Volunteering for Development

Sustainable tourism, theme of the 71st International Seminar and key sector for development in Bolivia

By: Cécile Robert, International Seminar Coordinator, Uniterra Program Yesterday, we launched the 71st International Seminar. For the first time in its long history, the Seminar will be held in Bolivia and will focus on sustainable community tourism. Established by WUSC in 1948, the International Seminar is an educational gathering that offers students and young professionals…

International volunteering: Canadians are making the choice

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the generosity of volunteers and the many contributions they are making to improve the quality of life in communities across Canada. Canada is a country of volunteers. 60% of Canadians have volunteered at some point in their lives – no small feat in our fast-paced…

Reflections on Youth and Agriculture in Tanzania

The proud son of farmers in rural Tanzania, Stivin grew up gaining an in-depth understanding of the obstacles and opportunities rural farmers and producers often face in his country. Inspired by his childhood experiences, as a young adult he moved to Dar es Salaam where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development from the…

Volunteering in Jamaica: Helping local partners build capacity in communications

By: Lais Viera, WUSC Volunteer, Jamaica Volunteering in Jamaica has been a truly gratifying, wonderful experience. As a sovereign island nation, Jamaica has so much more to offer than just gorgeous beaches. Hilly, sleepy towns, magnificent mountains, beautiful forests, freshly cultivated fields, and many other hidden treasures abound, including a rich and diverse culture and…

5 Reasons to Volunteer Overseas with WUSC in 2017

1. You can make a meaningful contribution to global development. Volunteering with one of WUSC’s current development programs means directly contributing to positive change in a developing country. Volunteers support our efforts in ways that no other actors can, as they work alongside our local partners. Volunteer with MERIT to help government representatives and civil…

Tanzania 2016: Collaborative research on the role of youth and technology in achieving food security

  Summary of the Uniterra International Seminar Research In the summer of 2016, Uniterra’s International Seminar brought together a team of youth leaders and mentors from all across Canada and Tanzania to research the critical role of agriculture in Tanzania’s economy, from the unique perspective of youth. Agriculture is in fact the largest sector of…

How the University of Guelph employees are helping community organizations amplify their message

An interview with Stephanie Craig, Uniterra volunteer Each year, hundreds of Canadians play a pivotal role in advancing international development efforts around the world through international volunteering. Through Uniterra’s Leave for Change program, Canadian employees are given an opportunity to make a direct and positive impact in support of local partners in fourteen developing countries.…

2016 International Seminar in Tanzania

This week, Uniterra welcomes the participants for the 70th Annual International Seminar, an event held this year in Tanzania. It will bring together nineteen Canadian and Tanzanian student-leaders for five weeks of research and camaraderie. From July 14 to August 20 the participants will visit local businesses and farmers’ groups in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara,…

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