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Volunteering in Africa FAQs

Q. I heard Stephen speak and was inspired by him. I’d like to take up his call and volunteer in Africa. Where should I go?

A. Below is a list of Canadian organizations assisting Canadians who volunteer abroad. While we cannot specifically recommend them, most are members of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) – an organization in which we have confidence and to which we give our heartfelt support.


CCIC Member Organizations

Canada World Youth | Jeunesse Canada Monde
cwy-jcm.org

Canadian Crossroads International | Carrefour canadien international
cciorg.ca

Canadian Executive Service Organization | Service d’assistance canadienne aux organisms
ceso-saco.com

CUSO
cuso.org

MSF-Canada | Médecins Sans Frontières-Canada
msf.ca

OXFAM-Quebec
oxfam.qc.ca

Voluntary Service Overseas Canada
VSO Canada is a development agency that works through volunteers. Skilled professionals are needed in a range of development programs, including many programs with a focus on HIV and AIDS. You can find out more about their work and the skills they are looking for on their website.
vsocan.org

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) |Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada (EUMC)
wusc.ca

Non-CCIC Organizations

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)
icad-csid.com

United Nations Association in Canada
unac.org

Youth Challenge International
yci.org

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Q. I am writing to see if the Stephen Lewis Foundation is interested in helping us send interns to work with organizations in Africa. We would basically need contacts at organizations abroad that are doing good work and could use an intern with technical skills.

A. For overseas employment and intern opportunities, we simply don’t have the capacity to facilitate connections with groups on the ground – that’s not really the work of the Foundation.  However, we do provide links to organizations which have volunteer programs in Canada or Africa above.

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Q. I am planning to do a 6-month internship/exchange in Africa. Do you have any contacts that you could pass on to me?

A. When it comes to employment and intern opportunities, we simply don’t have the capacity to to facilitate connections with groups on the ground– that’s not really the work of the Foundation.  However, we do provide links to organizations which have volunteer programs in Canada or Africa above.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Carola Meyer permalink
    August 1, 2009 8:38 AM

    One very fine organisation I know of here in Cape Town that does accommodate volunteers is The Warehouse – http://www.warehouse.org.za. It supports churches of various denominations in both rich and poor areas in their response to poverty and injustice. Aids is a major focus, as are orphaned and other vulnerable children.
    I’m not directly connected with this ministry, so please see the website for further info. Hope that helps!

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