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Work, Internship, Study and Exchange World Opportunities Week Edition, Vol. 13. Issue 1. October 2015 A Magazine from the International Centre for Students at the University of Manitoba


The Global Colours Photo Contest Winners Viva Ecuador! Assumptions Tested Daily: An International Internship in Malawi Changing the Way We See Things: Service-Learning in Tanzania Student Exchange Profiles: Australia, Korea and Mexico The Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship: Nominate Today! PLUS YOUR GUIDE TO


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes� Marcel Proust

World W.I.S.E. encourages students to participate in exchanges, study and travel abroad, take part in internships, and engage in activities that expand horizons and develop global skill sets. www.umanitoba.ca/student/ics/wwise

The World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre is located in the International Centre for Students (I.C.S.) Room 541 University Centre, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba. I.C.S. & World W.I.S.E. Staff: Breanne Guiboche - Student Mobility & Exchange Coordinator Naomi Fujiwara - (on leave) Student Exchange Advisor Sarah Froese - Student Exchange Advisor Asha Nelson, Luis Castro - World W.I.S.E. Team Robyn Tully - Communications Coordinator Meredith Johnson - International Student Advisor Gitanjali Armour - International Student Advisor Rebecca Irving - Coordinator, International Student Programs Julia Osso - Intercultural Programs Assistant Miriam Chavez - Assistant to the Director Anita Bhinder - Reception Tony Rogge - Director

World W.I.S.E. Ambassadors 20I5-20I6: Shahad Abdulcazaq, Manvir Bhamra, Nolram Braun, Gabriela Carazato, Emily Cherlet, Sarah N. Fraser, Marie Gravoso, Natalia Ivaniv, Xiameng Ji, Hye Rin Kim, Alex Kondakov, Genivieve Manahan, Mahdi Rahimian, Amy Vine The (be) World W.I.S.E. Magazine is published in October of each year by the World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre and the International Centre for Students at the University of Manitoba. Submissions and photographs are always welcome. For more information on sponsorship or advertising opportunities, please contact: Robyn.Tully@umanitoba.ca

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4 Welcome to World Opportunities Week 2015


Change is constant in our lives! But so is opportunity. Check out the W.O.W. schedule for fall 2015 and find out what kind of opportunties are at hand, both at home and abroad.

6 Changing the Way We See Things: Our Time in Tanzania Four students from the UM challenged themselves to leave behind the cozy comforts of a summer job in Winnipeg and undertake an intense intercultural experience in Tanzania.

10 Viva Ecuador! Service-learning is a unique way to experience the world and make connections between your academic program, real-world problems, and your personal values.

I2 Assumptions Tested Daily in the Warm Heart of Africa Did you know that UM offers subsidized international internships in places like Malawi, Peru, Vietnam and Botswana? It’s true. Learn more about the WUSC/Uniterra advantage.

22 South Korea: The Land of Morning Calm Korea is a study in contrast: fast and furious, calm and reflective, dynamic urban lifestyles with tranquil rural roots! Its competitive vibe will leave you motivated and energized.

29 Epic! International Business Student Studies in Mexico and Spain Business leaders the world over rank “having a cosmopolitan worldview” as a highly desirable quality. UM programs allow for considerable opportunity in this area. Just ask Scott.

30 So What Exactly is an Exchange Program Anyway? The UM has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. Earning credits towards your degree while living and studying overseas is a great way to expand your horizons, meet friends, grow networks and position yourself for a global future!

Contributors & Photo Credits: Ferdous Ahmed, Zahra Baseri, Jesslyn Best, Meghan Entz, Faithe Espiritu, Scott Friesen, Diana Frailick, Lauren Howard, Alex Kondakov, Linda Lam, Paige Mueller, Asha Nelson, Hy Nguyen, Kamila Nurgaliyeva, Alana Robert, Jordan Smith, Susie Taylor, Amy Vine, Anastassiya Yudintseva Front cover photo: Amy Vine; back cover photo: Anastassiya Yudintseva

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Join us from November 3rd., to 6th.

World Opportunities Week 2015 explore, learn, change


very November the World W.I.S.E. Ambassadors host World Opportunities Week, a celebration of the possible. This year, W.O.W. takes place from November 3rd., to the 6th. Events are scheduled across campus and are designed to help you identify unique learning opportunities, either at home or abroad, that will help you develop skills and broaden your perspective. The week kicks-off on the main floor of University Centre on Tuesday, November 3rd., with a Student Exchange Fair that will feature information on many of the UM’s international exchange destinations. If you’ve ever consid-


ered studying overseas or in the U.S.A., here is your chance to learn more about how a student exchange program works and what the benefits are. If you need a little bit more motivation or inspriation, check out the student exchange profiles in this magazine. This issue features stories from students who have experienced the challenges and the rewards first-hand, studying in places as far afield as Mexico, Spain, South Korea and Australia. This issue also features stories from students who have travelled to Ecuador and rural Tanzania on the UM’s international service-learning programs, or who conducted 4 month research internships in Malawi, a country in south east

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Africa. These internships are subsidized twice over by WUSC/Uniterra and the UM. Contact ICS to find out more. World Opportunties Week will also host visitors from the world famous JET Programme, a fantastic way to gain international experience while teaching English in Japan. Hundreds of UM students have participated in the JET Programme, earning money after graduation and kick-starting their careers. Find out more about the UM students that have dipped-their-toe into the big pond and imagined themselves in far-away places. Hear first-hand about how these experiences have


affected them and helped them focus more on their academic programs, build valuable intercultural skills, and grow their networks. You can do this at the eXchanging Perspectives: Powered by PechaKucha night at the Hub on Thursday, November 5th., at 6:30 p.m.

