International Service Learning Opportunities

Looking for a way to gain hands-on experience working with sustainability related initiatives in a community-based setting?   There are a number of Reading Week (Feb. 2014) opportunities that can help you do just that!

Sustainability & Solidarity is an International Service Learning opportunity that allows students to work and learn alongside a community organization in rural Mexico that works on agricultural and ecological initiatives such as dry toilet installation into neighboring communities where access to sanitation facilities is limited.  Learning sessions about the factors and issues surrounding this project are integrated throughout the week.

Sustainability and  Coastal Conservation is an International Service Learning opportunity to work with a NGO along the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica.  This project is to work with ASVO is to make the station as self-sustainable as possible, in order to reduce impacts on the local habitat and provide a model for nearby communities and international volunteers. You will contribute to this goal by helping to build a greenhouse on the site to assist in reducing the need to bring in outside sources of food to the site and increase the diversity of plant species (vegetables) available for local consumption.

Ecosystems and Ecology is an International Service Learning opportunity to work with a NGO along the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica.  This project is to work with ASVO is to make the station as self-sustainable as possible, in order to reduce impacts on the local habitat and provide a model for nearby communities and international volunteers. You will contribute to this goal by helping to construct a water filtration system that will harvest both rain and salt water to provide volunteers and the surrounding community with a sustainable source of clean drinking water. You should expect hands-on work, manual labour, and the need to problem-solve in the field.

Interested students are invited to attend an info session to learn more.  Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 7pm in Place Vanier Upper Atrium.  Applications can be submitted online and are due Nov. 17th.

Interested students are invited to come to drop-in advising hours or email questions to ubc.isl@ubc.ca