Western International

Staff International Engagement

Michele Parkin Blog

Follow Western's Michele Parkin, Director of Faculty Relations as she blogs about her travels to Malawi as part of Leave for Change.

Western is focused on becoming a global leader in international education. As part of this international strategy the Staff Working Group on International Engagement (SIE) is developing opportunities for Western staff to participate and lead initiatives that reach beyond our campus.

To encourage global awareness and impact, Western’s staff international engagement group is establishing partnerships with several leading development organizations. We invite you investigate how to become involved and share your talents aimed at benefiting society and increasing our collective global awareness.

As new international opportunities are developed for staff engagement they will be posted on this website. If you have questions/suggestions regarding staff international engagement please contact:

Ingrid Johnston
SIE Co-Chair

Michele Parkin
SIE Co-Chair


Experience Vietnam! a great success

Experience Vietnam! a delicious celebration of Vietnamese food and culture organized by the Western Staff Working Group on International Engagement (SIE) provided a great opportunity for Western staff to learn more about this county. Watch for future cultural/food opportunities. 

Candidates selected for the 2015/16 Leave For Change Program

Congratulations to Michele Parkin and David Tweddell on being selected to represent Western in the 2015/16 Leave for Change Program. David travelled recently to a post in Vietnam as a Partnership Development Advisor. In January/February of 2016 Michele will be working with 21 tea companies through the Tea Association of Malawi (TAML). Check out Michele and David's L4C information pages.

Staff International Engagement Blog

David Tweddell

David Tweddell, a member of Western's Research Department was recently in Vietnam with Leave for Change. Check out his journey on the Staff International Experience blog.    

Current Opportunities 

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Leave for Change

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Staff Exchange Program

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Alternative Spring Break