Still trying to find a new year’s resolution? Join a club! Getting involved on campus allows you to meet amazing people, and some clubs even present the opportunity of going abroad. Glendon has a multitude of clubs, which can be overwhelming, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few clubs that all relate to international issues.
Let’s start off with one of the older clubs on campus: WUSC/L’EUMC Glendon. WUSC is a local branch of an international organization. The acronym stands for World University Service of Canada, or in French, l'Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada. Il s’agit d’un programme permettant aux étudiants réfugiés de venir étudier au Canada, à Glendon, ce qui leur fournit l’occasion d’acquérir des opportunités que nous prenons pour acquis. Thanks to collaborations with various charities, WUSC offers volunteering opportunities both here in Canada and abroad in various different countries such as Peru, Vietnam and Kenya. From being a human resources advisor in Mongolia to helping out as a communications officer in Sri Lanka, WUSC has a variety of roles that will fit your skills.
A much newer club called Glendon SOS also raises funds for international projects. It is also a local branch of a much larger charity called Students Offering Support, and this is the club’s second year at Glendon. Its motto is Raising Marks, Raising Money, Raising Roofs, and the club achieves these goals thanks to a team of dedicated student volunteers who raise funds to help build various projects in South America. The club’s Outreach team partakes in these projects every summer, and this summer they will be heading to Costa Rica with Outreach teams from other universities. If that sounds like a way you would like to spend your summer, send them a facebook message @GlendonSOS.
Another Glendon club that is a part of a greater international organization is AIESEC. Its presence in 2400 universities and 126 countries makes it the largest student-run organization in the world. Volunteering or interning with them would undoubtedly help you grow professionally and personally and would allow you to have an incredible global experience. They offer paid internships in teaching, business, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
The next student network, the Glendon Teaching Abroad Association, is dedicated to helping Glendonites develop skills to teach abroad, informing them of opportunities. It offers workshops and events that foster community and provide more information.
There are many other clubs that offer similar experiences, both at Glendon and at Keele, such as MEtoWE. Many of these clubs also have sister clubs at the main campus so, if you spend more time at Keele, you can choose to join a club there. For more information regarding all of these clubs, consult their YU Connect and Facebook pages. And of course, if you ever have any questions about how to join a club, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!