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Practicum Opportunities

BA in Human Rights


Attention to Human Rights students, currently interested in Practicum Placement opportunities: 

LOCAL PRACTICUM PLACEMENT: Despite the fact that University of Winnipeg and Global College will solely be offering online classes throughout the Winter term, Human Rights students may be able to complete domestic practicum placement in some Winnipeg-based agencies beginning in May. Human Rights students who are interested in enrolling in practicum placement 'HR-3510' course must contact the Practicum Coordinator Ruth Taronno (at r.taronno@uwinnipeg.ca), who will provide you with a practicum placement application and up to date information about possible placements. 

INTERNATIONAL PRACTICUM PLACEMENT: Following the Public Health Agency of Canada and World Health Organization (WHO) regulations on COVID-19 pandemic, all opportunities for the International Practicum Placement are on hold indefinitely until current travel restrictions relax and until authorized by the University of Winnipeg.

About

The Human Rights practicum (HR-3510) at the Global College provides an opportunity for students to integrate classroom theory and knowledge with practice and work in the area of human rights through supervised field work and structured assignments. The practicum also involves participation in specified seminars, written reflection, and analyses. Volunteer work will focus on the framework of global citizenship, social justice, and human dignity. The goal of practicum placement is to introduce students to practical work experience that helps them to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and to think about how those very experiences may also trouble, nuance, and challenge their understandings of human rights. 

Academic Credit

Upon successful completion of the practicum placement, students receive 3 or 6 hours of academic credit towards a 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights. 

Eligibility and Prerequisites

A practicum placement is mandatory for a 4-year BA degree in Human Rights, while it is elective for a 3-year BA degree in Human Rights. Enrolment to practicum placement is subject to approval of the Practicum Coordinator – Ruth Taronno - who reviews students’ eligibility based on factors, such as academic standing, placement plan/proposal, and participation in academic activities. In addition to eligibility review, students must have completed the following courses:

• HR-2100 Concepts and Conventions in Human Rights; and
• HR-2200 History of Human Rights in Canada; or
Note: the former HRGS-2101 and the former POL-2101 are the equivalents to HR-2100 and HR-2200.


Local Practicum

Local practicum placements provide students with an opportunity to broaden their human rights learning and develop network and relationships with local human rights organizations. It offers the chance to engage in meaningful community development at home and encourage civic responsibility.

Local Practicum Timeline and Checklist: 
• At least 3 months before starting the practicum, initiate a meeting with the Human Rights Practicum Coordinator to discuss your practicum interests, plans, hopes, and potential practicum sites.
• Once you have decided on a practicum site, initiate contact with the potential partner organizations. Remember that it is student’s initiative to search for and find a practicum placement organization / agency, but this list provides suggestions for possible placements.
• Prepare and Submit a Practicum Application and Practicum Proposal that will describe your intended organization and outline expected dates, activities, and learning objectives.
• Upon approval of the proposal, register for the practicum course (HR-3510) through WebAdvisor and facilitated by Global College (typically the Office Coordinator). The practicum course can be completed for 3 credit hours or 6 credit hours. The 3 credit hours placement spans throughout one semester with 80 hours of volunteer dedication, while the 6 credit hours placement spans throughout 2 semesters, with 160 hours of volunteer dedication time. Students will pay the regular tuition fee for a three- or six-credit hour course.
• Following an orientation seminar with the Practicum Coordinator, begin your practicum placement, as per arrangements with your Site Supervisor.
Approximately half-way through your placement, your supervisor will submit an interim evaluation form to the practicum coordinator. 
• Your site supervisor will complete a final practicum evaluation.
• Meet with the Practicum Coordinator for a practicum-culminating meeting/seminar.


International Practicum

International practicum placements provide students with an opportunity to broaden and deepen their human rights learning, particularly in global and international contexts.

International Practicum Timeline and Checklist:
• At least 6 months (preferably 12) before starting the practicum, initiate a meeting with the Human Rights Practicum Coordinator to discuss your practicum interests, plans, hopes, and potential practicum sites.
• Research possible regions and countries you might be interested in living in and organizations working for. Remember that it is student’s initiative to search for and find a practicum placement organization / agency, but this list provides suggestions for possible placements.
• Consult Travel Advice and Advisories https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for risk assessments of the countries you are considering. Research the culture, language, religion, economy, politics, geography, and weather of the area you are considering living in.
• Once you have decided on your practicum site(s), initiate contact with the potential partner organization(s).
• Submit a Practicum Application and Practicum Proposal that will describe your intended organization and outline expected dates, any pre-placement preparation activities (e.g. language training), and learning objectives.
• Upon approval of the proposal, register for the practicum course (HR-3510) through WebAdvisor and facilitated by Global College (typically the Office Coordinator). The international practicum course is completed for 6 credit for the duration of 3 months. Students will pay the regular tuition fee for a six-credit hour course.
• Start working on developing a travel budget. Conduct some research and apply for any bursaries and scholarships that may help your planned trip a reality. Start with the Global College’s Dr. Douglas W. Leatherdale Global Citizenship Internship Program Scholarship. Check out Global College and University of Winnipeg websites for internal and external awards and scholarships.
• It is important to check the 'pre-departure documents' prior to attending the pre-departure orientation session. 
• Following an orientation seminar with the Practicum Coordinator, begin your international practicum placement, as per arrangements with your Site Supervisor. EMBRACE THE ADVENTURE!
• Your site supervisor will complete a final practicum evaluation.
• Meet with the Practicum Coordinator for a practicum-culminating meeting/seminar.
• Make a public presentation arranged by Global College sharing your international work / volunteer experience with faculty members and prospective practicum students.

