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Funding information => ISL Bursaries
Immersion Service Learning (ISL) is an exciting and unique way to provide service while experiencing another culture.
ISL offers StFX students an intense experiential learning opportunity involving travel to diverse communities in national and international locations. The program focus is on service learning experiences that provide a framework for reflection on social justice and community development issues.
Guided by a StFX Immersion Leader, each group learns firsthand about the culture and development issues within their particular community context. While immersed in the local culture, students may provide service with community organizations, will visit sites of historic and political importance and, meet with community members and participate in education sessions facilitated by local community leaders. Service placements and reflection activities relate the student's experience to social justice issues. PLEASE NOTE- During each experience, meals are usually eaten as a group, with a preset menu. The menus are mostly local foods, as part of the immersion experience.
Students can become involved in Immersion Service Learning for personal experience or, with the permission of a professor, integrate an experience with their course of studies through research, or as an assignment for course credit. Eg. BIOL 391 (Dr. Russel Wyeth) and DEVS 311 (Dr. Jonathan Langdon). IDS courses for credit ( with a travel component) may also occassionaly be offered through Service Learning. IDS 397 (3 credit) is available in 2019/20.
With the exception of Belize and Ottawa, ISL experiences take place during second term recess in February. The two-week Belize and Ottawa experiences take place from the last week of April and into May. IDS courses are usually in Spring or Summer term.
StFX was the first Canadian University to offer an Immersion Service Learning Program. Since the inception of the ISL program in 1996, over 1000 students have traveled to Belize, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Montreal, Peru, Poland, Romania, and L'Arche in Ottawa and Toronto.
For further information on Immersion Service Learning experiences, please contact the program assistant for the Immersion Service Learning Program at (902) 867-2583.