North Island College presents Local and Overseas Volunteering: Pointing You in the Right Direction

North Island College’s Global Learning Initiative will present an evening of film, speakers, and opportunities focusing on Local and Overseas Volunteering Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley campus.

Empowering Youth – Eco-Leadership Across Africa, a film by award winning, local director Ed Carswell highlights 18 African organizations that partnered with Canada World Youth to deliver the African- Canada Eco-Leadership Program. Carswell has travelled extensively in developing countries and in this film you will meet eco-leaders in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa.

Jodie Rayner, a third-year nursing student at North Island College, will share stories and experiences from the summer of 2010 which she spent volunteering at Iris Ministries in Mozambique, Africa. Iris Ministries is a non-government, non-profit organization with many programs, one being medical clinics in rural and remote African villages. Together with two registered nurses, Jodie provided free, basic healthcare to any and all village community members in need. David Moore from Africa Community Technical Services (ACTS) will also speak and there will be volunteerism displays where guests can learn more about how and where individuals have and can become involved.

In 2009, NIC nursing students and faculty travelled to Uganda, Nepal, and Mozambique as part of NIC’s Global Learning Initiative. Students and faculty will be returning to Nepal in May 2011. The intent of the project is to facilitate a greater understanding of global health issues, by learning about social and health practices in foreign settings.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is by donation to NIC Global Learning. For further information, contact Beth Turner at 250-334-5000 ext. 4267 or visit

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