Creating Global Citizens : Impact of Volunteer and Work Abroad Programs

For several decades, a variety of Canadian academic and nonacademic programs have enabled young Canadians to undertake international practicums through volunteer and work abroad programs. More than 65 000 Canadians have participated in such programs over the last half-century. During the past decade, however, short-term placements have become the norm. Although it is claimed that such placements enable participants to develop a sense of global citizenship, this has not been systematically examined. Do such postings foster better cross-cultural understanding? Do they modify volunteers' attitudes, professional choices, consumption patterns and work ethics? What cumulative impact do short-term postings have on host organizations? This project will seek answers to these questions and their implications for Canadian foreign policy.

Project ID

103842

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

End Date

Friday, July 6, 2012

Duration

60 months

IDRC Officer

Mougeot, Luc

Total funding

CA$ 242,600

Country(s)

Guatemala, North and Central America, Jamaica, Malawi, Peru, South America, Far East Asia, Viet Nam, South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, South Asia, West Indies

Project Leader

Rebecca Thiessen

Project Leader

Barbara Heron

Institution

York University

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.yorku.ca/research

Project Leader

Barbara Heron

Project Leader

Rebecca Tiessen

Institution

Dalhousie University

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.dal.ca