University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
As part of your 4th year of study, you can spend two terms working with a local development organization or project in a developing country. This experience will allow you to engage your passion and apply your classroom knowledge to practical action!
|Minimum average for core International Development (INDEV) courses||70%|
|Minimum overall average for courses||65%|
|Course work||All courses completed|
|Medical exam||To ensure you are physically and mentally fit for living and working overseas|
Please note: International Development (INDEV) placements will be identified and arranged for you by St. Paul’s University College and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). There are extra costs for the placement courses, such as return airfare, visas, and living expenses.
- Burkina Faso
Possible project types:
- developing income generation projects for urban or rural poor
- conducting an environmental impact assessment or survey
- creating a marketing or small business development plan
- developing urban services such as microfinance or clean water
- helping communities adapt to climate change
- working with industry on environmental sustainability
- addressing social challenges such as trafficking of women or HIV/AIDS
The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and School of Environment, Enterprise and Development has partnered with St. Paul’s University College and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to provide International Development (INDEV) students with eight months of hands-on experience in international development.
To meet the educational goals of the program, you will be matched to a field placement that is designed to help you develop particular skills and contribute to sustainable development within selected geographical areas or communities. Availability of placements may vary from year to year depending upon the needs of local partners. Final matching of students to placements is subject to the approval of the program, WUSC and local partners.
Students are placed only with organizations that are:
- Capable of providing students with a safe and secure working and living environment
- Open to collaboration and innovation
- Participatory and ethical
- Focused on measurable and lasting impact (i.e., social, environmental, economic); and
- Engaged with local communities in developing practical solutions to environmental and development challenges
World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
One of Canada’s leading development agencies, WUSC has a long term presence in Africa, Asia and South America and has developed expertise in handling student volunteers and developing lasting partnerships with local organizations. By sending student and professional volunteers overseas through its programs Students Without Borders and Uniterra, WUSC works to promote human development and reduce poverty through innovative partnerships.
INDEV works with WUSC in Ottawa and its offices in developing countries to identify placements that meet the educational goals of the INDEV program, and then matches students with local partners/mandates. One of the key objectives of the program is that selected development projects and/or partners will have a lasting positive impact on local people, their environment, and economies, aided by the placement of INDEV students.
INDEV travel policy
Students are required to travel with their group to the country of field placement on dates determined by the WUSC field offices and INDEV. Students must depart and return to Toronto Pearson Airport (exceptions may apply to international students residing outside Canada). Departure will typically be during the first week of September returning to the University of Waterloo campus last week of April. Students pay WUSC an estimated cost of return airfare and WUSC then arranges tickets for each student by group. Frequent flyer points cannot be applied to the purchase of student tickets. WUSC works with a reputable travel agency and makes every effort to keep travel costs low for students while minimizing the risk of travel delays and other disruptions.