Helpful Information for International Travel

• Passports: Canadian Passport Applications, 433 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Immunizations: visit https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines for health concerns and vaccines. You may want to contact Travel Health and Tropical Medicine services (WHRA) to book an appointment. Their address is 490 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0X5, and phone number is 204-940-8747


To book an appointment with Practicum Coordinator, please contact Ruth Taronno – Human Rights Practicum Coordinator, Global College, University of Winnipeg
Email: r.taronno@uwinnipeg.ca  


HR Practicum Experiences

Michelle and Malytha's photo in Penh, CambodiaMichelle Friesen, Human Rights Student
Gender and Development for Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Michelle spent three months in Phnom Penh working on the communications team for Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC). GADC is a non-profit organization that advocates for gender equality in Cambodia. Through several capacity development projects and regular advocacy and outreach work, GADC works to further women's rights in the region and provides the necessary resources and education for community members to engage with their work as well.

"I had an amazing time working with GADC. I felt so lucky to complete my practicum with such a hardworking and committed group of people. This experience allowed me to put my classroom knowledge to work, I developed new skills, fell in love with a new culture, and walked away with some incredible friendships."


Mackenzie Harcus practicum site pictureMackenzie Harcus, Human Rights Student
GhanaFLOWER - Asamankese, Ghana

"My practicum experience working with GhanaFLOWER has been my biggest accomplishment of my life thus far. I was able to apply the skills and theories I have learnt in the human rights program to a grassroots organization in another part of the world. I developed meaningful relationships and connections with an amazing group of people and expanded my worldview and my understanding of global citizenship. I am so thankful for the experiences I had and the people I met through my practicum."


Kelby Loeppky

Kelby Loeppky, Global College Alumna
Manitoba Human Rights Commission

"My practicum at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission (MHRC) built on my understanding of human rights laws and systems from my degree. The MHRC helped me to develop a practicum based on my interest areas and skills. I assisted with the investigation of human rights complaints, assisted with presentations for employers and teachers on human rights law, and conducted research on contemporary human rights issues. From this experience I gained not only invaluable research, analytical, and communication skills, but also incredible relationships, mentorship, and meaningful participation in the advancement of human rights in Manitoba."


Rachael Howgate Amnesty Practicum

Rachael Howgate, Human Rights Student
Amnesty Internation Group 19

"My practicum with Amnesty International was very flexible. It gave me the freedom to choose what human rights issues I wanted to focus on and how I wanted to make a difference. I decided to organize school presentations to educate youth on how they can take action in Winnipeg! I was also lucky enough to attend Amnesty International Canada's AGM in Calgary to connect with other young people from across the country."


Matthew Altieri with his class in Thailand

Global College recently entered into a partnership with schools in Thailand, opening up a new practicum opportunity for our students! Over the summer of 2016, Matthew Altieri and Katherine Turner spent 3 months teaching English at a school in Thailand. 


Teruni and the Thai Military

Teruni Walaliyadde
Royal Thai Military, Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand

Teruni travelled to Sa Kaeo, Thailand, to volunteer with the Royal Thai Military. For three months, she taught conversational English to military soldiers as well as to children attending primary schools in rural, low income areas.

"The many learning curves and experiences during the course of my practicum confirmed my belief that global citizenship is possible through mutual respect, understanding, patience."


Brittany McFadyen in Kenya

Brittany McFadyen
Willing Hearts International Society of Canada, Kenya

Brittany travelled to Musembe, Kenya with the Willing Hearts International Society of Canada, a non-profit that works to support the local people of Musembe with issues surrounding poverty, sustainability and education/training. For three months she volunteered as the Lugari Community Resource Centres (LCRC) Coordinator, assisting with daily programs and maintenance, and employee concerns and obligations.

“WHISCA and my trip to Musembe, Kenya changed my life in every way imaginable and I am so thankful for the opportunity. It is a community of strength and determination that accepted me as if I was one of their own.”


Maddie Pearlman

Maddie Pearlman
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)

"IRCOM provides a space that is assisting and empowering a global community. IRCOM’s current three hundred tenants are from more than twenty countries, bringing a magnitude of different cultural, ethnic and religious practices and norms.

Fulfilling my practicum in the kids summer program meant being a role model for the kids and youth at IRCOM on a daily basis. I felt comfortable and included in the community of the program staff. My two months at IRCOM has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most inspirational and resilient individuals, whom I hope will remain in my life for a long time to come. Every day with those kids had an undeniable impression on me and pushed me to be the best that I can be."