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: Malawi

Excitement and reservations about Malawi

Hello friends! I am very happy to be posting my first blog entry, because that means my departure date for my placement in Malawi is growing nearer. Of course, I am also experiencing a mix of other emotions that go along with preparing for an extended period of time overseas. Excitement is predominant! I recently…

Malawi: You can laugh. You can cry. But you cannot be indifferent.

On my last Sunday in Malawi, my friend Tom invited me to see his house and meet his family. Tom is a security guard at the compound where I live, and he also works as a tailor; we international volunteers have gotten to know him as we discuss designs of skirts and take measurements for…

To my new friends in Malawi

To Peter, Barak and everyone else I am going to meet in Malawi: I cannot wait to arrive and meet everyone. I don’t leave for another month and have already received so many warm welcomes, it makes me very excited. I just received my flight information today: I leave Ottawa on May 10th and arrive…

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Trinder and I am currently in my third year at the University of Toronto Scarborough studying international development and economics. I have been so fortunate to be exposed to so many different theories, perspectives and people and even more thrilled that I will be travelling to Malawi to continue…

Counting down the days

My name is Kate Jones.  I am currently in my third year  at the University of Ottawa studying International Development  and Globalization with a minor in economics.  I am unbelievably excited to be spending the majority of my summer in Nkhotakota, Malawi.  I’ll be working as a research intern at the Nkhotakota Community Radio Station,…

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…

Every challenge is a lesson

Things are not always easy in my placement—but then again, I didn’t come to Malawi because it would be easy. I’m about halfway through my 11-week placement in Blantyre, Malawi, as a fundraising and communications officer for a local youth organization. I’ve already learned and seen so much: I’ve written two grant applications, drawn up…

Mandate Accomplished!

As the plane began descending onto the YOW Tarmac, the white blanket of fresh snow forced me to admit that my time in Malawi had come to an end. The rains had just started pouring and the country was beginning to bloom before I left, so needless to say, I was reluctant to return to…

New Places, New Goals: Learning About Project Implementation in Malawi

For myself and many others, international internships present a series of “firsts”. First time travelling internationally, first time in a new country, first time speaking Chichewa, first time eating nsima, first time sleeping beside elephants, and the list goes on; however, of all these firsts, none has been so revealing as the first time working…

Final Reflections

As the dry season comes to an end so too does my internship in Lilongwe, Malawi. The rains have began to fall harder and more frequently, the people of Malawi also breath a sigh of relief as the scorched land is quenched and they can begin to plant their crops for the next season. During…