Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Celebrating International Women’s Day (and 181 Days) in Sri Lanka!

A few weekends ago, while I was having dinner with a couple of fellow SWBs, I realized that I’d passed the halfway point of my mandate here in Sri Lanka. Admittedly, I had miscalculated, marking my midway on my Google Calendar in March instead of February! Thank goodness for people with good counting skills in…

Banu Goes to Sri Lanka!

(Picture taken at the Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto only days prior to departure!) Hello! I hope you’re doing well :) My name is Banusha Mahendren and I am currently in my fourth year of studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (UTSC) where I have been studying International Development Studies with a focus on gender…

Pre-departure: Sri Lanka, here I come!

If you’d asked me when I first started my university career in the International Development Studies (IDS) program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus if I knew I’d be completing a placement in Sri Lanka with WUSC, I probably would not have believed you. Mainly because 4th year it felt like an eternity…

A Dose of Self-Care

(Note: this blog post originally appeared on carolinegraceoneill.com in August) Self-care, a buzzword I’ve seen cropping up in articles from my favourite publications, was something I rarely thought about in terms of my own mental health. A few weeks ago World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Sri Lanka’s volunteer support officer shared her self-care tools…

THE WAVE: LIFE AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER

  One of my favourite parts of living in Sri Lanka is the sound of the waves. The lull of the water pushing across and away from the sand offers me great comfort and always puts me at ease. My first night in Hambantota was spent in a hotel along the beach; I slept well…

Heading to the Southern Province

(Note: this was originally posted in July on carolinegraceoneill.com)   About two weeks ago, I flew half way around the world and drove another five hours to my new home. I’ll be spending the next month in Hambantota, a village in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. My new place of residence has elephants on the highways…

Malawi tea!

It’s been awesome two months since I arrived here in Malawi. As a communications volunteer, my mandate here is to support communications efforts of WUSC Malawi office and its partners as well as documenting their activities. It’s a great mandate that has allowed me to learn a lot about WUSC Malawi programs, visit different parts…

Tikka and Tuk tuks: Life in Nepal

Five in the morning: the time when prayer bells start to ring at the nearest Hindu temple. The sound rouses people for morning worship, and wakes me up too. If I joined my neighbors at the temple, I would notice bright red tikka (powder) blanketing statues of Hindu gods, worshipers lighting prayer candles and the smell of burning incense…

This Girl’s Mini Guide to Ghana

A month and a half into my mandate, I think I know what I’m doing, now. Here are the things I’ve learned that you’ll need: [] Toilet paper [] Hand Sanitizer [] INTENSE Mosquito Repellent [] Flashlight [] Fan(yogo/ice/choco) (I hope that most of these things are self-explanatory) Ghana has definitely been an adventure.. It could…

Week 2: ?

When I told people I was going to Tanzania this summer, I got a mixed bag of responses. Top 3 were related to weather, location, and terrorism, in that order. People actually know relatively little about East Africa — or Africa as a whole, I guess. But everyone seemed to “just know” that the entire…