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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wierd to be in Canada

I am back in Canada! To say the least it is weird. To tell you the truth is seems almost surreal, my last four months of my life spend in Botswana feels so separated from my life here in Canada. It will be a challenge to determine how those two worlds fit together, but I…

Were is all the time going?!

Wow, this term is flying by! Today is my last day at BOCAIP, because tomorrow I am going to the poor area of Gaborone with Botswana Council of Churches, then Friday I am working at the hospital (as I do every Friday). Then next week I leave for the north to Victoria Falls and the…

Walking for HIV and AIDS

Did you know that AIDS is actually a product of HIV? If you are HIV positive and your immune system is destroyed enough it develops into AIDS (well at least that’s how I understand it). I was fascinated by this and many other things I learned on Friday during the WUSC, SWB HIV and AIDS…

In the Village

This past week, I was living in a village called Molepolole, just outside of Gabs. It was a great experience and I am really glad I did it. There were things that I have trouble with, and at times I wanted to run away crying, but there were also other things with I found really…

Zebras, Zimbabwean woman, and money

  This past weekend Kathy Stiles took all of the Students without Borders people in Botswana at the moment down to Pillsenberg National Park in South Africa. It’s a 3 to 4 hour drive from Gaborone, and the park is situated in the crater of an old volcano. It was very beautiful! We saw tons…

Thanksgiving in Botswana

 This past week has been packed with excitement and new experiences! On Friday, I met a Zimbabwean who is the boyfriend of a fellow Students without Borders volunteer Enthia. We went to a football pitch to watch his team play a game! I was so excited to watch football (soccer); I miss it so much!…

40th Anniversary of Independence!!

You can check out by pictures at: http://uwaterloo.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2024596&id=122609925&l=0de8c Another week almost done! Wow! It’s weird, I was talking last night to my Canadian house mate, Kira, who is also volunteering in Botswana, and time here seems to go by the same way that it does at camp. The days feel long, but the summation of…

LOOK! GIRAFFES!!

Wow, I can’t believe it is Thursday already! I am very excited for this weekend, it is the celebration of 40 years of independence for Botswana, so there will be lots of excitement! I’m looking forward to it! Apparently there are all kinds of different events going on at the stadium! Traditional dancing, music, fireworks,…

the weekend and so much more

I’ll start off with a re-cap of this past weekend, it was incredible. First of all, on Friday I had Satswana lessons, I learned to say greetings, although now all I remember is how to say hello/good day (Dumela mma/rra). There are also lessons this week, and hopefully my work will let me attend those…

In Botswana!

It’s my third full day in Gaborone, and second day at work with BOCAIP. I am still getting used to being here. It may sound weird, but I feel like I am not really in Africa. Kind of like, for so long I anticipated being here, this far away from Canada, and now that I…