At Lakefield College School (LCS), community is one of our most cherished values. Whether it’s by establishing a supportive and inclusive learning environment, or forming long lasting connections with teachers, friends or the Grove Society Alumni Chapter, most LCS students remain part of the LCS community for years and often decades after their graduation.
We encourage our students to take an active role in shaping their community for the better – both on a local and global level. Each of our students graduates having easily completed 40 hours of community service and often, many more. With the many volunteer opportunities offered at LCS, it’s not difficult finding a cause or project that speaks to your child’s interests.
Here’s a quick look at some of the many exciting volunteer opportunities your child will have access to at boarding school:
International Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Students at Boarding School
If your child is interested in travelling the world, day and boarding schools like LCS offer many international volunteer opportunities. Just this past March break, three LCS volunteer teams travelled to different corners of the world to experience volunteer service in remote communities. Team Cambodia helped teach local children English and upgrade homes in need of repair. Team Ecuador helped local farmers shear alpacas, milk cows, and put together bags of dirt to grow coffee beans. And Team Costa Rica helped improve local schools and conserve nesting Leatherback and Green Turtles.
Service trips such as these, are an excellent opportunity for your child to discover a new culture and perspective, taste new foods, and visit world-famous sites like Angkor Wat and Chimborazo volcano. But even more than that, your child will forever remember their experience of these communities and how it may have changed their world view, the first steps to becoming a global citizen in today’s interconnected world.
Boarding Schools Promote Local Volunteer Opportunities in the Community
Volunteer opportunities abound at LCS, both on campus and in the broader Lakefield and Peterborough community. While attending boarding school in Ontario, your child may choose from a variety of local offerings: from mentoring younger children at a local elementary school, and helping seniors with yard work and other household tasks, to joining the Run for the Cure to raise money for Breast Cancer, spending the day hosting Christmas celebrations with the organization Battered Moms and Tots, or even providing companionship at a local retirement home..
Your Child Can Start their Own Volunteer Project
Of course, if your child feels passionate about a particular cause not currently included in Lakefield’s roster, we encourage them to initiate their own volunteer project. In fact, many students take on a leadership role and organize their own volunteer activities during their senior year at LCS.
Here’s a look at one past initiative from students who wanted to pack over 21,000 meal bags to be sent the Dominican Republic through Kids Against Hunger:
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