Some days, it feels like all you have time to do is study. But getting involved and trying new volunteer and extra-curricular activities is an exciting and vital part of the learning experience, not to mention a great way to meet new people and give your brain a different kind of exercise to rejuvenate it. Here are some programs and organizations that might interest you:
Volunteer Opportunities/Student Involvement
- The Peer Health Education Program provides students with a volunteer opportunity to become a Peer Health Educator and motivate their fellow students towards top-notch health. If you have good communication skills, are interested in health and health-related issues, and would like to be a leader and role model for your fellow peers, this opportunity could be for you.
- The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) provides students with a volunteer opportunity to become involved. If you enjoy learning about different people and cultures and would like experience working in a cross-cultural setting, the ISSAC would offer you the opportunity to do all that. *To be eligible for this program, you must study at the U of S for a minimum of one term.
- The U of S offers students a variety of audition-only musical opportunities, such as the Greystone Singers, Music Theatre, the University Chorus, and the Wind Orchestra.
- The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union offers students a variety of opportunities to get involved on campus, such as through the Help Centre, Pride Centre, Women's Centre, Food Centre, or Safewalk program.
- The U of S is also home to a wide variety of groups, such as the African Students' Association, Youth for Environmental Sustainability in Saskatchewan, and many more - if you're interested, get involved. You can also search for groups on PAWS by using the icon next to the email icon.
- Become a notetaker for Disability Services for Students. The time commitment is very minimal considering it would be for the classes you already attend.
- Enactus University of Saskatchewan engages students in specified programs that improve our community through entrepreneurial action. Enactus is an international organization with 51 teams in Canada and over 1000 teams across the globe. At the end of every academic year, Enactus brings its teams together for regional, national, and worldwide competitions to recognize the most effective teams and help each team learn and improve. If you want volunteer experience that will change you and your community for the better while becoming a part of a competitive team, Enactus University of Saskatchewan wants you.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon is an organization committed to supporting children and youth through volunteer mentoring relationships. If you like spending time with children and are looking to make a positive difference, check BBBSS out. The typical waiting period for boys to be paired with a Big Brother is 2-3 years, and girls wait 6 months with a total of 200 children on their waiting list. BBBSS is looking for committed volunteers who are willing to devote time in their schedule to mentor on a regular basis.
- Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon works to provide basic, affordable housing for low-income families in need. Whether your construction skills are limited or extensive, the organization welcomes anyone who has a desire to help and learn.
- The Avenue Community Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is a non-profit agency in Saskatoon working to address health and social issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBT2Q) community. They are always looking for volunteers.
- For other volunteer ideas and opportunities, check out Volunteer Saskatoon.
Extra Curricular/Special Interest Activities
- Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of men's, women's, and co-recreation sporting leagues, such as basketball, curling, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Campus Rec is a great way to get active and meet new people.
- Campus Recreation also offers Learn-To's & Instructional Courses, including kayaking, scuba diving, belly dancing, and much more. If you want to try something new and different, this could be for you.
- The Physical Activity Complex (PAC) is a state-of-the-art complex that houses a fitness centre, gymnasium, walk/jog track, climbing wall, squash/racquet ball courts (must book in advance), and swimming pool (also a swimming pool in the Education building). Fitness classes are also offered on a regular basis, and are a great way to have fun while getting in shape.
- All Huskie Athletics regular season home events are FREE to attend, so pull out your green gear and go cheer!
- The U of S Ballroom Dancing Club provides lessons for a variety of different styles of dances, such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and Rumba - a great way to exercise your rhythm.
- The Greystone Theatre presents four main stage plays a year, which could provide you with an entertaining and much-needed break from school.
- The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is a museum, archives and research centre - a place of interest for any Canadian history buff.
- The Museum of Antiquities contains a collection of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern sculptures...in full-scale replica! This fascinating collection is a must-see for any European history buff.
- The Museum of Natural Science displays a variety of living plants, fossils, rocks and minerals - a great place to check out if you're interested in science and biology.
- The U of S is home to several art galleries, including the Snelgrove Gallery and Kenderdine and College Art Galleries- great places to check out on a break between classes and great places to meet and socialize with people in the art community on opening nights.
- Yoga is a great way to energize the body and the mind, and a perfect way to find balance between school and the rest of life. Saskatoon hosts a number of Yoga studios, with most offering a range of classes, from beginner to advanced. Some popular studios include One Yoga, JNS Yoga, and Hot Yoga.
- The Refinery is located in the Broadway district of Saskatoon and enriches our city with a wide variety of classes, performances, and art. Classes vary, depending on the season, but in the past have included yoga, cooking, and meditation.
- The Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club offers recreational and competitive cross country skiing and wilderness hiking in Saskatoon and surrounding area - great for the outdoor enthusiast.
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park is located just 5 kilometers north of Saskatoon, and contains 19 sites that represent the pre-contact society of the Northern Plains People. A great place for those interested in First Nations history.
- The Mendel Art Gallery overlooks the South Saskatchewan River and contains both historical and contemporary art. In addition to the Gallery, the Mendel also has a gift shop (Gallery Shop), seasonal flower and plant display (Civic Conservatory), and tasty food and coffee (Museo Café).
- The Saskatoon Farmer's Market, located at Saskatoon's River Landing, offers a wide variety of local agricultural products, baking, prepared foods and crafts. In addition, the Market also has occasional special events, including live music and local chefs demonstrating their skills. Check it out on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or take a break from campus mid-week and visit on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- The Meewasin Valley Trail follows the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of Saskatoon, and provides opportunity for a wide variety of year-round activities, such as cycling, jogging, walking, and sightseeing. There are also numerous parks along the way, which are great for having a picnic, BBQ, or throwing around a frisbee. The Kiwanis Memorial Park is a popular place for skating in the winter months, as it hosts an outdoor skating rink.
- Saskatoon and Area Geocaching Association holds annual events as well as monthly get togethers and giving local geocachers an opportunity to meet others. Never heard of geocaching? Learn more at www.geocaching.com. There are several geocaches hidden on campus and you can find them using a smart phone and a geocaching app.