Students Without Borders®

Gain Experience Overseas

Students Without Borders® offers students and recent graduates of Canadian postsecondary institutions the opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with our local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a “needs driven” approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience.

What We're Doing: 

SWB is a partner driven program where qualified students spend 3 to 8 months in Africa, Asia or Latin America to:

  • work with WUSC and CECI’s local partners in their area of expertise;
  • gain a better understanding of global issues and perspectives;
  • potentially gain academic credits after successful completion of their placement;
  • share knowledge and learn from first-hand experience.

Visit the SWB Blog for a first-hand perspective from former and current SWB volunteers!

What We're Learning: 

Meeting local needs: SWB works closely with the local partner organization to develop job descriptions that are relevant to the local need and students’ academic interest. These tailored job descriptions help to ensure the right person is in place, to build the capacity of the local partner organization and will give the student relevant work experience.

Working in partnership: SWB recognizes the value of partnership and has been working closely with Canadians universities and colleges to establish agreements. These agreements increase the commitment of the institutions towards the student volunteers and improve the overall experience of the students.


SWB began as a pilot project in 2005 with four students from Trent University that were placed in Botswana. Since then, the program has quickly expanded and we are now placing students in 13 countries! On average, SWB places 125 volunteers overseas per year.


Click here to learn more about the SWB program and to see the placements that are currently available. For more information, please contact us at Any current or recently graduated student from a Canadian university or college is eligible to apply for a SWB placement.


Students Without Borders® is implemented through Uniterra, a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation program jointly managed by WUSC and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Students Without Borders® and Étudiants Sans Frontières® is not in any way affiliated with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is a registered-trademark of Bureau international de Médecins Sans Frontières.

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