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Global Opportunities for Service Learning

I never let school get in the way of my education.
~ Mark Twain

The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat.
~ Lily Tomlin

When the learner is ready, the teacher will appear.
~ Sid Gautama

Ideas for Self-Directed Humans

WHAT IS GO?

G O ! stands for Global Opportunities for Service Learning.

  • •Traveling away from home to explore yourself and other cultures.
  • •Serving others by assisting in a variety of community based charitable or development projects.
  • •Learning about how humans are connected locally and globally.

WHO GOES?

  • •Self directed learners.
  • People who want to serve.
  • •People seeking community living.
  • People who can travel cross culturally.
  • People who know the factors involved in the preparation, experience and return phases.

WHY GO ?

  • To serve others – Contribute to the betterment of local and global communities.
  • To develop yourself – Improve your knowledge, skills, and attitudes about areas of interest.
  • To experience the world – Venture to places that will broaden your planet earth perspectives.

WHEN TO GO?

  • •During your holidays.
  • •As part of your school year.
  • Between studies or work.
  • When you are ready!

GO  WHERE ?

Americas ~ Africa ~ Asia

Bosco Home for Street Children
Canada World Youth
Canadian Crossroads International
Canadian Youth Abroad
Cuernavaca Center for International Dialogue on Development
CIDA Youth Internship Program
Dominican Republic Service Learning Experience
Experience Canada
Frontiers Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Hayden Hall
Human Kindness Foundation
Jamaica Self-Help
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Katimavik Canada
Kibbutz Experience
L’Arche Communities
Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
One World Global Education Program
Romero House for Refugees
Service And Learning Together
Scarboro Missions
Sojourners Community
Summer Experience in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience
St Francis Catholic Worker Farm
Toronto Ontario Opportunity for Learning and Service
Volunteer Abroad Program
Volunteer International Christian Service
Youth Challenge International
Willing Workers On Organic Farms

SOME FACTORS TO CONSIDER

Individuals deciding whether or not they are seriously interested in a Global Opportunity for Service Learning, would be wise to consider and discuss with a trusted advisor the following factors in their decision making process.

* Motivation

What is the individual’s underlying motivation and interest?

- to escape unpleasant home, work, school conditions?
– to demonstrate independence?
– to learn about themselves, others and the world?
– to explore possible study areas and careers?
– to gain new knowledge, skills and attitudes?
– to experience another culture?
– to help other people?

* Level of Prior Experience

What experience has the individual with self or small group directed learning?
What experience has the individual gained that involves service to others?

* Support Systems

What support from family and friends does the individual have to undertake a service learning endeavour ?
How would the individual care for themselves socially, physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually while away from familiar surroundings?

* Time Lines

What amount of time is the individual considering – a summer, a season, a year?
Will the individual be able to free themselves of other commitments?

* Money

How will the individual fund the experience? (Anywhere from $500 to $5000)
What fundraising initiatives can the individual undertake?

* Resources for Preparation and Return

Does the individual have an advisor / resource person who is willing and able to assist with preparation and debriefing.

* Structure

Is the individual looking to construct their own independent experience or to participate in an existing program?

  • An independent opportunity refers to an experience that the student plans and participates in independent of any organization or structured facilitation. Constructing a rewarding independent experience requires a high degree of initiative, personal commitment, support and organization on the student’s behalf.
  • A program opportunity refers to an experience that the individual participates in with an established organization and usually includes structured facilitation. Participating in a rewarding program experience requires a high degree of commitment to group process and willingness to live in solidarity with others.

CHECK IT OUT :

The Teenage Liberation Handbook
by Grace Llewellyn

What In The World Is Going On
Canadian Bureau International Education,
www.cbie.ca

Canadian Guide To Living and Working Overseas
www.workingoverseas.com

Queen’s University International Centre
www.quic.queensu.ca

 

WANT MORE INFO ?

Mr Colin Dewart
151 Braemar Road
Kingston, Ontario
K7M 4B7  CANADA
Tel  (613) 634-2091
funfivealive@hotmail.com

LIST OF POTENTIAL SERVICE LEARNING SITES

The following list of organizations is intended to demonstrate that many possible service learning partners exist. Listing of organizations does not necessarily mean endorsement. Full responsibility for ensuring travel arrangements, proper documentation, safety, realistic service learning goals, etc. resides between the individual and the organization. Examples of ‘community development projects’ include working with people in health clinics, educational institutions, environmental groups, small business groups, women’s groups, research projects, etc. Examples of ‘charitable work experiences’ include serving people in soup kitchens, low cost restaurants, food banks, homeless shelters, hospitals, seniors homes, prisons, etc.

The originally published list of Youth Service Opportunities was replaced with the version below in May 2013. Resources that could no longer be found were removed and the remaining links were updated.

Canada World Youth
www.canadaworldyouth.org
– participate in cross-cultural learning and community development work projects

Canadian Crossroads International
www.cciorg.ca
– participate in cross-cultural learning and community development work projects

Canadian Guide To Living and Working Overseas
www.workingoverseas.com
– excellent resource guide

Canadian International Development Agency
International Youth Internship Program
www.acdi-cida.gc.ca
– internship  in cross-cultural learning and international development work projects

Child Haven International
www.childhaven.ca
-volunteer assisting with orphans and community development projects

Coady International Institute / St Francis Xavier University
coady.stfx.ca
-internship in cross-cultural learning and international development work projects

Cuernavaca (Mexico) Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (CCIDD)
www.ccidd.org
-participate in cross cultural learning program

Dominican Republic Experience
Centro Padre Arturo, San Jose de Ocoa, DR (809) 558-2434
funfivealive@hotmail.com
– volunteer assisting with community development projects

Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
dccatholicworker.wordpress.com
-participate in community living and various community development projects

Frontiers Foundation
www.frontiersfoundation.ca
– volunteer assisting in the construction of houses

Habitat for Humanity International
www.habitat.ca
-volunteer assisting in the construction of houses

Human Kindness Foundation
www.humankindness.org
-volunteer assisting the ‘Prison-Ashram Project’

Israel & Kibbutz Experience Centre / Soloway Jewish Community Centre
www.jccottawa.com
– participate in community living and cooperative work projects

Jesuit Volunteer Corps International
www.JesuitVolunteers.org
-participate in cross-cultural learning and various community development work projects

Katimavik Canada
www.katimavik.org
– participate in community living and community development projects

L’Arche Communities
www.larche.ca
– participate  in community living and work experience with challenged adults

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
www.motherteresa.org/07_family/Volunteering/v_cal.html
– volunteer in various charitable work experiences

One World Global Education Program
www.oneworlded.com
– participate in cross-cultural learning and community development work projects

Queen’s University International Centre
www.quic.queensu.ca
– excellent resource centre

Romero House for Refugees
www.romerohouse.org
– participate in community living and refugee assistance work

Serve and Learn Together (SALT)
salt.mcc.org
-participate in cross-cultural learning and community development work experiences

Scarboro Missions
www.scarboromissions.ca
- participate in cross-cultural learning and community development work experiences

Sojourners Community
sojo.net
-internship in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience (SERVE)
yorktonredemptorists.com/young-adult-ministry/s-e-r-v-e
-volunteer in community living and charitable work experiences

St Francis Farm / Unity Acres Catholic Worker Movement
www.catholicworker.org
-volunteer in community living and charitable work experiences

Volunteer International Christian Service (VICS)
www.volunteerinternational.ca
-volunteer in community development projects

Youth Challenge International
www.yci.org
– participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF)
www.wwoofinternational.org
– volunteer working on organic farms

Topics: Learning Opportunities