NCGC Northern Council for Global Cooperation
N A ROADMAP TO GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP for Northern Canadians
Northern Council for Global Cooperation PO Box 31701Â Whitehorse, YTÂ Y1A 6L3 www.ncgc.ca @northerncouncil
This project was funded with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada
About the Northern Council for Global
The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) is a non-profit organization made up of a network of individuals and organizations based in Canadaâ€™s three northern territories who are committed to achieving sustainable global development for people and the planet. NCGC takes a leadership role in providing educational opportunities and the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens. We seek to inspire northern Canadians by connecting people and organizations to the information and ideas they require, to take meaningful action and create a better world for all citizens. There are many ways to volunteer at the international level. This guide provides information on international internships, youth fellowships, as well as short- and long-term international volunteering opportunities (often age 18+) with nonprofit organizations. These opportunities are available to all northern Canadians who are looking for a meaningful international experience and the opportunity to contribute to global development. This guide also highlights northern Canadians and their contribution to sustainable global development. As a living document, the work of northern Canadians will be highlighted in future issues. Thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters, partners and board members for your valuable contributions to the Northern Council for Global Cooperation. Without your help, we would not have had the ability to successfully engage thousands of northerners in international development and global citizenship work. We hope this resource is a useful tool that continues to enrich your global citizenship journey!
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Global Citizenship Defined We worked long and hard to come up with a different term than the oft-used phrase ‘Global Citizenship’ for our guide. We asked colleagues, friends, and family for their thoughts; some provided alternatives such as ‘humans of the world’, ‘people who share a common humanity’, ‘citizen of the world’ and so on. Yet, while it is a buzzword, the term Global Citizenship is a fitting way to describe someone who endeavors to understand world events, challenges ignorance and intolerance in their own community as well as other countries, is inspired to get involved in local, national and global issues, seeks opportunities to take action against injustice, uses their voice, knowledge and skills to make a positive difference, and helps build a more equal, safer and secure world for everyone. In this guide we suggest ways of volunteering, working, or studying overseas; however, these are just a few options to engage in global citizenship. Global citizenship doesn’t need to take place abroad, nor do you need to have travelled to understand what it means. Sometimes the most significant actions take place right in our own communities. It is possible to address broad, global issues, while also pursuing local, on-the-ground realities — in fact, that’s what makes global citizenship most effective!
Ultimately, no matter how you define yourself, we encourage you to think meaningfully about what is equitable and just, to act and take responsibility, wherever you find yourself in the world. ~ The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC)
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INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES YOUTH Gain an international perspective and engage with global issues through an internship, fellowship or volunteer position.
Why Volunteer? International volunteering is truly a life-changing experience. While volunteer mandates vary significantly in their scope, duration, and location, as illustrated in the upcoming chapters of this guidebook, they all have one thing in common: it is rare that one’s life isn’t profoundly affected by an international volunteer experience. International volunteering is a catalyst for global citizenship. But don’t just take our word for it. The Northern Council for Global Cooperation encourages youth, career professionals, retirees – all Northern Canadians - to consider pursuing international volunteer work. Want to remain in your community? Organizations such as CUSO International offer e-volunteer opportunities supporting their local partners overseas from your home or office! Skilled-volunteer placements provide career professionals the opportunity to contribute to meaningful projects around the world, while youth internships are an exciting chance to engage in and consider different career paths and develop lifelong professional and personal relations that transcend borders, all while working alongside organizations creating change in their own communities.
We are confident that a volunteer’s time spent contributing to global development overseas will also have positive impacts here across the North. We believe we all have our own unique skills to contribute to a better world at home and abroad. Let’s go!
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INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES for YOUTH For Canadians and permanent residents, there are many modestly funded, skilled and entry-level international internships, fellowships, short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities. Funded by the Government of Canada these programs allow volunteers of all ages to volunteer alongside local communities.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (IYIP) (ages 18-30) IYIP Website The objective of the IYIP is to support sustainable international development initiatives proposed, in partnership with local partner organizations, by Canadian professional associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private companies. This program offers unique opportunities for Canadian youth to acquire employment skills, gain valuable international experience and engage as global citizens. The IYIP is designed to offer Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work.