Photo: Asha Nelson

But W.O.W. is not just about opportunities to travel, study, work, or conduct internships. It is also about opportunities to change the world for the better. And the first part of that process often starts with awareness. Check out the W.O.W. Calendar of Events on page 18, but in the meantime, perhaps you will join us for:

Between the State and the Polar Bear: Tourism and Economic Change in the North 12:30 - 1:45 307 Tier Building

Photo: Sarah Carson

Wednesday, November 4th.

Thursday, November 5th.

WUSC Mock Refugee Camp(us) 10:00 - 3:00 Mainfloor, University Centre Thursday, November 5th.

Voluntourism, Sex Tourism and Cecil the Lion: A Panel Discussion 1:00 - 2:15 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge) Friday, November 6th.

The Experiential Kitchen: A Taste of Central America Outside of the Classroom 12:30 - 1:30 417 Human Ecology Building Friday, November 6th.

Step Outside: Tips for Travel and Research Abroad

2:30 - 2:30 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge)

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W.O.W. is also the time to submit your best pictures and stories to the Global Colours Photo Contest (cash prizes! - details on page 27) or nominate a friend for the Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship. Just remember, there’s an opportunity waiting for you. 

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Changing the Way We See Things:

Our Time in Tanzania In May and June of 2015, four UM students travelled to Tanzania to take part in a unique intercultural learning experience called Badili Mtizamo, which means ‘change the way you see things’ in Kiswahili. The program is jointly implemented by the Office of Student Life and Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), a non-profit agency working in Tanzania for 15 years. Together with CPAR’s staff, Linda (Science), Melanie (Human Ecology), Jesslyn (Soical Work), and Diana (Nutritional Sciences), delivered a curriculum on gender, human rights, leadership and health. Working with students at Sazira and Kunzugu Secondary Schools, they used interactive games, role-play techniques and song, to motivate the students to learn about behaviours, attitudes and practices that influence health and equality in the high school and community setting. Blog Excerpt:


n Sunday we visited a farmer field school on Ukerewe Island, which reminded me that Tanzania is an ethnically diverse country. In Canada, we pride ourselves on being multicultural and being ethnically diverse. It is something that we are visibly reminded of daily. In Tanzania, even though everyone has the same skin colour and all speak in a language that I don’t understand, not everyone is the same. There are over 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania, each with their own unique customs, values, beliefs, rituals and dialect. When we arrived at the village on Ukerewe Island where CPAR was running a farmer field school, we were greeted by women


who engaged us in a dance, while making a high pitched noise with their voices, and wagging their outstretched tongues. Once we were inside the farmer field school, everyone broke into a song and dance which was a customary way of greeting guests. This dance could be identified as the visible part of their culture. But a less visible part of their culture, are the social norms and practices, such as the way that people use cassava to make ugali, a staple in the diet of these people. The farmer field schools have helped educate community members about the danger of arsenic in cassava and how this can make people sick. The schools help to promote different crops that can be used to make ugali, such as maize. Inno from CPAR

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also worked with the community to show them different techniques to optimize crop yields, such as crop rotation which preserves the nutrients in the soil. But growing new crops in place of cassava may not be easy or marketable, because people are already used to making ugali from cassava, not maize. The taste is different and people may not like it as much. Maize also needs to be grown, handled and processed differently than cassava. To address this, CPAR involves willing community members to run pilot projects to learn how the crop will grow, assess the yields, and allow time for the community to adapt and integrate the new crops into their lifestyles. Once the community realizes its potential, the projects are expanded by community members sharing

SERVICE-LEARNING “For me as a future teacher, it was a rewarding experience that will absolutely help me as I finish my degree and begin my career”

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Virginia (Education), program participant - 2014

the knowledge and demonstrating the benefits to other community members. The community is encouraged to pool the profits from the crops to purchase needed equipment such as a maize processor, hoses, and water pumps, all of which will increase the value and efficiency of their work. This process takes time and requires a staff person from CPAR to develop a working long-term relationship with the community. The hope is that - in the end - the community will be self-sufficient. Sustainability is the goal and that is exactly the direction they are headed. Community development work involves education, the building of relationships, and the consideration of culture. As part of the service-learning course that we take in conjunction with this experience we were asked to ponder what we think development should aim to do and why. I think that development work should see the assets that a community

has to offer and to work with the community members to realize the potential of these assets. I think that development work should aim to provide the tools and knowledge necessary for the people to create opportunities for themselves as well as the choice to make use of those opportunities or not. I think that it is important for development to be approached this way, because it puts people in the driver’s seat as active participants working towards the freedoms that come with development. As a result it becomes self-sufficient, sustainable, appropriate, and relevant to the lives of the people in the community. CPAR is an excellent role model of this approach and it was reflected on our visit to Ukerewe Island this Sunday in the respect and gratitude that the community had for Inno and CPAR. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to work with and learn from such a respected NGO and amazing team of staff.



