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 Uniterra.
  • 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 Uniterra 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 Uniterra 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 Uniterra.
  • 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.

2019 application process at TRU

  1. March 11: applications open
  2. March 14: official program launch — information session *
  3. April 5: application deadline at 4 p.m. PST
  4. April 8 - 19: short-listing, interviews ** and final decisions

* TRU World and Human Resources co-host a program information session on Thursday, March 14, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Alpine Room on the first floor of the Campus Activity Centre. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to hear from past participants and learn about their experiences. Space is limited. Refreshments will be provided.

** Interviews are jointly conducted by Uniterra and TRU World representatives.

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