GO! Get a Life
 

Global
Opportunities
for
Service Learning
 
 

I NEVER LET SCHOOL GET IN THE WAY
OF MY EDUCATION.
~ Mark Twain

THE PROBLEM WITH THE RAT RACE IS THAT
EVEN IF YOU WIN, YOU ARE STILL A RAT.
~ Lily Tomlin

WHEN THE LEARNER IS READY,
THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR.
~ Sid Gautama


 Ideas for Self-Directed Humans

 
 

WHAT IS GO    ?

G O ! stands for:
Global Opportunities for Service Learning.

• Traveling away from home to explore yourself and other cultures.
• Serving others by assisting in a variety of community based charitable
or development projects.
• Learning about how humans are connected locally and globally.
 

WHO GOES?

• Self directed learners.
• People who want to serve.
• People seeking community living.
• People who can travel cross culturally.
• People who know the factors involved in the preparation, experience
and return phases.

WHY GO ?

• To serve others - Contribute to the betterment of local and global
communities.
• To develop yourself - Improve your knowledge, skills, and attitudes
about areas of interest.
• To experience the world - Venture to places that will broaden your
planet earth perspectives.
 

WHEN TO GO?

• During your holidays.
• As part of your school year.
• Between studies or work.
• When you are ready!
 

GO  WHERE ?

Americas ~ Africa ~ Asia

Bosco Home for Street Children
Canada World Youth
Canadian Crossroads International
Canadian Youth Abroad
Cuernavaca Center for International Dialogue on Development
CIDA Youth Internship Program
Dominican Republic Service Learning Experience
Experience Canada
Frontiers Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Hayden Hall
Human Kindness Foundation
Jamaica Self-Help
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Katimavik Canada
Kibbutz Experience
L'Arche Communities
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity
One World Global Education Program
Romero House for Refugees
Service And Learning Together
Scarboro Missions
Sojourners Community
Summer Experience in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience
St Francis Catholic Worker Farm
Toronto Ontario Opportunity for Learning and Service
Volunteer Abroad Program
Volunteer International Christian Service
Youth Challenge International
Willing Workers On Organic Farms
 

LIKE WHO?
 

Canada & USA:
Tomas Babak
Jacob Broeders
Chris De Sousa
Mary-Elaine Goulah
Julie Lacelle
Gabrielle Michaud
Ana Mihaljevic

Dominican Republic:
Amanda Baird
Dan Babak
Jacob Broeders
Misty Brownlee
Katie Chan
Kasia Czura
Julia Davidson
Emily Dowling
Andrew Forsyth
Lyn Garrah
Laurel Gendron
Amy Greenwood
Karla Holland
Heather Hunt
Victoria MacDonald
Marcie McCann
Jennifer Murphy
Melanie Murphy
Erin Nolan
Natasha Leavitt
Alisha Oosterman
Jeff Reitzel
Tracy Loyst
Justin Richardson
Sarah Vanderhelm
Gillian White

Ghana:
Julie Lacelle
Emily Dowling

India:
Ashlin Alexander
Paul Carter
Fok-Shuen Leung
Lesley Mosier

Japan:
Alison Burns

Thailand:
Gabrielle Michaud
 
 
 

CHECK IT OUT :

The Teenage Liberation Handbook

by Grace Llewellyn
519-448-4001  or www.life.ca/books
 

What In The World Is Going On

Canadian Bureau International Education,
(613) 237-4820 or  www.cbie.ca

Canadian Guide To Living and Working Overseas

 (613) 238-6169  or www.workingoverseas.com

Queen's International Centre
 (613) 533-2604 or  www.quic.queensu.ca
 
 

WANT MORE INFO ?
 

Mr Colin Dewart
151 Braemar Road
Kingston, Ontario
K7M 4B7  CANADA

Tel  (613) 634-2091
funfivealive@hotmail.com
www.flora.org/oftp/GOSL.html
 

SOME FACTORS TO CONSIDER

Individuals deciding whether or not they are seriously interested
in a Global Opportunity for Service Learning,
would be wise to consider and discuss with a trusted advisor
the following factors in their decison making process.

