Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP)
The Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) provides opportunities for skilled Canadians to participate in Canada’s international development assistance efforts.
The program supports Canadian organizations in sending a broad range of Volunteers interested in lending their time and expertise to help communities in developing countries. They may include:
- professionals and experts
- young leaders
- retired or semi-retired professionals
By providing targeted support and reinforcing the capacities of local organizations, Volunteers make a difference in a variety of sectors, while helping to advance Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy. They also play a role in engaging Canadians in international development within Canada.
Volunteer placements can be over a short or long period (2 weeks or up to one year) and include pre-departure and re-integration training. There are some virtual volunteering opportunities.
The current VCP (2015-2020) aims to deploy more than 11,000 Canadian Volunteers to some 50 developing countries.
Find out how you can volunteer through the following partner organizations:
- Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)
- Crossroads International
- Cuso International
- Engineers Without Borders Canada
- EQWIP HUBs (Canada World Youth/Youth Challenge International consortium)
- Lawyers without borders Canada (in a consortium with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights)
- Oxfam Québec
- Terre sans frontières
- UPA Développement international
- Uniterra (WUSC/CECI consortium)
- Veterinarians Without Borders
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