Success Stories

Vietnam: Three Weeks to Impact!

By Karen Densky, Volunteer, English for Specific Purposes Advisor, Uniterra Program What can be accomplished in three weeks? That’s a question I asked myself when I accepted the Leave for Change assignment in Vietnam. My goal was to improve the quality of English language teaching at Saigon Hospitality and Tourism College (STHC), in order to…

Fighting for Food Change: Empowering Female Nutrition Advocates through International Volunteering

  By Nadia Lampkin, Volunteer Research and Policy Analyst, Uniterra program 58% and 45%. These are the staggering rates of anemia in children under 5 and women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Tanzania, respectively. The irony is that Tanzania’s agricultural production is both prolific and extremely diverse. But 15-40% of crops are…

Waves of Change: Women’s employment in construction in Ghana

The industrious sounds of construction echo throughout Accra. The Greater Accra Region is home to more than four million people, and that number is rising. Newcomers are pouring into the city every day, many of whom are searching for better opportunities. As a result, residential construction is booming. There is no shortage of work, as…

WUSC Alumnus Speaks at High-Level Meeting on the Importance of Higher Education for Refugees

  Last week, former WUSC McGill Co-Chair and McGill University alumnus Amelie Fabian shared her inspiring story at the UN High-Level Meeting on Action for Refugee Education. She provided a firsthand account of the importance of education for young refugees, herself a former refugee from Rwanda, speaking to representatives of organizations, foundations, and institutions who gathered…

Annual Leadership Meeting Hosts International Student Leaders

  Every year, young students from WUSC Local Committees at post-secondary institutions across Canada gather in Ottawa-Gatineau to learn how they can better support refugee integration, raise awareness on issues of forced migration, and run successful Local Committees. This year, we were thrilled to have our biggest turnout yet with almost 100 student participants representing…

WUSC Welcomes 40th Cohort through its Student Refugee Program

TORONTO, September 4, 2018 — 129 refugee youth will be starting their first week of school across Canada this week as part of the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program. Their arrival marks the 40th anniversary of youth-to-youth sponsorship in Canada through the program. The Student Refugee Program is the only program of…

Enabling Change through Education for Refugee Girls in Tanzania

Fourteen-year-old Congolese student, Joceline, carries her French and Kirundi language books to class at Hope Secondary School in Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania In the Nduta refugee camp in north-west Tanzania, 93% of secondary school-aged girls are out of school Over the last two years, close to 400,000 Burundian refugees have fled their country due to…

Supporting Girls’ Education in Crisis on World Refugee Day

The unprecedented global displacement crisis is only getting worse Every day, on the news, we hear about tragic stories of people whose lives have been forever altered due to conflicts and crises in their home country. The frequency of this news could make us immune to the seriousness of the situation. On this World Refugee Day,…

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

On this year’s World Refugee Day, join us in celebrating the achievements of our most recent Student Refugee Program (SRP) graduates. Over the past four years, 437 refugee youth were welcomed onto Canadian campuses through the SRP. Because of your support, many of these students are now graduating and taking the next steps on their…

One student’s determination leads to refugee sponsorship at a Quebec CEGEP

By Catherine Traer and Gisèle Nyembwe | This story was originally published by UNHCR Canada. Read the original here. [article in French only] LEVIS, Canada – Catherine Dufort, a humanities and languages student at Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, did not let herself be intimidated by the daunting task of convincing the entire school’s administration to sponsor a refugee to come…

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