Young Ambassador trip, my focus is reviving history, Recounting stories long lost and forgotten, remembering those who gave us our freedom and futures, learning of the impact and significance the War had, and still has on our everyday lives. Although I had no members of my family personally fight in France, I originally come from a small town community, Queenstown. I want to share the impact that the war had on a small community, where half of its residents were sent away to a foreign country, some never returning to home soil. This trip for me is not about retracing my personal family footsteps, but a communities footsteps, for those young men sent to fight were all family not by blood, but by bond.
I am excited and eager to get this project started, and to meet all my fellow ambassadors in person! I am looking forward to creating lifetime friendships and memories during this experience, alongside learning more about the significance of war, politics and history.
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