* Motivation
               What is the individual’s underlying motivation and interest?
                               - to escape unpleasant home, work, school conditions?
                               - to demonstrate independence?
                               - to learn about themselves, others and the world?
                               - to explore possible study areas and careers?
                               - to gain new knowledge, skills and attitudes?
                               - to experience another culture?
                               - to help other people?

* Level of Prior Experience
             What experience has the individual with self or small group directed learning?
             What experience has the individual gained that involves service to others?

* Support Systems
             What support from family and friends does the individual have to undertake a service
              learning endeavour ?
             How would the individual care for themselves socially, physically, intellectually,
             emotionally, spiritually while away from familiar surroundings?

* Time Lines
            What amount of time is the individual considering - a summer, a season, a year?
             Will the individual be able to free themselves of other commitments?

* Money
             How will the individual fund the experience? (Anywhere from $500 to $5000)
            What fundraising initiatives can the individual undertake?

* Resources for Preparation and Return
         Does the individual have an advisor / resource person who is willing and able to assist
         with preparation and debriefing.

* Structure 

Is the individual looking to construct their own independent experience or to participate  in  an existing program?


An independent opportunity refers to an experience that the student plans and participates in independent of any organization or structured facilitation. Constructing a rewarding independent experience requires a high degree of initiative, personal commitment, support and organization on the student’s behalf.
A program opportunity refers to an experience that the individual participates in with an established organization and usually includes structured facilitation. Participating in a rewarding program experience requires a high degree of commitment to group process and willingness to live in solidarity with others.

 
 

LIST OF POTENTIAL SERVICE LEARNING SITES

The following list of organizations is intended to demonstrate that many possible service learning partners exist.

Listing of organizations does not necessarily mean endorsement. Full responsibility for ensuring travel arrangements, proper documentation, safety, realistic service learning goals, etc. resides between the individual and the organization.

Examples of ‘community development projects’ include working with people in health clinics, educational institutions, environmental groups, small business groups, women’s groups, research projects, etc.

Examples of ‘charitable work experiences’ include serving people in soup kitchens, low cost restaurants, food banks, homeless shelters, hospitals, seniors homes, prisons, etc.

Bosco Home for Street Children
91 B Street, 6th Cross, Gandhinghar, Bangalore 56009 INDIA (011-91-80) 335-9485
bosco@bgl.vsnl.net.in
 -volunteer providing recreation and education for street children

Canada World Youth
386 Bloor St W, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 1X4 (416) 596-9702
www.cwy-jcm.org
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Canadian Youth Abroad
3-17 Dunlop St, Kingston, ON K7L 1L1(613) 544-6096
 everest@kingston.net
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Canadian Crossroads International
31 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 2S2 (416) 967-0801
www.crossroads-carrefour.ca
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Canadian Guide To Living and Working Overseas
Intercultural Systems, PO Box 588, Station , Ottawa, ON K1P 5P7 (613) 238-6169
www.workingoverseas.com
- excellent resource guide

Canadian International Development Agency
International Youth Internship Program
www.acdi-cida.gc.ca
- internship  in crosscultural learning and international development work projects

Casa Canadiense
Apartado EC #76
Managua, Nicaragua
casacana@nicarao.org.ni
-participate in crosscultural learning and various community development projects

Child Haven International
Tel (613) 527-2829
www.childhaven.ca
fred@childhaven.ca
-volunteer assisting with orphans and community development projects

Coady International Institute / St Francis Xavier University
P O Box 5000, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 (902) 867-3907
www.stfx.ca/institutes/coady
-internship in crosscultural learning and international development work projects

Cuernavaca (Mexico) Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (CCIDD)
c/o 9297 Siempre Viva Rd, Suite MX, 021-063, San Diego CA 92173 USA
(011-52-73) 12-65-64
ccidd@laneta.apc.org
-participate in cross cultural learning program

