Humber students have the opportunity to complete program work placements in Canada or abroad. In today’s competitive job market, having global work experience under your belt is one of the very best things you can do for your prospective career. But interning abroad is about much more than work experience. You’ll be challenged to adapt both personally and professionally, and the payoff will be enormous. By leaving the comforts of home to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, you’ll be pushing the boundaries of what you are capable of and gain an invaluable global perspective.
As a student learning in and exploring another country, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance many skills, including self-confidence, decision-making, building new networks, and communicating in different environments. Arguably, the travel and life experience acquired through working abroad is even more important than the professional experience.
Keep in mind that you may be eligible to receive an International Mobility/Study Abroad bursary from Humber to support your travel expenses!
Contact the FSCS Global Learning Assistant about guidelines and the processes needed for approval from your academic faculty. You will need submit a proposal.
Identify your potential host employer/organization and work with the FSCS Global Learning Assistant to complete the Placement Approval package from your academic faculty. In general, Humber does not recruit on behalf of any company or organization around the world. It is your responsibility to locate and secure your placement opportunity.
Tip: The “Opportunities Abroad” section on Humber’s Global Opportunities site is a good place to start researching potential host employers/organizations. Also consider local job search websites, LinkedIn, and sending a portfolio directly to companies/organizations you’d like to join. Visit Career Services for help updating your resume, writing a cover letter, and practicing for job interviews!
If your proposal is approved, connect with Humber Global and visit the “Before You Go” section of our website to review and submit Humber’s mandatory travel forms and documents. Travelers who are not Canadian citizens should refer to the Consular Office of the country to which you intend to work and travel.
Keep in mind that you’ll need the proper authorization to legally work in the country you’ll be living in, even if your placement is unpaid. Plan to apply for the proper work authorization (visa) at least two months in advance of travel. Canadian youth aged 18-35 should refer to the International Experience Canada website.
You’re on your way! Consider enrolling in Humber’s free Global Citizenship Certificate program to compliment the knowledge, skills and understanding you have the chance to develop abroad. Keep in touch and be sure to share your photos and stories with the Humber community!
My name is Michelle Tembo and I am currently in my last semester of the Accelerated, Child and Youth Care Program. I am a very passionate global citizen who seeks to bring a positive change in the lives of children, youth, and families residing in poor and marginalized communities across the world. In fact, this past summer, I had the opportunity to work with the Bethany Project in Zimbabwe and facilitate a public speaking and leadership program to 30 students, 13 – 15 years old, as part of my second placement. These youth were a very determined and motivated group of young people who were willing to learn and become a part of a space that loved, cared, and listened to their voices. As well as, learn how to hone their skills and knowledge, and confidence in speaking in front of people and advocate against social issues affecting them. Each day was a teachable moment that left a glimmer of hope and inspiration in both our eyes. And I am so thankful for the outcome because it made me feel that I was making a positive change in each young person’s life. This journey is definitely an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish. Thank you, Humber College, for allowing me to do this wonderful opportunity!
As a student of the esteemed Developmental Services Worker Program of Humber College. I was bestowed with the opportunity to travel to Nanjing, China in November’2018 with the Global Autism Project to promote the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in countries with little to a few services for Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a need of the hour, as many countries disregard the use of evidence-based practices such as ABA for a condition as wide and debilitating as autism, thus important to create sustainability in its approach and usage. My first ever travel experience with the Global Autism Project was to Prague, Czech Republic in July 2018. It was a magnificent experience that I found myself then travelling to Nanjing, China as the cultural exposure and learning about the disability movement in another country is the finest training you can ever achieve. This is more valuable than in-class learning. As I was able to take whatever I learned in these stimulating classes and apply it in reality with the neuro-diverse individuals. Getting to experience the country in terms of the culture and meeting wonderful people add to this holistic learning experience. Getting to travel to another country whilst learning is a once-in- a life time opportunity. I encourage all students to take full use of the wonderful opportunities that the School of Social and Community Services offers!