Meet Lindsay Walthert: 2013 PFF Community Leadership Program Fellow!

Lindsay Walthert 2013 PFF FellowCongratulations to Lindsay Walthert, who was recently named a 2013 PFF Community Leadership Program Fellow. As an undergraduate student in international development and globalization with a minor in business administration, Lindsay will work in Tëta Piau, Bolivia, in collaboration with two local partners, the Fundación Desarrollo y Autogestión and the Fundación Outa Vae. The Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE) sat down with Lindsay to learn her thoughts on her future community engagement experience in Bolivia:

CGCE: In a few days, you will travel to Bolivia with a PFF Fellowship in hand from the Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE). What are your thoughts?

LW: I have been working on this project since November; I’m looking forward to getting started with the implementation phase! I’ve done as much as I can to prepare from Canada and now I need to meet with the partner organization, meet the community members and get to work there. My family is extremely supportive but since we are very close, leaving is always a difficult trade-off for me. Luckily, I’ve had a lot of help from everyone, especially the CGCE, and I know that will continue while I am away.

How did you prepare yourself to live  abroad for a year as a volunteer? Any concerns?

I have been doing a lot of reading to learn about the history and background of where I am going. I’ve also taken the opportunity to speak with many professors, international development professionals and even the Bolivian ambassador. Each conversation has provided me with new information, considerations and advice. I don’t have any worries per se, but I am interested to see how my plans and schedules will work on the ground. I imagine that it will be quite different from what I expect.

We have up to two more fellowships to be awarded in April 2014 for student-led initiatives. How did you come up with your project idea? What advice would you give to a uOttawa student who is interested in volunteering on a social-change project but doesn’t know where to start?

I had friends in Bolivia that I met when I did a Canada World Youth exchange there. I asked them what type of project they saw a need for, locally.  My advice to other students is to find a project you are passionate about, make a commitment you can meet, and from there, other opportunities will present themselves.

Do YOU have an innovative idea on how to create positive social change in a community? Check out  and please attend one of our upcoming 2013-2014 information sessions:

Info session: September 19, 2013
Info session: October 22, 2013
Info session: November 20, 2013
Working session: January 14, 2014
Deadline to submit your project proposal: February 7, 2014

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Le Bénévole est le bulletin d’information produit par le Centre d'engagement mondial et communautaire de l'Université d'Ottawa. Le Bulletin est publié cinq fois par année et comprend des articles, des histoires de réussites, des rapports statistiques, des rappels, des biographies sur les lauréats et plus encore! The Volunteer is the Newsletter produced by the Centre of Global and Community engagement of the University of Ottawa. The Newsletter is published fives times a year and includes articles, success stories, statistics reports, reminders, award recipients biographies and more!
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