find it difficult to summarize trips like this because even though it is over the way that I reflect on it will always be dynamic. I’ve experienced so much in such a short period of time that what I take from this trip in the future maybe completely different then what I get from it today. For now, this trip is motivation enough for me to continue working on my facilitation and interpersonal skills, to further develop my understanding on health in a cultural context, to explore more about my own culture, and to continue seeking out new challenges and experiences. 

Linda Lam Genetics Faculty of Science

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he first days in each classroom went great! We were very well received by both the staff and students, and a positive energy certainly developed once we overcame the initial shyness barrier of the large group. All of the students were eager and engaged, and some interesting questions began to break through. While I was facilitating a short concept-development discussion on “health” in general, several of the groups mentioned substance abuse sourcing from a range of perceptions. Some suggested drug abuse having a negative impact on one’s health, while others questioned how drug abuse had anything at all to do with health. In the second day at Sazira School, when we were in small groups having a separate conversation on discrimination and assertiveness, drug abuse was the first thing mentioned as we brainstormed types of abuse. I defined this as a form of “self-abuse” and we moved on to the target discussion of other forms of abuse, including physical and sexual abuse. Substance abuse is not something that we plan to cover in the remainder of the curriculum, but it is certainly interesting to see the varying opinions on the topic. I wonder if the students mentioned it because it is something they talk about in other classes, or if it is an issue outside of the classroom among their peers. Both boys and girls, between sessions at each school, had raised questions about cigarettes and drugs having an impact upon mental and physical health In either case, perhaps it is a worthwhile discussion topic in the future, or perhaps worth having a separate program to address these questions and clarify the disagreement among the students’ responses. We haven’t yet reached too far into our question box, so we will see where that takes us! I’m not sure if this is even an issue with the students in the area, or whether it simply came into the conversation because they heard these words in other classes. This is just a thought for future planning, especially since we are quite pressed for time with gender and sexual health as it is. More on this to come! I am very curious to dig into the anonymous question box we have set up, to find out which directions this will lead us. We will keep these thoughts posted!


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t is undoubtedly true that the greatest things you learn may come about while you are doing something else.

Our time in Tanzania certainly tested our problem solving skills around language barriers, but one of my favorite insights was the power of non-verbal communication. I have always known that body language is considered a universal language, but to rely on it in full speed was a new realm of significance. Especially in the classrooms, this was a key to building trust, and eventually grew into genuine friendships. The people we met were so full of love and compassion, which certainly enhanced these feelings. I think that more of what I learned occurred after I returned home, after reflecting or experiencing situations that re-surfaced some previous sensations. I remember struggling to put my goals and expectations into words before departure, or even in the moment while we were in Bunda. But I feel myself reminiscing every now and then. I feel the strengthened patience I have when I am working in groups at school, and alternatively, the impatience I feel when I want to stand up for something I am passionate about. I know these two particular qualities have grown on me since I have returned to Canada, and I am especially grateful for my Tanzanian memories that sparked them. For me, being in Bunda was more than an opportunity of a lifetime; it is an experience that frequently streams into my reflections to date. 

Diana Frailick Nutritional Sciences

Photos: Linda Lam, Jesslyn Best, Melanie Matte and Diana Frailick


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Viva Ecuador! T

his summer I had the wonderful opportunity of travelling to Ecuador through the University of Manitoba’s Student Life Service-Learning Program! My journey to Ecuador opened my eyes to the obstacles that can challenge students in Latin America. It also broadened my perspective on the human rights and development issues facing our world. My experience in Ecuador also touched my heart, because of the countless acts of generosity I saw and received from the people that I met. I will never forget finding myself leaving Quito, yet not actually wanting to leave. I was placed in a small school in a rural village, where I got to teach English as an additional language to high school students. The students were aged15-21, completing varying levels of high school. They had passions and ambitions – ranging from everything from a chemical engineer to a musician. They came to school everyday filling the halls with laughter, supporting each other through friendship, and, speaking more and more English. Just as we got to teach them about Canada, we too learned about traditional Ecuadoran practices, Spanish


slang, and the latest, hippest handshakes; there is something so beautiful about sharing culture. The students had immense pride in their heritage, for being a student, and for being able to speak English. It was really incredible. Ecuador’s beauty is truly everywhere – from the mountains that fill Quito, to the flowers that consume the streets, to the students that sat everyday in our classroom. There is so much that we can learn from one another that cannot be captured doing online research. When a student would share their story with us – anything from their experiences as a teen parent going to school, to explaining that their friend droppedout of high school, to telling us about how long it took them to get to school that day – when a story is shared by another human being and we look in their eyes and hear their voices, it is something that authentically captures the issues and the impact they have. But even more powerful than learning about these challenges is seeing the determination, passion, and hard work of these students – to live a life that they envision and dream of for themselves.

