Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Three new locations, seven unique opportunities, available in StFX's 2015-16 Service Learning Immersion program

September 14th, 2015
StFX students in the 2015 Immersion Service Learning trip to Guatemala

From working in a Halifax, NS street mission to travelling to Peru to work in community development, StFX’s 2015-16 Immersion Service Learning program is offering students seven unique experiences to apply for, including three new locations this year. 

New placements include Reading Week experiences in Peru—the first time the program has gone to South America—focused on community development and promoting human values and interculturality through art; and in Halifax, with the Sisters of St Martha inner city street mission.
 
As well, a new eight-week spring session, six-credit interdisciplinary studies course in Ghana, called Contemporary Issues and Service Learning in Ghana takes place from April 28 to June 27. This is the first time the immersion program has offered a six-credit course. This experience is open to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from other universities, though StFX students will have priority.
 
Immersion Service Learning continues to offer Reading Week placements in Guatemala, focused on human rights and fair trade; to Grenada, for community development and education; and to L’Arche Ottawa, working with adults with development disabilities. Rounding out the experiences is the April placement to Belize focused on natural resources, herbal medicine, and Mayan culture. 

“We’re really excited to be offering three new opportunities with our community partners,” says Marla Gaudet, Service Learning Program Manager.

“Our partners have planned exceptional programs for us, and based on the feedback from previous years, these programs will meet the interests of StFX students.”

Interested students are encouraged to attend a general information session about the Immersion Service Learning program on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schwartz School Auditorium. At this session, students who travelled last year will talk about their experiences. 

An information session on the Ghana course will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Coady Vegso, Room 150.  

Applications for Immersion Service Learning must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Application forms and more information can be found at https://sites.stfx.ca/service_learning/Immersion.html
 
Bursaries, of up to $1,250, are available.

For more information, please contact Jodi van Dompseler at jvandomp@stfx.ca
 
One of StFX Immersion Service Learning's new location is Lima, Peru.

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