Who can apply?
Current undergraduate or graduate students from any faculty at the University of Alberta are welcome to apply.
Do I need any special skills or qualifications to qualify?
We seek applicants with critical thinking skills and a passion for global health.
How will I be prepared for my internship in Tanzania?
The learning experience as an International Travel Team (ITT) member begins seven months prior to departure. SIHA 101 is a weekly seminar aimed at preparing our ITT for their work in Tanzania. Topics include: global health, global citizenship, sustainability, community engagement, anti-oppression, evaluation, facilitation, Kiswahili language lessons, and more. Our Community Consultants and In-Country Representative have received equivalent training in Tanzania so that both teams have the same base knowledge when starting work together.
What day of the week is SIHA 101?
During orientation, we choose a time and day of the week that works for all team members and executives. Although we try to avoid this, workshops occasionally fall on weekends.
When does SIHA 101 begin and end?
SIHA 101 begins in mid-October and breaks in early December before final exams. SIHA 101 resumes in January and ends at the beginning of April.
What is financial commitment?
All volunteers accepted to go to Tanzania as part of the International Travel Team are expected to raise $3500 to help cover living expenses and project costs during the placement. The SIHA Fundraising Coordinator works with volunteers to develop a personal fundraising plan that will include the planning and execution of various fundraising activities. Additionally, there is a SIHA Grant Coordinator who will help volunteers identify and apply for applicable grants. These supports are in place to ensure that financial constraints are not a barrier to qualified volunteers being able to participate in this placement.
What type of work can I expect to be doing in Tanzania?
Tasks include: meeting with community partners, online researching, participating in and facilitating strategic planning meetings and planning, implementing, and evaluating our projects.
See A Week in the Life of an International TZ Team Member.
What month does the International team arrive in and depart from Tanzania?
The International Team usually leaves Canada in mid-May and arrives back home early to mid August. To know more, check out our 2016 team's blog!
Important dates and deadlines
- Application deadline: September 18, 2017
- If you are selected from your application to participate in a group interview, these will take place September 30 and October 1.
- If you are selected from the group interview to move onto personal interviews, these will take place October 2-6.
- Successful applicants will be notified by October 9.
SIHA 101 Orientation: Week of October 16.Official Training Begins: Week of October 23.
(page last updated: 07 September 2017)