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For anyone interested in human rights, development, education, and gender issues, the Service-Learning programs offered by our university are a must! Our program included a visit to the United Nations office in Quito to learn about refugee issues, presentations from various non-profit organizations, English language teaching, and some very fun Spanish lessons. I found myself immersed in a beautiful country where I genuinely experienced love and generosity, and I find myself longing for an experience like it again. 

Alana Robert Faculty of Arts Political Science and Women Studies

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articipating in the student exchange was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have always wanted to go on a trip to Korea, but I never had the chance to do it since I was busy working on my nursing degree. This opportunity made my dreams come true, but was still able to complete my electives at the same time. I have met a lot of very interesting people, tasted Korean delicacies and went to various places where my favourite Korean TV shows and movies were shot. If it wasn’t for the exchange I may have not met the people who were strangers that turned out to become my close friends from the other side of the world. I have eaten Korean delicacies like Korean barbeque, kimchi, blood sausage and shaved ice desserts almost everyday. Of course getting accustomed to the language and norms are part of the challenges I have to overcome. Good thing I already knew basic Korean and also took the beginning class at Korea University. After a while, I was able to easily ask for directions, ride the subway, and order food at the restaurant. However, their social norms are quite different from what I am used to.

In South Korea, it is normal for college students to drink with their friends or co-workers at night. It is rude to refuse an alcoholic drink if offered, especially, from a senior. This caught me off guard on my first week at KU since it was the time of meeting everyone and the location is usually what they call “Chi-Mek”, a chicken and beer place. Although I got culture-shocked there for a bit, I learned to adapt with their customs easily. During this trip, I learned to be more independent and thrifty with my finances. My parents were not there anymore to wake me up for breakfast or help me clean my room. I experienced living with a roommate and clean after myself. The thought of it bummed me at first, but then when I was there, living in my dormitory felt like having sleepovers with my friends every day. If I have not emphasized it enough, this was my best summer yet.

way I act, and what I say or do reflects the place where I came from. Lastly, I realized that going through these exchange trips made me ponder that sometimes, as a university student, we become encapsulated by the four corners of the classroom. We sometimes forget that there is another world out there waiting to be discovered. Learning comes in different forms – from the people you meet, the places you go, and from unexpected happenstance that you will never know unless you stop reading textbooks and walk out there to see the world. 

Faithe Espiritu College of Nursing Faculty of Health Sciences

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(in the Warm Heart of Africa) T

his past summer I had the opportunity to spend 4 months in Malawi as a Research and Analysis intern with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Malawi is a remarkably small, but diverse landlocked country, located between Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, in Southern Africa. After spending a summer experiencing everyday life in such a complex, surprising, and incredibly beautiful place, I can’t imagine that there was ever a time I was unaware it even existed.

how engrained my preconceived notions about what life in a Southern-African country were. In fact, I found myself feeling quite embarrassed at the assumptions I had made. Daily, these assumptions were tested by the things I experienced and the people I met. For a country situated in a region that has experienced such debilitating colonial pasts, shifts in donor support and variable climate resulting in food insecurity, Malawi is a remarkably peaceful and friendly place.

As much as I tried to prepare myself for the experience, I couldn’t have truly known what to expect. Despite my efforts to keep an open mind, it wasn’t until I arrived that I realized

My official title was Research and Analysis intern, which meant I spent most of the summer researching out of the WUSC offices in the nation’s capital, and travelling to rural areas to meet and interview small-scale farmers. In


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particular, my research centred on the legumes sector, or those farmers growing peanuts, soybeans, and different kinds of beans and peas. Coming from Manitoba, there was something comforting and amusing about studying the ways in which farmers interacted with the same crops my family and I grow here at home in Manitoba. As a research team we were based out of Lilongwe, the capital of the country. The city itself is a beautiful but somewhat confusing mix of farmland, crowded and vibrant markets, upscale hotels and office buildings, and a large wildlife reserve containing baboons, warthogs and two lions.

