Applications open September 1st
for 2019-20 ISL Experiences to:
Immersion experiences are an exciting and unique way to provide service while living in another culture.
Immersion Service Learning (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.
Led by a StFX Faculty member, 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 through IDS 305 (3 credits), 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).
With the exception of Belize, the ISL experiences take place during second term recess in February. The two-week Belize experience takes place during the last week of April and first week in May.
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.