L’Arche Canada Experience

In partnership with Intercordia Canada, St. Thomas More College provides up to 10 students with a 12-week in-country community service-learning experience. Students gain credit in Religious Studies while living with a L’Arche home in a Canadian community.

In the winter term, students take RLST 277: Community, Solidarity, and Social Change. This course maps a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives on community, solidarity and social change. It will take a cross-disciplinary approach, which does not assume faith-commitments on the part of students, to explore concepts and practices related to community, solidarity and social change.

In the spring term, students take RLST 377: Living Community, Solidarity, and Social Change. Students will live with adults with developmental disabilities in a supportive environment in which they can learn about the practical and spiritual aspects of acceptance and belonging. Students write reflection pieces about their experiences while in their host community, and complete a meta-reflection upon their return home.

The St. Thomas More L’Arche Canada Experience costs $1,750 per student. Students contribute $500 of their own money to the program. St. Thomas More students fundraise the remaining costs ($1,250 each) as a group through letter-writing campaigns and fundraising drives.

If you are interested in applying to the St. Thomas More L’Arche Program, or would like more information, please contact the Engaged Learning Coordinator at cward@stmcollege.ca. For information on the Religious Studies courses, please contact Chris Hrynkow at chrynkow@stmcollege.ca. You can learn more about L’Arche through their website at www.larche.ca.