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The upside of overseas volunteering – Lindsay Seegmiller, Director of International Outreach for Students Offering Support (SOS)

The Toronto Star published an editorial on January 4th entitled “The downside of overseas volunteering”. It raises great concerns about the transiency and true benefits of international volunteering. I agree with the criticisms whole-heartedly; however, this likely sounds hypocritical given that I lead the International Outreach arm of SOS, which has roots in two-week volunteer trips to build schools. So. How do I sleep at night (or, at least reconcile that hypocrisy)? I use my […]


Why YOU should attend the Study and Go Abroad Fair – by Dani Carlucci

The Study and Go Abroad Fair is Canada’s largest international university and student travel expo, which takes place twice a year in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax. It’s an opportunity for Canadian students to meet with international universities and colleges who offer undergraduate, postgraduate, vocational and semester abroad programs. However, you can also visit the Travel Pavilion to learn about working, volunteering or doing an internship overseas. So whether you’re a student, or simply […]


Making a difference in Africa …

Adrianna Hansen, from Bow Island, Alberta, was the winner of the Youthink Contest – Where in the World would you Volunteer? – sponsored by Study and Go Abroad Fairs.  The volunteer trip was donated by Developing World Connections, and Adrianna chose to go to Kenya this April. We travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, with a high school group from North Vancouver, and then we continued on to the village of Maai Mahiu.  Our first taste of […]


Spring 2012 Study and Go Abroad Fair

Did you make it to the fair?   What a great circuit!  We loved meeting all of you who made it out to Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.  We had a great turnout and the universities really enjoyed meeting you. If you missed it .. don’t worry, you’ll have another opportunity this Fall!  The Fall circuit will be coming to the following cities: Vancouver – September 22, 2012 Calgary – September 23, 2012 Ottawa – September […]


Deciding to Volunteer Internationally – by Lindsay Seegmiller, Students Offering Support

There is a lot of speculation about the merits and benefits of international volunteering, and rightly so. This process of going abroad to help the less fortunate earns the volunteers no end of praise, well wishes and financial support from onlookers at home. However, an increasing amount of literature is arising that questions the inherent goodness of these experiences. Questions surface like, “What do you accomplish?”, “Who really benefits?”, and “What message is sent to […]


Congratulations to our WINNERS

  Congratulations to the winners of our Grand Prize Draw: Moira Richards from Toronto wins the two-week Beaches and Reefs Contiki Holidays Trip in Australia! Sara McKinnon from Alberta wins the eight-week Travel CUTS volunteer trip to Tanzania, Africa. Julia Zu from Vancouver wins a return flight to Australia on Qantas Airlines. Youthink Contest: Congratulations to Adrianna Hansen of Alberta who wins the two-week volunteer trip in Guatemala, offered by Developing World Connections.  


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