A summer spent at SEA

SEA has been making a difference internationally  since it’s induction to Brock University in 2004 and this past summer was no exception.

Solidarity Experiences Abroad

Solidarity Experiences Abroad (SEA) has taken 1000 students on international excursions, mainly to Latin America and South Africa on volunteer trips with a goal to make a difference in the lives of individuals all over the world.

Natasha Davey, a program leader and office assistant at SEA, believes that traveling abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever partaken in.  Davey went on a SEA trip to Peru in 2012 as a trip leader based on her interest for traveling and on campus leadership. She explains the overall vision of the program is what interested her to join.

“SEA works with community and local leaders in grassroots organizations, with the goal to not imperialize or Westernize, rather to focus on the projects and goals of each community” said Davey.

SEA’s program is geared towards students in the education and medicinal field, but any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to join as well. The educational methods that are used in school are structred with experimental and hands on approaches to teaching focused on group work and participation.

It was hands on approach that made Ashley Schindleheim, a Concurrent Education student interested in SEA when determining her approach to volunteer abroad. She found out about the program in her first year and was able to go on the trip to Lima, Peru this past May.

The two week endeavour involved making lesson plans, teaching in classrooms, cleaning up the schools and making changes to revitalize the community.

“Working with SEA gave me more confidence in my teaching abilities; I’ve never seen kids so eager to learn and listen to knowledge I had to offer,” said Schindleheim. “We were able to work with students in partners and with specific grades for the day, while teaching 45 minute lessons.”

Schindleheim believes the SEA trip has opened her eyes to the realm of teaching abroad. “It’s reassuring to know that you can go overseas to experience such a diverse culture, and the teaching experience is so rewarding.”

SEA is also looking to begin local work within the Niagara region with immigrants from overseas and international individuals, with the goal being to make a successful transition into a new community.

To participate in a 2013-2014 trip, the application process involves filling out an online application and an interview process. What Davey says she looks for in participants are those who are passionate above working overseas and altruistic endeavours.  “There are no specific qualifications for interested students, but what we’re looking for in applications are students who are motivated and passionate about volunteering abroad.”

Students who are looking for more information can  stop by the SEA office, located in room 217 in Decew Residence, or by visiting  brocku.ca/campus-ministries/solidarity

 

SEA has been making a difference internationally  since it’s induction to Brock University in 2004 and this past summer was no exception. Solidarity Experiences Abroad (SEA) has taken 1000 students on international excursions, mainly to Latin America and South Africa on volunteer trips with a goal to make a difference in the lives of individuals all over the world.Natasha Davey, a program leader and office assistant at SEA, believes that traveling abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever partaken in.  Davey went on a SEA trip to Peru in 2012 as a trip leader based on her interest for traveling and on campus leadership. She explains the overall vision of the program is what interested her to join. “SEA works with community and local leaders in grassroots organizations, with the goal to not imperialize or Westernize, rather to focus on the projects and goals of each community” said Davey.SEA’s program is geared towards students in the education and medicinal field, but any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to join as well. The educational methods that are used in school are structred with experimental and hands on approaches to teaching focused on group work and participation. It was hands on approach that made Ashley Schindleheim, a Concurrent Education student interested in SEA when determining her approach to volunteer abroad. She found out about the program in her first year and was able to go on the trip to Lima, Peru this past May. The two week endeavour involved making lesson plans, teaching in classrooms, cleaning up the schools and making changes to revitalize the community.“Working with SEA gave me more confidence in my teaching abilities; I’ve never seen kids so eager to learn and listen to knowledge I had to offer,” said Schindleheim. “We were able to work with students in partners and with specific grades for the day, while teaching 45 minute lessons.” Schindleheim believes the SEA trip has opened her eyes to the realm of teaching abroad. “It’s reassuring to know that you can go overseas to experience such a diverse culture, and the teaching experience is so rewarding.”SEA is also looking to begin local work within the Niagara region with immigrants from overseas and international individuals, with the goal being to make a successful transition into a new community.To participate in a 2013-2014 trip, the application process involves filling out an online application and an interview process. What Davey says she looks for in participants are those who are passionate above working overseas and altruistic endeavours.  “There are no specific qualifications for interested students, but what we’re looking for in applications are students who are motivated and passionate about volunteering abroad.”  Students who are looking for more information can  stop by the SEA office, located in room 217 in Decew Residence, or by visiting  brocku.ca/campus-ministries/solidarity

 

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