Participants of the International Seminar visit the Dzaleka Refugee Camp to engage in research on young refugee economic self-reliance. Malawi 2019 © WUSC/Mphatso Dumba.
Participants of the International Seminar visit the Dzaleka Refugee Camp to engage in research on young refugee economic self-reliance. Malawi 2019 © WUSC/Mphatso Dumba.

Volunteer internationally

Our volunteers share our vision of a better world for all young people.

Since our first international volunteers were placed in 1977, WUSC has provided over 10,000 Canadians with high quality, rewarding, and safe volunteer opportunities. Whether you are a recent graduate, mid-career, or retired you can give your time and expertise in support of development programs that improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for youth in developing countries.

Our international volunteer positions connect you to local partners in over a dozen countries across Asia and Africa, and the Americas. By sharing knowledge and challenging the status quo, our volunteers have helped strengthen hundreds of emerging and established organizations and enhance the skills of more than 50,000 people delivering essential services to communities around the world. What will your contribution be?

NEW e-volunteering opportunities!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WUSC is recruiting Canadians to e-volunteer with our partners in Africa and Asia. Join us by contributing your time and skills from your kitchen table to advance gender equality and economic empowerment around the world. Apply now to become an e-volunteer! Now more than ever, we need your support!

Trusted Partners

Trusted Partners

Our partner selection process draws upon our established global networks and our understanding of local contexts in the countries where we work. We prioritize partner values, mission, and sustainability to ensure you receive a rewarding experience with lasting results.

Robust Training and Support

Training and Support

Prior to your departure, you will receive training that prepares you for your volunteer experience. While in country, our experienced staff manage all logistics and can help you navigate linguistic and cultural nuances.

Accommodation and Living Allowances

Travel and Accommodation

To reduce the financial barriers of international volunteering, we cover your travel and accommodation costs. In addition, volunteers are paid a small living allowance to cover the costs of essentials while living in country.

A Rewarding Experience

A Rewarding Experience

By volunteering with WUSC, you will see the world from a new angle. You will gain a greater understanding of global issues, working in close collaboration with organizations and businesses in other countries. You will be embedded within established initiatives where you can make real contributions to global development.

Volunteer in Canada

WUSC Local Committee members participate in the International Forum. Canada 2015.
WUSC Local Committee members participate in the International Forum. Canada 2015.

WUSC Local Committees are collaborative, campus-based groups of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who support our awareness-raising efforts and participate in our Student Refugee Program. Active at more than 90 universities, colleges, and CEGEPs across the country, WUSC’s Local Committees make up the largest network of student groups of its kind in Canada.

WUSC believes in the power of young people to shape the world around them. With the right tools, youth can make a difference today and for years to come. By participating in a WUSC Local Committee, students are equipped with the resources, training, and experience to contribute to sustainable global development.

What Local Committees Do

  • Foster global citizenship and leadership by educating their peers and raising awareness on a range of development issues, reaching tens of thousands of people every year.
  • Provide postsecondary education opportunities for refugees on Canadian campuses through the Student Refugee Program.
  • Connect their peers on campus and in their communities with global development issues and international volunteer opportunities.

Local Committees Across Canada

Join a Local Committee

  • 1

    Check the map above to see if a Local Committee already exists at your post-secondary institution.

  • 2

    Contact [email protected] for more information and to get connected.

  • 3

    If there is no Local Committee on your campus, start one!

Start a Local Committee

  • 1

    Contact [email protected] to receive resources for getting started.

  • 2

    Register as an official group or association on your campus.

  • 3

    Set up an email, recruit members, and find a place for regular meetings.

  • 4

    Hold your first meeting and start planning activities on your campus!