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In 1966, at the age of twenty, I joined the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), one of the many volunteer organizations that sprang up in the 1960's to promote "international development." Outside of Canada, and often within Canada as well, the easiest way to identify CUSO was as "the Canadian Peace Corps" — after the civilian "army" c ...…
 
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Don’t miss this episode as Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development. Ian Smillie has been an international development practitioner, consultant, teacher and writer for many years. He has lived and worked in Asia and Africa, was a founder of Inter Pares and was Execut ...…
 
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Listen today to the interview with one of my favourite people in the field of social justice, innovation and change. Hear what he has to say about perseverance, measuring the little things and structural violence and why he believes money can be dangerous. Biography Veteran civil society organization executive director skilled in CSO capacity b ...…
 
Mauro is very excited to learn more about Peru and the work he will be doing.All the bestInterviewed by Alumnus Nareena Switlo ( Tanzania) Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO International, share skills and volunteer in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers, donate, share skills.www.cusointer ...…
 
Debo worked with District Community Health. Thanks Debo for your commitment and service.Interviewed by Alumnus Nareena Switlo ( Tanzania) Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO International, share skills and volunteer in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers, donate, share skills.www.cusointern ...…
 
Gregory describes his adventure and teaching at GTC Wamba teachers college."It was a worthwhile life experience"Interviewed By Alumnus Nareena Switlo on International volunteer day in Vancouver. Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO International, share skills and volunteer in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the C ...…
 
Helen has a great deal of experience in Human Resources and served a year in the Dispute resolution foundation as a Human Resources advisor and then with the Ministry of Justice as a restorative justice facilitator.Interviewed by Nareena Switlo ( RV Tanzania) on Inter4national Volunteer Day 2012. Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO Internat ...…
 
Sedigheh Minachi shared her thoughts on her volunteering experience in Nigeria. Her assignment was to research the need for Nigerian diaspora to come back to Nigeria to share their skills. She interviewed people in different states and traveled the country. She is completing her research here in Canada.Thanks Sedi for telling your story. Volunt ...…
 
Jim Tellenbach shares information about his assignment in Fiji. He worked with Credit Unions and Women's groups.Jim now lives in Victoria.Thanks Jim for telling your story! Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO International, share skills and volunteer in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers, ...…
 
Cuso International in Nanaimo. Left to Right. Jayde son of Jane and Dave Kalmakav-Wellb who served on Vanuatu in 1981- 1983. He had great memories of his parents stories. Cuso International Alumni Sue and Doug Creba that served in Botswana 1976 to 1980 meet with Charlotte Cameron, and Tom Cameron served in Trindad and Tobago 1967-1969.…
 
Wayne Robertson serves on the Cuso International Board. SFU Diaspora dialogues culminated in the launch of a book of diaspora stories.http://www.sfu.ca/diasporas/
 
With a Master's degree in Library Sciences, Rowena Koh took her skills abroad to Namibia where she worked as a librarian for 7 months at the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum. Listen as Rowena discusses her experiences in the region and how her work helped to provide education amongst parliamentarians on development iss ...…
 
After retiring with the Vancouver School Board, Max Adrien wanted to continue to put his skills to use by working abroad. Listen as Max discusses why he has chosen to work in North Eastern Rwanda as an education officer with CUSO International and how he is preparing himself for the experience. Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO Internatio ...…
 
From 1995-1997, Jamie Kneen worked in collaboration with CIDA, the Saskatchewan Forest Conservation Network and the Indigenous Conservation Network in Costa Rica on a community training and mapping project. Listen as Jamie discusses how he shared his knowledge and worked closely to the community in order to create successful environmental and r ...…
 
Toyah Howarth is a returning volunteer who spent from July 2010-March 2012 in Namibia working in collaboration with the Namibian Football Association and UNICEF on a project entitled "Galz and Goals." Listen as she discusses the importance of developing women's sports in Namibia and how her experiences impacted the lives of many young girls. Vo ...…
 
Rowina Koh went to Namibia for her 7-month assignment as a librarian at the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum*. With MA in Library Sciences earned in UBC, Rowina contributed to establish the basic structure of a library. Her dream is to build up libraries around the world in order to give people opportunities to read an ...…
 
As a professional psychotherapist, Jamie De Luce went to Tajikistan for a year where she worked to train local people by creating a health care support system to reduce child and maternal mortality among young married women. Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO International, share skills and volunteer in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pa ...…
 
After serving in Ghana for 13 months, Katherine Nicole is going to volunteer in Rwanda as a Gender Specialist. Utilizing her research skills, she will work with Plan Rwanda where she will monitor and evaluate activities related to gender issues. Katherine is very excited to meet new people and to experience a new culture. We wish Katherine all ...…
 