“The experience gave me an illuminating and humbling look into the realities and complexities of working in development.” With a population of just over 1 million, the city has a warm energy to it, much like the rest of the country. While densely populated, in my experience Malawi lived up to its nickname as “the Warm Heart of Africa.” While living there I experienced a frigid hike up Mount Mulanje, warm kayak trips and fish and chips by the lake shore, an up-beat and energetic Malawian wedding, and friendships with my incredible Malawian co-workers. I had the opportunity to visit Dzaleka Refugee camp several times where I partook in the UN’s World Refugee Day 2015, and observed what everyday life is like for the 20,000 refugees that live there. This experience as well as many others showed me life is not easy for many in Malawi. Following the “cash gate” scandal of 2013, when then-President Joyce Banda and her administration pocketed significant portions of donor funding, much of Malawi’s donor aid has been suspended or diminished. According to some figures, Malawi ranks as one of the poorest, if not the poorest country in the world, and is in the bottom 20 countries in

measures of food security. Approximately 85% of Malawians live rurally, and produce 75% of all food consumed in the country. Because of the nature of Malawi’s variable environment, farmer’s yields vary considerably from year to year, and few have access to the proper agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizer, sources of transportation, farm machinery and technology, or any sort of processing material. Soon into my research I became aware of the poor growing season that had just occurred, and the reality of how difficult life was for many Malawians who had lost their crops to both floods and drought. The experience gave me an illuminating and humbling look into the realities and complexities of working in development. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to experience living and working in a different cultural context at such a young age and build relationships with friends, neighbours and coworkers. Overall, it’s an experience I would do again in a second, and a county that I will be visiting again, the first chance I get. 

Meghan Entz Global Political Economy Faculty of Arts Find out more about the WUSC/Uniterra internships at the International Centre for Students, or visit:


From left to right: Elephants on the Shire River; Meghan with Rachel Kamanga of WUSC; conducting research on the value chain and small-holder production.

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Winnipeg to Sydney, Australia

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which I am now much more aware of. Pushing my mind and my body to experience new things while on exchange allowed me to realize my limits are much wider than I ever believed.

This experience made me realize I have never given myself enough credit for being a strong, emotionally and physically capable, independent person. I am so grateful for this experience for making me believe in myself and what I am capable of. Being a sensitive and quiet person does not equate to being weak or a pushover,

Prior to exchange, I believed economics was a global concept taught virtually the same way no matter where you are learning about it. However, at University of Sydney, the professors used terms I had never heard before and used different teaching styles than I had experienced at UofM. It made me realize that economics is not a cookie-cutter subject, and it can vary widely depending on the background and experiences of the person teaching it.

believe all of my self-reliance skills have improved. I thought I would be a mess as soon as I arrived in Australia, wondering how I could possibly complete this experience and take care of everything on my own. When I didn’t have that initial freak-out, I kept waiting for it to happen. However, it never did.


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I now realize that my field of study goes much further than what I have learned thus far and it makes me excited to continue learning from different people each with their own unique experiences and perspectives. Traveling also allowed me to apply concepts I have learned in the real world and understand the economic similarities/differences for example between states such as New South Wales and Bali.ď‚Ş

Amy Vine Economics Faculty of Arts

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FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP & GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP Nominations will be accepted until December 11th.

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1st Place Zahra Baseri School of Art Istanbul, Turkey above:

2nd Place Hy Nguyen I.H. Asper School of Business France

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Viewers Choice Asha Nelson University 1 Tetouan, Morocco For more information on the winning photographs and to view other entries, please visit the World W.I.S.E. website: www.umanitoba/student/ics/wwise We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 contest. CASH PRIZES World Opportunities Week Edition





Student Exchange Fair 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 1st floor University Centre (Campo)

Teaching English in Japan: JET Programme 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge)



International Opportunities Fair

WUSC Mock Refugee Camp(us)

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 1st floor University Centre (Campo)

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 1st floor University Centre (Campo)

Between the State & the Polar Bear: Tourism & Economic Change in the North

English Language Centre Information Session

12:30 - 1:45 p.m. 307 Tier Bldg

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge)

Voluntourism, Sex Tourism, & Cecil the Lion Panel Discussion 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge)


The Experiential Kitchen: a Taste of Central America Outside the Classroom 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 417 Human Ecology Bldg

Step Outside: Tips for Travel and Research Abroad 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 217 University Centre (GSA Lounge)

eXchanging Perspectives: Powered by PechaKucha 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Hub (3rd floor, University Centre)

Sponsored by: English Language Centre Government of Manitoba


Arts Student Body Council University of Manitoba Students’ Union

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anjana Vijayann, World W.I.S.E. Ambassador in 2014-15 and graduate in Political Studies is now in Tanzania where she is helping to start small scale social businesses: “Our innovative social business has a two pronged purpose; to make money while creating impact. We train women to be sales agents and health experts and they sell health related products. Everything about this aligns with my values and goals and I know my experiences with World W.I.S.E compliments this experience.”


aniel Riak Mach’s life journey keeps us all amazed. He’s spent more time in more corners of Canada than most and has recently returned from a productive stint in Iqualuit to take on a new role at the City of Winnipeg’s Engineering Services Division. Where that takes him next is anyone’s guess, but we know that he’ll be smiling wherever it is.


stitwa Thapa is on a roll. In addition to his ongoing exploits in academia, student life and advocacy, this former World W.I.S.E. Ambassador is also making waves as a member of the UMSU Executive.


ilan Arte, former World W.I.S.E. Ambassador and alumnus of the Summer Institute for Student Leadership and Global Citizenship, is now the National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.

