Co-pilots program

Program Overview

Program Goal: Connect domestic and international students from diverse cultural backgrounds as equal participants in exploring our multicultural society to develop the skills of an interculturally effective person.


Program Length: 

  • One semester – co-curricular credit

Program Requirements

  • Participation at the two mandatory group meetings per semester (first and last)
  • Engage in two additional cultural activities with co-pilot per semester (expected 1 hour each)
  • Meet co-pilot one-on-one four times per semester (minimum 1 hour each)
  • Attend two Stammtisch club meetings
  • A detailed record of all activities completed throughout program

What qualifies as a cultural activity?

Here are some examples:

  • On-campus events, like Pangea, International Education Week,
  • DC International trips, like Canadian Canoe Museum, Cooking Class, Canada’s Wonderland, Niagara Falls, ROM
  • Public festivals or events, like Doors Open Oshawa

What can I do one-on-one with my co-pilot?

Here are some examples:

  • Go for coffee or eat out at a local restaurant
  • Play a sport at the CRWC, skate at Campus Ice Centre, or watch the Lords play
  • Take a walk through the park or hike a trail
  • Attend a religious or cultural ceremony together, or engage in a tradition or ritual at home
  • Visit Oshawa’s cultural hubs, like the Robert McLaughlin Gallery or Parkwood Estates 

How do I keep a record of my participation?

  • Co-pilots take mutual responsibility for each other and are required to sign off at one-on-one meetings.
  • Each individual participant will also choose one of the following methods of record-keeping:
    • Blog
    • Written journal/diary
    • Photo journal
    • Designated social media account
    • Letters/postcards
    • Vlog
  • Individual records will be submitted at the end of the program and evaluated to assess whether the certificate criteria have been met.

Who can participate?

  • All Durham College students! Each co-pilot partnership will consist of two students from different cultural backgrounds. Whenever possible, a domestic student will be paired with an international student.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and define own culture through intercultural exercises and self-reflective record keeping.
  2. Recognize cultural norms encountered in daily life and understand the values they represent by engaging in critical thinking exercises at organized meetings and through thoughtful record-keeping exercises.
  3. Confidently engage in intercultural communications by developing intercultural communication strategies, as well as cultural awareness and understanding through regular meetings with co-pilot partner and the larger group in a variety of social capacities.

What will I earn at the end of this program?

  • Certificate of Completion in the Co-Pilots Program
  • Co-Curricular Record in the International category