With workshops, film nights, presentations, informal development-talks, and 18 photo exhibitions taking place in 12 cities across Canada, VIDEA is cranking up the heat for IDW 2017!

Check out what's happening nearest you:



Lessons Learned from our Tanzanian Mamas (mothers) and Dadas (sisters)
A Photo Exhibit

VIDEA's IYIP interns Rachel and Hillary will be hosting an art exhibit, showcasing photos taken during their internship in Tarime, Tanzania at the Cornerstone Cafe in the Fernwood Village (corner of Gladstone and Fernwood).  Their exhibit will be running from Feb 6th to the 11th.

A sampled photo from Rachel and Hillary's Exhibit, Lessons Learned from our Tanzanian Mamas (mothers) and Dadas (sisters)

Tales from Afar
A Photo Exhibit

VIDEA IYIP interns Alex and Ali will be hosting an exhibit at Bean Around the World (533 Fisgard St) from Feb. 6th to the 10th.  Alex will also be hosting a presentation at the Bean on Wednesday the 8th at 7pm.  All welcome!

A sampled photo from Alli and Alex's Exhibit, Tales from Afar

Development Drinks
529 Pandora Ave, Victoria

Due to poor weather conditions, our Development Drinks event has been postponed. Watch this space for updates!

Come by the Solstice Cafe and Lounge (529 Pandora Ave) for drink to connect, discuss, and share stories to kick off International Development Week in Victoria. You’ll find like-minded people who are interested and engaged with global issues and development based both in Canada and abroad.

Development and Its Fallacies: How to Really Engage Youth in the World’s Greatest Challenges
A Workshop

Through this workshop, UVic Human Rights Educator and associate Social Justice Faculty member, Moussa Magassa will be challenging you to critically think about your own engagement with many of challenges in the world. Moussa will stimulate dialogue around global citizenship, moral and legal obligations, and ways forward to tackle the world's greatest challenges. 


International Development Mosaic
A Panel Discussion

Intern Aja will be participating in a BCCIC panel discussion, which is open to the public!  Come to the North Douglas Pentecostal Church (675 Jolly Place) on Thursday, Feb 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm to participate! Doors open at 6:30 for networking and set up of displays. You can save a seat by contacting: coordinator-SoVIBCCIC@shaw.ca

"Fire at Sea” A Documentary capturing life on the frontlines of the  European migrant crisis

Come to the Young Building on Camosun Landsdowne Campus, Room 216 on Tuesday Feb. 7 at 7:00pm to watch this powerful documentary which brings attention to one of the most urgent global issues of our time.



Stories from South Africa
A Photo Exhibit

IYIP interns Katya and Linda will be hosting a launching party at UBC's Global Lounge (2205 Lower Mall) from 4 - 530pm on Feb. 2.  In addition to showcasing their photographs, they will be hosting a presentation & mix and mingle!  Their exhibit will be showcased in the Global Lounge all semester long, so if you're passing by UBC this winter/spring, go check it out!

A sampled photo from Linda and Katya's Exhibit, Stories from South Africa


Youth Standing in Solidarity with Youth
A Photo Exhibit

VIDEA IYIP intern Brynn will be hosting her IDW photo exhibit at Lost and Found Café in Gastown (33 W Hastings St), from the 6th to the 11th!!

A sampled photo from Brynn's exhibit, Youth Standing in Solidarity with Youth



Nibbles & Sound Bytes: Conversation & Cuisine on Sustainable Development
A Photo Exhibit

Alex and Vanessa will be hosting interactive presentations and photos from their internships in Victoria and Whistler.  On Feb. 6th, they are hosting a presentation at Vic High for refugee and immigrant students. They will also be hosting an interactive presentation and photo exhibit with the Whistler Rotary Club on Feb. 14th from 7am-9am.  The event is open to members of the club only.

A sampled photo from Vanessa and Alex's exhibit, Nibbles & Sound Bytes


A Glimpse into Life in East Africa
A Photo Exhibit

VIDEA intern Ashley will be hosting a one day IDW photo exhibition on Feb. 8 at Zack's Coffee (377 Victoria St).  Ashley writes, "A year ago today I was living as a local in Dar es Salaam, and begging foreign governments to support women entrepreneurs in Tanzania. This is my attempt to share that story through imagery." She will be hosting a presentation and opening the floor for Q&A from 6pm to 8pm! All are welcome.