Pegi Furanna-McIntosh is going to serve in Ghana as a Teacher Support with Cuso International. She has worked as a teacher for many years in Canada and is currently serving as the Head of Department at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School. She is excited about her pending trip to Ghana and is looking forward to sharing her teaching experiences ...…
 
I met Peter and Debra in Tanzania at a volunteer conference. They had been in Tanzania living in the Kabaya area for 2 months. Kabaya is near Dodoma and Arusha. Listen to how a couple make their way to their assignment and how they feel about it 2 months along.Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during VSO Tanzania and Tanzanian 50th anniversary. Volu ...…
 
Barbara Curwen couldn't wait to get back into the field after serving ten years ago in the Ngong hills in Kenya with Cuso. This time her spouse Peter Stancyzyk had retired and could join her to also volunteer in the health sector.They are in Arusha near Mount Kilimanjaro.Hear about her assignment in Health.Barbara on is photographed at a specia ...…
 
Margaret had done a CIDA internship in Senegal before she came to CUSO International wanting to share her skills.She is working in Kigera district as an Agriculture Business and Livestock advisor with World Vision.An amazing lady with some great stories.Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during her visit in Tanzania in December 2011. Tanzania was cel ...…
 
I was so pleased to hear about Bairu's work in Tanzania in the last four months. He believes in and works in a collaborative way. Bairu is an educator of educator. Listen to his story.Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during her visist in Tanzania in December 2011. Tanzania was celebrating its 50th anjniversay. Volunteer for a better world! Join CUS ...…
 
I was so pleased to hear about Bairu's work in Tanzania in the last four months. He believes in and works in a collaborative way. Bairu is from Toronto and has recently retired. He served in Malawai with CIDA. He is now a teacher of teachers that serve about 31 schools near Lake Victoria. Listen to his story.Interviewed by Umeeda Switlo during ...…
 
We were fortunate to host our southern partner Theodros Belew from Ethiopia for a week in Vancouver. Thedoros is the Director of teacher and education leader directorate in Ethiopia.Access to education is increasing in Ethiopia; however the quality of education has not improved as much. Theodros explains how international volunteers contribute ...…
 
Shimpei Chihara volunteered in Hanoi, Vietnam as an Organization Development Advisor for a local NGO that worked towards HIV/AIDS prevention. Shimpei finished his 2 year project objectives in only one year. He quickly recognized that the transgender people of Hanoi were often unrepresented and as such, began a new project for the transgender pe ...…
 
Lorne Lewis voluntered in Bostwana from 1972 to 1975. As an accomplished business man and mechanic in Victoria, he was sick and tired of the usual day to day life. After he sold his business, he decided he needed something new. Lewis moved to Bostwana for three years where he taught and trained young mechanics. Volunteer for a better world! Joi ...…
 
I met Carly at our In Country Training in Rwanda. We learned so much about the country, language, history, people and about the disability and education programs. Carly is from Toronto. Good luck on your assignment! Volunteer for a better world! Join CUSO-VSO, share skills and volunteer in 43 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin Americ ...…
 
I am in Kigali Rwanda working as a fundraising advisor to 8 disability groups. I met Sam Badege and others that are members of NOUSPR is Kigali. They have a small social enterprise organization that makes and sells handicrafts to support their work. Please contact umeeda.switlo@cuso-vso.org if you wish to buy some of these crafts.NOUSPR is comp ...…
 
Vasile volunteered in Kenema, the eastern portion of Sierra Leone as a rural engineer. She worked with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help improve the rice production for some of the poorest farmers in Sierra Leone and anticipates that the production of the rice will increase in the next three years. Though the pr ...…
 
Paul volunteered his civil engineering skills for rural water supply projects in Northeast Thailand. Paul found that his biggest challenge was to work in Thai language. He met his wife at his placement, who was volunteering with the Peace Corps. He has returned to Thailand three times with his family and feels that it is most gratifying to go b ...…
 
Kasia volunteered as a documentation advisor in a small town, 2 hours north of Nairobi. Her main roles included documenting files, organizing data, creating evaluation and monitoring tools, closing and starting up projects and other administrative tasks. Dissatisfied by the office work, Kasai felt that she needed to be more involved in the comm ...…
 
Marian is retired after a career in education that included teaching at secondary and post secondary levels, conselling and coordinating programs in social justice at the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. She has just completed a year of volunteering at a teachers' college in the the Northeastern Highlands of Ethiopia. After a visit home t ...…
 
