Week Without Walls 2019: Building bridges with our community partners

Me to We Ecuador Group

One of the most gratifying aspects of the annual Week Without Walls experience is the relationships created between Trinity College School and our community partner organizations each year. As students and staff prepare for the upcoming 11th annual edition of this core service learning program, we are excited to welcome several new partnerships, such as: Central North Neighbourhood House, a Toronto settlement house; Port Hope’s Toe Beans Cat Café, which works to place cats and kittens for the local humane society; Victoria Retirement Living in Cobourg; and the Peterborough location of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

In total, students, along with all educational staff and several operational staff members, will give of their time and effort at 69 different locations in Northumberland, Durham, Peterborough, Quinte and Toronto each afternoon between December 3rd and 5th. But before they can hit the ground running, the groups will have two planning meetings, on November 28th and December 2nd, to learn more about their service locations and prepare materials for the week ahead.

The Week Without Walls will wrap up for most students on Friday, December 6th, as they take part in debriefing sessions as well as hearing from a special guest speaker.

One service site, far away from our campus, is already well underway. On November 22nd, 16 students and faculty members Brent Hurley and Jacqui Prioli boarded a plane for Ecuador, where they have been working alongside community members to build a well and irrigation system at a school high in the Andes. We have received updates and photos from the group, who had the chance to explore the capital city of Quito before heading to their service site. You can read more updates at www.tcs.on.ca/ecuador.

Our other international service group will depart this Friday, November 29th for the Bahamas, where they will spend a week engaged in environmental activities and scientific discovery at the Island School in Eleuthera. We look forward to hearing about their adventures upon their return.

We invite you to join us for the Week Without Walls, by checking out our social media feeds throughout the week: