Latin American Partners and Faculty Mentors

Fundacion Alternativas | ImazonSalvaide | ABJPFaculty Mentors


Alternativas logoFUNDACION ALTERNATIVAS

Fundacion Alternativas is a non-profit organization dedicated to generating sustainable approaches to greater food security in Bolivia. Alternativas works to unite civic, public, and private efforts in the design and application of public policies, programs, and initiatives that ensure individuals and communities are able to satisfy their universal right to food. 

Internship opportunities: 

Interns are allowed to choose the projects they would like to work on during their time with the organization, depending on their background and interests. Many interns assist with research and writing on food security and food policy, or assist with field work in our urban agriculture projects. However, depending on the student's background and interest we have also had interns help design nutritional education games and classroom material on the subjects of food security, urban food production, nutrition and healthy eating. Others have also supported our outreach efforts, helping to connect and register the organization on online volunteer platforms. 

Please see Fundacion Alternativas' website for more information on their work in Bolivia.


Imazon logoIMAZON (Not a partner in 2020)

Imazon is a non-profit research institution classified as a Civil Society Public Interest Organization (OSCIP), whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Amazon through studies, support for public policy formulation, broad dissemination of information and capacity building.

The institute was founded in 1990, and its head office is located in the city of Belém, Pará, Brazil. Imazon carries out four activities: applied research on problems with natural resource use, professional capacity, contribution to public policies and broad dissemination of studies.

Internship opportunities: 

Field activities include direct interaction with communities living in Conservation Units located in the north of the state of Pará (for example: collection of socio-environmental data, support for training in use and conservation of natural resources, among others).

Note that this placement requires a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, with no exceptions. 

Please see Imazon's website for more information on their work in Brazil.


Salvaide LogoSALVAIDE (Not a partner in 2020)

SalvAide is the only Canadian NGO with an exclusive focus on and expertise with respect to El Salvador. Their mission is to accompany the Salvadoran people as they build social justice, democracy, and economic development and sustainability. Through local partners on the ground, CRIPDES and CORDES, SalvAide works to empower rural communities at the grassroots level, supporting them in project design, creating local leadership and skills, and ensuring that programs truly meet local needs. Salvaide assists partners by providing the financial, technical, and moral support needed for these communities to carry out their plans.

Salvaide currently has five internship opportunities for students:

  • National Women's Coalition Outreach Officer
  • Youth Leadership & Organizational Strengthening Officer
  • Environmental Health Promoter
  • Food Security and Local Economic Growth Officer
  • Participatory Democracy and Local Democracy Facilitator: Territories Free of Mining Project

Asociascion Bufete Juridico Popular logoASOCIASCION BUFETE JURIDICO POPULAR

The Asociacion Bufete Juridico Popular (ABJP) is a community based legal clinic made up of a dynamic team of Maya Achi and mestizo lawyers, psychologists and support staff whose mission is to seek justice for crimes committed during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict and present day human rights violations. It was created by survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre, a village of the municipality of Rabinal, who are committed to rebuilding their community and society based on respect for human rights and Maya Achi culture.

The ABJP is currently looking for volunteers/interns who have experience in law, psychology and social work to support the work of the office. In particular, volunteers will work on supporting the Legal Clinic staff on three cases:

-       Volunteers will work with Legal Clinic Lawyers on cases that have been presented to the Inter-American Human Rights System (Commission and Court) on human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict.

-       Volunteers will work on the National Maya Achi genocide case

-       Volunteers will work on cases related to violations to women’s human rights during the internal armed conflict

Volunteers may work in the following areas:

  • Search for jurisprudence in cases in the Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Read and understand national and international criminal cases
  • Psychological and psycho-social support for witnesses and family members involved in the above mentioned cases
  • Field research
  • Office-based research
  • Systemization of information
  • Data-base creation

Required skills and experience:

Ø  Oral and written Spanish language skills

Ø  Academic background in law, social work or psychology

Ø  Experience working with cases in the Inter-American Human Rights System (Commission and Court) and with criminal cases.

Ø  Experience working with survivors of trauma an asset; volunteer must have social sensibility and the capacity to adapt to rural conditions

Ø  Available to work full time for the duration of the placement (ideally at least three months) 

Ø  Available to do work based on treaties and agreements ratified by Guatemala to be applied in the Inter-American Human Rights System and research based on the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights Court and other International Courts

Ø  Experience and availability to work with a team


Faculty Mentors

2016 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Jan Adamowski, Associate Professor, Bioresource Engineering

Caroline Begg, Faculty Lecturer, Department of Plant Science

Oliver Coomes, Professor, Department of Geography

Patrick Cortbaoui, Academic Associate, McGill Institute for Global Food Security

Gerard Melki, Lecturer, McGill Faculty of Dentistry

Sarah Moser, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies

Jodi Tuck, Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Ingram School of Nursing

Jon Unruh, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Samuel Veissière, Visiting Professor, Department of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

2015 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Veronique Benhamou, Associate Professor, Division of Periodontology at McGill University

Alison Doucet, General Practitioner, McGill University Health Center

Eduardo Franco, James McGill Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology

Katerine Lemons, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Lisa Lorenzino, Chair of the Music Education Department, Schulich School of Music

Sarah Moser, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Philip Oxhorn, Associate Professor, McGill School of Environment; Founding Director of Institute for the Study of International Development

Caroline Storr, Faculty Lecturer, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies

Jodi Tuck, Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Ingram School of Nursing

2014 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, Associate Professor, Dietetics & Human Nutrition

Marilyn Scott, Professor, Institute of Parasitology

Kristine G. Koski, Associate Professor, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions

Jodi Tuck, Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Ingram School of Nursing

Caroline Storr, Faculty Lecturer, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Sarah Moser, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Eduardo Kohn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Vikram Bhatt, Professor, School of Architecture

Lisa Lorenzino, Chair of the Music Education Department, Schulich School of Music.

Karen McAllister, Institute for the Study of International Development

Duncan Pedersen, Assistant Scientific Director of International Programs, Douglas Hospital Research Centre

Uli Locher, Professor, Department of Sociology

2013 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Antonia Maioni, Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Social Policy; Department of Political Science

Jose Jouve-Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Philip Oxhorn, Associate Professor, McGill School of Environment; Founding Director of Institute for the Study of International Development

Catherine LeGrand, Associate Professor, Department of History

David Rothwell, Assistant Professor, McGill School of Social Work

Jodi Tuck, Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Ingram School of Nursing

Caroline Storr, Faculty Lecturer, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

2012 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Frances Aboud, Professor, Department of Psychology

Alison Doucet, General Practitioner, McGill University Health Center

Karen Hetherington, Lecturer, School of Social Work, McGill University; Senior Consultant, Montreal World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research And Training in Mental Health

Anne-Marie Lanctot, Lecturer, McGill School of Nursing; Head Nurse, McGill University Health Centre

Philip Oxhorn, Associate Professor, McGill School of Environment; Founding Director of Institute for the Study of International Development

David Rothwell, Assistant Professor, McGill School of Social Work

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Associate Professor, Department of History

Caroline Storr, Faculty Lecturer, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

2011 McBurney Faculty Mentors

Tara Flanagan 
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University; Director of Social Policy, Advocacy, Research & Community (SPARC)

Karen Hetherington
Lecturer, School of Social Work, McGill University; Senior Consultant, Montreal World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research And Training in Mental Health

Anthony Masi
Provost of McGill University; Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University

Philip Oxhorn
Associate Professor, McGill School of Environment; Founding Director of Institute for the Study of International Development

Melissa Park
Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Duncan Pederson
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University; Associate Scientific Director of the Research Centre at Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Caroline Storr
Faculty Lecturer, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, McGill University

 

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