When applying please note your preference for the SOCI 435 course.
When applying please note your preference for the SOCI 435 course.
Applications for this program have now closed.
Students who are in or have completed their second year of study at UBC. This program is open to both Arts and non-Arts students.
The pre-departure learning program is designed to prepare you for an international service learning placement. This will include:
Partnerships for Participatory Development: An International Service Learning Course is a 6 credit course that provides an opportunity for students to better understand how applied research can promote social change, in this case by supporting the design, implementation, and assessment of development projects. Although ‘research’ is the focus, this course is not about the student as a researcher, or about the student’s research project. Rather, this course explores how social research can be employed in international projects for community-based development where collaboration and reciprocal learning are central to the research process. Learning is facilitated through a series of pre- and post-departure seminars and assignments. The seminars are designed to develop not only academic knowledge, but also skills that prepare participants for responsible service work: collaboration, critical reflection, and demonstration of an understanding of the difference between ‘charity’ and work oriented to global justice.
As a part of the SOCI 435 course, you will be enrolled in an International Service Learning placement. Specific placements will be located in Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Uganda or other countries where ISL community partners are located. Specific options will be announced in the Winter term of 2016. Below are examples of previous placements for SOCI 435.
Students worked with a rural community library to undertake an assessment of youth-based programming and to understand the effectiveness in meeting intended outcomes of leadership development, nutritional knowledge and readiness to take up vocational training. In addition, students participated in the implementation of particular library programming, such as the women's literacy group, computer literacy workshops and primary school reading programs to fully understand the role of youth at the library and the strengths and challenges facing this group in their interactions with the library. Students also developed a report assessing youth programming and opportunities for the future.
Students worked in a small community in the far west of Uganda at a young community library. They contributed to small-scale program development at the library by supporting library outreach to the surrounding community in the form of primary school reading programs, documenting library activities and supporting the creation and maintenance of a library database. The work involved collaborating closely with library staff to further integrate the community library into the fabric of the surrounding community and may include developing reports which can be utilized in securing resources to further realize the vision of the community library.
In Uganda, Kenya, India and Bolivia you will live with host families in modest conditions. In most cases, you will take public transport to and from your placement. In Mexico and Costa Rica you will live in hostel-style accommodations with modest living conditions on the placement site.
In most cases, you will take public transport to and from your placement.
You will participate in post-placement activities in September- October 2017, including:
|Mar - Apr 2017||Orientation and pre-departure learning sessions (all successful applicants will be expected to be in attendance at all sessions)|
|May 2017||Sociology 435 seminar|
|Jun - Aug 2017||12 week International placement including a facilitated workshop approximately mid-way through (exact dates TBD)|
SOCI 435 Course – Post Placement seminar and assignments due (exact times TBD)
|Sep - Oct 2017||
ISL Post-placement reflection sessions and International Development Symposium.
**Please note these dates may be adjusted but will be confirmed prior to offer.
To apply please fill out and submit an online application. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. After interviews, you will be notified of a decision; successful candidates will be sent an offer letter with further details on the program and detailed instructions on how to accept. You will have approximately one week after receiving the offer letter to accept and pay a program deposit. Your selection into the ISL program includes meeting eligibility requirements, as well as your initial application and your performance in the interview.
Don’t wait to apply, limited spaces exist!
Students in this course are eligible to be assessed for the ARA award. This award is granted to the top 12 academic performers in the program, who meet all eligibility criteria. Decisions of who will be awarded the ARA funding will be made after selection for the program has been completed. Limited numbers of ARA awards are available. All students will be assessed automatically for the award. No separate application is necessary.
The ARA award will offset up to 70% of the cost (including flight). In cases of demonstrated financial need (determined by Enrolment Services), ARA may fund up to 100% of the program costs and flight.
The cost* of this program may be funded by the ARA award. Please see the Awards & Eligibility section below for more information. The costs below are per student and are yet to be fully determined, but will be within the following ranges:
|Full program fee||
Fee with 70% ARA funding
|Uganda||$3700 - $4,000||$1,110 - $1,200|
|Kenya||$3,900 - $4,400||$1,170 - $1,320|
|Mexico||$4,600 - $4,800||$1,380 - $1,440|
|Costa Rica||$4,600 - $4,800||$1,380 - $1,440|
|Bolivia||$3,475-$3,975||$1,043 - $1,193|
|India||TBD||70% ARA funding available|
The program cost includes:
*Fees may be adjusted before offer. Program costs vary primarily due to cost of living expenses per country and region. Placements may be in other countries where ISL community partners are located.
All expenses not covered in program costs are the responsibility of the student. Costs not included are tuition, airfare*, visas, vaccinations, local transportation while in country, transportation from the project site back to the airport at the end of the placement, personal items, and daily incidentals.
*Students who successfully obtain the ARA award will receive an approved flight award up to a predetermined maximum depending on the location. (For example ISL students travelling to Kenya have received $1400 CAD towards the flight in the past).
When applying please note your preference for the SOCI 435D course.
We would be happy to answer any enquiries about our programs. Please contact us with your questions, and/or to schedule an advising meeting.