THE VOLUNTEER COOPERATION PROGRAM (ages 18 +) Volunteer Cooperation Program Website The Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) supports Canadian organizations in sending highly skilled and qualified volunteers to developing countries to work with local partners. The VCP leverages the skills and expertise of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life (including retired and semi-retired professionals, youth and members of cultural communities in Canada) in advancing Canadaâ€™s development priorities.
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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH (IIIY) (ages 18-35) International Aboriginal Youth Initiative Website International Aboriginal youth internships consist of a four to six-month period spent in a developing country working on issues such as equality between men and women, the environment, health, education, small business development, and agriculture. This program offers unique opportunities for Canadian Indigenous youth to acquire employment skills, gain valuable international experience and engage as global citizens. In order to qualify, Aboriginal youth must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and possess a secondary school diploma (or equivalent certification) and/or equivalent work experience related to the internship description.
Learning about my own culture during this experience has been very meaningful. The more Indigenous youth I meet, the more I learn about different issues that affect all of us.â€? - Cassidy Mckellop, Lennox Island First Nation, IIIY Intern 2018 - 2019
Cory Nicotine, Saddle Lake First Nation, IIIY Intern 2018 - 2019, Nepal
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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS for INDIGENOUS YOUTH The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) & Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) Internship Program Ages 18 - 35 NCGC and ACIC offers a four (4) month International Internships for Indigenous Youth (IIIY) progam with organizations in the following countries: • • • • •
Nepal Costa Rica Guyana Kenya Cambodia or Myanmar
Gain experience on global issues including gender equality, environmental sustainability, heath, education, small business development and agriculture. www.ncgc.ca / www.acic-caci.org
International Internships for Indigenous Youth (IIIY) program interns Nicole Lawson, Tetlit Gwich’in Council, Northwest Territories and Shania Simon, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ontario (2018 - 2019)
CHECK OUT MORE INTERNSHIPS FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH PROGRAMS Canada World Youth Ages 18 - 26 Six (6) month internships: Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership Program www.canadaworldyouth.org
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Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Inc. Âge 18 - 35 Stages de six (6) mois: l’initiative des Stages internationaux pour les jeunes Autochtones (SIJA) www.centresolidarite.ca
Comité de Solidarité/Trois-Rivières Âge 18 - 35 Stages de quatre (4) mois: Tourisme communautaire (écotourisme) y promotion des droits économiques des femmes www.cs3r.org
I moved across the world from my home town Teslin ,Yukon to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From 300 people to 3 million people. I’ve learned so much
Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
about the world that surrounds us; so
Ages 19 - 30
many issues we all face on a global
Four (4) month internships in Uganda: Environmental sustainability, gender equality and improving Indigenous livelihoods through forest conservation www.janegoodall.ca
to make a difference when we work
scale. I learned the power we have together in unity. Autum Jules, IIIY Intern 2018 - 2019, Teslin Tlingit First Nation
L’AMIE (only available in French) Ages 18-35 Stages de quatre (4) mois: Art, histoire et plantes médicinales www.amie.ca
Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) Memorial University of Newfoundland Ages 18 - 35 Four (4) month internships in Belize: Conservation and celebration of Indigenous heritage and legacy within the country www.mi.mun.ca
Victoria International Development Education Association Ages 18 - 35 Four (4) month internships in Zambia and Uganda: Walking Together Program: www.videa.ca
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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS for YOUTH
International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) Ages 18 - 30 Six (6) month internships The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is part of the Government of Canadaâ€™s Youth Employment Strategy, which provides Canadian youth with the tools and experience needed to launch successful careers. This program offers six (6) month internships with organizations in various countries working on Government of Canadaâ€™s core action areas of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Alternatives Ages 18-30 Six (6) month internships
Technology and communications as tools for social change in South Africa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Uganda, the Philippines, Tunisia and Sri Lanka. www.alternatives.ca
SUCO Ages 19 - 30 Six (6) month internships Community economic development, sustainable agriculture, organizational development, agricultural product marketing and commercialization, project management, and more. www.suco.org
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Bow Valley College Ages 18 - 30 Six (6) month internships Child development, community engagement, solar tech, monitoring and evaluation, gender equality in Antigua, Dominica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, and Tanzania. www.bowvalleycollege.ca
Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) Memorial University of Newfoundland Ages 18 - 30 Six (6) month internships Environmental sustainability, marine studies, food technology, climate change adaptation, sustainable cities, gender equality in Belize, Tanzania, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. www.mi.mun.ca
United Nations Association in Canada Ages 18-30 Six (6) month internships International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) with United Nations Agencies in Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda, Laos, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. www.unac.org
Youth Challenge International Ages 19 - 30 Six (6) month internships
Innovate ME - International Youth Internship Program offers internships in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Thailand and The Gambia. www.yci.org
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INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS YOUTH Launch your career through an international fellowship with Canadaâ€™s leading development organizations
“In many cultures, knowledge and values reinforcing a reliance on the natural world and a deeply-rooted responsibility to protect and care for the environment were passed from generation to generation. Such knowledge and values hold immense worth that we need to increasingly embrace globally.” ~ Jodi Gustafson, inaugural Fellow, Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF)
Mount Taranaki, New Zealand
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INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS for YOUTH Aga Khan International Fellowship Program Ages 30 years of age or younger Eight (8) month internships www.akfc.ca Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique,Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The Fellowship offers overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years of age or younger. Each Fellow spends eight months in Africa or Asia working with agencies and partners of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Before Fellows depart for their eight-month overseas placement, they attend a month-long seminar in Ottawa, which provides a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required to contribute effectively to their host organizations. Three streams to choose from: •
International Development Management (IDM) Fellows benefit from placements in a variety of organizations, working in fields such as health, education, rural development, and civil society strengthening. Placements include positions in research, project management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation.
International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM) Fellows gain experience with an organization involved in microfinance or market development, to develop skills in the day-to-day operations and evaluation of these programs.
Young Professionals in Media (YPM) Fellows work as journalists for Nation Media Group, a leading media outlet in East Africa. With opportunities to report in print, broadcast, and digital media, Fellows gain the skills to work effectively in today’s global media environment.
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Engineers Without Borders Fellowship Program Graduates of college and university programs - average fellow age ~ 24 years. Twelve (12) month internships www.ewb.ca Thirty (30) fellows recruited per year to work with innovative startups in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. The roles are not only for engineers; fellowships available for tech talent, business and finance professionals, communications, marketing and fundraising professionals.
International Committee of the Red Cross Traineeships Graduates with a maximum 1 year work experience following degree. Twelve (12) month traineeships based in Geneva, Switzerland www.icrc.org Eighty 80 positions posted regularly in over 40 sectors Traineeships available in protection, human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian diplomacy, detention, communications, information management, information technology.
Photo: Owen Gould, Waycobah First Nation IIIY Intern, 2018 - 2019 Baringa, Rift Valley, Kenya
Since 1989, more than 500 young individuals have participated in AKFCâ€™s International Youth Fellowship Program â€“ an extraordinary opportunity to become a leader in global development.
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PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES Contribute your skills and time in support of global development efforts around the world.
INTERESTING READS! Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients by Jeremy N. Smith Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Lt. Gen. Roméo Daillaire
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid by Samantha Nutt, M.D. Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet by Carol Off City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
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Volunteerism connects people, Enabling them to work together to tackle the pressing issues of our time. To make good on the promise to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all, we need everyone to follow the lead of the current estimated 1 billion volunteers and make a difference in each of our communities.
â€“ 2018 State of the Worldâ€™s Volunteerism Report
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PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES International Volunteer Cooperation Program (2015 - 2020) Ages 18 + Length of internships: varied The Government of Canada funded Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) offers more than 11,000 Canadian volunteers from all walks of life, the opportunity to lend their skills and expertise to local partners in close to 50 developing countries. In partnership with Canadian organizations, the following volunteer placements help to deliver sustainable development results in response to the needs of local communities.
Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO): www.ceso-saco.com
Crossroads International: www.intl.org
Cuso International: www.cusointernational.org
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada: www.ewb.ca
Lawyers Without Borders Canada (in consortium with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights): www.cooperationvolontaireasfcibcr.com
Oxfam Québec: www.oxfam.qc.ca
Solidarité Union Coopération (SUCO): www.suco.org
Terre Sans Frontières: www.terresansfrontieres.ca
UPA Développement International: www.upadi-agri.org
Uniterra (WUSC/CECI consortium): www.uniterra.ca
Veterinarians Without Borders: www.vetswithoutborders.ca
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PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Terre Sans Frontières Dental, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Homeopathic Care Volunteers www.terresansfrontieres.ca Since 1998, Terre Sans Frontières has been sending professionals mainly in the area of health, into the field so they can share their skills. The goal is to become directly involved in improving people’s well-being while fostering the sustainable development of local competencies. Areas of focus include: • • • • •
Community Development Humanitarian Aid Water and Sanitation Education Health
Countries of focus include Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Haiti, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) www.unv.org UNV sends professionals with specialized experience to serve in assignments with a variety of UN agencies worldwide to support peace and development. Volunteers receive support from the local host agency in their country of assignment so they can fulfill the duties stipulated in their description of assignment. Assignments can involve contributing to technical cooperation with governments, community-based initiatives, humanitarian relief, rehabilitation and electoral and peace-building processes. Profiles in high demand include: • • • •
Development and project management Legal Affairs Political Science Public Information
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CANADAM www.canadem.ca Established in 1996 with Canadian Government start-up funding, CANADEM is an international not-for-profit NGO dedicated to advancing international peace and security through the rostering, rapid mobilization, and mission management of experts committed to International Service with the UN, other IGOs, NGOs, and governments. Positions available in human rights, democratization, rule of law, forensics, corrections. water, sanitation and more.
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada www.cdfcanada.coop CDF Canada is an international development organization building prosperity in communities around the world. CDF works with local partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish and grow community-owned co-operatives to help people achieve more prosperous, self-reliant lives.
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PROFESSIONAL SALARIED & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) www.doctorswithoutborders.ca Doctors Without Borders is a Nobel Prize-winning emergency humanitarian medical organization that has helped tens of millions of people since its founding in 1971.
Doctors Without Borders staff in Canada recruit medical and logistical personnel for field missions; raise public awareness of the plight of the populations we care for; and finance international MSF projects by raising funds. They favour at least 2 years of active commitment, during which time fieldworkers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. A typical Doctors Without Borders assignment lasts six to 12 months, though an assignment may be of shorter duration for emergencies or for needs driven by particular circumstances. Positions available include: • • • • • • • •
Mental Health Specialists Epidemiologists Pharmacists Operating Room Nurses Midwives Physicians Surgeons Human Resources
Health Promoters and more
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Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. They form part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This network includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies dedicated to improving the situation of the most vulnerable throughout the world. •
International aid delegates work alongside National Society partners to build local sustainable community capacity. Current priorities areas are Mother Newborn-Child Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Violence Prevention, Shelter, and Organizational Development and ongoing needs for critical support functions such as Logistics and Finance (6-12 month placements).
Emergency Response Delegates: The Canadian Red Cross maintains a roster of vetted and trained personnel ready to be deployed anywhere on short notice in response to international emergencies: natural disasters, conflict or smallerscale emergencies (4 - 6 week placements).
“Overseas working experiences can help us link local efforts to larger global issues and help us grow as individuals.” - Gabriel Ellis, Instructor, Yukon College and WUSC Refugee Program Board Member
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SPOTLIGHT on TRISH NEWPORT Emergency Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Trish has worked with MSF for the past 10 years in countries throughout the Middle East and Africa, starting as a nurse, and then as a medical team leader, a project coordinator, a medical coordinator and now as a coordinator for emergency response. NCGC: WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AND GLOBAL ISSUES? TRISH: When I was 10 years old, my grandma retired from being a doctor in Ontario and moved to Malawi, Africa to work. She sent me a letter every month, chronicling what she was experiencing. I was totally mesmerized by her stories and her experience, and I began dreaming about working in the humanitarian sector. NCGC: WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH INTERESTED IN WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT? TRISH: I would first recommend that they work in their own community and get to know the pertinent issues where they live, and I would encourage them to read a lot about current global issues. There are fantastic programs that introduce youth to global experiences, such as Canada World Youth.
