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What is Service Learning?. StFX Service Learning is considered the pioneer for Service Learning in Canada. Service Learning is an innovative way to integrate experiential learning, academic study, and community service. Immersion Service Learning (ISL).

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what is service learning
What is Service Learning?
  • StFX Service Learning is considered the pioneer for Service Learning in Canada.
  • Service Learning is an innovative way to integrate experiential learning, academic study, and community service.
immersion service learning isl
Immersion Service Learning (ISL)
  • Students travel in groups to diverse communities in Canada and abroad.
  • While being immersed in the local culture, students:
    • provide service with community organizations,
    • visit sites of historic and political importance, and
    • participate in education sessions led by local community leaders.
2013 2014 immersion experiences
2013-2014 Immersion Experiences
  • Immersion
  • experiences
  • are open to all StFX
  • students regardless of year of study or
  • discipline.
  • Belize
  • Cuba
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • L’Arche Ottawa
travel dates
Travel Dates
  • Most travel takes place during the February Break –

Friday, February 20th to

Sunday, March 1st , 2015.

  • The Belize group travels April 23rd through May6th, 2015

(Please note that travel occurs over convocation weekend).

belize april 23 rd to may 6 th
Belize - April 23rd to May 6th

Leader: Joanne Tompkins (Education)

Host: Belize Zoo/Tropical Education Center & Maya Center

Focus: A strong focus on the Mayan Culture

Service Placements:

Local school, assist a local herbalist, partner with a community organization, Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center

cuba february 21 st to march 1 st
Cuba - February 21st to March 1st

Leader: Jonathan Rosborough (Economics)

Host: University of Cienfuegos

Focus: Sustainable development issues, food production, alternative medicines and environmental protection

Service Placements:

Agriculture Sector: organic farms, collective farms, organiponicos

grenada february 21 st to march 1 st
Grenada - February 21st to March 1st

Lead Rachel Hurst (Womens and Gender Studies)

Host: Maureen St. Clair,

Harford Village

Focus: Introduces participants to rural Grenada and economic,

social and cultural life of

this tiny Caribbean island

Service Placements:

Pre-primary, primary and

high schools, special education

guatemala february 20 th to march 1st
Guatemala - February 20th to March 1st

Leader: Clare Fawcett (Anthropology)

Host: Jackie McVicar,

Breaking the Silence

Focus: Community development, peace building after years of civil war, Fair Trade coffee, human rights, and the Mayan culture

Service Placements:

Small rural coffee farms, school project

l arche ottawa february 22 nd to march 1 st
L’Arche Ottawa February 22nd to March 1st

Leader: Greg Carter (Music)

Host: L’Arche Ottawa

Focus: Living and working with adults who have developmental disabilities and those who wish to share life with them

Service Placements:

Living and assisting in L’Arche homes in Ottawa

service learning staff hosts faculty leaders
Service Learning staff, hosts and faculty leaders assist participants:

prepare for the experience,

observe and reflect throughout the experience, and

reflect and debrief following the experience.

Service Learning Staff, Hosts, Faculty Leaders
ids 305 immersion service learning
IDS 305: Immersion Service Learning
  • Participants may choose a credit or non-credit option. You are not required to register in a course.
  • IDS 305 is a 3-credit course offered in the winter term.

This course engages the student in a major research project on a topic related to their immersion experience.

  • DEVS 311 and BIOL 391 also have ISL academic assignments.
fees bursaries fundraising
Fees, Bursaries, & Fundraising

Bursaries are available!

You must complete and submit a Bursary Application; bursaries up to $1,250 are awarded based on financial need.

Bursary Workshop: Wed, Oct 8, 5:15pm Coady 242

Deadline: 4pm, Friday, October 17th.

BELIZE - $TBA

CUBA - $TBA

GRENADA - $TBA

GUATEMALA - $TBA

L’ARCHE OTTAWA - $TBA

Participants often fundraise all or most of the fees, fundraising may be done individually, in groups, or both.

getting involved
Getting Involved

IMMERSION

INFORMATION SESSION

Tuesday, Oct 7th

6:30 pm

Schwartz Auditorium

Everyone is Welcome!

  • Visit the Immersion Service Learning website for information and application documents.
  • Complete and submit the

ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM along with supporting documentation on or before the application deadline: 4pm, Thursday,Oct. 23rd, 2014.

  • Don’t forget to apply for a Bursary!!!
contact us
Course Based

Marla Gaudet, Program Manager

mgaudet@stfx.ca

Immersion

Jodi van Dompseler, Program Assistant

jvandomp@stfx.ca

Contact Us

Visit our website:

http://sites.stfx.ca/service_learning/Immersion