“It’s an amazing opportunity for staff to get to know students on a deeper level,” says Ellie Hummel, chaplain and coordinator at Concordia’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, who’s participated as an ASB staff leader for the past five years. “When you spend that amount of time together you see each other at your most real, and we’ve had really profound experiences.”
“The primary goal is to get students into community settings,” says Alexander Oster, coordinator of student engagement with the Dean of Students Office. “They form teams, build skills and enter the community in a really interesting way. Long term, this is the first step into a lifestyle of civic engagement, as participants learn to see themselves as citizens and leaders.”
Those interested can apply as a participant, student team leader or faculty/staff leader. Student team leaders have a portion of costs subsidized by the program, and faculty/staff leaders are not charged any fees.
The cost for the ASB program ranges from $150 to $1,400 depending on the trip. This covers lodging, meals and transport. The Dean of Students Office offers support to students who wish to fundraise to help offset the cost of the program.
The deadline to apply for ASB is October 30, 2015, at 5 p.m. You can submit your application online through your MyConcordia portal. Learn how to apply.
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