Get to know Borderless World Volunteers
Who We Are
B orderless World Volunteers is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2003 with the goal of helping undergraduate university students lead development projects across the globe while contributing to the wellness of their own local communities.
What We Do
Borderless World Volunteers was founded to provide a link between university students and local development organizations in developing countries.
During the academic year, students identify organizations in developing countries who are in need of assistance and capacity building. Throughout the academic year, students work closely with the organization to understand their issues and co-develop solutions. In the summer, the students travel to work with the organization to implement the project. An important aspect of this field work is ensuring that the skills learned and programs implemented are successfully transferred to the organization to ensure its long term sustainability. By enabling students to have applied learning, we endeavor to build the next generation of leaders in global development.
- Provide an enabling environment for undergraduate students to identify and solve priority global development issues through collaboration, planning, field implementation and project evaluation
- Ensure that student volunteers work alongside local non-profits to build the capacity of those organizations to carry out their mission ensuring long-term sustainability and skills transfer
- Develop the next generation of leaders in global development
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How we got started
Borderless world volunteers was started with the goal of allowing students to travel to the very countries they are learning about in school, in order to get hands on experience.
"I distinctly remember my first International Development Studies class where the professor asked my peers a simple question - how many students have travelled to a developing country? Out of a class of 200 students, only 11 students put up their hands. I was shocked. For the next four years of their undergraduate careers these students would study the theories of global development without having field experience in a developing country. This realization spurred the formation of Borderless World Volunteers, an organization with the mandate of empowering youth for leadership in global development." - Farouk Meralli, Executive Director and Chair