As an undergrad at the Université de Moncton, Campus d’Edmundston, Kelly Quimper decided she wanted an education that extended beyond the four walls of her university.
Through Students Without Borders®, Kelly headed to Vietnam last fall to work at the Hanoi College of Commerce and Tourism. With the rapid growth of these industries in Vietnam, Kelly helped train the students in “soft skills” such as prepar ing for job interviews and resume building.
A main component for the students was learning English. English language training was a responsibility Kelly was apprehensive about at first, considering French is her first language. However, she found interacting with the students on a daily basis put her at ease and helped the students gain confidence to learn and communicate. Kelly says she is a changed person and more engaged in development and cultural issues in Canada and overseas.
“Before this, I didn’t know if I was able to make a difference i n someone’s life,” she says. “You not only gain experience, but you become more aware of the different issues and difficulties youth face, and how you can help.”
Through Students Without Borders®, Canadian youth work alongside local WUSC partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, applying their education and skills in a practical, cross-cultural setting.