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International volunteer departures have resumed!

Canada lifted its general non-essential travel restriction on October 21, 2021. WUSC is now in a position to resume international departures.

Empowering refugee leaders: Five exciting ways that WUSC is promoting refugee leadership

Since 2016, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of refugee representation in policies and decisions that impact the lives of refugees around the world. The increasing participation and engagement of young refugees in decision-making processes is a positive step towards a better refugee response. Refugee leaders and refugee-led organizations (RLOs) around the…

Roundtable : State of Play on Refugee Leadership: Young Refugee Leaders in Conversation with Allies

Event Description WUSC and the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN) are pleased to invite you to our virtual Roundtable Discussion, State of Play on Refugee Leadership: Young Refugee Leaders in Conversation with Allies. The virtual event will take stock of the state of refugee youth leadership globally and explore key trends, existing partnerships, best practices…

WUSC partners with Camosun and Canadian workplaces to welcome nine refugee youth from Kenya to British Columbia through HIRES

CANADA (Nov. 9, 2021) – This fall, WUSC and Camosun College welcomed nine refugee youth from Kenya to British Columbia, Canada through HIRES, a unique new employment-linked sponsorship pathway in collaboration with Tofino’s hospitality sector. Participants will complete a two-month hospitality management education program at Camosun College in Victoria before joining their new workplaces and…

Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam

WUSC and Cooperation Canada, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, are pleased to present the Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam. Innovation is at the core of both organizations’ work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more…

UNHCR Education Report 2021

Five Takeaways from the 2021 UNHCR Education Report In September, UNHCR published their annual Education Report. The report, titled Staying the course: challenges facing refugee education, focuses on key trends and changes in access to education for refugees. It is the most comprehensive data analysis conducted by UNHCR on refugee education, covering over 40 host…

Building a translation function within INGOs to bridge the gap between gender and finance: Lessons learnt from a case study of WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program

Gender lens investing is an approach that integrates a gender analysis into investment analysis and decision-making to better inform decisions and advance gender equality. However, gender experts and finance organizations often lack the capacity to integrate their analyses. This problem exists in traditional banks or microfinance institutions where women often still struggle to access appropriate…

Return to School

Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives in complex ways. Research shows that when a disaster hits, women and girls are some of the most vulnerable and highly affected, and this has proven true during the pandemic as well. Millions of women and girls have left…

WUSC Celebrates 2021 Fall Arrivals

Every year in August and September, members from the WUSC community across the country prepare to welcome a new cohort of refugee youth to Canada. Through our various sponsorship programs, these youth are given the opportunity to continue their studies at Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs, and now expanded to Canadian workplaces.  In total, WUSC…

How Jacob Pursued his Dreams Through the WUSC Student Refugee Program

Jacob has always been passionate about his studies. While growing up in a refugee camp in Uganda, he devoted a lot of time to studying to achieve his dream: to win a scholarship to study aerospace engineering at a university. He did well on the final exams to get his high school diploma, with an…

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