For Professional Development

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)

The mission of the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) is to combat poverty and exclusion; to strengthen the development capacity of disadvantaged communities; to support initiatives for peace, human rights and equity; to mobilize resources and promote the exchange of know-how. CECI offers Canadian professionals the opportunity to work in a number of fields including human rights and democratic development, and economic and social development programs. The duration and conditions of the overseas assignments vary, depending on the type of work and the needs of the partner organizations. CECI is active in Africa, in Central America, in the Andes, in the Caribbean (Haiti), in Asia and in the Balkans.

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Canadian Crossroads International (CCI)

Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) is dedicated to building a constituency of global citizens committed to voluntarism, international development and social action. CCI has been arranging volunteer placements in its partner countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean/West Indies for over 30 years. Working in partnership with local NGOs, CCI projects focus on the following sectors: youth/children, HIV/AIDS, basic education, sustainable resource management, and rural development. Placements and internships last from four to six months. Participants must be 19 years (18 in Quebec) or older to apply.

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Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

The International SerMvices division of Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) operates in about 40 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and in 17 emerging market economies in Central and Eastern Europe. CESO consists of 3,500 Volunteer Advisers (VAs), mostly retired or semi-retired professionals and executives who would rather share their talents with the world than sit around and watch the grass grow. Through CESO they act as mentors to businesses, human development organizations, and government agencies. VAs also provide the same services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada under the auspices of CESO Aboriginal Services.

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CUSO is an international development organization working with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and South Pacific. Overseas volunteers, called cooperants, work with partners in the host country for two years. Volunteer positions are posted in the CUSO web site and at regional offices. Postings give a brief outline of the position, what skills and qualifications are required and how to apply. Placements are in the following fields: communications, health, agriculture women’s organizations and the environment. CUSO works with people striving for freedom, self-determination, gender and racial equity and cultural survival.

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Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is the world’s leading independent humanitarian medical relief organization, providing crucial medical care to people affected by war, civil strife, epidemics, natural disasters and social marginalization. MSF has 18 offices around the world and provides emergency aid to populations in need in over 85 countries. MSF recruits volunteers who are flexible initiative-takers, particularly doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, administrators and logistical experts. The length of the individual overseas placements can be anything from a couple of weeks to several years depending on the project.

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Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Canada

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Canada is a partner of VSO, the world’s largest independent volunteer sending agency. Volunteers work in 50 different countries. VSO sees development as a two-way process – with volunteers sharing their own skills and learning from the people with whom they live and work. Placements are for professionals in education, health, natural resources, technical, business, social and community development. VSO Canada recruits volunteers between the ages of 21 and 65. Most placements are for two years. Volunteers work alongside people in poorer countries in order to share skills, build capacity, promote international understanding and action in pursuit of a more equitable world.

Unite for Site Volunteer Opportunities in Africa and Asia

Rolling Application Deadline – The First Qualified Applicants Will Be Accepted.

The goal of Unite For Sight and its partner eye clinics and communities is to create eye disease-free communities. Unite For Sight’s volunteers (local and visiting) work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in communities without previous access. The eye clinic’s eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers jointly provide community-based screening programs in rural villages. The clinic’s eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery. Patients receive free surgery funded by Unite For Sight so that no patient remains blind due to lack of funds. Volunteers immediately see the joy on patients’ faces when their sight is restored after years of blindness. These memories last a lifetime.

Volunteers participate in hands-on clinical service while assisting eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps, and slums. Volunteers are immersed in international health and development programs while providing eye care to patients living in extreme poverty. While helping the community, volunteers are in a position to witness and draw their own conclusions about the failures and inequities of global health systems. It broadens their view of what works, and what role they can have to insure a health system that works for everyone and that leaves no person blind in the future.

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World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) volunteers can now commit to both short and long-term placements in a wide range of professional areas including computing, communications, community development, environment, health, education and management. The range of opportunities has been further enhanced as a result of WUSC’s role as an implementing agency in Canada for the United Nations Volunteer Program. The main country partners for the volunteer program are Benin, Malawi, Swaziland, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Applicants must be over 18 and have a post-secondary education.

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For Faculty Interested in Student Opportunities

Partnerships for Tomorrow, Phase II

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada offers Partnerships for Tomorrow Program phase II which is designed to contribute to the democratic and economic reform process in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Krygyzstan, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Funding (up to $10,000 per project with the possibility of 3 projects a year per Canadian institution) covers travel and a daily stipend. Successful projects must demonstrate knowledge sharing, expertise building, and the possibility of sustained partnerships.

This program could be interesting for faculty and staff who would want to share their knowledge of good governance and economic processes with colleagues in these countries and who would be willing to travel for a short period of time

Pan Canadian Student Mobility Program

The Pan Canadian Student Mobility Program for Canadian Colleges and Institutes (PSMP) supports the development and implementation of pilot projects focusing on student exchanges between different Canadian provinces and territories. The program facilitates the development of institutional exchange agreements and the implementation of inter-institutional student exchanges.

The PSMP offers students between the ages of 17 and 30 and enrolled in a Canadian college or institute, the opportunity to broaden their learning experiences and develop a better understanding of the diversity of Canada’s post-secondary education systems as it relates to their own field of study.

Office Franco-Québécois Jeunesse (OFQJ)

This organization provides support to students involved in work/study stages in France. There are also opportunities for students to participate in conferences. Useful information is also provided concerning visas and insurance.

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Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ)

This organization, funded by MELS, helps with the travel expenses of students involved in study trips in countries in North and South America. The trip must meet the criterion of OQAJ; in particular, the objectives of the trip must include increasing the employability skills of the students involved. For the most part, the trips should be for students in the technologies. It is important to note the submission dates for applications.

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Office Québec Wallonie Bruxelle pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ)

This organization promotes exchanges between the French community of Belgium and Quebec.

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If you are interested in possible projects, please contact Judy Macdonald.

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