The UBC International Nutrition Major is the only undergraduate program in North America that connects lessons learned in the classroom to global issues related to nutrition and food security. The program’s international placements offer students invaluable life and work experience in developing countries, and provide a global lens through which to apply their UBC education. The program prepares students to be leaders in development, health, education, and other related fields. Please make a donation here.
Students contribute to projects led by organizations such as UNICEF, the UN World Food Programme, Helen Keller International, and World Relief. UBC students and the International Nutrition faculty are currently working in Rwanda, Zambia, Ecuador, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and beyond. The nutritional interventions are often large-scale, and include rural home-based fortification with Micronutrient Powders, homestead fish production, and community education.
UBC student Kristina Michaux travelled to Rwanda where she helped develop a program to provide young children with the essential micronutrients they need to prevent anemia and improve nutrition. Following her three-month field placement Michaux said, “There is such a difference between textbook knowledge and going into the field and seeing the real-life setbacks that communities face in developing countries.”
The cost of placements varies by location. Airfare and living expenses can make it difficult for students to participate in international fieldwork.
With your support, we can provide UBC students with opportunities to contribute to projects that reduce malnutrition and improve household food security. In addition to supporting an exceptional learning experience, you will be helping global communities build a better future. Please make a donation today.