Play Around the World

Play Around the World (PAW) is a service learning course offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. 

KSR students admitted in Fall 2024 are eligible to use PAW to complete their in field learning requirements. KSR students admitted prior to this year are eligible to use PAW to complete their practicum requirement. 

The program selects and prepares U of A students for a 3 month service-learning placement in either South America (Peru), Asia (Cambodia or Thailand) or Canada (Fort Providence, Northwest Territories and Calgary, Alberta).

Due to the ever-changing pandemic situation, there are no guarantees of location for travel, or requirements for covid vaccinations for travel at this time. Regular updates to the website will be provided as information becomes available.

Students from diverse educational backgrounds form learning communities which are structured to provide a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to learning, leadership, and programming. PAW offers students an opportunity to develop a sense of global awareness and citizenry, through collaboration with various schools, orphanages, community based organizations and government agencies to deliver, play, recreation, physical activity and sport to children and youth of all abilities. Play is viewed as a vehicle to enliven the human spirit and to promote optimal development. Students broaden their world view as they live, learn, and work in a culture different from their own.