NCGC: HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS AN INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OR WORKING OVERSEAS SHAPED WHO YOU ARE TODAY? TRISH: During nursing school, before I worked for MSF, I did a nursing placement in India for two months. This introduced me to some of the complexities of international development. Through my work with MSF, I have developed a much better understanding and appreciation of humanity, and my role as a human. I have also gained a profound gratitude for the life I was born into, for the community I live in, and for my health and well-being.
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NCGC: CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER OR TIME AS A VOLUNTEER OVERSEAS? TRISH: In May 2018, an ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and I went to the DRC to manage the project that used the experimental ebola vaccine for the very first time at the beginning of an outbreak. It was a very exciting time, because we finally had a potential new tool to help stop the outbreak. Being able to use the vaccine was a result of many years of hard work done by MSF, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of the DRC to develop the research protocol, so that the vaccine could be used at the start of the outbreak. The exciting part of this particular assignment was working very closely with the epidemiologists to determine where new cases would appear, and to then prepare those communities through information sharing about the disease and the vaccine. Figuring out how to use this vaccine and how to share information about it with the community really made the team of international and national staff feel that we were helping change the future of ebola outbreaks. That was incredibly exciting. NCGC: WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND THAT INDIVIDUALS LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER OVERSEAS LOOK FOR IN AN ORGANIZATION BEFORE APPLYING? TRISH: First, before looking into an organization, it is important for individuals to consider what skills they have to contribute when volunteering overseas, or look at what their goals are for volunteering. My criticism of some international volunteer organizations is that people go overseas to do activities that local people have the skills to do (ie. building houses). I would look at the values of the organization, to ensure that they fit with the individual’s values. Additionally, for anyone looking into an organization to volunteer with, I would encourage them to ask: What does the individual have to pay for? Are there hidden costs? Where does the money you pay go? Who is responsible for the security of the volunteer? Are there security rules? Is there a security evacuation plan, and a medical evacuation plan? NCGC: HOW DO YOU STAY UP TO DATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD? I read the BBC and Aljazeera websites everyday for the “regular” news, but I also regularly read IRIN, they provide independent and informative articles about emergencies around the world. Reliefweb also provides updates on emergencies. Their website also has extensive job postings for the humanitarian sector. NCGC: WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD? TRISH: While I have had the chance to see many amazing places and meet many incredible people, my favourite place in this world is home, the Yukon.
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Run for Life youth running program participants Mosoriot, Kenya
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SPOTLIGHT on RUN FOR LIFE
Run for Life www.runforlife.ca Run for Life (RFL) was founded as a Canadian based non-profit organization in 2002. For the past decade a number of Run for Life volunteers have traveled to rural Kenya to support community-based projects and to run with Kenyans! In 2012 RFL kicked off the Rift Valley Marathon, half marathon and four-person relay to showcase their programs and to give local runners from around the globe a destination marathon with a unique cultural link.
Rift Valley Resource Centre The Rift Valley Resource Centre, Run for Life’s base in Mosoriot, Kenya, gives runners and global volunteers the opportunity to experience Kenyan culture in a unique and sustainable way. This area is home to some of the most accomplished runners in the world. The Rift Valley Resource Center also facilitates a number of community projects that support education, health care, business development, water resources, art, music, and agriculture.
“We believe in community development over charity for individuals. The partnerships we have
with local educators, tradespeople, small business owners and women’s groups are the lifeblood of the Rift Valley Resource Centre. All of our local partners are invested in the projects and have gained invaluable skills, management and project development experience, opportunities to start businesses, return to school, get involved with local governance and make changes that are significant to the community.
