L4C is a volunteerism program that brings the world to your workplace. Employees gain experience, exposure to social/development issues and take a key role in showing how we are making a difference internationally.
The program enables two staff annually to transform their vacation into a three- or four-week volunteer assignment in one of 10 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Volunteers contribute skills and advice to local partner organizations with the support of a team of professionals in the host country. Employees contribute by using their vacation time to serve on assignment in a developing country; the university invests in the employee by matching costs shared with external partners.
The L4C Program is open to all full-time staff at Western who have at least one year full-time service. To see if there is a mandate that matches your knowledge and skill set, check out current positions at uniterra.ca/en/volunteering/corporate-volunteering.
*If there is no mandate on the website that corresponds to your expertise, we still encourage you to apply and tell us what professional skills/expertise you could contribute through a L4C experience. We will work together to identify potential matches.
All you need to contribute is your vacation time - the cost of participating (transportation, accommodation, vaccinations etc.) is covered through an agreement between Western and the Leave for Change program.
Postings are between 3-4 weeks in length. The date of the mandate depends both on times you are available and the needs of the organization with which you will be partnering overseas.
L4C offers volunteer experiences in 10 different countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Where you go depends on the professional skills you can offer, priority areas, your interest and language skills.
Please list your top three choices in the list of Leave for Change postings and briefly explain how these postings match your skills. If you do not see a position that matches your skill set, please consider skills and knowledge you have (e.g., facilitation & training, additional languages you speak, areas of expertise) and apply anyway! If you are selected for an interview, the Leave for Change program manager will provide you with additional information about possible positions that match your skills and experience
Mention in your application form or resume any volunteer experience and other training or skills not directly linked to your current job
Must be a regular full-time staff of Western who has at least one year of full-time service.
Candidates must be eligible to leave on vacation or approved leave of absence and must receive prior written approval from their supervisor and supported by the appropriate AVP or Dean.
Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
Have no criminal record (funder requirement).
Be in good health – to be eligible to our insurance program for short-term volunteers.
Undertake a volunteer mandate with a partner organization in one of the 10 Uniterra countries.
Participate in a two day pre-departure orientation session (during a weekend).
Upon return share your experience with your colleagues and the Canadian public in collaboration with the Leave for Change team.