Echo Asia, Thailand (IDS)
Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Echo Asia's goal is to serve as a resource for development workers and agriculturalists within Asia who wish to experiment with underutilized crops as they work to improve the lives of the poor. They maintain a collection of hard-to-find seeds that thrive under difficult growing conditions in the tropics and sub-tropics. Note: this is a structured three-month internship program, in which the student spends a month reading and learning about these issues while in Chiang Mai prior to a two-month rural placement. Students interested in sustainable agricultural development should consider this placement.
Ghana FLOWER (Facilitating Learning of Women in Emerging Regions) is a local women-led non-profit located in the town of Asamankese, two hours from Accra, the capital city of Ghana, Africa. Under the guidance of the founder and CEO, the practicum student would work with Girls’ Clubs, community outreach initiatives and educational workshops that help young women reach their full potential. This is a wonderful opportunity to live and work with local Ghanaians and learn about the joys and constraints of working in a small African NGO. FLOWER has been hosting Menno Simons College practicum students for many years.
Contact: Helen Attah at helen_attah:@:yahoo.com
Looking for some ideas? View or download a full list of International Practicum ideas here.
Students may also find a position through an international volunteer agency or personal contacts.
International placements are available to both International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies majors. Menno Simons College students have travelled to over 60 different countries and have recently returned from placements in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, India, and Peru, among others.
All costs are the responsibility of the student, including airfare, accommodation, insurance, and immunizations. Some financial support is available for international practicums.
Pre-departure orientation and re-entry debriefing sessions are held for each Menno Simons College international traveller. The Practicum Director helps with logistical and cultural preparation for an international placement (see International Practicum Checklist).
Application for International Practicum
- Consult with the Menno Simons College Academic Advisor to ensure that you have the prerequisites needed to apply for a practicum.
- Do some research to find a suitable placement and present your idea(s) to the MSC Practicum Director for approval. Do this eight to twelve months prior to the placement.
- If you are having difficulty finding a placement, the MSC Practicum Director can provide you with some possible organizations and identify people to contact. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to find a suitable placement.
- Submit an international practicum application form. For an international practicum, you also need to submit a proposal and budget form. Menno Simons College offers partial financial assistance to each International Development Studies or Conflict Resolution Studies student participating in an international practicum.
- Receive permission from the Practicum Director to register for the appropriate practicum course and register.
Resources and Travel Information
Helpful Websites for International Volunteering
NOTE: MSC does not necessarily endorse all activities of the organizations listed. Please do careful research when looking for a suitable organization!
International Volunteer Programs Association: www.volunteerinternational.org
GoAbroad Volunteer Abroad: www.goabroad.com/volunteer-abroad
Consular Affairs for Canada and official government travel information: www.travel.gc.ca
Passport Application Office
433 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB
Phone Number: 1-800-567-6868
Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services
Phone Number: 204-940-8747
Register online in the country you are visiting: travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration
Centre for Intercultural Learning (go to “country insights”): www.international.gc.ca/cil-cai