Young Volunteers Program

Uganda Young Volunteer Nikki Sheedy engages in a friendly milking competition with colleague Wilbur Begumya.

The VWB/VSF Young Volunteers Program (YVP) is focused on training the next generation of animal health workers so that they will be better prepared to address complex public health issues and work in cross-disciplinary settings.

In this program, we focus on veterinary related students and/or graduates who are motivated and suited to working on global animal/public health challenges such as emerging diseases, poverty-reduction, and sustainable livelihoods. The selected Young Volunteers are placed in a team with their peers and work on an international development project with Canadian veterinarian supervisors and local counterparts for three months.  We aim to provide our participants with a unique learning opportunity that will arm them with the knowledge and skills to contribute in a meaningful way to global public health issues upon graduation. 

Students/recent graduates will fill a placement in country May-August 2019. The Young Volunteer Program includes: airfare, insurance, vaccinations, pre-departure training in Ottawa, and a monthly living allowance will also be provided to cover living costs overseas. Young Volunteers will use their skills to provide training and mentorship to local partners in particular to the youth populations within the targeted communities in order to increase local animal health capacity, and will also learn new skills and ideas to bring back home to Canada to enrich their professional and personal lives.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Young volunteer Program. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight October 28th, 2018. Interviews will be conducted between November 5th and 14th 2018.

Check out our Blog to learn about the experiences of previous volunteers or download the application form HERE

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