Aeroplan Charitable Pooling Program

Aeroplan_HR_Banner_ENFor many community engagement activities undertaken by students, air travel is the single most expensive item and often a significant barrier to participation. Through the use of donated AEROPLAN Miles, we’re able to help cover air travel expenses for eligible uOttawa students undertaking community engagement activities in communities where air travel is required. Students can use the donated miles only for travel to locations serviced by Aeroplan partners.

*There is no blackout period for using Aeroplan Miles on Air Canada flights, but they are subject to availability. For all the other Aeroplan partners, blackout periods or flight limitations may apply. The program is subject to change at any time according to Aeroplan rules and regulations.

Community Engagement activities for which you can apply to this Program include:

– voluntary, unpaid work, primarily for the benefits of others;

– respond to a social or development need identified by the community in which the placement will take place;

– aim to bring positive social change to the community in which the community engagement or community service learning activities will take place

– are in a location where air travel is the most economical way to reach the destination

Eligibility Criteria:

uOttawa students who meet the following criteria can submit an application:

– be registered in an undergraduate or graduate program in any faculty;

– be eligible to obtain any necessary visas;

– demonstrate that financial assistance is required to cover transportation costs to the community in which the activities will take place;

– be undertaking community engagement or international or community service learning activities that fulfill the criteria listed above

– come back to the University of Ottawa in the fall

Requirements if selected:

Successful applicants must:

– attend the Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE) international pre-departure training and post-service debriefing if they do not have already access to such training as part of their community engagement project or service learning activity.

– submit a 200-word summary and a photo to the CGCE to be posted on the Aeroplan website (http://beyondmiles.aeroplan.com/eng/charity/192)

Application Process:

A complete application consists of :

– a fully completed application form (AEROPLAN Application Form) 

– proof that the student is registered at the University of Ottawa (e.g. transcript)

– a letter of recommendation or support from one of their professors or a community partner who supports the project and can attest to the applicant’s ability to undertake the community engagement or community service learning activities, the student’s need for assistance to cover air travel costs and the applicant’s ability to integrate into the community in which the community engagement or community service learning activities will take place

Send your application via email to the AEROPLAN selection committee (servingothers@uottawa.ca). (Indicate “AEROPLAN CHARITABLE POOLING PROGRAM” in the subject line).

Your professor must send your letter of recommendation via email to the AEROPLAN selection committee (servingothers@uottawa.ca). (Indicate “AEROPLAN CHARITABLE POOLING PROGRAM” in the subject line).

Please note that it is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that the above documents are received by the Centre for Global and Community Engagement before the deadline.

Key Dates:

Application deadline: All proposals will be reviewed and addressed at the earliest convenience.  The committee may meet at the end of each month or more frequently according to the demands and available Aeroplan Miles.

Review of applications:    3-4  times per semester when a critical mass of applications has been received.  Special selection committee meetings can be organized to address urgent requests, particularly in the months leading to summer when students tend to travel more for international or local volunteering.

Announcement of winners*: Following review of applications by selection committee.

*Pending adequate number of AEROPLAN miles being available

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