International Co-operative Education

International Co-operative Education launches in Costa Rica
"Unlike touring a country or staying at a resort, the International Co-op experience with Canada World Youth offered me a more "realistic" international trip. Hands down... this was by far THE MOST AMAZING TRIP!"

- Mrika Buzza, Longfields-Davidson Heights S.S. student

"I cannot express enough how much this trip has changed my life. This includes my values, acceptance of other cultures, and growing as a person."

- Jasmine Kherani, Longfields-Davidson Heights S.S. student


In April, students from Longfields-Davidson Heights S.S. enrolled in the International Business class participated in an innovative International Co-op pilot project to Costa Rica. Students earned two credits, and learned Spanish over the course of the school year.

Throughout the past year and a half, business teacher Mrs. C. Belanger, co-operative education teacher Mrs. V. Dowd, and Mrs. S. Hemstreet, Curriculum Services Instructional Coach, worked in collaboration with Canada World Youth and 18 students to develop this new International Co-op program. In preparation for the trip, both students and staff took Spanish lessons and applied business skills through many fund-raising initiatives such as selling Costa Rican coffee.

During their two weeks in Costa Rica, the students worked on several different projects in the community of San Ignacio, including at a women's centre, schools, and an aqueduct. Tasks ranged from organizing documents, creating brochures, setting up a library and painting buildings to digging holes and mixing cement.

While in Costa Rica, the students and teachers became part of the community by living with local host families. Everyone benefitted from a genuine cross-cultural experience of "learning while doing."

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