Bree says she was very excited to take part in the practicum and that it left her satisfied, but motivated to do more work with the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations and other communities. Her advice to students about to start community-based practicums is to give themselves more time, perhaps carrying out the practicum over two semesters, in order to communicate the outcomes for all parties involved, to build the necessary relationships, and to deal with any difficulties or problems that might arise. It’s also important to ensure your deliverable is useful to the community you are working with – the relationship should be reciprocal.
To those looking to choose a practicum, she advises that you cater to your areas of interest, speak with people involved in these areas, and take small steps in this direction rather than diving straight into your practicum.
Another important practicum skill is to be flexible and go with the flow, such as when Bree arrived on her first day and was asked to cook for about 60 people. Despite it being the first time she had cooked for more than three people, her chicken pesto pasta went down well, she says. “Nobody died!”
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