International Development Week 2013

This week marks the 23rd annual International Development week! Each year, the first week of February sees events, workshops and activities that celebrate international development and foster greater education and awareness of development issues. The theme of this year’s IDW is “I am making a difference” and in the spirit of this, YCI is happy to invite you to our IDW event this Friday, February 8th.


Volunteers Building Prosperous, Sustainable Communities

Panel Discussion – What is the impact of Canadian volunteers in building sustainable communities?
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Oakham House, Ryerson University, 63 Gould St., Toronto ON

International Development Week is an opportunity to explore how Canadians are making a difference in the developing world. Some of the most personal contributions to the fight against global poverty are those made by volunteers. Each year thousands of Canadian volunteers venture overseas to share their skills and improve lives. They live and work side by side local counterparts, striving together to build stronger, more prosperous and sustainable communities.

To celebrate International Development Week, CESO, Crossroads International, Cuso International and Youth Challenge International are hosting a reception and panel discussion to explore the impact volunteers can make to help build stronger communities. From improving public transportation systems to empowering women, from building employability and entrepreneurship skills to supporting communities to sustainably manage their natural resources, volunteers are making a difference.

Please join us this International Development Week. Whether you are a returned volunteer yourself, or curious about whether overseas volunteering might be right for you, this event welcomes everyone to an evening of sharing and celebration.

To find out more and to register, please visit:


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