Two weeks that will change your life


Every year, the International Seminar offers Canadian youth a unique experience to exchange and share knowledge in a developing country.

Youth employability has become an international issue, as the rates of unemployment and under-employment for 18 to 35 year olds continue to increase. In spite of their education levels, for many youth finding a job related to their skills remains a challenge. Self-employment, business start-ups and the development of entrepreneurial skills are solutions, among many others, enabling young people to find employment.

In light of the present international situation, Uniterra wishes to support the strengthening of business development services and support for entrepreneurship in the Southern countries where the program is present. The purpose: to have services offered that are adapted to the realities of women and youth, which enable them to start up or consolidate micro and small enterprises or develop self-employment. In addition to business development, for Uniterra, entrepreneurship also signifies any skills, knowledge and behaviours which facilitate the creation of economic wealth, jobs and social development in communities. It was with this vision in mind that the 2014 International Seminar in Peru was developed based on the theme of

"Youth Leaders in Entrepreneurship"

 Uniterra is looking for three (03) youth leaders to take part in its 68th International Seminar in Lima, Peru.

Are you a youth leader?

Are you involved in a social innovation project?

Do you believe in social change and youth-led international development?

Join 15 youth leaders from Latin America and Canada for the 2014 Uniterra International Seminar. Spend two stimulating weeks in Lima collaborating with other youth innovators, developing and sharing your expertise in entrepreneurship, and providing timely feedback on how Uniterra  can better support youth-led projects in its overseas international development programming. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to participate and present at the International Volunteer Cooperation Organization conference in Lima!

When: October 13-25 2014

Where: Lima, Peru

Recruitment for the 2014 INTERNational Seminar in Peru has been completed.

Please watch this space for future Internaitonal Seminars, or see our other volunteer opportunities on the Uniterra website!

For full details on the International Seminar, including the selection criteria and how to submit an application, please consult the Information Package

Selection criteria

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status;
  • Be between 18 and 35 years of age;
  • Being involved in an innovative project or an entrepreneurial project that will have an impact on the development of your community;
  • Good Spanish fluency;
  • Present or past involvement in social causes;
  • Interest and/or experience in connection with the issues of youth employability and youth entrepreneurship;
  • Interest in international issues;
  • Open-mindedness;
  • Team spirit and adaptability;
  • Availability to start working on the Seminar before departing for Peru; and
  • Openness to sharing the Seminar's results with Uniterra and its network of contacts after the return.

    Conditions for participation

    The expenses covered by the program are:

    • Pre-departure training in Canada (transportation, meals and accommodations);
    • Round-trip airfare;
    • Accommodations in Peru;
    • Meals in Peru; and
    • Medical insurance for the duration of the Seminar.

    The selected participants agree to make a minimum financial contribution of $500 to cover part of the total cost of their participation. 

    How to apply

    Recruitment for the 2014 International Seminar in Peru has been completed. Please watch this space for future International Seminars, or check out the other volunteer opportunities on the Uniterra website! 

    For full details on the position responsibilities and how to submit an application, please consult the Information Package.

    Past seminars

    Each year for over 65 years, WUSC holds the International Seminar which offers Canadian postsecondary students an experience in a developing country. Now the Seminar is offered by WUSC and CECI through the Uniterra program. To learn more on the previous Seminars and to maybe even tempt you in participating:

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    Watch their videos in the Uniterra Youtube channel

    Read their blog:

    ·         2013 International Seminar – Guatemala

    ·         2012 International Seminar - Senegal

    ·         2011 International Seminar - Vietnam


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