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AFS Interculture Canada International Community Service Program
In addition to the goals of discovery and intercultural relations through the sharing of daily life with a family or the community, the program provides youth the chance to play an active role in an international social development project. Depending on his or her skills, personal goals and plans, the candidate will be directed toward a volunteer work project in fields such as literacy, child-care, health, environment, or aid to marginalized people.Participants should be between 18 and 27 at the time of departure and demonstrate an interest in the issues and challenges of international social aid and development, and be willing to explore this interest within the context of a volunteer work project.
Canada World Youth
The Youth Exchange Program takes place over a period of five to seven months. Throughout the program, you learn by: living and working with youth from across Canada and from your exchange country; acquiring practical work experience; actively taking part in different aspects of community and international development.
Canada World Youth Apprenticeship Program
Canada World Youth operates an apprenticeship program that places students between the ages of 17 and 20 in developing countries and Eastern Europe for six to eight months. Participants get hands-on experience in development. The program involves a reciprocal student exchange with participating countries.
Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation
Volunteer Cooperants Overseas CECI recruits professionals with a commitment, as volunteer cooperants, to building a better world. Volunteers must be available for a long-term commitment (2 years).
The EarthWatch volunteer program continues to be the most widely recognized area of Earthwatch Institute’s activities. Joining an Earthwatch Project often has a powerful impact on the individual involved as well as representing an important contribution of time and money to the research project. Earthwatch teams attract men and women of all ages–over the minimum age of 16–hailing from 46 countries, and representing diverse educational, professional and cultural backgrounds.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The FAO volunteer programme is designed to expand FAO's human resources capacity by providing opportunities for individuals to contribute their services on a voluntary basis to FAO. Those selected for the volunteer programme will be utilized in areas according to their qualifications and the needs of the Organization. No financial assistance is available from FAO. Assignments under the FAO Volunteer Programme are not designed to lead to a staff position within the Organization.
Global Service Corps
Global Service Corps (GSC) provides cross-cultural learning and community service adventures for adults in Tanzania and Thailand. Short-term (two to four weeks), long term (two to six months), and student internship programs are available. As a GSC program volunteer participant you may find yourself teaching English to Thai students or Buddhist monks, assisting in a rural health clinic, working in a nature preserve, teaching organic gardening in Tanzania, or helping Tanzanian women fight AIDS. There is an application process and fee for program participation.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable, houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter both locally and globally. Volunteer programs include the Global Village Program, Women Build and Habitat’s Environmental Initiative. These programs provide the opportunity for all people to lend a helping hand, and learn some new skills, while maintaining cost at a minimum.
Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD)
IICD offers programs in Africa, Central America, and South America lasting between six and nineteen months. They offer you a chance to learn and grow through studies, team work, training in practical skills, international travel, work in community development projects and much more. The programs will challenge you to work hard, to solve problems, to overcome shortcomings and to contribute to development on many levels. New teams of volunteers are trained every three months. The programs focus on different regions of the world, offering opportunities for work in various types of development projects.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
The United Nations Volunteers program (UNV) is the UN program that supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers. It is administered by UNDP and operates amidst growing recognition that volunteerism makes important contributions, economically and socially, to more cohesive societies by building trust and reciprocity among citizens. Every year some 5,000 UN Volunteers from more than 150 different nationalities actively support the programs of the United Nations itself and almost all UN funds, programs and specialized agencies.
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
VSO Canada is the Canadian partner of VSO, the world's largest independent volunteer sending agency. VSO enables men and women to work alongside people in poorer countries in order to share skills, build capabilities and promote international understanding and action, in the pursuit of a more equitable world. Volunteers work alongside people in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Volunteers work in the areas of education, health, natural resources, business and social development, technical trades, and more; sharing skills and changing lives.
World University Services of Canada (WUSC)
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a network of individuals and postsecondary institutions who believe that all peoples are entitled to the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a more equitable world. Its mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training. WUSC is a human development agency that works through the services of volunteers who are experienced professionals in their skill areas. These volunteers share their skills and knowledge. Placements are in the following general skill areas: Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Health & Nutrition and Child Protection.
Youth Challenge International
Youth Challenge International combines community development, health work and environmental research in adventurous projects carried out by teams of volunteers aged 18-30 years. Live and work alongside community members to build and improve schools, health posts and water supplies; organize Youth Skills Summits - bringing together indigenous youth from small villages; work with local biologists and park rangers to preserve and reclaim rainforest; provide key support for doctors performing sight restoring cataract surgery; travel with local health professionals to help deliver primary health care, water treatment and HIV/AIDS prevention workshops. There are 5-, 6- and 10- week projects with year-round departures.