Trips – National

Durham College Faculty-led Classroom Abroad Architecture Trip May 2020


Cost: $TBD
Departure City: Toronto
Departure Date:
May 3, 2020
Return Date:
May 17, 2020
The Durham College SET - Architectural Program is planning a 14-day Faculty-led Classroom Abroad to Guatemala taking part at the end of the Winter 2020 semester (tentative dates set for early May 2020). The project will be a collaboration between SET - Architecture Program and Students Offering Support (SOS), a national campus-based organization that “delivers transformational learning programs, across Canada and around the world, through a student-led approach.”

The purpose of this initiative is to enhance Architectural students’ learning within a real world international context studying sustainable issues in building and architectural history. Students will have the opportunity to study sustainable community and building issues while also gaining insight into the architecture and culture of the first peoples of central America and the European influences that followed. They will interact with local architects, students, and community leaders to gain insight into the rich history of the past; including indigenous traditions and European influences. How these historical paths have intersected and what are the issues for the people going forward towards a sustainable future.

Durham College Students in their final year of Architectural Technology will apply their knowledge of sustainability; to listen, learn, and offer possible solutions to the schools. The experience gained will be transferred to Durham College for subsequent years to build on their work. This is an opportunity for our senior students to build on their courses and acquire additional employability skills. This is also an opportunity for many of our senior students to gain special insight that can be built upon towards post graduate opportunities, either in university or in development work. All of the information gained will be reinvested into Durham College for future students to learn from and our college to feature as our community partners benefit.

*Total cost and exact travel dates will be finalized as soon as possible

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.

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