Social Action and Service Opportunities for Students

When students look online for opportunities to serve and learn, it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the information available. Here, the Global Connections of the CCCM, has compiled a list of service and learning opportunities that are faith-based and with whom we have had good experiences.

 Short Term (1 week to 3 months)

Casa Canadiense, Can-Nica partnership for community development – Offers opportunity to learn about Nicaragua and support community development.  The casa regularly hosts student groups from Canada.

Companeros Inc613-331-0506  – Sustainability, social awareness, and community building through cross-cultural service learning experiences, gatherings, and resources.  Delegations to Latin America.

Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN 55454,  1- 800-299-8889, – Participate in cross cultural learning experiences (week, 2-week, semester long) in Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Namibia and other countries throughout the globe

Development and Peace Solidarity Tours, Contact Youth Programs Officer, Shelley Burgoyne, 1-800-494-1401 ext. 230 – Travel to a country in the global south for two weeks to understand the struggles of the poor  through meeting with community groups and Development and Peace partners

SERVE: Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience -Toronto, Sudbury, Saskatoon & Edmonton, 3 week prayer, community and service experience for young adults from across Canada

Full Time (usually  6 months – year)

Jesuit Volunteers CanadaProgram Coordinator – Andrea Weedenburg, 519-820-8204, jvc@jesuits.ca – Live in community with others and live out values of social and ecological justice, community, spirituality and simple living while you serve native and urban communities – 1 year

L’Arche Canada Live and work with people with mental handicaps; 100 communities world-wide – 1year 

Romero House, Toronto, 416-763-1303, romerohouse@bellnet.ca – Live with refugee claimants newly arrived in Toronto; faith community; 1 year

Scarboro Missions, 1-800-260-4815,Coordinator: Carolyn Doyle – Serve as a missionary for one year in an international Scarboro Mission site

Seeds of Hope, Ursuline Sisters of Chatham – Opportunity for women to live and work in Peru for one year

Catholic Worker Community, ·    Movement inspired by Dorothy Day; has houses of hospitality, a paper and actively works for social change

 VICS – Volunteer International Christian Service,  The Spiritans,  ·    A lay volunteer program providing professional and technical personnel the opportunity to assist and work alongside the peoples of developing countries around the world – 2 years

for more ideas…

The Interchange

 Catholic Network of Volunteer Service