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.

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Re-Entry Blog – Final Blog!

I want to start by apologizing for making this entry almost two months after my return from my placement. The following is a summary of my placement as a whole, what I learned, and some suggestions for future SWB students. I had the opportunity to travel to Botswana, in Sub-Saharan Africa this summer for two…

The Impact of One Teacher

Friday was our last day at ECC. Was it ever difficult to leave. We were surprised with gifts, warm comments, and emotional goodbyes from many of the youth and staff at ECC. Our time here was short, but it definitely was worthwhile. I’m going to miss seeing the individuals I’ve build strong relationships with. I…

June 10th, 2008

How fast time flies. Can you believe that I’ve been here in Botswana for over a month?! I have to admit I miss everyone at home, but the closer I get to coming home, the more difficult it feels it’s going to be leaving everyone we’ve started to build relationships with. I was asked by…

The Impact of One Story

Last week we started teaching about Social Relationships. We planned the lesson to start by telling the class a little bit about the relationships that we share back home in Canada. I shared my story about my family structure and the relationships I share with my dad and Aunty Judy. Megan shared her story about…

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

This week has continued to be wonderful. On Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to another secondary school. We made a presentation to all of the Form 1s (grade 9s) on ECC and HIV & AIDS. It was really neat because we interacted with roughly 120+ kids at once. Our placement with ECC is…

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Growing up I didn’t realize how fortunate I was. I’m starting to understand how unique and blessed I am and have been. I was raised by a selfless, educated and loving father who always encouraged me to ask questions and seek answers. I am lucky because I had the opportunity to question almost anything at…

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’m slowly realizing how fast this world turns. How quickly one life can impact another. How rapidly a friendship can be formed, but how quickly careers and different paths just lead us astray. I’ve really become fond of many of the individuals I’m working with. Unfortunately, I’m already having to say goodbye to one of…

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Land. Wlidlife. Family. School Uniforms. Mercedes Benz Public Transport. Free Tertiary Education (for the most part). Home. Peace. Rapidly Developing. In short, that describes wat I’ve experienced so far within Southern Africa. From Gaborone to Ramotswa and a little bit of Plinesberg, South Africa, I’m falling in love with this experience. To be able to…

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Sunday, May 11th, 2008 We made it! I’m actually in Botswana! I had no trouble with my luggage or flights. I had the best of the best service; an overall incredible journey from North America to Southern Africa. I’ve been here in Gaborone, Botswana since May 1st and had the opportunity to take part in…

Botswana

My name is Rachael Kumar. I am a Concurrent Education University student. Volunteering and helping those in need is something that I have been doing by choice since I was thirteen. I am passionate about everything I do and only take on tasks that I know I will be able to fulfill with my all.…