Dominican Republic Experience
Centro Padre Arturo, San Jose de Ocoa, DR (809) 558-2434
funfivealive@hotmail.com
- volunteer assisting with community development projects

Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
503 Rock Creek Church Road NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 882-9649
-participate in community living and various community development projects

Frontiers Foundation
#203, 2615 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1L6 (416) 690-3930
www.frontiersfoundation.org
- volunteer assisting in the construction of houses

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St, Americus, GA 31709 USA  (912) 924-6541
www.habitat.org
-volunteer assisting in the construction of houses

Hayden Hall
42 Laden La Rd, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101 INDIA (011-91-354) 53228
hayden@cal.vsnl.net.in
-volunteer assisting with community development projects

Human Kindness Foundation
Rt 1, Box 201-N, Durham, NC USA (919) 304-2220
www.humankindness.org
-volunteer assisting the 'Prison-Ashram Project'

Israel & Kibbutz Experience Centre / Soloway Jewish Community Centre
1780 Kerr Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9 (613) 798-9818
www.jccottawa.com  or kibbutzdsk@aol.com
- participate in community living and cooperative work projects

Jamaica Self-Help
PO Box 1992, Peterborough, ON K9J 7X7
(705) 743-1671  jsh@ptbo.igs.net
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Jesuit Volunteer Corps International
Washington, DC USA (202) 687-1132
www.JesuitVolunteers.org
-participate in crosscultural learning and various community development work projects

Katimavik Canada
30 Douglas St, Guelph, ON, N1H 2S9 (519) 823-0774
www.katimavik.org
- participate in community living and community development projects

L'Arche Communities
11339 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L1 (905) 884-3454
www.larchecanada.org
- participate  in community living and work experience with challenged adults

Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity
54A Lower Circular Rd, Calcutta 70016 INDIA (011-91-33) 245-4523
- volunteer in various charitable work experiences

One World Global Education Program
 688 Rockway Dr, Kitchener, ON N2G 3B4
(519) 570-1323
 teamwork@golden.net
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Queen's International Centre
Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 (613) 533-2604
www.quic.queensu.ca
- excellent resource centre

Romero House for Refugees
175 Keele St, Toronto, ON M6P 2K1 (416) 763-1303
mjleddy@utoronto.ca
   participate in communty living and refugee assistance work

Serve and Learn Together (SALT)
50 Kent Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1 (519) 745-8458
www.mcc.org
-participate in crosscultural learning and community development work experiences

Scarboro Missions
2685 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1M 1M4 (416) 261-7135
www.web.net/~sfms
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work experiences

Sojourners Community
2401 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 USA (202) 328-8842
-internship in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience (SERVE)
426 St Germain Ave, Toronto, ON M5M 1W7 (416) 789-9266
www.redemptorists.com
-volunteer in community living and charitable work experiences

St Francis Farm / Unity Acres Catholic Worker Movement
136 Wart Road, Lacona, NY 13083 USA (315) 298-2844
www.catholicworker.org
-volunteer in community living and charitable work experiences

Volunteer Abroad / Canadian Federation of Students
c/o Odyssey Travel, 186 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B1 (613) 549-3561 odyssey@odyssey-travel.com
- participate in cross cultural learning and community development work experiences

Volunteer International Christian Service (VICS)
(VICS) 2475 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1H8 (416) 691-3022
-volunteer in community development projects

What In The World Is Going On
CBIE, #1100 220 Laurier Ave, Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9 (613) 237-4820
www.cbie.ca
-excellent resource book

Youth Challenge International
20 Maud St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M5 (416) 504-3370
www.yci.org
- participate in crosscultural learning and community development work projects

Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF)
R R 2, S-18 C-9, Nelson, BC V1L 5P5 (250) 354-4417
wwoofcan@uniserve.com
- volunteer working on organic farms


* Recent Links
Canlearn International
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Career Edge

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