“I had the privilege of being selected as a World W.I.S.E. Ambassador and it was one of the best experiences ever! If you are like me and you are passionate about international issues, this is a great program to be part of ” Patricia Kumbakisaka, Political Studies, Faculty of Arts. International Centre for Students - Student Programs

The Intercultural Development and Leadership Program Now accepting applications for the Winter Session

8 week program; 2 hrs per week; starting Wednesday, January 20th. 2016 Open to all students, this dynamic and interactive program runs for 8 sessions each fall and winter term. Through a variety of group sessions and workshops delivered by ICS or guest speakers, you will enhance your own cultural awareness and develop intercultural skills that you can apply in diverse settings, both in and out of the classroom. You will also strengthen your leadership, public speaking, conflict resolution, and facilitation skills. Participants will build a stronger sense of self-confidence that you can take beyond the classroom to your personal and professional lives. The program emphasizes a multiplicity of viewpoints and celebrates the cultural richness and diversity of the campus!

Apply now: umanitoba.ca/student/ics/programs/workshop.html

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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS “The contributions of the SWB interns to the objectives of WUSC in Malawi cannot be overemphasized. They have played a very important role in strengthening WUSC Malawi’s partnerships with local organizations” Jacob P. Mapemba, WUSC Malawi Country Director.

Students Without Borders A WUSC/Uniterra & CECI PROGRAM

Up to five subsidized internships in Malawi, Vietnam and Peru will be available to qualified University of Manitoba students starting in May 2016. These 90-day internships are offered through World University Service of Canada (wusc.ca) and Uniterra (uniterra.ca), and are developed on a demand-driven basis where the final selection is made by the host agency. Internships are executed with local agencies in a variety of sectors including education, the environment, small business development, primary health-care and tourism.

“There are hurdles that you will need to overcome when you do an internship overseas. Putting yourself in a position where you need to test and identify your limits makes you a better person and it increases your awareness of the world around you” Vicki Latter, UM participant 2010 Dates: May to August 2016; or the fall of 2016 All inclusive cost: $5,000* - You may be eligible for financial support and bursaries Contact: Breanne Guiboche, Student Mobility and Exchange Coordinator - 204-474-6736; Breanne.Guiboche@umanitoba.ca The application deadline for UM students is January 15th. 2016 Samples of the kinds of internships that are typically offered can be viewed at:

http://www.uniterra.ca/become-an-international-volunteer/students-without-borders/ * Cost includes return airfare from Winnipeg, accommodations, daily living allowance, program fee and support services, mandatory health insurance, visa, Intercultural Development Inventory (I.D.I.) training, and the Extended Education course: “Transformative Partnership: An Introduction to Service-Learning.”

Photos: Left to right: Jessica Trent (Science) in Phalong Bay, Vietnam - Jessica worked in the WUSC Vietnam Office as a Project Officer; Vicki Latter (Environment) with her peers visiting Cape McLear, Malawi - Vicki worked as a Mobilization Officer for the Bangwe Youth Centre; Students Without Borders intern at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp where she worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service, a posting filled thereafter by Megan Halowaty (Kinesiology & Recreation Management) who taught English to refugees from Rwanda, Burundi and the D.R.C. The young man on the left is Mas, who arrived in Winnipeg in 2010 as a university student sponsored by the WUSC Local Committee.


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OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES International Centre for Students - Student Exchange Programs

Study Abroad for Academic Credit Australia Ghana Turkey Sweden Hong Kong China Germany England Mexico Finland Japan France The University of Manitoba offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit towards their degree program while studying at partner universities around the world. Students who are selected for international exchnage programs may be eligible for scholarships and awards, and may be able to apply for travel funds in their home faculty. The International Centre for Students manages exchange programs that are open to students from all faculties, so long as they have completed 30 credit hours and have manintained a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. To find out more about international student exchange programs contact ICS to set-up an appointment with an advisor or drop-in at the World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre, Room 541 University Centre, between 8:30 and 4:30 - Monday to Friday.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 1st., 2015 (for fall and winter 2016/17)

MY WORLD ABROAD Global career skills start here. Essential tips on how to find and get international experience, international jobs, and great careers with an international dimension. This on-line resource is FREE to UofM students, staff and alumni - just visit the following link to register: http://www.myworldabroad.com/umanitoba

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y exchange destination was “the land of morning calm�. This nickname does not reflect the realities of the Korean lifestyle. People start their routine long before the sun rises and you see them rushing here and there from dawn to dusk and throughout the night. The busy lifestyle was one of the things I liked about my experience in South Korea. Not the stressful parts, of course, but the stimulation and motivation that I got from watching them be so active all the time. I was amazed by their skillful time management, their veneration, and the diligence they demonstrated at work, at school, or even in their hobbies. Most Koreans work and study for unimaginably long hours, but they still manage to perform daily tasks and have all kinds of hobbies. I copied these traits, and found myself getting involved in all kinds of activities and devoting time to self-development. By the end of exchange I improved my Korean speaking ability and acquired all kinds of new skills and hobbies. For me, Korea has a great environment


for self-development. A culture of competition underlies the busy spirit of the Korean lifestyle, and I admired that.

culture it was heaven. If you are looking for a cultural storm, Korea is definitely a great choice as a host country for exchange.

