2016 Programs

ucalgarycares Reading Week

ucalgarycares  Reading Week programs have been offered to students through the Community-Engagement (formerly Centre for Community-Engaged Learning) since 2009. They are unique experiences in a student’s academic career. Through these immersion experiences, students volunteer in a community at home or elsewhere in North America while learning about a specific issue in our world today, such as homelessness in Calgary, global citizenship in Toronto, or food security in New Orleans.

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ucalgarycares Global Citizenship in Toronto participants at Bike Pirates (February 2016)

No two ucalgarycares projects are quite the same; but they are powerful leadership opportunities. Students generally live together, eat together, volunteer together, and learn together during these immersion programs.

ucalgarycares team members are selected for their enthusiasm, open attitude, and willingness to work in a team.

While ucalgarycares Reading Week programs take place in February, teams meet monthly for pre-service workshops and team-building activities and to discuss films or readings related to the ucalgarycares project.

ucalgarycares Spring and Summer

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ucalgarycares Culture and Community Development participants in Chira Island, Costa Rica (Spring 2015)

 

ucalgarycares Spring and Summer (formerly Calgary Serves International) programs provide students service-learning opportunities in a cross-cultural context. In these co-curricular programs students travel, learn and serve together in different international communities.  ucalgarycares Spring and Summer programs explore leadership and social justice through global perspectives and challenge participant’s ideas of privilege and ethical international volunteerism. ucalgarycares Spring and Summer programs have been offered to students through Community Engagement since 2010.

ucalgarycares Spring and Summer programs are powerful leadership and development opportunities. Team members are selected for their enthusiasm, open attitude, and willingness to work in a team.

Monthly pre-service workshops prior to the Spring Term and Summer term programs make the ucalgarycares experience a rich learning opportunity. These monthly pre-service workshops are a place for team-building activities, discussions on films or readings related to the project, and language lessons where needed. While specific language skills are not required for the program, eagerness to learn is an asset.