In a word, if you want to experience true partnerships, make new friends, and have a meaningful experience, you will treasure a visit to the Rift Valley Resource Centre. Every visitor has a skill set to share. They can help you decide what you would like to learn about, contribute to, and most importantly enjoy!
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SPOTLIGHT on ECOLOGY NORTH
William Gagnon, Ecology North, Green Buildings & Environmental Advocacy Specialist and lead on the Northern Centre for Sustainability, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
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Who is Ecology North? www.ecologynorth.ca Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level. Their programs focus on five priorities: climate change, environmental education, water, waste reduction, and local food production. A common thread throughout all of the Ecology North programming is environmental, social, and community well-being. Ecology North maintains collaborative partnerships with a number of other local community and educational organizations to promote public education, sustainable living and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
What is the Northern Centre for Sustainability (NCFS)? Ecology North asks us to, “...imagine a place that transforms the North through innovative design, advocacy, inspiration, cultural reflection and the limitless possibilities of demonstration and education.” The Northern Centre for Sustainability is a living manifestition of the “Northernized United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”. The centre will be the first “Living Building” in Canada’s North – one of the world’s most stringent eco-building certification programs. The NCSF will be carbon-negative and energy, water, waste, and people-positive. It will be a hub in which knowledge will move between isolated Northern Indigenous communities, Ecology North, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Concordia University, and the University of Alberta. Learn more about the Northern Centre for Sustainability
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UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 17 Global Goals - 169 Targets
CANADA AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT In September 2015, Canada joined Members States of the United Nations in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a vision for realizing progress on economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. The Agenda 2030 also includes a range of transformative elements, namely a focus on leaving no one behind and promoting human rights and dignity; realizing progress within planetary boundaries and with respect for intergenerational equity; inclusivity, solidarity and participation; and transparency and accountability.
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NORTHERN ORGANIZATIONS NORTHERN YOUTH ABROAD: Northern Youth Abroad seeks to foster cross-cultural awareness, individual career goals, and international citizenship in Northern youth. They promote leadership development, healthy self-confidence and self esteem by providing life changing experiences. www.nya.ca
RUN FOR LIFE: Based in Canada and Kenya, Run For Life’s mission is to create, inspire and nurture learning and physical activity for the curious and open-minded. www.runforlife.ca
LITTLE FOOTPRINTS BIG STEPS (LFBS): Based in Les Cayes, Haiti, LFBS focuses on child well-being and development, family and community development and advocacy of children’s rights. www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com
HANDS OF HOPE: Assists children and adults in India and Nepal through the development of libraries and classrooms and in funding post-secondary education for Nepalese students. www.hands-of-hope.ca
KESHO TRUST: Based in eastern Africa and Canada, Kesho Trust works on conservation projects, conservation education, and supports economic and community development initiatives, as well as community-based research in partnership with academic institutions in Canada and Africa. www.thekeshotrust.org ALTERNATIVES NORTH: This social justice coalition provides a forum and a voice for issues analysis, popular action and social change and includes representatives from churches, labour unions, environmental organizations, women and family advocates and anti-poverty groups. www.alternativesnorth.ca ECOLOGY NORTH: Established in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level., Ecology North’s programs focus on five priorities: climate change, environmental education, water, waste reduction, and local food production. www.ecologynorth.ca
GWICH’IN COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL: Gwich’in Council International (GCI) represents 9,000 Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Yukon, and Alaska as a Permanent Participant in the Arctic Council; the only international organization to give Indigenous peoples a seat at the decision-making table alongside national governments. www.gwichincouncil.com ARCTIC COUNCIL: The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. www.arctic-council.org NORTHERN CANADIAN ROADMAP TO GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP 33
NCGC is a member of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN). The ICN is a dynamic network of provincial and regional Councils for International Cooperation committed to social justice and social change. Rooted in communities across Canada, we are leaders in public engagement at a local and regional level, and are recognized for bringing regional knowledge and priorities to the national level.
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This guide provides information on international internships, youth fellowships, as well as short- and long-term international volunteering...
Published on Oct 8, 2019
This guide provides information on international internships, youth fellowships, as well as short- and long-term international volunteering...