Know about Cuso International

Cuso International recruits for placements in many countries worldwide. Cuso International collaborates with local partner groups to identify areas of greatest need, and then develops strategic volunteer positions.
Brief History:  
CUSO was launched in 1961, built on the foundation of early university-based initiatives including Canadian Overseas Volunteers (COV), Canadian Voluntary Commonwealth Service (CVCS) and Le Mouvement Universitaire National pour le Developpement Outre-Mer.Originally known as Canadian University Service Overseas (and in French, SUCO – Service universitaire canadien outre-mer). The organization eventually moved beyond university boundaries, and in 1981 became just CUSO. In 2011, a then merged CUSO-VSO organization evolved its name to Cuso International. In June, 2011,Cuso International celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Cuso International recruits all over the world!

  • AFRICA: Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique
  • ASIA: Cambodia, Indonesia
  • LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: Jamaica, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Guyana, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

In each country where Cuso work, program staff from Cuso or strategic partner VSO work with local partner:

secure livelihoods & natural resource management


participation & governance


Gender and also climate change

Is volunteering effective?  Development issues are complex, and volunteering is only one part of the solution. Volunteers work on nationally and locally designed programs – not projects parachuted in from outside a nation’s borders – so the benefits of their work continue to be felt by local people long after the volunteers have passed on their skills and returned home.
Cuso recruit members of various diaspora groups. Migration of many skilled professionals out of developing countries can be an obstacle to a nation’s development. The resulting “brain drain” often means that countries are left with skill shortages in essential sectors such as health and education. Linking diaspora communities to their countries of origin through volunteering, resource sharing and skills transfer can offer much needed expertise.
Lasting change requires not just a financial investment, but also a human investment. The United Nations Development Program’s most recent Human Development Report says that the sharing of skills and perspectives can be a powerful tool for development: “Human development is different from economic growth and substantial achievements are possible even without fast growth.”

Cuso’s objectives:

  • provide practical opportunities for North Americans and citizens of many developing countries to help reduce global poverty & inequality through volunteering
  • link people and organizations the world over so they can together tackle social justice and development issues
  • increase public awareness of global issues, and encourage people to take action for equitable, sustainable development
Check out their latest placements

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