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Support an international spin-off of Meet Me at the Bell Tower in sunny Belize!

Northern Manitoba and Belize program deadlines extended

Apply early to access CSL Bursaries valued at $250 and $1,000!

February 10, 2019 — 

Are you interested in working with community in your research or career? Community Service-Learning can help you develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for community work through our hands-on programs.

Community Service-Learning has extended the application deadline for two summer programs in Leaf Rapids (Northern Manitoba) and Belize. Program fees are all-inclusive, including round-trip airfare or ground transportation, accommodations, three daily meals, activities and training. Interested students can easily apply for both the program and CSL Bursary in one application form on Community Link.

Leaf Rapids 2019

Community Engagement Training: April 29 – May 3
Northern Placement: May 6 – June 2 (four weeks)
Program Fee: $1,000 – $300 bursary = $700
Apply on Community Link by March 31.

Leaf Rapids takes place in a beautiful region, the boreal forest. Students will learn a lot about northern food security through this experiential placement – living under a boil water advisory, shopping at the town’s only grocery store, and learning about gardening and harvesting from the community. Our Elder, Keith Anderson, and the Indigenous youth leaders and their families are generous with their time, showing us true northern hospitality and culture. This year’s project focuses on program planning and facilitation training for Grow North, a regional gardening program based in the Leaf Rapids Education Centre.  Read more…

Leaf Rapids is a great program for students interested in careers in the public sector, such as health care, education, social work, justice and child welfare, as well as students interested in food, recreation and facilitation. 

Belize 2019

Community Engagement Training: June 10 – 18
International Placement: June 19 – July 1 (ten days, exact dates pending flights)
Program Fee: $3,500 – $1,500 bursary = $2,000
Apply on Community Link by April 10.

Belize takes place in the rural district of Toledo, a lush, green and hot environment with thick forests, shallow creeks and the Caribbean Sea. In Week 1, students will stay in a small Maya village and learn about Indigenous food systems, farming and land rights. In Week 2, students will support Maya youth leaders in developing the Sounding of the Conch Shell, their vision for an Indigenous youth movement. U of M students will be joined by Michael Champagne, a co-founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities) in Winnipeg, MB. Read more…

Belize is a great program for students interested in exploring decolonial education and developing their capacity to be allies to youth and Indigenous communities. Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply.



There will be two rounds of bursary allocations: March 18-22 and April 8-12. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so apply early!

Applying for the Community Service-Learning Bursary is easy. When students apply online for a northern or international program, they have the option to self-declare financial need and apply for a CSL bursary. The bursary application asks students about their current financial situation, and all U of M students who demonstrate financial need can apply for a Community Service-Learning Bursary, including part-time, international and graduate students.

Successful applicants receive bursaries covering up to 30% of the cost of their program.

For more information on CSL programs and workshops, visit the Community Service-Learning website or contact a CSL Coordinator at 204-474-6992 or service [dot] learning [at] umanitoba [dot] ca. All CSL programs can be included on your Co-Curricular Record


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