What is ALSO?
Alternative Learning and Service Opportunities (ALSO) are intensive times of 'learning while serving' for Rosthern Junior College students. During the annual ALSO week, the entire school community takes time away from the school campus to volunteer and to learn about issues relating to poverty, racism, stereotyping and injustice.
Some students volunteer at agencies in Saskatoon while other students choose to serve in Calgary or Edmonton. It is during this week that our international service and learning trips travel to Alabama and Guatemala.
In being guided through their experiences by staff as well as through journaling, students are able to process what they see, think and do.
By serving others, students most often learn more about themselves and find these experiences transformative and life changing.
International Service Trips
RJC coordinates annual international service and learning trips in partnership with the MCC Guatemala and El Salvador "Connecting People" program to promote global awareness, service learning and personal growth. The itinerary varies from year to year and has included time working in and around Guatemala City as well as connecting with communities in rural areas outside the city in partnership with MCC initiative in these regions. Participants spend time learning about the culture, history and challenges facing the people of Guatemala and El Salvador. Highlights of the trips include service projects and the opportunity to billet in homes.
RJC believes experiences like this are important and play a key role in making transformative, experiential learning about these important issues a reality for our students. Building relationships, experiencing people and culture, and partnering in service all grounded in a faith perspective is an important part of kingdom building work in the lives of the student participants.