In 2018 and 2019, several Mohawk College students, staff and faculty embarked on service learning and work placements abroad, expanding their knowledge of the world, enriching their cultural understanding and further developing as socially responsible global citizens. In this 6 minute video, hear from the trip participants about their experiences abroad. Mohawk College acknowledges the support of Ontario's Career Ready Fund for enabling these impactful experiences.
Global Skills Opportunity Trip to Italy
In September of 2021, Mohawk College was awarded a Global Skills Opportunity grant from the Government of Canada to enable student trips abroad in support of global learning and intercultural competency development. Global Skills Opportunity is a national outbound student mobility program that enables more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students from across the country to acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs.
One of Mohawk College’s Global Skills Opportunity projects supports students in the McKeil School of Business to study at the CUOA Business School in Vicenza, Italy for two weeks. Once there, they learn about the influence of culture and innovation on business model performance within an intercultural setting. In April 2022, the first cohort of 15 students and 2 faculty departed for the trip of a lifetime. While there, they visited local industries such as Lego, Benetton, and Ducati and participated in tours of cultural hubs such as Rome, Venice, and Florence. During the day, they studied design thinking and intercultural management at the business school, all while practicing their Italian and networking skills. The students commented that the trip was transformational and greatly influenced their development as global citizens.
Another of Mohawk College’s Global Skills Opportunity projects will see 16 Indigenous students, accompanied by staff, faculty, and mentors spend three weeks in New Zealand in May 2024, to experience traditions, thought, and practices of Māori culture.
A key component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy, Global Skills Opportunity is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada. Over four years, Mohawk College will be one of 54 colleges and institutes and 56 universities that will be implementing a total of 124 Global Skills Opportunity-funded projects in collaboration with international partners in more than 100 countries, to the benefit of tens of thousands of students.
Faculty Trip to Ecuador
In February 2020, a group of 10 Mohawk College faculty and staff travelled to Ecuador for a nine day Food Revolution program organized by Operation Groundswell, a Toronto-based NGO. This trip was partially funded through a generous donation from Guard.me Insurance. The purpose of this initiative was to offer training to faculty who are interested in organizing and facilitating short-term global experiences with students in the future.
- Quito visit: orientation, Spanish language lessons, and cooking lessons
- Fundacion Brethren y Unidad: tree planting, farming, and working alongside local youth while learning about food sustainability
- Santo Domingo: stayed with local Tsa'chila families (a small group of indigenous people), learning about traditional crops, medicines and ceremonies; learning how coffee is made
- Shunka Bee Farm in Machachi: planting flowers, clearing fields, and harvesting bees wax; learning about the importance of bees and the threats that bees are facing with factory farming, mass harvesting, and climate change
Funded by the Career Ready Fund from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities