London, Ontario - Spring

Please note: there are two experiences below

Building the Forest City

Depending on the needs of the community, you could be participating in a Habitat for Humanity build or helping at the Restore. Most likely, this experience will be a mixture of both a build and Restore support.

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario has several construction sites across Oxford, Middlesex, Elgin and Perth. Homes are built almost entirely by volunteers, both skilled and unskilled. Volunteer contractors help with the “hard stuff”, but also support the training and oversee volunteers. If you have never picked up a hammer in your life, Habitat can use your help. Build Days are organized, led by Site Supervisors and Crew Leaders with construction knowledge and experience. Whatever the activity may be, it is essential to the success of the build. Each piece fits together to ensure the final outcome is an amazing one. All of the equipment and safety gear you need for the day is provided and no previous experience is necessary.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. These stores are environmentally conscious, as much of what is sold is a product that would otherwise end up in a landfill. ReStores strive to keep operating costs as low as possible to maximize the amount of money that goes directly to benefit the London community, therefore ReStores are a great starting point for Impact Experience London.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 1 - No PovertyUN Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Community Partners

  Habitat for Humanity London

Program Dates

Tuesday Febuary18, 2020 - Friday Febuary 21, 2020  

Participant Numbers

Table of events

Spring Program

8 Student Participants

1 Student Team Leader

1 Team Leader

Highlights

  • This experience will not only give you a great opportunity to serve in your local community, but also to learn about social issues and housing challenges facing our region.
  • A chance to explore areas of the city with which you may be unfamiliar, such as Downtown London and Old East London.
  • Connect with other students and community members that are passionate about community engagement, and helping London, Ontario thrive!

Learning Outcomes

At the end of your Impact Experience you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explore ideas, issues, and global systems from viewpoints other than your own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities
  • Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural competence, sensitivity and humility by completing pre-departure workshops, activities in OWL and the ASB Reflective Practice Workbook, and engaging in the 1-2 week community-based experience
  • Recognize the possibilities and limitations of their own role in serving local marginalized populations
  • Recognize and describe specific social issues in London, and explain governing structures and social policies that impact these issues

Ideal Participant

If you are looking for a tactile or traditional service experience, and want to stay local - or are on a tight budget - this experience is for you. This experience does involve construction work and physical activity, although no previous building experience is required. All safety measures and job skills will be taught on site by professional site managers. You will never be responsible for completing a task that makes you uncomfortable; however, you will be challenged to find your voice and work as a team.  If you are hard-working, team-oriented, and want to learn more about the London community, then this is a great opportunity for you.

Cost

Total cost (subject to change) – $200 CAD

Fee includes:

  • Donation to Habitat for Humanity Hartland  
  • Lunch on build site each day
  • Thursday evening social activity and dinner
  • Administrative Fee (buff, team leader contribution, journal)

Preliminary Itinerary

  • 9:00 am – arrive at the work site ready to build and/or support Restore efforts (expect a mixture of days at build site and Restore)
  • 12:00 pm – lunch to be delivered to the work site
  • 3:00 pm – team reflection to be organized by team leader close to build site or Restore
  • 4:00 pm – day concludes

Thursday evening, you will have a team dinner and a choice of recreational team building activity at the Factory, Canada’s largest indoor adventure park. This will be the only organized evening, however your team is encouraged to organize other social evenings throughout the week such as team hikes, dinners, and other activities.

Accommodations

Impact Experience London participants will stay in their own residence rooms/homes.

Meals

You are encouraged to start the day with a good breakfast from home. Lunch will be delivered to your worksite daily. Your team will also be treated to one team dinner on Thursday evening, along with a social activity.

Need to Know

  • This experience is based in London and does not involve any travel. Students will need their Western London Transit Card as you will be travelling to the work sites via London transit.
  • If you require disability-related accommodation or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.

Food Security 

Throughout the 4-day experience, you will have the opportunity to work with 4 non-profit organizations working to combat social isolation and build communities in London. Schedules and locations will vary each day, but consist of the same fundamental components: learning from community partners, project work, and a critical reflection of the day’s activities. More than a volunteer program, students will explore themes that address a community-identified need. This experience offers you the chance to make meaningful contributions to the diverse communities in London, build relationships, develop skills, and learn more about the City of London.

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Reduced Inequalities UN Sustainable Development Goals - Sustainable Cities

Community Partners

Youth Opportunities Unlimited Meals on Wheels Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Program Dates

Tuesday Febuary18, 2020 - Friday Febuary 21, 2020

Participant Numbers

Table of events

Spring Program

8 Student Participants

1 Student Team Leader

1 Team Leader

Highlights

  • Form connections and increase networking opportunities with fellow university students and London organizations
  • Develop diverse skills that complement your academic studies with hands-on experience
  • Participate in reflection activities to critically examine aspects of your identity and how they interplay with community engaged learning
  • Experience some of London’s many local attractions by going on an end-of-the-week social!

Learning Outcomes

At the end of your Impact Experience you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explore ideas, issues, and global systems from viewpoints other than your own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities
  • Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural competence, sensitivity and humility by completing pre-departure workshops, activities in OWL and the Reflective Practice Workbook, and engaging in the 1-2 week community-based experience
  • Interpret and deconstruct the importance a community meal has on those that may be socially isolated in communities.
  • Recognize the possibilities and limitations of their own role in serving local marginalized populations
  • Recognize and describe specific social issues in London, and explain governing structures and social policies that impact these issues

Ideal Participant

You are not required to have any previous knowledge of the needs and issues explored during the program. If you are hard-working, optimistic, and open-minded, this is a great opportunity for you. If you have a keen interest in learning more about the efforts of community change agents in London, and the experiences of citizens in your own backyard, consider this Impact Experience experience. All program participants are expected to commit to attending all program components.

Cost

Total cost (subject to change) – $150

Costs include:

  • 4 days of Lunch
  • Evening Social
  • Administrative Fee - (buff, team leader contribution, journal)

Preliminary Itinerary

 

schedule of events

TIME

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

9:00-9:30 am

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

Group Meeting

9:30-10:00 am

Travel

Travel

Travel

Travel

10:00-12:00 pm

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

12:00-1:00 pm

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

1:00-3:00 pm

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning

3:00-3:30 pm

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

Facilitated Reflection

3:30-4:00 pm

Travel

Travel

Travel

Travel

6:00-9:00 pm

Social Evening

PLEASE NOTE: Each day you will be traveling to a different community agency via city bus, and the itinerary is subject to change at any point.

More information will be available about this experience mid-October.

Accommodations

Western University students will stay in their own rooms/homes.

Meals

Lunch will be provided during the program and are included in the price, but participants will be responsible for breakfast, dinner, and snacks throughout the day.

Need to Know

  • This experience is based solely in Ontario; therefore, passports and travel visas are not required.
  • If you require disability related accommodation, or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.