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!
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To be eligible for a SWB placement, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must also 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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.
- Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru
- Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali (temporarily inactive), Senegal
- Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Areas of Work
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Formal and Informal Education
- Communications and Marketing (strategies and tools)
- Environmental and Resource Management
- Equality Between Women and Men
- Health (including HIV and AIDS) and Nutrition
- Local Economic Development
- Refugee Issues
- Youth Empowerment and Engagement
Below is a list of potential placements that may be available in 2014. We will update the website soon with further information on the next application deadline and the placements available.
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.
||Light and Courage Centre Trust (LCCT)||Francistown|
|Conseillère en gestion comptable||Association pour le développement des initiatives de prévention en
|Conseiller-ère en prise en charge des orphelins et enfants vulnérable||Responsabilité Espoir | Vie | Solidarité (REVS+)||Dédougou|
|Conseiller-ère en base de données||Centre d'Information, de Conseil et de Documentation sur le SIDA et la tuberculose (CICDoc)||Ouagadougou|
|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|
|Rector's Assistant / English Teacher||IIC University of Technology||Phnom Penh|
|Academic Tutor||Jesuit Refugee Service||Dowa or Lilongwe|
|English as a Second Language Teacher||Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano (ICPNA)||Chiclayo / Cajamarca|
|Assistant Child Care Worker / Teachers Aide||Viña Alta Community||Lima|
|Nursing Assistant||Viña Alta Community Health Centre||Lima|
|Assistant in Group Home for Street Kids||Centro de Información y Educación para la Prevención del Abuso de Drugos (CEDRO)||Lima|
|Geography Assistant||Centre for Development Studies and Promotion (DESCO)||Lima|
|Civil Engineering Assistant||Centre for Development Studies and Promotion (DESCO)||Lima|
|Environmental Assistant||Ministry of Environment - General Directorate of Evaluation, Assessment and Natural Heritage Funding (DGEVFPN)||Lima|
|Promotion of Youth Entrepreneurs and Youth Employability||Association Atocongo||Lima|
|Communication and Program Assistant||WUSC in Vietnam||Hanoi|
|Volunteer for Accessories Design Position||The Dariu Foundation (TDF)||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Marketing Assistant||The Dariu Foundation (TDF)||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Communications Intern||Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resource Management
|Communication and Program Assistant||Ho Chi Minh City College of Economics||Ho Chi Minh City|
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
“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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