Red Deer Polytechnic’s new RDP Abroad program will offer students the opportunity to participate in international experiences.
The study and work abroad program aims to provide learners with valuable opportunities to experience different cultures, develop their skills and grow academically and personally through life-enhancing experiences.
These academic and cultural learning opportunities are offered through the Global Skills Opportunity program, which is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and jointly administered by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada.
“These national and global partnerships will provide unique learning opportunities for Red Deer Polytechnic students as they prepare for their careers,” said Stuart Cullum, RDP president.
“The Global Skills Opportunity program also provides a framework for Red Deer Polytechnic to explore additional international work and study opportunities for students, extending our global impact.”
Through the RDP Abroad Biology Experience, students enrolled in RDP’s Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree can apply to work with the Centre for Rescue of Endangered Marine Species and Turtle Trax, which are organizations responsible for sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica.
Learners will participate in applied research while receiving credit for their work. Students have the option to select a three-week volunteer experience or apply for a three-month research assistant role.
Additionally, learners enrolled in the polytechnic’s Practical Nurse Diploma program can develop their health promotion skills and expand global connections while working in Saint Lucia communities.
Global Skills Opportunity is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian polytechnic, college and undergraduate-level university students to acquire the global skills employers want and the national economy needs. Global Skills Opportunity is a key component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy.
While open to all Canadian post-secondary students, the national program targets groups for whom international experiences have traditionally been less accessible – specifically Indigenous learners, students from low-income backgrounds and those with disabilities.
“Global Skills Opportunity is breaking down financial, social and logistical barriers that have prevented too many underrepresented students from participating in global study and work opportunities,” said Paul Davidson, Universities Canada president.
Through this ambitious and ground-breaking program, thousands of young Canadians will have transformational experience abroad. Their newfound global perspective and skills will inform the way they live and work for decades to come.”