Ugen is from Bhutan and just graduated from Quest University in British Columbia. She studied International Development with a focus on child rights and child protection. She is currently an intern at CUSO-VSO West in hopes to make connections and learn more about public relations and development issues. She hopes to return to Bhutan one day an ...…
 
Umeeda Switlo interviews her new replacement as she prepares to leave on assignment in Rwanda for 3 months. Dara Parker talks about her volunteer experience in Lesotho, her experiences on the Ship for World Youth, and her work with the United Nations Association in Canada. Dara reviews the upcoming public engagement events happening over the fa ...…
 
Wayne went to Thailand as a CUSO volunteer when he was 21 years old. He taught English in a Teachers College, in a small village south of Bangkok. After his service with CUSO, he stayed for 4 more months to build a school. He went back 40 years later and the building was still there. He also had the chance to see some of his students again. He ...…
 
Bert volunteered in Botswana working at “The southern rural development association”. He really enjoyed living with the local community and learning from them. He was open-minded and learned from people who have different ways of thinking. He kept volunteering in British Columbia when he came back from Africa. He now works with First Nations co ...…
 
Lillian had a degree in library science and Bruce had just graduated from political sciences when they decided to volunteer overseas. They ended up teaching English in Ghana in a small town. They fell in love with the country and stayed there 6 years. During those years, they learnt how to work with other cultures. They have worked in community ...…
 
Don and Darleen taught 2 years in the Women Training Teaching College in Tamali. During the second year, Darleen also organized the new library and assumed the role of the librarian. They learnt a lot about the Ghanaian culture and that gave them more perspectives. This experience influenced the way they decided to live their lives. Listen to t ...…
 
Judy and Pat's son went to Bolivia with Canada World Youth for 3 month. This experience influenced them to apply for a CUSO-VSO placement overseas. Judy's expertise is in Human Resources and Pat has an industry background and now works with the government in engineering. They are currently going through the recruitment process. Both work for th ...…
 
Margaret went to Nigeria as a Physiotherapist and occupational therapist. She worked in a leprosy hospital in the North East of the country. She was trained in the Leprosy hospital of Louisiana before going on assignment. Even if it was a challenging placement, Margaret shares amazing memories and story-telling of her journey. Margaret once ran ...…
 
Mary and Bruce were already very involved in their community in Saskatoon and very interested in International Development when they decided to volunteer with CUSO. Bruce was working in forestry and resources management. Mary first worked in disability and then in a public primary health care service. They were both working in social justice th ...…
 
Calvin was an electrical inspector for the province of BC before volunteering with CUSO-VSO. In Zanzibar, he taught construction and electricity in a college. Evelyn ended up working in an international school, teaching English and music. They learnt Swahili and were very interested in all the cultural aspect of Tanzania. Calvin and Evelyn reti ...…
 
Trevor served with CUSO in Tanzania near Arusha at the Matone farming training facility. He served with his father, John Chandler. Trevor had a PhD in Biology and his father was a professional bee keeper. Brought in Lillooet they shared their bee keeping skills. Trevor has a fabulous organic farm and is well known in the community.Trevor is mor ...…
 
Wayne had just graduated in Civil engineering form the University of Toronto when he applied to serve with CUSO-VSO. He worked with the Ministry of Public works in water and draining section. He had a Ugandan Cheif engineer which was still very unusual at this time. His group mostly worked in the bush to extend the water's installation. Wayne w ...…
 
Veena was already working in international development in Ottawa before serving oversea with CUSO-VSO. In Tanzania she worked with a non-profit called “Education rights” which is working to reform the education system in Tanazania. She helped with publications to inform the public. But she enjoyed her time in Dar es Salaam. Volunteer for a bett ...…
 
Sharon and Ken decided to volunteer with CUSO to do something for the world. Ken worked in the agriculture mechanization division. He supervised the maintenance of the project's equipment to help the mechanization of the agriculture in Uganda. At the same time he was doing capacity building training. Sharon was a primary school teacher. They se ...…
 
Roy taught in High school in a little town in the North of Lagos. After volunteering he worked with international students at the University of Toronto. Roy wanted to go back to work overseas. He was the field staff officer in Uganda for several years. He was networking with the government and local non-profit to find good placement for CUSO-VS ...…
 
Melvin met his wife Philipa in Guyana. They were both teaching mathematics in the same school. Melvin remembers the warmness of Caribbean people. After this experience they went to New York. Philippa finished her PhD and Melvin worked at Wall Street. They may volunteer again in Guyana with CUSO-VSO. Another CUSO-VSO match in the field. Voluntee ...…
 
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