AWBC—Academics Without Borders Canada — actively works to promote development in developing countries by assisting them in improving and expanding higher education. Our volunteers work on projects that foster the skills and expertise needed for health care, education, agriculture, infrastructure, business, and more. We work in all disciplines and areas of instruction. We are a bilingual Canadian NGO based in Montreal, with our volunteers working around the world.
Institutions – Our projects are in universities, colleges, and business, engineering, medical and nursing schools.
Volunteers – Our volunteers are working and retired professionals and academics, including faculty, staff, and administrators from Canada and other medium- and high-income countries.
“to improve levels of human development throughout the developing world, including improved nutrition, universal primary education, gender equity, health, and the environment.”
From the 2000 United Nations Millennium Declaration
To achieve these goals, developing countries require skilled personnel in all fields, trained at the college and university level. By sending academics and other skilled professionals to help improve education programs at post-secondary institutions in the developing world, AWBC is helping making the dreams of the Millennium Declaration a reality.
• To support developing countries in improving and expanding higher education
• To ensure that the skilled people needed by these countries are educated/trained in their home countries
• To have our placements and projects driven by the needs of local institutions—the scope and nature of our projects evolves in collaboration with host institutions and countries
• To work within the resources available to the country, so that the work we undertake can be sustained by, and will continue to benefit, the local community even after our involvement is completed
We achieve our goals with our own projects as well as in partnership with other NGOs and with academic institutions in the developed world. We welcome inquiries from organizations and institutions who wish to participate in this work.