Students without Borders Internship May 2020

Updated Aug. 31, 2020 (COVID Information/Update)
  • The Coordinators in the Career & Experiential Learning office are available for virtual appointments only and you will be able to schedule meeting times through Career Connections. If you are having difficulty scheduling appointments, then please email and we will set up a time for you. Once your appointment has been made in Career Connections, the Coordinator will be in touch with you to set up a phone or web conference call.

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Career & Experiential Learning has partnered with TRU World and Students Without Borders for this exciting opportunity. This position is Co-op eligible! It is also fully funded by TRU and Government sources, with the exception of tuition fees.

How to apply


Read the position-specific documentation

Communications  Youth Engagement  Research  Youth Entrepreneurship 

Deadline for Applications: February 5, 2020


Apply directly to Career & Experiential Learning

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Larry Iles, Experiential Learning Coordinator in the Career & Experiential Learning Department

email Larry

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 What is the Uniterra Program?

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer and cooperation program, jointly operated by CECI and WUSC. Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers.

 Uniterra Country teams

For May 2020 there will be 4 placement locations available: Malawi, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Country placement will be determined following the selection process.

 Eligibility for the program

In order to be eligible for the Uniterra program you must be either Canadian citizen or permanent resident, with a current permanent address in Canada . If you are a permanent resident, it is your responsibility to ensure that your status is maintained for the entire duration of your assignment, and be sure to find out what the implications of being outside of Canada for an extended period of time may have on your path to citizenship. At the end of the contract, the volunteer and any recognized accompanying dependants must leave the country of assignment and return to Canada. The return date or destination cannot be changed for any reason due to funder requirements.

 Arrival dates

May 2020. These dates are set to ensure that volunteers are arriving together and able to participate in the in-country orientation as a group, an important step in developing strong personal and professional networks in-country.

 Volunteer Benefits
  • Comprehensive pre-departure training. This training is mandatory for all volunteers
  • Support for visa application and work permit processes, and coverage for associated costs
  • Reimbursement for approved vaccinations, and medical insurance which covers malaria prophylaxis, and support in the event of emergencies in-country
  • Ongoing support from the local country office throughout the assignment and until your return to Canada
  • A modest monthly living allowance that is deposited into your Canadian bank account. This varies according to country and is not considered a salary nor remuneration for work, but is intended to enable you to maintain a modest lifestyle
  • Modest accommodation is provided
  • Return airfare to and from the country of assignment by the most economical means
  • Debriefing at the end of your assignment
  • You will be required to pay upfront for pre-departure expenses and then submit receipts to be reimbursed
 Expenses that Uniterra volunteers are expected to cover
  • Passport renewal if required
  • Regular medication for pre-existing conditions
  • Criminal records check. You must obtain a clear criminal records check that is valid within 6 months of going overseas.
 Medical requirements

Your departure is contingent upon satisfactory medical clearance and approval for travel insurance. This needs to be completed less than 45 days before your departure

 Pre-departure Training

The pre-departure training is mandatory for volunteers and will take place in Ottawa. These trainings generally run for 3-4 days, and associated travel costs are covered if you live more than 100km from the training location. This training will further your understanding of the Uniterra program and help you to develop skills, knowledge and tools to work effectively in an intercultural setting. While we will provide training, it is also important that you undertake your own research on the challenges you may face overseas and the strategies you will use to be successful in your assignment.

 Language Training

In some countries, formal language training is provided as part of the in-country orientation. Learning the local language can greatly increase your integration into your community and place of work. A worthy investment!

 Safety and Security while overseas

Working and living overseas can often entail a certain degree of risk, which varies depending on the country of assignment. You will be briefed on Uniterra’s safety and security procedures, but you should also undertake your own research to ensure that you understand the risks you may encounter. You will participate in an in-country orientation on security, and be provided with emergency contacts.

 Monitoring and Evaluation

You will be asked to participate in Uniterra’s Monitoring and Evaluation program including volunteer reporting to ensure continued learning in our work.

 Administrative pre-departure preparations

If you are selected as a volunteer it is important that the steps in the process are followed in a timely manner to ensure a seamless pre-departure process. We will work with you to ensure you have the information you need to fulfill the different requirements.

 Flight purchasing

Your flight will be purchased only after the completion of your administrative file and pre-departure training.

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