I’ve discovered who I am on these trips


“Volunteering abroad is an amazing, cultivating and beautiful experience that has taught me the meaning of humanity. It is not just about helping others but also about being taught to help and to live. I’ve discovered who I am on these trips thanks to some amazing people, and now I believe that my goal in life is to matter, to give back and to live so that others live too.”   Kafia Barkat, third-year student in the Biomedical Sciences Honours Bachelor’s program.  Kafia was the Team Leader for an international project under the Alternative Student Break program that brought a group of 14 uOttawa to Nicaragua in July 2012.

I’m very happy my first trip to a warm country is to do humanitarian work. I think it’s important to use the money we have to help others and to discover the real wealth of a country…its culture. We can learn a lot from people in developing countries and the values they hold. Sometimes we lose sight of how thankful we should be for what we have and how we live.Idil Hachi, second-year student in the uOttawa Social Sciences International Development and Globalization program who participated in the first international Alternative Student Break program in July 2012. 

Posted by: uOttawa - Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement on October 22, 2012.