November 14th, 2018
Humber International leads programming designed to support international students with their transition to Humber, both in and out of the classroom. One key set of initiatives is the suite of educational trips made available for students to expose them to different facets of Canadian life. This coming January, the trip planning has been adapted to include more deliberate ways we can support our students’ understanding of Canada, its history, traditions and culture.
The changes made to the trips have begun by establishing learning outcomes for each one. We will also be using methods of reflective practice with each trip. Finally, we have partnered with other organizations on campus (e.g. BASE, the Aboriginal Resource Centre) to be able to offer events that will allow for both domestic and international student participants.
There are a number of different trips on offer. They include an multi-stop exploration of the history of the Underground Railroad in Canada, and a winter camping experience in Killarney Park to teach winter survival skills. We have partnered with St. Lawrence Market to offer an historical tour of the Toronto core, focusing on the architecture and design of the city. We will also be taking students on local service learnings trip, working with an NGO to give back to our communities.
We will be reporting on these trips in this blog and the weekly newsletter, and will be measuring their effectiveness in the ways in which they aid international student transition, networking and integration into campus life.