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Volunteer turnover saps UBC student refugee scheme

Students at Canadian universities are reaching out internationally, using pocket change to make a difference. Every year, many students pay…

By Kerry Blackadar , in Immigration , on April 8, 2009 Tags: , , , ,

Students at Canadian universities are reaching out internationally, using pocket change to make a difference. Every year, many students pay a few dollars to their university’s Student Refugee Program. Since 1978, these programs have allowed for 1000 refugees to come to Canada and earn their degrees. While other universities may only sponsor one or two students, the University of British Columbia has been able to support the living expenses and tuition of three refugees every year. While UBC’s program is financially stable, its future relies heavily on the shoulders of a few student volunteers.

Video written produced and directed by Kerry Blackadar and Sarah Stenabaugh.

Comments


  • Hi Ladies!

    My name is Bianca De Castro and I am the Chair of the Trent WUSC Local Committee for the 2009-2010 academic year. I just came across an email you sent to our committee asking for information on our program and watched your video. I don’t know if anyone ever responded to your questions, and if not I apologize! I just want to say that you did a really great job on your report, and that I think it will be an awesome tool for our committee to use when introducing the Student Refugee Program to new members and sponsors. Thank you!

    Bianca De Castro
    Trent WUSC Chair

  • Great video! You really got to the heart of what makes the SRP such asn amazing program as well as highlighting the difficulties that also come about. Keep up the great work and just know that WUSC staff appreciate all the hard work.

    Mark Leclair
    ICT for Development Officer
    World University Service of Canada

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