Gain experience and use your skills by volunteering overseas.


Through the Students Without Borders® program, students are provided with an internship opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with WUSC and CECI’s local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a needs driven approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience.

Interns work abroad for 3 to 8 months, using their skills and background in a practical and cross-cultural setting. Many interns fulfill co-op requirements or receive academic credits towards their degree or diploma!

By working with local organizations in the developing world, you can gain valuable skills and work experience while contributing to the development work done overseas!

ARE YOU interested IN this opportunity? The positions for internships starting in september 2014 are now online!

Want to learn more about what current SWB interns are doing? Check out our blog!

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Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for a SWB placement, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a current student or a recent graduate of a Canadian university or college.
  • Some placements require that you be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada in order to apply. If this is a requirement, it is mentioned in the placement description.  

When and How Can You Apply?

SWB placements begin in January, May or September of each year. Most placements last for 3 to 4 months, so that you can return to your studies afterwards! New placements are posted on the website 4 to 5 months prior to their start date.

The deadline for placements beginning in September 2014 is May 16th, 2014.

See the "Find a Placement" section below for list of placements. If you are interested in submitting an application for one or more of the available placements, you must submit all of the following documents to

  • A copy of your résumé;
  • A letter of intent outlining why you are applying for a particular placement;
  • Three (3) reference letters (including two academic);
  • A list of no more than three (3) placements to which you wish to apply.

If you are applying for more than one placement, please indicate an order of preference in your letter of intent.


Where You Could Volunteer and Areas of Work


Areas of Work

Find a Placement

See all current placement opportunities for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada by clicking the following button.

Placements available for Fall 2014 are now online!
The application deadline for September 2014 placements is May 16th.



If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, if you want to do an internship in Cambodia, Kenya or Sri Lanka, or if none of the previous opportunities interest you, consult the "Other Internship Positions" section below to see what we can offer you.




Other Internship Positions

Placements available for Fall 2014 are now online! The application deadline for September 2014 placements is May 16th.

Note that the positions are displayed in the language in which the internship will take place; the Spanish countries are the exception since the internships will be in Spanish but the positions are displayed in English or French, as received.

Position Title Partner Location
Program Assistant Stepping Stones International (SSI) Mochudi
Resource Centre Developer Ngamiland Council of Non Governmental Organizations Maun
Teen Club Project Assistant Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE) Gaborone

Position Title



Conseiller-ère en conception de site Internet

Centre d’Information de Conseil et de Documentation sur le SIDA et la tuberculose (CICDoc) Koudougou
Stagiaire en Sciences infirmières Le Conseil Burkinabé des ONG, OBC et Associations de lutte contre les IST/VIH/SIDA (BURCASO) Koudougou
Stagiaire en capitalisation de résultats et d’outils Centre d’information de Conseil et de Documentation sur le SIDA et la tuberculose (CIC-DOC) et Conseil Burkinabè des organisations de développement communautaire (BURCASO) Ouagadougou
Stagiaire Conseiller ou conseillère en marketing     Table Filiére Karité (TFK)  Bobo Dioulasso
Stagiaire conseiller ou conseillère en capitalisation  Centre d’Information de Conseil et de Documentation sur le SIDA et la tuberculose (CICdoc) Ouagadougou
Stagiaire conseiller ou conseillère en animation de site Internet Le Conseil Burkinabé des ONG, OBC et Associations de lutte contre les IST/VIH/SIDA  (BURCASO) Ouagadougou
Stagiaire conseiller ou conseillère en développement de plan opérationnel  Centre d’Information de Conseil et de Documentation sur le SIDA et la tuberculose (CICdoc) Ziniaré
Position Title Partner Location
Rector's Assistant / English Teacher IIC University of Technology Phnom Penh
Position Title Partner Location
Communications Officer Youth Development, Research and Innovation Centre Accra 
Lead Agency Coordinating Assistant NOYED-Ghana, NNED Tamale 
Sustainable project Officer Arocha Ghana Kumasi
 Position Title Partner  Location 
Position Title Partner Location

