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

Kathmandu or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nepal

Well it’s somehow already been three months which means I only have one week left before I’m dropped off at the airport to do my thirty-one hour flight all over again. I genuinely can’t believe how quick the time has gone by and don’t understand how about half-way through my placement I thought “this is…

Déjà la moitié du mandat de réalisé!

Mon expérience comme stagiaire du programme Étudiants sans frontières se passe très bien jusqu’à présent. J’ai la chance de travailler sur différents projets dont la mise à jour du site web de mon organisation partenaire, la réalisation d’un calendrier pour l’année 2014 qui met en lumière le thème de l’égalité entre les femmes et les…

Plus que 5 semaines, déjà!

Il reste à peine plus d’un mois à mon mandat. Le travail que je suis venue faire ici arrive à un point charnière. En effet, après une vingtaine d’entretiens individuels, neuf semaines de consultation des bénéficiaires sur le terrain et deux ateliers participatifs, nous voilà avec un diagnostic organisationnel complété. Autrement dit, le plus dur…

The importance of being prepared

After the hectic rush of getting to Vietnam, including a few weeks in Hanoi, I have finally settled in to Hue city with SRD’s Hue Team. Hue is a beautiful and peaceful city. It was once the capital of Vietnam for over 100 years, and is filled with beautiful UNESCO heritage sites like the old…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Earlier this week the wonderful Heather messaged me with a million and one questions about my life here in Nepal, and I love her for it. Fun fact: Heather’s going to Ghana next term to work with LAWA Ghana (an NGO promoting public policy on women’s rights in Ghana) through a uOttawa internship! Here’s how…

La Pikinité

Arrivée au tiers de mon périple, mon expérience en terre de Teranga se passe très bien. Autant sur le plan du travail, les gens sont généreux de leur temps et on avance bien, mais aussi au plan interpersonnel. Une collègue m’a offert de venir chez elle puisque je devais faire deux heures pour l’aller-retour entre…

Tebul. It’s Like Table.

Don’t let the title fool you- most of the Nepali language bares absolutely no resemblance to English. Yes, I technically only know languages based in the Latin alphabet, but I can write my name in Hebrew and, dammit, that should count for something! This week has been spent in full-day language training with other interns…

Bolivia: an amazing country

Being in Bolivia is amazing. I really love the capital, La Paz. The mountains are so beautiful! I don’t really have a specific job as an intern. But I help as I can, and with the skills that I have. My last project was to help a group of artisans with their inventory. I had…

Life in a Beehive

The only way to describe Vietnam, and especially Hanoi, is that it is a very well organized chaos. Like living in a beehive.  But even though it’s only been three months, I already feel like I am part of this welcoming country. I took my camera out to Hanoi’s downtown  and around Hoan Kiem lake…

Time is Ticking + Appreciating Local Committees

This past week marked my midway point here in Dzaleka refugee camp, and this is generally when many volunteers reflect on the personal and professional ups and downs since their arrival. Volunteers can have mixed emotions about their placement, their colleagues, the support they receive, and perhaps about the big events they are missing back…