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Ottawa, CANADA –

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is pleased to announce that it will launch a consortium project to deliver the International Youth Internship Program with funding from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). For this two-year project, “Global Connections: Bringing the world together through youth leaders”, ICAD is pleased to have partnered with Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP); Asian Community AIDS Service (ACAS); CAP/AIDS; HealthBridge Canada; Help Lesotho; Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN); LetsStopAIDS; and, World University Services of Canada (WUSC). Together this consortium will facilitate a total of 40 internships for Canadian youth (20 youth internship placements per year).

Internship positions will be posted to www.icad-cisd.com in the coming weeks.

The IYIP will encourage Canadian youth to become involved with community development projects both locally and globally, and will enhance the knowledge and practical skills of Canadian youth through action-based learning as interns in international development projects overseas. The program will also support and strengthen capacities of local organizations in developing countries, and foster sustained knowledge transfer and exchange of lessons learned and promising program models among and between Canadian and overseas organizations.

Avneet Dhillon, an ICAD intern with Belize Family Life Association in 2013 says “The experience was invaluable not only for the exposure to international development, but for the skills it taught me, which I have applied in each of my subsequent jobs back in Canada. I also forged lasting relationships with my colleagues and the people I was able to help while there.”

ICAD has administered IYIP for many years and Robin Montgomery, Executive Director of ICAD, expressed that ICAD is “thrilled to once again have the opportunity to work with our Canadian and international partners to provide youth with valuable experience working in the HIV and global health sectors.”

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The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development is a coalition of over 100 Canadian AIDS Service organizations (ASOs), international development non-governmental organizations (INGOS), faith-based organizations, educational institutions, labour unions and individuals committed to improving the response to HIV and related co-infections in Canada and in countries globally.

Contact:
Robin Montgomery

Executive Director, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

613 233 7440 (ext 113); rmontgomery@icad-cisd.com

 


This Project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)