Alternative Spring Break

Kingston, Ontario

Throughout the 4-day experience, you will have the opportunity to work in teams to complete a project, in partnership with a local Kingston community organization. Schedules will vary each day, but consist of the same fundamental components: learning from community partners, project work, and a critical reflection of the day’s activities. More than a volunteer program, students will explore themes that address a community-identified need. This experience offers you the chance to make meaningful contributions to the diverse communities in the area, build relationships, develop skills, and learn more about the City of Kingston.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Community Partners

Oueen's University

Dates of Travel

February 18, 2019 – February 23, 2019 

Participant Numbers

Western University

 

Queens University

5

Student participants

30-35

2

Student Team Leader

7

*This is a joint experience in partnership with Queen’s University.

Highlights

  • Create and finish a project for a local organization that addresses a community-identified need
  • Form connections and increase networking opportunities with fellow university students and Kingston organizations
  • Develop diverse skills that complement your academic studies with hands-on experience
  • Participate in reflection activities to critically examine aspects of your identity and how they interplay with community engaged learning
  • Experience a piece of Kingston’s many local attractions with an end-of-the-week social!

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore ideas, issues, and global systems from viewpoints other than their own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities
  • Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural competence, sensitivity and humility by completing pre-departure workshops, activities in OWL and the ASB Reflective Practice Workbook, and engaging in the 1-2 week community-based experience
  • Develop an increased awareness of local and global community-identified needs by working on a project or exploring a topic with a community organization, and engaging in a process of action and reflection
  • Cultivate intercultural skills by exploring their identities and perspectives as they relate to members of different communities
  • Work collaboratively with a group of fellow university students

Ideal Participant

Students are not required to have any previous knowledge of the needs and issues explored during the program. If you are hard-working, optimistic, and open-minded, then this is a great opportunity for you. Students who can go with the flow, and want to explore another major city in Ontario, will enjoy this experience. All program participants are expected to commit to attending all program components.

Cost

Total cost (subject to change) – $400

Costs include:

  • Meals while in Kingston
  • Transportation to/from Kingston
  • Ground transportation in Kingston
  • Accommodations
  • Social
  • Administrative Fee (t-shirt, team leader contribution, journal)

Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.

Preliminary Itinerary

TIME

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9:00-9:30am

 

Travel to Kingston

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

 

Travel to London

9:30-10:00am

Travel from QU

Travel from QU

Travel from QU

Travel from QU

10:00-12:00pm

Welcome from Partners, tour and info on placement facility

Community Engaged Learning – Project Work

Community Engaged Learning – Project Work

Community Engaged Learning -  – Project Work

12:00-1:00pm

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

1:00-3:00pm

Community Engaged Learning – Project Work

Community Engaged Learning – Project Work

Community Engaged Learning – Project Work

Thank You Celebration

with Partners

3:00-3:30pm

Facilitated Reflection & Journaling

Facilitated Reflection & Journaling

Facilitated Reflection & Journaling

Facilitated Reflection & Journaling

3:30-4:00pm

Travel to QU

Travel to QU

Travel to QU

Travel to QU

4:00-6:00pm

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

6:00-8:00pm

End of Week Social

*NOTE – Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time, as with all community driven experiences

Accommodations

Accommodation plans are currently under review. 

Meals

Meals will be provided in partnership with Queen’s University during the program, and you will be responsible for some meals and snacks (to be identified).

Need to Know

  • This experience is based solely in Ontario; passports and travel visas are not needed
  • If you require disability related accommodation, or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.