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: Katherine van der Linden

Homecoming

It is disorienting to be back in Ottawa, visiting my family and going to classes. I keep wondering how everything here can be exactly as I left it- if I feel so different, why is everything here the same? If I didn’t have souvenirs and pictures, I would be questioning if my trip happened at…

Child protection services in Peru

My work has put me in contact with the major services for child protection. One of the biggest adjustments I had to make over the course of my internship was mentally separating the terms used here for children protection services from those used at home. Although names of the services are similar to those used…

**Lima Update**

Last weekend marked the halfway point in my internship. Despite the language barrier and a few misunderstandings, I feel like I’ve really settled in to my job here. Acción por los Niños works to promote and protect the rights of children and adolescents by increasing awareness, providing training and by helping to coordinate the many…

First 10 days in Lima

I’ve been in Lima for ten days now. I’m not sure how ten days can feel like such a huge amount of time, but look so short on my calendar. I feel very comfortable here, though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Canada (even the cold weather). When I first arrived I…

First Blog

Hi! I’m a 4th year student studying International Development at the University of Ottawa. I’m extremely excited to be leaving the classroom and heading to the field for the last semester of my undergrad. I’m headed to Lima, the capital of Peru, this January to work with the Peruvian organization Acción por los niños (Action…