Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office
Student Experience Office

International Experiences

This year we are excited to offer community engaged learning opportunities internationally as part of Queen's Cares!

The Queen’s Cares program partners with Western University and international organizations to facilitate community engagement opportunities. These relationships are developed to align with fair trade learning standards so that students are able to build relationships with host communities in a process of ethical global engagement. Students taking part in international experiences travel from Kingston to their partner location with trained staff members. Throughout the week students learn from organizations and community members as they support in addressing community identified needs.

Find out how you can get involved and learn more about the experiences being offered this year!

Program Structure

Pre-Departure Sessions:

Those going abroad for Queen’s Cares International are required to attend pre-departure training. The training will cover a variety of topics including safety abroad, intercultural learning, critical global engagement, and logistics for the experience. These sessions are mandatory for students participating in international experiences.

Reading Week:

Students engage with the community throughout the week, getting to know the people and the organizations that are involved in development work. Students learn about local life and culture, and community identified needs. They support community efforts throughout the week. Students are expected to journal each day while abroad and are provided with reflection tools and exercises.

Post-Trip Debrief Session:

Upon return, students share their experiences about international travel, global development, and ethical engagement. University staff and faculty who were involved in pre-departure sessions return to connect with students and facilitate discussion.


The Showcase provides students with an opportunity to consolidate their experiences and learning, and present to interested members of the Queen’s and Kingston community.