I chose Korea as my exchange destination because I major in Asian Studies. Korean traditional culture always caught my interest and I was hoping to experience certain aspects of it on my exchange. But I did much more than I thought I would. I went on a field trip to a village in the countryside (where the first cooking book written by a woman was released) where we learned to make traditional wine and kimchi. We also tried a full course of dishes that were served to aristocrats back in the day and stayed in a 350 year old traditional house.

Many students come to Korea (to Seoul in particular) to experience its legendary night life. I have to say that it is something that you want to see and experience. Around 8pm, students stream out onto the streets to eat dinner with friends, have fun, and watch street performances. They station their instruments and equipment along the long and wide streets and perform art throughout the night, from music and dance, to soap-bubble shows and small-scale plays. Everyone goes home at 5 a.m. when the subway starts going again and the dynamic nightlife transitions into a no less dynamic workday.

In Seoul, I attended numerous cultural festivals, including the festival of Baekje culture (one of Three Kingdoms in Korean history). We were given Baekje style gowns and exchanged Korean money for coins that we could use at the traditional market. So, the moment I entered the area, I felt like I went back in time by a thousand years! For such a fan of Korean

I found the Korean university system not much different from here, except the grading system. In some classes the grading system is competition-based rather than percentage based. You can get A+, but not because you got a certain amount of points, but because you are in the

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STUDENT EXCHANGE PROFILE “My experience in Korea was fantastic. It was challenging and hard, but every struggle was valuable and unforgettable. Now, as I return to Winnipeg, I can sense the change in myself. I have matured and learned new things. Student exchange enriched my life and I want to tell every student considering an exchange to go for it!” top 35% of the class. This is very stimulating. The competition in class is so intense that students won’t answer your questions about the class or share notes with those who missed it. Some exchange students found it stressful, but I think that there are many good sides to this system. I am international student in Canada and I came from the country where competition is also highly encouraged, so for me, this wasn’t as shocking as for others. In Canada, I have missed this spirit of competition. My experience in Korea was fantastic. It is hard to fit everything in one article, but one thing that I want to say is that going on exchange was a great decision. It was challenging and hard at times, but every struggle or difficulty was valuable and unforgettable. Now, as I return to life in Winnipeg, I can sense the change in myself. I have matured and learned new things, and I am finding ways to apply this new knowledge and experience to my life and my studies. Student exchange enriched my life and I want to tell every student considering an exchange to go for it! 

Kamila Nurgaliyeva Asian Studies Faculty of Arts

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LD & LEARN TRAVEL/STUDY IN SUMMER 2016 Summer Session offers the opportunity to explore the world and learn about cultures and places in Canada and internationally, while earning credit from the University of Manitoba. Imagine visiting and learning Polish in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland, studying in the natural beauty of Banff National Park, or exploring the wonders of the Manitoba Coastal region in Churchill. You can focus on your area of study or simply select a course you always wanted to take – whatever your reason, travel/study provides the unique global experience that couples learning with travel. While academics are the focus of each travel/ study course, the cultural experience of the region and country is what enriches learning beyond the classroom. Each course, taught by University of Manitoba professors and visiting faculty from the

region, features coursework along with field trips and excursions that immerse students in the local environment. Courses range in length from 2 to 6 weeks, and allow students to earn from 3 to 12 U of M credits. There will be options to choose from in Summer Session 2016. Check out details for travel/study courses (in late November) at: umanitoba.ca/summer aTravel/Study For information on admission, registration and fees call Jennifer Riddell at 204-474-8019 or email Jennifer.Riddell@umanitoba.ca.


University of Manitoba 185 Extended Education Complex Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 204-474-6963/8019 1-800-421-1960 ext. 6963/8019 1-888-216-7011 ext. 6963/8019 summer@umanitoba.ca


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Asha Nelson studies Global Political Economy in the Faculty of Arts and is one of the World W.I.S.E. Interns at ICS. She is passionate about world travel and has recently spent time working and living in Peru (Machu Pichu - left and above) and in Bolivia (Lake Titicaca - right). She has also lived in various countries around the world, at various times of her life. She describes her love of travel as a condition. “When I get off the plane I feel challenged, I feel excitement. I love to dive head first into an unfamiliar culture and the unknown.” She looks at her travel experiences and knows that “they have helped me become who I am today by opening up new worlds and opportunities.” One of the most important lessons she’s learned about herself while travelling is that she is “a very capable and independent person who has good instincts, but at the same time there’s always much more to learn, and sometimes you need to rely on the kindness of strangers and trust other people along the way.”


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13th Annual World W.I.S.E.

