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Service-Learning

What is Service-Learning?

An educational approach that integrates service in the community with intentional learning activities.

Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning

Co-Curricular Service Learning

In service-learning, you will have a chance to work with children and youth, apply course concepts to the real world, and get co-curricular credit while you build your professional network.

We're proud to be working with a wide range of community and campus partners as part of the service-learning program. Since 2016, our partner organizations have provided over 1,800 placements for Werklund students. Service-Learning primarily takes place in the Fall and Winter semesters, but there are some opportunities that begin or take place in the Spring and Summer semesters. 

These are the Service-Learning opportunities available for both semesters. Please use the red "Learn More" buttons to see more information about each opportunity. Please make a note of the Werklund dates and deadlines, as well as program-specific timelines on each program's page.

These programs take place between October and mid-December. Registration typically opens in early September.

  1. Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth's TIPS Program

    Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS) program helps immigrant youth achieve their personal, social, and academic goals as they finish high school. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  2. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's (CPO) PhilKids

    Inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema program, where students benefit from a social program taught through music. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students (but is ideal for students in their EDUC 400s or non-EDUC courses).

  3. City Hall School

    City Hall School is a Campus Calgary program. Students visit downtown space to learn about being an active citizen, understand city design, and how to build communities. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  4. William Aberhart high school's Complex Needs Educational Experience

    William Aberhart high school's comprehensive program is for students in Grades 10-12 with diverse learning and adaptive behaviour needs. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  5. Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Curriculum Specialists

    Modify university curriculum to meet individual student needs.

    This opportunity is open to students currently taking their EDUC 400 or 500 courses.

  6. Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Literacy Tutors

    Create, plan, and lead literacy-based lessons to enhance students' university experience.

    This opportunity is open to students currently taking their EDUC 400 or 500 courses.

  7. Journey 2050 at the Calgary Stampede

    Participants will shadow expert facilitators, learn content, and work with the team to develop in-person and virtual activities which they will have the opportunity to facilitate in person or virtually.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  8. Junior Achievement's Financial Literacy Workshops

    Co-lead engaging workshops that align with the Alberta curriculum and enhance students' work readiness. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  9. Kindred's Families Together

    The Families Together program exists to reduce family stress and build family resiliency through strengthening parent/child relationships, increasing youth resiliency, and increasing social networks.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  10. Learning Buddies Network

    Learning Buddies Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one-on-one, after-school mentoring in a fun group setting.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  11. Let's Talk Science

    Let's Talk Science is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students. 

  12. St. Anne Academic Centre's Literacy and Numeracy Support for High School ELLs

    Work alongside experienced teachers to provide proactive support to students at the St. Anne Academic Centre.

    This opportunity is open to students currently in their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s.

  13.  St. Matthew School's Literacy and Numeracy Support for K to 9

    ELL, Literacy and Numeracy, French and English support for K-9 Students in both French and English at St. Matthew's School. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  14. Stampede School Facilitators

    Develop, plan, lead, and support activities for a first-class education program run by the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

    This opportunity is open to students currently in their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s.

  1. Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth's TIPS Program

    Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS) program helps immigrant youth achieve their personal, social, and academic goals as they finish high school. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  2. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's PhilKids

    Inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema program, where students benefit from a social program taught through music. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students (but is ideal for students in their EDUC 400s or non-EDUC courses).

  3. City Hall School

    City Hall School is a Campus Calgary program. Students visit downtown space to learn about being an active citizen, understand city design, and how to build communities. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  4. William Aberhart high school's Complex Needs Educational Experience

    William Aberhart high school's comprehensive program is for students in Grades 10-12 with diverse learning and adaptive behaviour needs. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students

  5. Incoming TAB Support

    The Incoming Teaching Across Borders Program supports international students from our TAB partners while they are visiting Calgary. Stay tuned for updates!

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  6. Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Literacy Tutors

    Create, plan, and lead literacy-based lessons to enhance students' university experience.

    This opportunity is open to students currently taking their EDUC 400 or 500 courses.

