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DEST students' course project implemented successfully in non-profit organizations


Thursday, September 27, 2018

We absolutely love bragging about our student’s contribution to our community!

Check out this great news story about a bottle recycling program combined with an "Uber-like" pick up app for non-profit organizations. Development Studies major Brittney Felkse and team suggested this program during their course project in DEST 591 and it now being successfully implemented by a growing number of organizations. This news story focuses on the success of the program at Alex Community Health Centre, with over 20 more charities signed up to use the service. The app was also developed by UCalgary graduate students.

DEST 591 (Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research) is a community service learning course for Development studies students in their final stages of degree completion. This course provides students with an opportunity to connect the theory of their degree program to a hands-on project in community development. Students generally work in small teams of 3 – 5 working with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Mustard Seed, Green Calgary, Alpha House as well as international organizations such as Next General Nepal.