Young Canadians Intern with AMREF in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

10 Canadians spend six months with Amref Health Africa.

Project timeline: February 2013 to March 2014

Funders: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy

Situation – Young Canadians search out opportunities to build job skills

In the competitive job market faced by young Canadians, experience matters. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development gives Canadians the chance to get international job experience through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Action – Amref Health Africa supports young Canadians through internships

Amref Health Africa helped young Canadians get job skills in international development through the International Youth Internship Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Following an extensive hiring process, Amref Health Africa in Canada chose 10 recent graduates to be part of our six-month internship program.

“The internships are a great way for new Canadian graduates to get valuable experience in international development,” says Anne-Marie Kamanye, Executive Director, Amref Health Africa in Canada. “And, Amref Health Africa benefits tremendously through the special skills the interns bring.”

Results – 10 young Canadians gain valuable work experience

Ten young Canadians gained valuable work experience as interns with Amref Health Africa in one of four countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The interns’ work focused on areas that are in high demand:

  • monitoring and evaluating Amref Health Africa’s projects;
  • collecting data to support program decision-making;
  • designing and documenting projects; and,
  • writing reports.

The interns wrote regular blogs [hyperlink to blogs section] highlighting their experiences.

Global Changemaker Conrad Koczorowski

Published: 12 September 2014 Sean Power

How does a political science major who grew up in frosty northern Ontario end up jetting off to Sub-Saharan Africa? For Lakehead grad Conrad Koczorowski (BA'08), travelling to Uganda to improve the health of mothers and children was something he felt compelled to do. He arrived there in June 2013 for a six-month internship with Amref Health Africa (formerly the African Medical and Research Foundation). Read more

First-hand look at Africa leaves an impression

Published: 01 April 2014 Sean Power

Toronto native, Heidi Parker, spent six months in Tanzania as an intern with AMREF. Read more

Heidi Parker comes home to South Bayview

Published: 11 March 2014 Sean Power

Heidi Parker, from Toronto, spent six months interning with AMREF in Tanzania from June to December 2013. Read more

From Crofton to Tanzania: Peng lives her dream

Published: 05 February 2014 Sean Power

Yun (Annie) Peng's experiences prove the adage that you can go anywhere from a small town. Peng grew up in Crofton, but has just spent six months in Tanzania interning with the African Medical and Research Foundation. Read more

A life-changing internship

Published: 13 January 2014 Sean Power

Emily Royal, who grew up in Brockville, has recently returned from a six-month internship in Ethiopia. From June until mid-December, Royal worked with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), and helped provide health programming to those in need in the African nation. Read more

AMREF Through Canadian Eyes

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

Ten young Canadian interns joined the AMREF family in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from June to December 2013. AMREF asked the interns to share their favourite photo from their internship, and what it means to them. Read more

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Published: 01 January 2014 Sean Power

AMREF announces the winners of a photography contest in Ethiopia. Read more

Project at a glance

Situation

Government of Canada supports young Canadians in getting international work experience.

Action

Canadian interns spend six months working with AMREF in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Results

10 young Canadians learn new job skills, and directly support AMREF’s work with African communities to improve health.

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programs

Kevin O'NeillWant to partner with Amref Health Africa in Canada on a health project? Want to know more about our projects? Get in touch with our Director of Programs, Kevin O'Neill.