NIC students raise funds for community projects in Philippines

Alix Mitten-Kowalchuk is one of eight NIC human services students organizing a fundraiser Thursday, April 12 to support community development in the Philippines.

Join NIC human services students for a burger and beverage fundraiser and silent auction, Thursday April 12 at the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar to support community development in the Philippines.

Eight, second-year NIC students and their instructor, Susan Shantz will travel to Cebu, Philippines on May 1, returning May 28.

While in Cebu, students will gain academic credit as they take part in a variety of community development projects in partnership with Cebu Normal University (CNU). They will travel to remote communities surrounding Cebu to engage in parenting education, cultural preservation and education, out-of-school youth development and more.

“Our hope is to raise funds to support the various programs we are involved in such as theatre and sports programs for youth in remote communities and a parent/toddler program at a rural banana plantation,” said Shantz.

While the trip is one of many study abroad opportunities available to NIC students, it is the first time NIC human services students will participate in an international practicum placement.

“We are excited to embark on this journey,” said NIC student Alicx Mitten-Kowalchuk.  “Being able to take part in this exceptional, hands-on experience will provide us with knowledge of how non-government agencies operate as well as how other cultures provide social supports for those in need.”

The fundraiser runs from 5 to 8 pm at the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar, 1089 Braidwood Road, Courtenay, BC. For every $20 purchase of a burger, pasta or sandwich along with house wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink, $5 will go directly to community development in the Philippines.

There will also be a variety of silent auction items available including gift certificates for Art Knapps, Bootlegger, Be,  Cherry Wine, Locals Restaurant, hand-made jewellery, a two-hour kayak trip and more.

For more information on the fundraiser contact For more information on NIC human services programs, visit

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