A sampled photo from Ashley's Exhibit, A Glimpse into Life in East Africa


Life on an Island: Ecology and Community Resilience
A Photo Exhibit

VIDEA #IYIP Intern Faye will be hosting her photo exhibit at Circle Cafe (901 7th Ave) in Invermere, BC during the entire week of IDW.  Faye will also be holding a reception at the Circle Cafe on Feb 6 from 5-6 pm ~ all welcome!

A sampled photo from Faye's exhibit, Life on an island



Tales of the Girl from Taku Boulevard
A Photo Exhibit

#IYIP intern Teagan will be hosting an exhibit at the Baked Cafe (100 Main St) from Feb. 6th to the 10th, and will be having a closing show on the 10th from 5:30 to 6:30pm! Here's what Teagan has to say about IDW and her exhibit:

“International Development is a wide concept concerning the growth of humanity and initiatives to reduce poverty and inequality on a global scale. The term seems almost to big to tackle but there are courageous people across the world working towards change. It is the little things that make big things happen."


A sampled photo from Teagan's Exhibit, Tales of the Girl from Taku Boulevard


International Development: A Week or a Lifetime
A Photo Exhibit

Join VIDEA's intern Omara at 1000voices (the Genesis Centre) on Feb. 5 from 10am to 4pm to celebrate the launch of her IDW IYIP photo exhibit! Omara will be hosting a reception and have an information booth set up for those of you interested in learning more about her internship!

A sampled photo from Omara's exhibit, International Development: A Week or a Lifetime

Medicine Hat

Connecting Spaces and Places
A Photo Exhibit

Join Nicole at the Madhatters Coffee Roaster (513 3rd St SE) - her exhibit will run all IDW week, and she'll be spending time at the cafe throughout the week to speak with anybody interested in learning more about her experience living in Uganda.  Nicole says,

A sampled photo from Nicole's exhibit, Connecting Spaces and Places

"My photo exhibition will focus on what everyday life was on Bushara Island. When sharing my experiences with people, I am usually first asked the stereotypical questions about "Africa" - Is everyone starving? Wasn't I afraid? Was I living in the jungle? - I hope that my exhibition sheds some light on these false and harmful stereotypes!" 


Global Citizenship and Solidarity: Ways Forward and Shared Experience
A Photo Exhibit 

Our interns in Toronto (Brianne, Claire, and Randa) will be hosting their exhibit at two locations: York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies Lounge (all week long), and Starbucks on Lakeshore and Leslie St. (on Wednesday, Feb 8th from 6am-10pm).  Come by Starbucks to speak with our interns, who will be there all day! 

Come by one or both of these locations during IDW to engage with photos taken in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

A sampled photo from the Toronto Exhibit,
Global Citizenship and Solidarity


Riding the Waves in Uganda
A Photo Exhibit

Interns Rachel and Elyce will be hosting their IDW exhibit from February 8-10 at Studio.89 Café (1065 Canadian Pl #104) in Mississauga!! Stop by to check out their beautiful artwork, and if you're free, join their opening reception from 7pm-10pm on the 8th!

A sampled photo from Elyce and Rachel's Exhibit, Riding The Waves in Uganda


Communities, Relationships, and Simplicity: Where Open Minds May Lead
A Photo Exhibit

On Sunday, February 5 our interns based in Montreal will be launching their photo exhibit at Ticos Temple (5686 Av de Monkland) with a presentation and reception from 4-7 pm.  Can't make it?  The exhibit will be running all week long.

In addition to displaying photos and hosting a presentation, one of the Montreal interns (Muriel) will also be displaying a 'lib-dub' video she made during her internship! Check out the video by clicking on the photo below


Self Care and Support: How to Handle Culture Shock
A Workshop For Canadian Newcomers

On February 8, Krista will be hosting a workshop for Canadian newcomers at the Halifax Regional School Board Adult ESL school from 10am-12pm. The session will be an informal discussion about living in a new country and how to navigate things like missing family and figuring out social norms. She will also facilitate dialogue on the importance of international development and why she participated in the IYIP. 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada

International Development Week

VIDEA has celebrated International Development Week (IDW)  since it was first introduced in 1990 by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as an opportunity to celebrate Canadians and their roles and achievements.  Each year VIDEA joins together with community partners - usually a combination of the University of Victoria and Camosun College - to host a series of events to raise awareness and initiate conversations around issues of development.

Past years have included panel discussions, workshops, lectures, and food nights centering around a variety of current development issues. IDW provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community and get some good discussions started.