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: Pre-departure

Pre-departure: Sri Lanka, here I come!

If you’d asked me when I first started my university career in the International Development Studies (IDS) program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus if I knew I’d be completing a placement in Sri Lanka with WUSC, I probably would not have believed you. Mainly because 4th year it felt like an eternity…

Heading to the Southern Province

(Note: this was originally posted in July on carolinegraceoneill.com)   About two weeks ago, I flew half way around the world and drove another five hours to my new home. I’ll be spending the next month in Hambantota, a village in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. My new place of residence has elephants on the highways…

Off-the-map adventure: Sabrina goes to Sri Lanka

  “So, where is Sri Lanka?” he asks after a pause. He looks down, then up, not sure how I’ll react. Will I think he’s foolish or unworldly for not knowing? It’s the question I’m most often asked when I tell people I’m going away. The easy answer is that it’s an island just south…

Namaste Nepal: Anna is heading to Asia

My name is Anna Desmarais, and I am the kind of person that prides myself with a busy life – packing in everything from journalism interviews to Skype meetings and sports into a 24 hour time span. My lifestyle in Canada, however, has not prepared me for the challenges of getting ready for my 3…

Pre-Departure: Off to Malawi

Hello! My name is Sarina Bhaiwala and I am a Journalism and Human Rights student at Carleton University. I am beyond excited to be spending my summer as a communication and documentation intern with Uniterra in Malawi! I am passionate about the interconnectedness of human rights, development, social justice advocacy, and journalism. I think people remember…

Pre-departure: Halla Goes to Nepal

I am Halla Elnour. I am a fourth year student in the Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Major in Economics and a Minor in Law at the University of Ottawa. I am motivated by helping people, and it is always one of my main goals in my pursuits to further my career. I…

Pre-Departure: Ghana in Fall 2016!

Hello! My name is Anaïs Voski and I’ve recently graduated with a combined honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University. Born in Ottawa, I come from a multicultural background and was raised by a parent who works in international development — so I’ve always known that one day I’d like to make my own positive contribution to the…

Malawi: Are you ready?

My name is Jean Pierre Niyitanga, and I just finished my first year of Master of Journalism at Carleton University. With a background in journalism, I have interest in storytelling, and the roles of communications and information technologies in transforming people’s lives. This summer I will be in Malawi working with Uniterra as a communications…

Pre-Departure: Final Destination Malawi

Hello there!   My name is Natalia Ivaniv, and I just finished my 3rd year of the Global Political Economy Degree at the University of Manitoba!! I am so excited, and to be honest a little nervous, to embark on a journey to Mzuzu, Malawi! In just a few short weeks, I will be taking…

Pre-Departure: Malawi 2016

Hello Everyone! My name is Eidom and I’m a third-year student at Humber College, in the International Development program. In just a few weeks I will be traveling to Lilongwe, Malawi for my role as a Youth Economic and Entrepreneurship Officer. In this role, I will be working with a partner organization called Farm Radio…