FAQ – 2024/2025

Many of your questions might be answered in our 2024-2025 Student Handbook. In addition, see the following answers to commonly asked questions:

What trips are happening this year?

Act Five is excited to offer a 2.5-3 week cross-cultural service trip this year. For the 2024-2025 year the trip will be in January 2025. Some students will travel to Midwestern or Southern USA with World Renew Disaster Response Services, and some will travel to El Salvador with Resonate Global Mission. Further details for these trips will be communicated as details are finalized. Additionally, students will do 3 wilderness trips with Coldwater Canada, an indigenous learning trip to Manitoulin Island, and several other retreats throughout the year. Go to our student handbook for a full schedule of the year.

How can I fundraise for the service trips?

Students will be given time and support for fundraising throughout the fall. If students would like to pursue fundraising ahead of time, they are encouraged to receive pledges from those who can commit to giving funds to our partner charities to support these service trips when more details are know.

Can I apply for OSAP for Act Five?

No, unfortunately, this program is not eligible for OSAP. There are other financial aid options available.

What financial aid options are available?

We are grateful to be able to offer financial assistance to those who are in need. You can apply for financial aid through this form. Additionally, there are scholarships and bursaries available for students pursuing gap years in Canada. See one such option here. Finally, you are able to access RESPs to help cover costs for Act Five.

How many students will be accepted into the Act Five program?

Act Five accepts between 10-16 students each year

Can I work part-time during Act Five?

Act Five is an intensive 8-month program; therefore, maintaining part-time work is usually not feasible, nor do we believe it to be beneficial during this unique season. That said, we will work with students on an individual basis should part-time work be desired, necessary, or beneficial in their particular circumstances.

Can I defer acceptance to university and then attend Act Five?

If you have been accepted to a specific limited-enrolment university program that you hope to defer, speak to us about participating in the courses without being graded. Furthermore, we will support all students in re-applying for university or college during the program. Several universities or colleges are interested in students coming from a program like Act Five, so you might even be helped in waiting to apply!

Are Act Five courses at a university level? Will they transfer after Act Five?

All courses are university-level courses, designed specifically for Act Five. If you attend Redeemer University after completing Act Five, these courses will transfer and count toward your degree. If you choose to attend elsewhere, Act Five will support you in working with your new institution to seek transfer credits where possible.

Can I bring my car?

Yes, though you won’t need it very often. Parking at the Act Five residence is available, but limited, and street parking is often inconvenient. The group will often travel together by other means (walk, bike, bus, car share). You will even learn to repair and tune-up your own bike in the program!

How much free time do I have during the program?

There are regular times each day and week for free time, though these are all part of the Act Five experience and are not always for students to get together with friends and family from outside the program. Specific points of each week and certainly weekends are great times for connecting with friends and family (unless we are away on a trip). Check out our sample weekly schedules here!

I have a food allergy. Can I still be part of Act Five?

As much as we are able, Act Five will work with you to determine how best to navigate various food allergies and sensitivities, on a case-by-case basis.

With all this travel, will we be safe? Do we need to get extra insurance or anything like that?

We will take care of all of this with students when the time comes. Our outdoor trips and international trips are with great organizations who lead trips like these all the time. They help all our participants access insurance for these trips and work with us to prepare well.

In addition to this, all students will be asked to show proof of medical and travel insurance before beginning at Act Five to ensure we are prepared in case of emergency.

I’m an international student, can I apply to Act Five?

Unfortunately, unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, the answer is no, though we are hoping to change this in the near future.

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