I-Week preview - What's in it for you

Globalization is now a factor in every career path, regardless of your program.

That's why Fanshawe's I-Week was created - to promote the international awareness and skills that all students will need to succeed, whatever your line of work.

There is no business or practice area in the world that does not have an international dimension to it, but it's hard to know how to build an international skill-set without some help along the way.

Each day of I-Week offers a wide range of speakers and activities that will help you navigate your way toward the know-how you will need to succeed in a globalized economy. Every talk or event is free of charge to all Fanshawe students and staff.

Starting Monday, February 1 to Friday, February 5, here's what's in it for you!

Expand Your Horizons
Canadian Red Cross Panel - International Aid Work — Tues., February 2, 1-3pm D1060
Canadians are known around the world as courageous people who like to help others. This is your chance to meet two people, Christine Hwang, general physician and Gord Latford who have conducted Red Cross humanitarian work around the globe, including Haiti. They will discuss how their career aspirations and skills combined with their passion for service, and how to find opportunities for overseas volunteer experiences in the World's hardest hit areas.

Julie Colgan - Fanshawe Paramedic Grad in Vietnam - Wed., February 3, noon-2pm, T2002
This inspiring presentation will appeal to anyone looking for ways to turn their skills into humanitarian work. A Fanshawe grad, Julie is now a paramedic with Thames EMS. Last year she went with a Global Medic contingent to train Vietnamese paramedics. Beginning February 25 she will begin a cycling trip through Viet Nam to Cambodia to raise funds for landmine removal there. She will be speaking about her work and using this opportunity to “kick-off” her fund-raising and humanitarian work.

Jean Marc Hachey - What's Your International IQ? -Thursday, February 4, 10am -11am, D1052 and noon-2 pm, B1070
What do you know about the international opportunities for students with your skills and your interests? Jean Marc Hachey is one of the world's experts in giving students international work and study know-how that leads to better career choices and amazing adventures! Expect to leave this session with the confidence to design your own global resume and find the work or study opportunities that will open doors you never knew existed! Starting this year, Fanshawe students get free access to his website: www.workingoverseas.com/fanshawec - just use your @fanshaweonline email to register!

SWAP - Working Holidays for Students — Thurs., February 4, 3-5pm, D1060
Want to see the world and get paid at the same time? SWAP Working Holidays is a non-profit program owned and operated by the Canadian Federation of Students. It offers young Canadians a truly unique opportunity to explore the world through work and travel. For more than 30 years, they have been assisting thousands of young Canadians plan their working holidays. On a SWAP program, you have the chance to live and breathe another culture from the inside rather than simply passing through as a tourist. If you've a mind for an adventure that won't cost you the world, you'll want to be at this session. For more info, see SWAP website: www.swap.ca/out_eng/index.aspx

Canadian Immigration Seminar — Friday, February 5, 9:30-12:00pm, Alumni Lounge
If you are an international student who is thinking about immigrating to Canada after graduation, then this is a must-see session. Fanshawe has invited officials engaged in the immigration field to answer all of your questions about how to begin your immigration process.

Shop and Feel Good About Helping Others - H-Gallery, 11am-2pm daily, 7-10pm Tuesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 4
Throughout I-Week, H-Gallery is where you have a chance to purchase gorgeous arts and crafts from around the globe, with proceeds going back to improve the lives of the people who made them.

Ten Thousand Villages
This well-known non-profit company acts as a central broker for handmade fair trade goods, including jewelry and house wares. The proceeds provide income to people in the developing world by marketing their handcrafts and sharing their stories on how they created the items. The festival sale will take place during the entire week from February 2 to 6 in H-Gallery. Merchandising students will sell the items, donating their 10 per cent proceeds to Canadian Red Cross to be sent toward the relief efforts in Haiti.

Sponsored by School of Business and Management

Arts for Aids International
Looking for that one of a kind gift? A local London artist will be on hand to sell artwork created by African youth. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dual goals of raising public awareness of the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS through the artistic expression of youth in Africa and other continents, as well as raising funds through the sale of their artwork.

Have a Good Time! -International Food Court — “B” Cafeteria daily, 11-3 pm
For many of us, the first contact we have with another country is through its food.

This year Chartwell's has agreed to turn Cafeteria B into an intercontinental taste-fest. Make sure to drop by each day for a new dish from one of the world's five continents. Music will be provided in the atrium while you savour the new flavours. Could there be a more delicious way to raise your international IQ?

Music, the Universal Language! - nightly
“International” happens anytime people from different places get together to celebrate and share the little details of daily life. I-Week's evening entertainment offerings are designed to get busy people like you mingling with students from other countries and other programs.

Monday February 1 - International Buffet- Forwell Hall at 5:30pm

Wednesday February 3 — Open Mic (students onstage at Forwell Hall at 12pm)

Thursday February 4 — Caribana Pub Night (Out Back Shack)

Friday February 5 — New Music Night - The Wooden Sky (Out Back Shack) Nightly Sporting Events — In Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Gymnasium 1 and 2 from 3-4:30pm.

Every night during I-Week, the gym has been booked for cricket, indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball matches. Teams will be made up of international and Canadian students. Sign-up is free, and a good time is guaranteed, in every language!

Do yourself a favour this year. Commit to attending one speaker, tasting one dish, and having one fun night with others who will be celebrating I-Week. You'll never look back!

For more information and to sign-up for Open Mic Nite, please drop in to Fanshawe's International Office — second floor, E Building.