Young Volunteers Program
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/or local counterpart coordinators 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.
Placements will be from May to August of 2017 and Young Volunteers will be provided airfare, insurance and travel expenses to destinations and receive a modest stipend which covers 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.
To read more about past VWB/VSF Young Volunteers' experiences, please visit the VWB blog site.