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Niagara College students embrace global learning experiences during mid-term break

Be World Ready

While many students plan to spend mid-term break catching up on school work or relaxing at home, some Niagara College students have packed their bags for a global learning experience.

More than 80 NC students are participating in International Field Studies (IFS) trips during mid-term break week (Oct. 22-26), to destinations including Amsterdam, Ireland and the Dominican Republic. The IFS trips are part of NC’s Be World Ready program, which supports the College’s aim to prepare world-ready and work-ready graduates. Offering culturally diverse learning environments through international experiences, the program aims to give students a competitive edge to launch their careers and develop global competencies.

“Opportunities for our students to travel abroad helps to build their global competencies, which prepares them to be more ‘world ready’ in their careers,” said Sean Coote, director of NC’s International division.

The Netherlands

A group from the College’s School of Community Services is participating in a trip to Amsterdam from October 20 to October 25. Highlighting youth and aging, as well as social care and mental health, this trip will include visits to the Anne Frank House and a day spent in Hogeweyk Dementia Village. Students will learn about the country’s advanced approach to the medicinal uses of cannabis, as well as the systems and practices in place that service the community.

NC’s School of Community Services prepares students to support the varying needs of individuals and families of all ages, including children, youth, adults and the elderly. Traveling the Netherlands, a leader in social care systems, will offer students a first-hand look at global practices in their industry.

“I signed up as soon as I saw that it opened,” said Chris Allen, a first-year student of the Social Service Worker program. “Having the ability to learn the model of the leading research into dementia and seeing it being applied into Hogeweyk Dementia Village will put us in an extraordinarily great learning environment.”

Dominican Republic

On October 20, students from the Greenhouse Technician, Landscape Technician and Horticultural Technician programs departed for Los Cacaos for a week-long immersive education experience. They will gain first-hand experience studying fair-trade coffee production, greenhouse production and environmentally sustainable growing methods.

While the College has been offering IFS trips to the Dominican for several years, this year’s experience will be enhanced by the College’s international academic partner, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, which will provide sessions on the history of Dominican culture and an overview of the agricultural and environmental sectors within the country.

Ireland

Students from School of Business and Management departed for Ireland on October 20 for an eight-day exploration of Irish culture and global leadership development in Dublin and Cork. Students will spend their mornings at the Cork Institute of Technology participating in workshops with local students, followed by local industry visits and cultural excursions in the afternoon.

The trip will include highlights such as a tour of the quaint city of Kilkenny, a visit to Trinity College to admire the breathtaking architecture, puckering up to kiss the Blarney stone, and a walking tour of the Jameson’s Distillery.

For more information about Niagara College’s Be World Ready program, visit: international.niagaracollege.ca/