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International Education

Organizations / Resources

Canada World Youth (CWY)

Canada World Youth (CWY) Youth Exchange Programs (YEP) are for 17 – 20 year-olds. Exchanges last between four and seven months. Half the time is spent in Canada and the other half in a developing country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean. This is a group program where volunteers live with local host families and volunteer at local community organizations, farms or small businesses. The focus is on social and development issues.

CWY programs promote intercultural understanding, increased awareness of development issues and personal and professional development. CWY offers a number of other volunteer opportunities overseas for participants up to the age of 30. Visit their web site for more details.

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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 International Development Agency (CIDA)

CIDA’s International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is an employment program for young Canadian professionals (ages 19 to 30 inclusive) that offers post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain valuable international development work experience.

The duration of the internship is between 5 to 8 months long. All interns are expected to fully complete their internship period. The internships are based in developing countries and CIDA’s Priority Countries. Each intern receives a stipend or living allowance, to contribute towards the basic expenses of the internship. This amount is part of the government contribution of $12,000 per internship. Funds are used for travel, accommodation, visas, vaccinations, briefing and orientation, living allowance etc. The interns may be required to share some of the costs of the internship through fundraising, their savings, domestic travel, language classes, or an in-kind contribution.

Not only will this experience contribute to your personal and professional growth, your sponsor organization will lend a helping hand in your search for employment once your internship ends.

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International Development Resource Centre (IDRC)
Student Employment Program

IDRC’s Student Employment Program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the operations of IDRC and acquire relevant work experience in different fields through on-the-job training. Positions for summer positions are posted each January, but be sure to check back regularly, as other opportunities may become available throughout the year.

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Unite for Sight 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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Students Without Borders/ World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

Through the Students Without Borders program, students are provided with an internship opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with WUSC and CECI’s local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a needs driven approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience.

Interns work abroad for 3 to 8 months, using their skills and background in a practical and cross-cultural setting. Many interns fulfill co-op requirements or receive academic credits towards their degree or diploma! By working with local organizations in the developing world, you can gain valuable skills and work experience while contributing to the development work done overseas!.

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World Youth Alliance NYC Internship

The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society.

The WYA offers living-expenses paid four-month summer internships in New York City. The World Youth Alliance is looking for leaders with a strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on society. Successful interns have been proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented and humble individuals with a willingness to learn; if you possess these qualities, if you’re looking to make a difference, apply today for the World Youth Alliance Internship program.

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Youth Challenge International (YCI)

Youth Challenge International (YCI) offers ten-week community development programs for volunteers aged 18 – 25, in Costa Rica and Guyana and six-weekleadership practicums for 21- 28 year-old volunteers, in Guyana and the South Pacific. YCI combines development, health work and conservation in adventurous projects carried out by teams of volunteers, who come from several countries and all walks of life. Living conditions are basic and work schedules are demanding. An experienced international staff team ensures projects are dynamic, safe and results oriented.

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