Global Colours Photo Contest

Goals: To promote intercultural understanding among UM students, and demonstrate the benefits of international experience. Guidelines are available at the World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre, 541 University Centre, or online at: www.student/ics/wwise

Submission Period: October 1st., to December 1st., 2015


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PROCESS Attend information session in October or November Research countries and schools for September or January departures Connect with exchange alumni Submit application form by the round one or two deadline dates Receive full administrative support throughout the process

FINANCIAL AID Financial assistance is available for Asper students

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION Each business school teaches in English There are opportunities to take language classes if interested

TRANSFER CREDIT Students receive full course transfer credit toward their Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree


Students do not pay international student fees CO-OP STUDENTS Approximately a quarter of outgoing students are enrolled in Co-op

VALUE Asper students describe their exchange experience as life changing and valuable for their future career goals


Round One Selection Deadline: January 31

As an Asper student, you are eligible to study overseas at one of over thirty-five business schools in Asia, Europe, North America and South America during your degree program.

Round One provides students with the first choice of partner schools and potential faculty-based scholarship funding

Round Two Selection Deadline: July 15 Round Two provides students with the choice of remaining partner school opportunities

FOR MORE INFORMATION Asper School of Business International Student Exchange Program – 268 Drake Centre


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Tel: 204.474.6752 Fax: 204.474.7529 asper_exchange@umanitoba.ca umanitoba.ca/asper/exchange

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nternational exchanges are the epicenter of an exciting undergraduate degree. During my undergraduate program, I was fortunate enough to go on two exchanges, one to Guadalajara in Mexico and one to Vic, in Barcelona, Spain. I also went on a miniature exchange to Israel. Benefits from international exchanges are endless, so to keep it brief I will highlight just a few. For starters, going on an exchange will help you get you out of your comfort zone. Even the most mundane tasks, such as eating at a restaurant or going grocery shopping can become a challenge, especially when you are bombarded with languages barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliar terrain. I remember my host family laughing hysterically when I told them I needed “a rabbit” (conejo) on how to get to school instead of “advice” (consejo). Let’s just say my Spanish has improved tremendously

since then. These challenge and tribulations will help you grow as a person, and can be directly transferable to all areas of your life, whether socially, academically, or professionally. You learn how to adapt and you learn how to work with your surroundings.

If you have been thinking about doing an exchange - just do it. If you are waiting for the right time – it is now. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.

Furthermore, you will build lifelong friendships with people from all over the world. It’s a blissful feeling to know that you have a home away from home in many countries and cities around the world. When you study with others in a strange country, where you start by knowing literally no one, you put yourself out there, and before you know it you start to create meaningful relationships, some of which you never dreamed possible.

Scott Friesen Marketing and International Business I.H. Asper School of Business

Un Abrazo Fuerte! 

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Student Exchange Applications are now accepted throughout the year!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” Mark Twain


tudent exchange programs provide students with an opportunity to travel, get immersed in another culture, make friends with people from all over the world, and still continue to take courses towards their degree program. It is a chance to learn new things, be challenged, grow and explore. It is a chance to take a break from ordinary life and do something extraordinary. Students can go to any of our partner universities around the world for either 1 or 2 terms. During this time they remain UM students and pay their regular tuition to the UM. Some destinations currently available are Ghana, Australia, Hungary, China, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Mexico, and the UK. Many of our partner universities offer courses in English. The International Centre for Students has many openings for exchange placements that go unused every year. Students need to complete an application with 2 references, a


personal essay, a transcript, a photo and the application fee. All eligible students will be interviewed and their application package sent to a selection committee for approval. The selection committee looks for grades, good references and personal suitability for the exchange. Students need to have completed 30 credit hours, a GPA of 3 or higher and be accepted into a UM faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with our Exchange advisor to find an exchange partner which meets their personal, academic and professional goals. Students can help finance their exchange experience through student loans, bursaries, travel awards and scholarships. Some students work while abroad and some destinations have associated funding available. Our students always come back saying their experience was well worth it!  For more information visit the World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre! Or visit:

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The Student Exchange Selection Process Submit Exchange Application Interview Process Selection Commitee Nominates You You Accept! You Attend Pre-departure Orientation Prepare for Departure

Complete Letter of Permission Forms & Course Descriptions

Host University Application Forms

Apply for Awards & Scholarships Apply for a Passport

Host Sends Acceptance Letter

Buy Plane Tickets

Apply for Visa Buy Health Insurance

Courses are Evaluated

UM sends Letter of Approved Courses

Go on Exchange! Have Fun, Stay Safe, Write Us


Career Development Travel/Study Student Exchanges Internships Service-Learning Entrepreneurship Leadership

20I5/20I6 For more information visit : Student Life in 225 University Centre:

umanitoba.ca/student/studentlife/experience The International Centre for Students in 541 University Centre:

umanitoba.ca/student/ics/exchange Career Services in 474 University Centre:

umanitoba.ca/student/careerservices Travel Study in Extended Education:

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University of Manitoba Student Exchanges

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From the University of Manitoba's International Centre for Students and its World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre.

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From the University of Manitoba's International Centre for Students and its World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre.