Western International

International Development

Western has a number of long-standing international development and outreach initiatives. In addition to these major projects, many faculty and staff both lead and participate in various international development activities each year. The Western community is proud to engage in these collaborative international relationships and to learn together with our local partners.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

Since 2002, more than 1,000 Western Students have participated in this unique service-learning program that encourages participants to "be the change" they want to see in the world. ASB now takes place in seven international locations and two Canadian destinations. Learn more


Western Heads EastWestern Heads East  

Western Heads East is Western's community response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The project has worked with local partners to establish disease-fighting probiotic yoghurt programs in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda through community kitchens using Western-based research. Learn more

Rwanda Mother and ChildRebuilding Health in Rwanda

Western has been working closely with the Kigali Health Institute and the National University of Rwanda since 2000 to redesign the training programs for nursing and medicine in Rwanda. Contact David Cechetto, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, to learn more.


Global HealthInternational & Health Equity Learning,
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The International & Health Equity Learning program is engaged in building capacity in education, research and practice for global health; promoting awareness of, and advocating for global health issues. The Office supports curriculum-based programs, volunteer opportunities and research projects around the world. Learn more

Tanzanian crowd

Poverty Reduction in Tanzania, Huron College

A collaborative project of Huron University College and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), this work aims to build the capacity of UDSM to develop stronger connections with civil society organizations (CSOs) in order to support and encourage their participation in policy making and monitoring processes for poverty reduction. Learn more

Student Based Outreach

Western students in specific faculties and professions have come together to establish international development initiatives and programs, many of which are long-standing and have had a sustainable impact in particular countries or regions.

Student Clubs

Internationally minded Western students participate in a number of clubs with international outreach objectives, including some that are chapters of international development, not-for-profit organizations. (For example, Free the Children, UNICEF Western, Right to Play, etc..). For more information or to get involved, visit www.westernclubs.ca