  7. Journey 2050 at the Calgary Stampede

    Participants will shadow expert facilitators, learn content, and work with the team to develop in-person and virtual activities which they will have the opportunity to facilitate in person or virtually.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  8. Junior Achievement's Financial Literacy Workshops

    Co-lead engaging workshops that align with the Alberta curriculum and enhance students' work readiness. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  9. Kindred's Families Together

    The Families Together program exists to reduce family stress and build family resiliency through strengthening parent/child relationships, increasing youth resiliency, and increasing social networks.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  10. Learning Buddies Network

    Learning Buddies Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one-on-one, after-school mentoring in a fun group setting.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  11. Let's Talk Science

    Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students. 

  12. Literacy and Numeracy Support for High School ELLs

    Work alongside experienced teachers to provide proactive support to students at the St. Anne Academic Centre.

    This opportunity is open to students currently in their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s.

  13. St. Matthew School's Literacy and Numeracy Support for K to 9

    ELL, Literacy and Numeracy, French and English support for K-9 Students in both French and English at St. Matthew School. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  14. Stampede School Facilitators

    Develop, plan, lead, and support activities for a first-class education program run by the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

    This opportunity is open to students currently in their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s.

  15. Telus Spark School and Day Camp Support

    Support delivery, logistics, and prep of all curriculum-based activities that occur at the science centre. 5-16 year olds. 

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

  16. Trellis' Youth Group Programming

    Support youth with their academic work, build mentorship relationships, and support their post-secondary education journeys.

    This opportunity is open to all BEd students.

Co-Curricular Service-Learning Dates


Fall Semester Timeline

  • Fall 2024 Applications Open: August 28, 2024
  • Werklund Information Sessions:
    • September 9, 10:00 am (in-person)
    • September 9, 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Fall 2024 Applications Close: September 15, 2024 (program dependent)
  • Fall 2024 Placements Start: early October (program dependent)
  • Fall 2024 Placements End: mid-December (program dependent)

Winter Semester Timeline

  • Winter 2025 Applications Open: November 15, 2024
  • Winter 2025 Information Session: November 26, 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Winter 2025 Applications Close: December 1, 2024 (program dependent)
  • Winter 2025 Placements Start: early January (program dependent)
  • Winter 2025 Placements End: mid-March (program dependent)

Experiential Learning Check-In & Reflection Opportunities

All participants in Experiential Learning programs are welcome and encouraged to attend at least two of the check-in & reflection sessions below as part of their program. Reflection is an incredibly important part of experiential learning. It encourages students to consider their experience so far and to adjusted as needed as they go forward through the rest of their program, or into the next step of their career.


Fall Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Monday, October 21, 2024: 2:30 pm (in-person)
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Monday, November 4, 2024: 9:30 am (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Friday, November 29, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024: 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024: 9:30 am (in-person)

Winter Check-In & Reflection Sessions

  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Monday, January 20, 2025: 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2025: 9:00 am (in-person)
  • Monday, February 3, 2025: 9:30 am (in-person)
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2025: 12:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Thursday, February 20, 2025: 1:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2025: 5:00 pm (Zoom)

Other Service-Learning Opportunities

The Volunteering with Diverse Communities Program (VDC) is an optional offering connected to the EDUC 450: Diversity in Learning course in the winter semester of our BEd program. While all Education students must take EDUC 450 before they graduate, the VDC program is an optional extension to enhance your experience in the course. 

Registration for this program opens in the Fall semester, and placement volunteering occurs in the Winter semester. 

Building Community in Calgary Classrooms is a collaborative opportunity with schools across the city of Calgary. This three-week service-learning placement gives students entering their final year of the program the chance to work alongside teachers as they begin a new school year. Participants support the school start-up process and work with teachers to develop classroom community and foster relationships with students from August until mid-September.

Registration opens in March, volunteering takes place in late August and September.

Connect Your Skills to Your Career! Visit Werklund's Graduation and Career supports here.

Collaborating with others ... to better understand and resolve challenges facing the communities we are all a part of.

Gemmel and Clayton, 2009