What is Peacework?
Peacework is an international non-governmental institution that engages communities, academic institutions, and corporations to work together across different sectors in order to confront developmental roadblocks around the world.
It focuses mainly on seven different disciplines, including: agriculture, business, education, engineering, health, public service, and technology. In all Peacework programs, a strong emphasis is placed on partnerships that promote grassroots, participatory, and sustainable models of community engagement that draw from empowerment models of capacity and community building to incite positive individual and communal transformation. Participants will be afforded the intensive opportunity to experience and evaluate the challenges and best practices of community programs as they transform these theoretical models of value-driven community engagement and social change into actual practice.
Through their work, Peacework hopes that participants will gain intensive experiential learning outside of the classroom or office in an international community enrichment setting. Participants are encouraged to apply the skills they already possess both in and out of the classroom to community driven projects that are enhancing opportunities and conditions for community members. Participants will be encouraged to investigate and explore the many social, economic, political and cultural forces at play within the community in which they are engaged. The Peacework chapter at the University of Toronto hopes to motivate students to get involved in the process of development through these hands-on experiences, while maintaining the goal of promoting stable and sustainable growth that will benefit those who need it most in developing societies.
Generally, our projects encompass a wide range of activities that span multiple domains and require multidisciplinary teamwork. These activities may fall under the following categories:
Support for Medical and Dental Professionals