WSIEP is designed to offer full-time Western staff the opportunity to participate in a job-shadow experience at one of Western’s partner institutions outside of Canada. Leave for Change is a volunteerism program that allows Western employees to gain experience, exposure to social/development issues and take a key role in helping to make a difference internationally by providing consultation and advice.
WSIEP participants are eligible to have their participation in the program funded by Western. All fundable proposals are subject to the availability of funds and it is expected that only a limited number of proposals can be funded each year. Each approved WSIEP participant will be supported to a maximum of $5,000 to help with costs for economy air travel, required ground transportation, accommodation, meal per diems, and immigration/visa costs.
The decision to take vacation time or a leave of absence should be made by the participant in agreement with their respective manager or supervisor, pending approval from Western Human Resources.
Only applicants who have express written consent from their manager or supervisor may participate in WSIEP.
Yes, only full-time Western staff are eligible to participate in WSIEP.
Western will only support your involvement in this program and will not be responsible for any one accompanying you. Participation in this program and contact with the host institution is for the selected full-time Western staff member only.
Your flight itinerary should be reviewed and approved by WSIEP. If changes result in additional costs, Western will not provide funding to cover those costs or extensions. As with any vacation or leave, additional time would need to be approved by your supervisor. Emergency contact and arrangements outside the program parameters are your responsibility.
After advancing from the interview stage and after you and WSIEP jointly confirm a host institution, you will be asked for the budget submission.