Student Success Centre

International and Experiential Opportunities and Resources

Searching for employment opportunities doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience. Whether you’re interested in working abroad, experiential learning, or going to graduate school, we have resources for the myriad possibilities that await you during and after your time at Western.

Working abroad

  • SWAP Working Holidays: The Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) provides students with the means to combine periods of employment with time for exploring their host countries. By living and working in another country, a SWAP participant has a greater opportunity to learn about the people, lifestyles, and cultures of the host country. SWAP is facilitated by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
  • International Experience Canada: if you’ve ever dreamed of living and working in a foreign country, International Experience Canada may be the perfect opportunity for you to do just that! Through bilateral youth mobility arrangements and agreements with different countries around the world, Canadians and non-Canadians can travel and work in each other’s countries for up to one year.
  • See our International Job Postings section for more opportunities to work abroad.
  • Escape Artist: aims to be the comprehensive source for information, resources, analysis and insights for the international expat community. EscapeArtist was established with a mission to inspire and engage consumers with credible news and unique content while building an international expat community.
  • Career Vision: browse and search a large database of international employment opportunities. Users can sort by both job category and location.
  • Expat Network: for over 20 years members of Expat Network have looked to us for assistance in their overseas jobsearch and general support whilst on location and at home. For many expat members, we have become the link between a life overseas and a base in their country of residence.
  • Exposure Jobs: a pan-European job website specialising in professional and multi-lingual vacancies across all of Europe.
  • Green Business Jobs: a listing of international jobs in the environmental sector. Available in both English and French.
  • Habitat for Humanity: an organization where you can help bring people together to build homes, communities and hope across the globe. On this page you can learn more about HFHI’s currently open employment, volunteer, and internship opportunities and also search for open positions with our affiliates, which includes our national organizations located outside the U.S.
  • International Jobs:  offers you a directory of job offers at international organizations, that you can search by country, type of job and organization.
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme:  a Japanese government sponsored exchange programme that offers university graduates opportunities full time jobs as either an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) team teaching with a Japanese Teacher of English in elementary and secondary schools or a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in selected local government offices in Japan.
  • Jobs Abroad: search GoAbroad’s international job database for international employment opportunities, sortable by type of job and location.
  • Overseas Jobs: features overseas jobs and international employment opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers.
  • ResearchGate: ResearchGate is a free job board targeted to scientists and researchers.  It is broken down into different scientific disciplines, meaning they have links to biology and chemistry jobs as well as to sub-disciplines like cell biology, molecular biology and neuroscience jobs as well as a number of other disciplines that may be of interest to students.
  • Teach Overseas: a collection of opportunities for Canadians seeking overseas teaching positions and schools seeking Canadians.
  • Transitions Abroad: a travel resource for meaningful work, living, and study abroad.
  • WORK Gateways: an employment portal allowing graduates to seek available UK employment in their specific field.
  • World University Service of Canada: WUSC employs Canadian and international personnel overseas to manage projects, administer field office operations, provide technical advice and support our development work. Its mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.
  • English Teaching Jobs Abroad (Footprint Recruiting): Have you ever wanted to teach overseas? Footprints is a global leader in recruiting certified teachers and ESL instructors for rewarding teaching jobs abroad.   Whether you have a BA, TESL, TEFL or CELTA certification or you are a licensed public school teacher, we have overseas jobs available for you year round.

Volunteering

  • Western’s Volunteer Program (Student Success Centre): provides current Western students with practical experience and the opportunity to enhance their learning and civic responsibility while addressing campus community needs. Through Western’s Volunteer Program, students are given the opportunity to work on a volunteer basis under the guidance of a supervisor from Western or an affiliated institution.
  • Volunteer Opportunities (Student Development Centre): over 100 students each year volunteer with SDC's Volunteers In Progress. This program provides students with career-related experience, an opportunity to explore career interests, and the chance to establish contacts and further their networking by volunteering in various areas of Student Development Services.
  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities (Government of Canada): a collection of resources catered to those looking for exciting internship and volunteer opportunities, both domestic and abroad.
  • Volunteer Canada: a variety of information about programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives that provide insight into issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape.
  • World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF): link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

Experiential Learning

  • Experiential Learning (Student Success Centre): experiential learning refers to hands-on experience you obtain by applying theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. We also call it learning outside the classroom! With experiential learning, you may have the chance to ‘test-drive’ a particular job, employment sector, or community organization to see if it is a good fit with your skills and interests.

Youth Entrepreneurial Programs

  • Canadian Youth Business Foundation: the Canadian Youth Business Foundation is a national charity providing start-up mentoring, financing and business resources to help you start your own successful business. If you are age 18-34 and have a business idea they can help!
  • London Small Business Centre: provides assistance to individuals with a business plans. Business Advisors will review your plan, give feedback, suggest ways to improve, and direct you to resources to help strengthen the plan.
  • Ontario Business Service Centre: offers assistance if you have a great business idea and don’t know where to begin, if you are ready to take the first steps, if you want to increase your business capabilities, or if you are thinking of selling or closing your business.