A neat component available at the University of Waterloo is the Global Experience Certificate. In order to receive this, a student submits a proposal, takes 2 consecutive modern language courses and 1 global studies course, volunteers for a minimum of 20 hours in a cross-cultural setting, and then completes an international experience of a minimum of 6 weeks in duration. I chose to complete this, as I had a built-in international experience and many global studies courses within the requirements of the International Development program. I also chose to take French as an elective, and volunteered at the Welcome Home Refugee Housing Community in Kitchener last summer, helping to organize a camping trip for refugees newly resettled to Canada.
When I returned from Malawi, the GEC coordinator asked me if I would write a short blurb and provide her with pictures to create a one page publication that the GEC office can use to promote their certificate, and I thought I'd share it here with you.
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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