2015 Programs

ucalgarycares Reading Week

ucalgarycares (formerly Calgary Serves) Reading Week programs have been offered to students through the 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, poverty in Vancouver, or food security in New Orleans.

FJ Participant Nuri Sung at OSBG_Brittany Vine

ucalgarycares Food and Justice participant Nuri Sung.

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

Clare Mangrove Plant

ucalgarycares Community-Based Rural Tourism in Costa Rica participant Clare Hickie

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 the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning 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.

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