Information for Applicants
University of Guelph Leave for Change (L4C) program participants have the opportunity to embrace an adventure of a lifetime, volunteering their talents and skills with Uniterra partners in developing countries.
The Leave for Change program is open to University of Guelph staff and faculty who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a regular full-time employee or faculty member of the University who has successfully completed their 1 year probationary period at the time of submitting the application.
- Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
- Have no criminal record (This is a Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada requirement).
- Be in good health. You must be eligible for the Leave for Change insurance program.
- Be able to receive the following vaccines: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Polio (if necessary).
- Commit to a specific volunteer mandate with a partner organization in one of the Uniterra countries.
- Agree to take part in a two-day pre-departure training and half-day post trip debriefing.
- Agree to participate in post-trip University of Guelph Leave for Change events (e.g., presentations, panel events).
- Have enough vacation or personal leave time to participate in the program.
- Be an active University of Guelph employee at the time of the volunteer opportunity with Uniterra.
- Be able to complete the mandate before February 1, 2020.
How to Apply
Complete the full application package and email it to Amélie Sylvain by February 25, 2019.
The full application package includes:
- Your completed Applicant Information Form
- Your cover letter sharing your motivation for participating in Leave for Change
- Your résumé
Leave for Change Positions
Uniterra maintains a list of Leave for Change positions on their website. Please click on the map under the heading "Discover our Available Positions" to see a small sample of volunteer assignments and review them. These positions represent just a small percentage of the skills and knowledge from which Uniterra’s local partner organizations could benefit. If you do not see a position that matches your skill set, do not be discouraged. Consider the skills and knowledge you have from work, volunteer, and other experiences (e.g. facilitation & training, additional languages you speak, areas of expertise) and apply anyway. In your cover letter, please include the professional skills that you think you could contribute. If you are selected for an interview, the L4C Program Manager will provide you with additional informational about the possible positions that would match your skills and experience.
If you have questions about the application process or about the volunteer experience, you can connect with a past participant, or email Human Resources.
Key Dates & Events 2019
Recruitment Period Launches
|Feb 25, 2019|
Candidates will be contacted for interviews
|Feb 27-28, 2019|
|March 4-5, 2019|
|Successful Applicants Announced||
March 21-22, 2019
|May 4-5, 2019|
Volunteer Assignment (3-4 weeks)
June 2019- February 1, 2020
Debrief with Uniterra & Human Resources
|A month after return date|
Public Engagement Activities
|Upon return and ongoing|