Alternative Spring Break

London, Ontario

Throughout the 4-day experience, you will have the opportunity to work with 4 different non-profit organizations working to combat social isolation and build communities in London. Schedules and locations 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 London, build relationships, develop skills, and learn more about the City of London.

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Community Partners

Queen's University Youth Opportunities Unlimited Meals on Wheels Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Dates of Travel

February 19, 2019 – February 22, 2019 

Participant Numbers

Western University

 

Queens University

6

Student participants

6

1

Student Team Leader

1

1

Team Leader

1

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

Highlights

  • Form connections and increase networking opportunities with fellow University students and London 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 some of London’s many local attractions by going on 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
  • Interpret and deconstruct the importance a community meal has on those that may be socially isolated in communities.
  • Recognize the possibilities and limitations of their own role in serving local marginalized populations
  • Recognize and describe specific social issues in London, and explain governing structures and social policies that impact these issues

Ideal Participant

You 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, this is a great opportunity for you. If you have a keen interest in learning more about the efforts of community change agents in London, and the experiences of citizens in your own backyard, consider this ASB experience. All program participants are expected to commit to attending all program components.

Cost

Total cost (subject to change) – $100

Costs include:

  • 4 days of Lunch
  • Evening Social
  • Administration - t shirt, team leader contribution, journal

Preliminary Itinerary

 

TIME

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

9:00-9:30 am

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

9:30-10:00 am

Travel

Travel

Travel

Travel

10:00-12:00 pm

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

12:00-1:00 pm

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

1:00-3:00 pm

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

3:00-3:30 pm

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

3:30-4:00 pm

Travel

Travel

Travel

Travel

6:00-9:00 pm

Social Evening

PLEASE NOTE: Each day you will be traveling to a different community agency via city bus, and the itinerary is subject to change at any point.

More information will be available about this experience mid-October.

Accommodations

Western University students will stay in their own rooms/homes.

Meals

Lunch will be provided during the program and are included in the price, but participants will be responsible for breakfast, dinner, and snacks throughout the day.

Need to Know

  • This experience is based solely in Ontario; therefore, passports and travel visas are not required.
  • 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.