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.

Category Archive: In-Country

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…

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…

Journée internationale des droits de la femme

Étant conseillère en entrepreneuriat féminin sous le programme UNITERRA 3, mon désir et ma volonté de promouvoir les initiatives et les efforts dont l’axe transversal majeur est l’ÉFH sont de fer: en ce 8 mars 2016, j’ai pu constater avec bonheur que cette cause est portée par une multitude d’acteurs du domaine du développement, les…

Tanzania: has it already been two months?

Despite all warnings, I still can’t believe how quickly my time in Tanzania is flying by! I almost don’t recognize the person who walked off the plane at Kilimanjaro Airport two months ago. I hadn’t slept in two days but spent the entire one-hour drive to Arusha with my groggy, dry eyes glued to the…

La lenteur du travail péruvien et l’histoire des boletines

Bonjour aux lecteurs et lectrices, Je pars du Pérou très bientôt, et je suis stressée à l’idée de ne pas avoir pu terminé exactement tout ce que j’aurais voulu faire. Je m’étais pourtant planifiée une quantité de tâches que j’ai jugé suffisante pour le temps qu’il me restait au pays, selon le rythme de travail…

Wrapping Up, But Not Saying Goodbye!

I have just concluded the final week of my internship with WUSC as a Program Assistant for the Academic Leadership Program and the Student Refugee Program. This internship has been both amazing and difficult on so many levels for me. However, I have truly loved going to work everyday, especially the days that I travel…