Did you know that combining your learning with hands-on experiences can improve what you remember by up to 79%? We do, which is why we have MacServe, a community-engagement program that matches your learning with meaningful experiences and reflection. Through MacServe, we help you learn, experience, and remember as much as possible during your time here.
MacServe Day of Learning
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Each year, we hold a program that brings together local organizations leading change in their communities. Those who sign up join these leaders in a one-day project and learn more about the needs of the community. If you are interested in connecting with local leaders, making a difference, or simply putting your learning into action, we think MacServe Day of Learning might be a great fit for you!
This year, the following organizations will participate in MacServe Day of Learning:
Able Living Services
Battlefield House Museum
Children’s International Learning Centre
Habitat for Humanity
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Hamilton Victory Gardens
Living Rock Ministries
March of Dimes
Mustard Seed Co-Op
PACNL Lot M Project
PACNL MacForest Initiative
PACNL RBG Waterway Cleanup
St. Martin’s Manor
St. Peter’s Residence
Stewards of Cootes
Wesley Urban Ministries
Register for MacServe Day of Learning with a team or individually on OSCARplus.
Participants get a free lunch and t-shirt before connecting with their community organization.
MacServe Reading Week
Reading week isn’t just for reading; the one-week break from the classroom is also an important stress reliever and an opportunity to think beyond academics. Take on local, national, or global issues and create positive social change by signing-up for MacServe Reading Week, a one-week program that immerses you in the world of community service.
Registration is available on OSCARplus.
This year, MacServe participants will support projects in:
Theme: Gender Empowerment
In San Ignacio de Acosta, our community partner, VIDA works closely with a Women’s Association called Grupo Giras. In this rural area it is standard for men to provide all income to the families. Grupo Giras was created as an alternative to provide more independence to women based on production of natural and organic products. They also provide spa services. Today they are very well recognized in Costa Rica and have a small shop in the capital of San Jose.
Students who participate in this program will volunteer with Grupo Giras. Through various speakers and activities, they will learn about the growth and impact on the community that Grupo Giras has had, as well as the history of feminism in the area.
Theme: Youth Poverty Alleviation
Youth are the energy and pulse of our communities. Many youth in Hamilton face great obstacles and challenges. Students participating in this program will contribute to a number of youth programs and initiatives supporting various youth communities in the city.
Sign-up for MacServe Reading Week on OSCARplus.
Start your summer with an adventure in your community or abroad by joining the MacServe Engage program. Open up your world by learning about community challenges, engaging in cultural workshops, and working with others. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and critically engage with issues in your host community.