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Intern

Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE)

Position Title Partner Location
English as a Second Language Teacher Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano (ICPNA) Chiclayo
Early Childhood Education Intern Viña Alta Community Lima
Health Promotion Intern Viña Alta Community Health Centre Lima
Intern in Group Home for Street Kids Centro de Información y Educación para la Prevención del Abuso de Drugos (CEDRO) Lima
Urban Environmental Planning Intern Centre for Development Studies and Promotion (DESCO)


Urban Programming Intern Centre for Development Studies and Promotion (DESCO) Lima
Intern at the Peruvian Netowrk for Environmental Research Ministry of Environment - General Directorate of Evaluation, Assessment and Natural Heritage Funding (DGEVFPN) Lima
Social Activities Intern (APN)  Acción por los Niños Lima 
English Trainer (TIP) Technical Institute of Production (TIP) Lima
Technical Specialist in Work Skills Assessment (TIP) Technical Institute of Production (TIP) - Center of Technological Innovation for Wood Lima
Technical Specialist in Technological Transfer (TIP) Technical Institute of Production (TIP) - Headquarters Lima
Technical Specialist in Carpentry Technical Institute of Production (TIP) - Center of Technological Innovation of Wood Lima
 Position Title Partner  Location
Position Title Partner Location
Radio Station Strategic Planning Intern Farm Radio International (FRI) Arusha
Position Title Partner Location
Program and Communications Assistant WUSC in Vietnam Hanoi
Climate Change Program Asssitant Centre for Climate Change Study in Central Vietnam Hue
Communications Intern Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resource Management
English and Soft Skills Trainer for Employability Nghe An Community College Nghe An
Mobile School Instructor The Dariu Foundation (TDF) Mekong Delta rural region
Customer Service Intern  Hoa Sua School for Disadvantaged Youth (HSS) Hanoi


Q. The deadline to apply for a placement that interests me has passed. Can I still send you my application?

Yes. You can always send us your application and we will let you know if the placement you want to apply for is still available, if it is not the case we will contact you to see if there are other available placements that might interest you.

Q. Why are there two different types of placements with different conditions?

Some placements are partially financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); this is why some placements can only be filled by citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

However, to allow everyone the opportunity to participate in the SWB program, we offerother internship opportunities which do not require Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

Q. What kind of accommodations can I expect?

Accommodations differ from one country to another, and from one town to another. Usually, SWB volunteers live in one of the following accommodation types:

  • Host Family
  • In their own apartment
  • With other volunteers
  • In a Guest house

Q. Do I have to cover some fees or costs?

Yes, there is a cost to participate in the program and it can differ depending of the country and the length of the internship. Placement fees and costs are described on each placement description

What Former Participants Say About their Experience

“My time in Malawi and in Dzaleka has reinforced my desire to pursue opportunities abroad, but also exposed the importance of the work I do at home in Toronto, helping immigrants and refugees in my community. I have learned so many valuable things that I can apply back in Canada working with newcomers. Spending time with the Student Refugee Program youth has been such an enriching experience, as they have taught me patience and challenged me on my cultural understandings of social interaction and cultural diversity. I will take away from this experience a stronger self, as I move forward with my career, supporting migration through cultural understanding.”

- Ashley Korn,Student Refugee Program Assistant — Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi


“My internship as Assistant to the Dean at Vietnam National University (Hanoi) has been challenging and educational on many different levels. It has helped highlight the important cross-cultural communication and observation skills which are essential to surviving in a foreign work place. Additionally, it has served as a conduit through which I am starting to understand the tangible impact of globalization while thousands of kilometers away from my home in Canada. If asked ‘Adam would you complete an internship again?’ the answer would be an unequivocal ‘YES’. It is because of this certainty that I know I have grown in many ways from my time in Vietnam. Hopefully, this growth will give me the opportunity to come back to this amazing country once more!”

- Adam Pennell, Dean’s Assistant, Vietnam National University, Hanoi


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