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.

Author Archive: Melissa Faye

Returning Home

I’ve been home from my placement in Ghana for a few weeks now. I waited several weeks before writing this final post because it takes a while to decompress after such an experience. I benefited from attending de-briefing sessions in Ghana with fellow volunteers and attending group discussions with other volunteers at my university. It…

Girl’s Camp

Every year, the local organization I volunteer for, CALID, helps its partner, ActionAid, to deliver a girls vacation camp in Accra. They select girls from the different communities they work in all over Ghana and send them for a week to the capital. While there the girls are given the opportunity to visit places of…

Adventure to Paga

Jessica and I recently decided to venture out from Tamale on our own. Our destination for our weekend trip was a little community named Paga which lies on the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso. Our first day began by catching a tro-tro, a privately owned van stuffed with approximately 35-40 people, to the capital…

Women’s Group

p> The organization I am working for this summer, CALID, works with many different communities and partners. They are always networking, meeting new groups, and trying to find new ways of meeting their development goals. I was fortunate enough this past week to attend an initial meeting between CALID and another group they are thinking…

Mole National Park

I and some other SWB volunteers took the opportunity one weekend to visit a national park in the Northern Region of Ghana called Mole. The road to Mole is bumpy but we didn’t find the journey as uncomfortable as people liked to have us believe. However, we were covered in red dirt by the time…

A lesson in pre-school

The organization that Jessica and I volunteer for works with 36 peri-urban communities of Tamale. On different days, Jessica and I get the opportunity to visit some of these communities with other staff members. We recently had a memorable trip to one such community. Although English is Ghana’s official language, like many African countries Ghana…

Child sponsorhip

The local NGO we work for, CALID, has a partnership with ActionAid, a large development NGO located in Europe. ActionAid, along with local partners like CALID, deliver a child sponsorship programme similar to that of World Vision in Canada. I and the other Canadian volunteer working for CALID recently had the opportunity to visit two…

Arrived in the Northern Region

After a week in the capital, many of the volunteers headed to the north where their placements were located. We arrived in the Northern Region’s capital, Tamale, after a 12 hour bus ride from Accra. The roads were well paved and the ride was smooth. We got to watch Nigerian films and listen to various…

Arrived in Accra

My plane touched down at Kotoka airport in Accra, Ghana exactly 24 hours after I left Ottawa. I exited the plane into the hot, stifling evening and smiled because I had finally arrived in Africa. I and other SWB volunteers spent a few days at the WUSC Ghana office learning more about our placements and…

Getting Ready!

Hello! My name is Melissa Faye St. Denis and I am one of four students from the University of Ottawa traveling to Ghana this summer.  I am a fourth year international development and globalization student and am very excited about