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Leave for Change is open to TRU faculty and staff who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a regular full-time staff or faculty member of the university who has successfully completed their probationary period.
  • Have enough vacation time to participate in the program and must receive prior approval from their supervisor.
  • Be an active TRU employee at the time of the volunteer opportunity with WUSC.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Have no criminal record (Global Affairs Canada requirement).
  • Be in good health — to be eligible to the WUSC insurance program for short-term volunteers.
  • Be able to receive the following vaccines: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, yellow fever, typhoid, and polio (if necessary).
  • Commit to a specific volunteer mandate with a partner organization in one of the WUSC countries.
  • Agree to participate in post-trip TRU Leave for Change events.

Once volunteers are selected, they must:

  • Complete in a timely manner all administrative steps required to build their file.
  • Sign a volunteer contract with WUSC.
  • Sign the "Volunteer Commitment" letter.
  • Take part in a two-day pre-departure orientation (weekend), in evaluations, and in a debriefing (by telephone) after their return.
  • Complete the assignment before the end of December.
  • Agree to participate in post-trip TRU Leave for Change events.

2024 application process at TRU

  1. Feb. 23: applications open
  2. March 22: application deadline at 4 p.m. PST
  3. March 25 to April 12: short-listing, interviews and final decisions
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