Community Service-Learning

What is Community Service-Learning?

Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a way of learning that integrates volunteering, social justice education and reflection. Through CSL, you will develop your intercultural competence and critical thinking, as well as engage in social action that is ethical and mutually beneficial for yourself, the university and our community partners.

Below are service-learning programs with an Indigenous focus:

  • Land and Water Mentoring Program: The program brings together grade 10 students from R.B. Russell Vocational High School with undergraduate and graduate students from the U of M to learn about Indigenous cultures, social justice work and the university experience.
  • Leaf Rapids Service-Learning Experience: This is a summer placement in Northern Manitoba. From food security and sustainability to education, recreation and Cree culture, students will discover the realities of everday life in the North while living in a community, interacting with residents and volunteering in the boreal gardening project, local school or wider community.
  • All My Relations: Truth, Healing, & Relations-Building: This 10-week, spring 2019 pilot program will bring together 12-16 students to explore their identities, historical and present-day experiences and cultures and engage in respectful intergroup dialogue. The goal is to develop our capacity for understanding, relating and taking action.

 Indigenous students are also encouraged to apply to the below programs that are offered in partnership with Indigenous community organizations in Winnipeg:

  • Poverty Awareness & Community Action (PACA) Workshop Facilitation Team: The PACA Facilitation Team has a rich behind-the-scenes experience developing, preparing facilitating and assessing an experiential learning opportunity for their fellow students. You will have meaningful opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and experience in the areas of project planning, event coordination, volunteer coordination and management, facilitation and conflict resolution, community engagement and capacity-building and resource development and management. 
  • Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg: Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg will help you gain insight into the work of local non-profit organizations and community issues, and provide you with hands-on opportunities to plan, implement and assess a project that meets community-identified needs.

The following international service-learning experiences and Alternative Reading Week Ecuador programs are offered in partnership with Indigenous communities in Latin America, and explore topics related to Indigenous perspectives and approaches to environmental sustainability and intercultural health: