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

Gas Flaring in the Western Region of Ghana

As things are beginning to draw to a close here in Accra, It’s time to reflect on and share experiences. Today, I want to share an experience that occurred in July and involved the government, communities, NGOs (including mine, Oilwatch Ghana) and oil companies in the Western Region of the country. On July 5th, 2014,…

The face of poverty

Amidst the confusion and surprise that obscured my view of the situation, the boy’s eyes were the easiest to read: they showed not fear or bravery, but rage. The type of blind anger that makes a person look as though, if unbound by consequence or social convention, they could be capable of anything. This anger…

Nepal and its offerings

Namaste from Nepal Everybody! We are three weeks away from the end of our mandate, and our return to Canada. It is going to go by fast, and there is so much left to do. The monsoons in Nepal are supposed to have started, and yes there has been rain, but not as much as…

2nd Blog Post from Lima

So I’m roughly at the halfway point of my internship here in Lima.  Things are going really well, and I’ve definitely settled into more of a groove compared to the constant changes from when I first arrived.  I am moved into my “pensión”, I know where I’m going to be getting my meals most days,…

From Botswana, With Love

Dumelang from Gaborone, Botswana! This summer I will be working as a Resource Mobilization Intern for three months with the Centre for Youth of Hope [CEYOHO]. CEYOHO is a small organization that was founded by, and for, young people living with HIV. This organization strives to reduce the number of new infections, and to improve…

Tempered expectations of Malawian democracy

My first three weeks in Malawi have certainly been interesting, if also marked by uncertainty and occasional frustration. I happened to arrive a week before the country’s first ever tripartite election, in which the presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections all took place on the same day. That day was May 20th, but as we near…

First Week in Lima

This blog post will describe my experience during the first week in Lima. My arrival was a long and arduous journey; my poor dad had to drive me from Huntsville to Toronto on Sunday, May 4 at midnight for a flight that left just before dawn.  I then had a layover in Dallas that lasted…

Visiting Dzaleka

A huge part of why I wanted to come Malawi was because of my experiences with WUSC in Canada. Since 2011, I’ve been involved with the WUSC local committee at the University of Victoria. The local committee is a group of volunteer students who come together to sponsor refugee students to study at their campus…

Happy Hello From Ghana!

It is hard to believe that two months have already gone by. My favorite things about Ghana are in its atmosphere; a big bright orange sun peaking over the city at dusk and dawn, the pounding sound of fufu being prepared around diner time (a local dish made of pounded cassava), American country music blaring…

Entrer dans la danse!

Comme le temps file! J’en suis déjà à mi-mandat en tant que Conseillère en organisation du travail ici à Banzon, avec l’UDTER-B (Union Départementale des Transformatrices et Étuveuses de Riz de Banzon), une organisation comptant  450 membres en 2007, qui inaugura son centre de transformation du riz local au début de l’année 2011. N’étant pilotée…