Leave for Change Grant Helps Tracy Vandermolen Develop Professional Skills and Build Lasting Relationships

Tracy Vandermolen, right, rides a motorcycle with friends through the streets on Hanoi, Vietnam, during her Leave for Change trip.

December 20, 2018 - 5:30am

In March 2018, VIU's Tracy Vandermolen, Administrative Assistant, Intercultural and Group Programs, applied for a Leave for Change grant through the Global Engagement Grants program for VIU employees provided through the Faculty of International Education. Her application was successful and eight months later, she landed in Hanoi, Vietnam to complete a three-week volunteer placement with Discovery Indochina, a company centered around practices in sustainable tourism. While she was there, Tracy contributed her skills and knowledge to an initiative that aimed to reduce the use of single-use plastics in Vietnam.

She wrote a blog about her experiences here.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding professional growth experience like Tracy, now is a great time to apply for VIU’s Global Engagement Work Opportunity Grant – Leave for Change. Apply now and discover interesting assignments in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania), Asia (Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam) and the Americas (Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru). See the website for more information. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.  

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