Surrey students Zambia-bound
Three Surrey residents were among eight Douglas College students to head to Zambia this week to work with non-governmental organizations.
As participants in the Global Leadership Program, Agata Boltrukiewicz, Lindsay Stone and Chin Jung (Aimee) Kuo will spend three months volunteering in community development, health care, social enterprises and other areas that mesh with their chosen fields of study.
The initiative is part of the college's strategic plan to give students more international experience, and opportunities to develop work skills that are not taught in the classroom.
Boltrukiewicz, a student in international and intercultural studies, will be working at SOS Children’s Village, an organization active in children’s rights and needs; Stone, an associate of arts student, will be working at Youth Anti-AIDS Network, which aims to create an HIV/AIDS-free environment in Zambia for youth; and Kuo, a bachelor of nursing student, will be working at Marie Stopes, a reproductive/sexual health centre.
Since 2006, Douglas College has sent nearly two dozen students to Uganda for 10-week field learning practicum placements with various agencies as part of their education.
It also established the Uganda Endowment Fund, to provide funding for social service agencies in Uganda with a focus on inspiring children, strengthening families and building community resources.
Follow the participants’ experiences.