Established in 2003, Intercordia Canada is a non-profit organization that partners with Canadian universities in order to offer students a unique, university accredited, engaged-learning experience.
The goal of this innovative learning program is to encourage moral responsiveness a valuing of other cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds that will enable Canadian students to attain a more compassionate world view. The program is comprised of an academic foundation, three-month overseas immersion experience and follow-up reflective work.
The Foundations support for Community Service-Learning aims to link the academic sector to voluntary sector organizations in order to deepen civic engagement among students and create closer ties between the generation and application of new knowledge.
Having piloted its program in five small colleges, Intercordia plans to double the number of university partnerships, increasing student participation by 250% and to promote its approach as a model for local service-learning programs.