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Past Experiences

The following are some of the experiences that our students have shared:

2010

Global Service Corps, Tanzania

Steph Christensen travelled to Arusha, Tanzania to work amongst other local and international volunteers at Global Service Corps. While being hosted with a Tanzanian family, Steph became involved in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and nutrition to children and adults, and teaching hands-on sustainable agricultural practices. Click on the link below to see how Steph became part of the Maasai community!

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Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), Kingston

Mira Dineen worked at ISARC, the only interfaith organization in Ontario that lobbies the Government to reduce poverty and improve social assistance. She was a main contributor to ISARC’s social audit, by organizing data from all over Ontario, conducting her own primary research with those affected by poverty and social assistance in Kingston, and ultimately, co-authoring the final book, “Persistent Poverty: Voices from the margins”, which ISARC has since used as a lobbying tool. Click on the link below to view Mira’s powerpoint presentation!

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Frontier College, Leamington

Shannon Goldberg planted and harvested alongside other Canadian volunteers and migrant workers on organic Ontario farms for two months. Afterwards, she worked at Frontier College in Leamington, Ontario, on an English language program for the migrant workers. Click on the link below to watch Shannon’s video!

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Queen’s Project for International Development, Nunavut

Hoda Azadi-Gray was a coopearant for Queen’s Project for International Development (QPID) in 2010. Her placement was in Arviat, Nunavut, where she worked with her QPID placement partner and two local leaders at a literacy camp called “Books, Fun and Sun”. Click on the link below to watch Hoda’s video!

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Global Policy Forum, New York City

Nadia Humayun interned at Global Policy Forum, a policy watch-dog NGO across the street from the United Nations in New York. She researched, conducted interviews, and organized conferences and meetings for her Social and Economic Policy portfolio. Because of the NGO’s close collaboration with the UN, Nadia was able to attend many UN events and meetings. Click on the link below to view Nadia’s powerpoint presentation!

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Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), South Africa

Megan Kallin worked in Johannesburg at FTFA, the country’s “leading greening organization”. The NGO emphasizes improvement of the environment and poverty alleviation. Megan worked in three departments, Permaculture, Trees for All, and Trees for Homes, implementing new projects, evaluating starter packs, and conducting administrative work and reports. Click on the link below to view Megan’s powerpoint presentation!

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Solidarity with Women in Distress (SOLWOBI), Kenya

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) placed Victoria More with other volunteers and local ground staff in a placement at SOLWOBI in Mombasa Kenya. SOLWOBI provides support and resources for commercial sex workers. Victoria travelled around Mombasa conducting a needs assessment project of the workers so as to establish a legal training program at SOLWOBI to provide legal aid for its patrons. Click on the link below to watch Victoria’s video!

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Edaprospo, Peru

Sarah Munsch worked in Lima, Peru at Edaprospo, a microfinance NGO that administers microloans to small businesses. Sarah interviewed communal bank staff, microfinance clients, and other microfinance institutions, and was responsible for creating a report for Edaprospo on its efficiency and the success and concerns of microfinance. Click on the link below to watch Sarah’s video!

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Zanzigap, Tanzania

Sarah Richardson was posted in the village of Mukunduchi, on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. She taught English to adolescent students at Kiongoni Secondary School, organized through Zanzigap. Through the process of meeting incredibly gifted teachers and young adults, Sarah quickly realized that she was the real student at Kiongoni. Click on the link below to watch Sarah’s video!

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Children of the Promise, Haiti

Kayla Vermeulen worked at Children of the Promise, in northern Haiti. The Christian faith-based organization is run completely by volunteer staff, with the aim to fill children physically, emotionally and spiritually. Kayla had the responsibility of caring for the growth and well-being of specific children, as part of a system that ensures each patron receives individual attention. Click on the link below to view Kayla’s video!

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Municipal Government, Urban Agriculture Unit, Cape Town

Selena Zhang worked at Cape Town Municipal Government’s Urban Agricultural Unit creating institutional documents and designing a report on the progress, challenges and success of three community gardens programmes, an essential service to its patrons. Click on the link below to view Selena’s multimedia powerpoint presentation!

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Global Relief Outreach Foundation (GRO), Lesotho

Leanne Murison worked at GRO in Lesotho, which has the third highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The NGO has a philosophy of “local solutions to local problems”, and offers three programs to support and empower the community - the Family Scholarship Fund for orphaned children, the Grannie’s Poultry Project to build stable incomes and food security for burdened grandparents, and an Artisans collective of HIV infected/affected women who sell their jewelry. Click on the link below to watch Leanne’s video!

 

2009

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Ottawa

Aleksandra Bibic interned in Ottawa at CIDA. Her major projects included working on the Canadian Universities Portrait, and conducting research for the Canadian Food Security Development Fund. As an intern, she was also able to attend Brown Bag Lunches with distinguished guest speakers from CIDA’s partner organizations. Click on the link below to view Aleksandra’s powerpoint presentation!

 

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Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico

Greer Elcombe studied at ITESM in Cuernavaca, Mexico, taking courses in Spanish and English about Mexican culture, poverty, and business. She volunteered weekly at Al Abrigo de Dios (“Shelter of God”) orphanage. Through her studies and volunteer work, Greer was able to explore development issues unique to Mexico including liberation struggles, machismo, local poverty, and class discrimination. Click on the link below to view Greer’s powerpoint presentation!

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Families for Children (FFC), India

Liza Howard worked in Podamur, India, at FFC, a home and school for children of all ages that is involved in the development, education, care, and sometimes adoption for its orphaned patrons and for the community around them. Liza was a teaching assistant for younger students and a PE and English teacher for older students. Click on the link below to view Liza’s powerpoint presentation!

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Children Better Way (CBW), Ghana

Francine Law volunteered with CBW at the Buduburam, Ghana’s largest Liberian refugee camp. A small, local NGO, CBW is committed to the welfare of the camp’s children and the community. Francine worked in the HIV/AIDS/Sexual Health Department, at the elementary school, and during Recreation and Library Days. Click on the link below to view Francine’s powerpoint presentation!

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AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Uganda

Gerri Lutaaya worked in Kampala, Uganda at TASO, the country’s largest indigenous NGO for HIV/AIDS. The program runs activities for counseling, education and advocacy, and social and medication support. Gerri took on a project to evaluate whether the existing services of the NGO were meeting the needs of the patrons, which contributed to the eventual integration of disability services at TASO. Click on the link below to view Gerri’s powerpoint presentation!

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Watoto Wa Baraka, Kenya

Sabrina Rubli volunteered at Watoto Wa Baraka, a small children’s home in Pundamilia, Kenya. Here she worked on three projects regarding HIV/AIDS awareness training, provision of female sanitation education and supplies, and improving the accessibility and returns of small microsaving initiatives. Click on the link below to view Sabrina’s multimedia powerpoint presentation!

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Municipal Government of Cape Town, South Africa

Jim Seale worked for the Municipal Government of Cape Town. He was sent to research an urban farming project, collecting qualitative and quantitative data on its progress. The data was used to suggest to the municipal government how to continue funding the farming project and others like it throughout the city. Click on the link below to view Jim’s powerpoint presentation!

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Queen’s Heath Outreach Kenya Project, Kenya

Leah Shannon traveled to Rongai District, Kakuru, Kenya with Queen’s Health Outreach (QHO). For five years, QHO has been working with the Youth Empowerment Strategic Scheme (YESS), a local Kenyan community-based organization. Together, QHO and YESS conduct a Peer Education Health Project, so that youth can teach and guide youth with the aim of reducing HIV amongst young Kenyans.Click on the link below to view Leah’s video!

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