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World Link Volunteer Program

QUIC’s World Link Volunteer Program is intended to support the intercultural experiences of Queen’s students, to create opportunities to highlight the varied international experiences of Queen’s students. This is a chance for international students or students who have recently returned from abroad to share their international experiences and act as international ambassadors at Queen’s. Last year, the team organized many events and activities such as Games Night, International Trivia Night, and Design-It-Yourselves events. They have also contributed to QUIC Blog in the topics of Home Away from Home, 5 Ways to Connect with Friends & Family while Abroad, and Winter Tips!

Would you like to be part of the World Link Team in 2016-2017?
Please see the Volunteer Job Description  on how to apply. Application deadline: Sept. 25, 2016

Students who volunteered last year:


Candy Tse

Country of Representation:

Candy Tse

Candy Tse – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

Candy is from Toronto. She has participated on Queen's Exchange in Grenoble, France (2014-2015) and on the Explore Program in Chicoutimi, Quebec (Summer 2015)

Languages: English, Cantonese, & French

Program: Biochemistry and French & Concurrent Education

Memorable Highlights:

“Coming from flat-old Toronto, being surrounded by proper mountains everyday was mind-blowing and it never failed to take my breath away each day as I walked to school or roll up my blinds. I got to experience a range of new and fun outdoor activities including skiing, canyoning and hiking.”

What I learned/ How I Have Changed:

“After my exchange, I knew that I was a different person. I was no longer that dependent, shy and up-tight student I was in first year. I cared less about what others thought, if I wanted to do something, I would do it! I was also okay with being alone and enjoyed my own company. In addition to being more confident, I developed a more relaxed mindset and appreciative attitude for my friends, family and life. Even though I also developed a range of important professional skills such as networking and adaptability, I think personal change and an “everything will be okay” attitude are the biggest takeaways from my year abroad.”

What would you say to Encourage Students to Seek International Experience?

“And as I quote again from Nike, I would say “JUST DO IT!” Be fearless because it will be so worth it! It may seem daunting and stressful in the beginning in terms of planning and applications but when you get off that plane and immerse yourself in the experience you will be so happy that you had the courage to put your desires into action. If you can get over that initial fear (which everyone has), you will have the world at your fingertips!”

Favourite Movie:

Big Hero 6, because it made me want to live in San Fransokyo and attend the technology/science school that Hiro and the rest of the characters attended. I loved the whole concept of the movie from the innovative health aspects of Baymax to the funny and diversity in personality and contribution in this relatable “super hero” crew. #squadgoals

Favourite Food (or interesting food, describe):

Tacos, but not the Mexican-kind 😉 I was introduced to them in France and they are a specialty in the Rhone-Alpes Region. Basically, they consist of a 1 choice of meat (kebab is the best), 1 choice of sauce (I prefer Algerian) and a whole load of fries. Then wrap all of that deliciousness into one pita wrap and oven-press it. It is the best drunk food and heart attack you will experience in your life!

Favourite Quote:

“We accept the love we think we deserve” –Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

This quote really resonated with me when I first heard it because I think everyone is their worst critic, sceptic and filter certain people or feelings in depending on how comfortable they are. However, what we should focus on is how we are all deserving of love, friendship and happiness!


Christina Strater

Christina Strater

Christina Strater – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Countries of Representation: 

Christina has studied at the Bader International Study Centre, BISC (Queen’s Campus in England) in her 1st year and at Heidelberg, Germany on Queen’s Exchange in her 3rd year. She has also lived in the US and participated on an internship in Uganda.

Program of Study: Global Development Studies (major) & World Languages, Literature and Cultures- German (minor)

 Languages Spoken: English, French & German

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“One of my most memorable experiences was having the chance to row this past summer along the Neckar River running through Heidelberg, Germany.  I loved being able to get involved in a local club- it was a great way to work on my German and I met some incredible people.  Being on the water lent a gorgeous perspective on the city!”

 Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed?

“Through travel and experiences in different places I have gained confidence in my ability to adapt and adjust to new situations.  Moving away from home can be intimidating at first, but also so rewarding.  Once I realized this, I made the effort to get involved and make the most of my time abroad!”

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“I would encourage everyone to seek experiences abroad!  The memories that come from your time away are ones you will absolutely never forget and the possibility to immerse yourself in a completely new and different culture is unparalleled.  In the process, you learn so much about yourself and the world around you!”

Favourite Quote

“I selected this quote for my grad profile in high school and love it for its simplicity and absolute honesty: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)”

“I am thrilled to be part of QUIC’s World Link volunteer team and am so excited to meet more Canadian and international students!”


Krystal See

Krystal See

Krystal See – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Countries of Representation: “Originally from Klang, Selangor, Malaysia and I have lived there all my life, except for the past 4 years in which I have studied and remained in Canada for the duration of my undergraduate degree. I also took a course at the National University of Singapore this past summer and lived there
for 2 months.”

Program of Study: Economics (ArtSci)

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Hokkien (Listening only)

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“Making friends with people from all over the world gets easier. Today, when I think of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, the UK, France, Taiwan, Singapore, I no longer see it as just another beautiful country, I also feel connected to these countries through its people and culture as I get to meet some of the country’s residents here in Canada.”

 Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed:

“My view of the world has never been the same ever since I’ve left home. I learn to see things differently, to perceive things in a different light and to understand and embrace different people and ideas as I expand my social circle. I learned the different ways people communicate and that is one thing that I am most proud of myself. I’m no longer the shy girl sitting by the corner of the classroom, I’ve learned to be more outgoing and see the benefits in doing so, in fact I’ve learned to enjoy it as well.

I also feel that as you live abroad, you tend to push yourself out of your comfort zone, to experience things that you’ve never done before back in your home country. When you go abroad, you naturally take on the role of becoming your country’s ambassador in a sense that people look or expect to have a positive impression of your country through what you say and through listening to your experience. In some ways, I feel that I’ve learned more about myself and my country’s culture when I’m abroad and when people start asking me about what makes us unique, because you’re never as sensitive and aware about the vast cultural differences when you are back home as you do when you are in a different environment, and this itself has made me more proud of where I came from and it has allowed me to be more appreciative of my culture.

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

You’re never going to be any younger than you are right now, and you never know what commitments you will have in the future, so take the opportunity and the fact that you’re still young and able, raw and energetic, take that adventurous spirit of yours to explore the vast beautiful world that we live in, and you’ll come back with a greater sense of fulfillment, gratefulness and self-discovery.

Favourite Cartoon or TV character (or super hero)
“SAILORMOON Forever!! – It’s something that I have been loving since I was 2. Whether I’m in high school, college or at university now, I still find myself looking back at all my Sailormoon memories. I’m a dreamer and my heads are always in the clouds, just the whole element of cool and awesomeness embodied into this cartoon is really the thing that brings me back to it. I liked how Sailor moon isn’t afraid to admit that she loves food and does whatever she wants that makes her happy, and even though she can be quite a klutz and clumsy in the show, her friends still loved her for the way she is. Even though the show has been known to be about ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Warriors’, I liked how each characters showed their rawness and humanly characteristics as well and that it’s not always about looks, and that you can still be an awesome person even though you’re human and that you make mistakes.”


Lucy Jun

Lucy Jun

Lucy Jun – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Countries of Representation: “I was born in Korea, but I lived in China since I was 3 years old until I graduated high school, and then came to Canada for university. In China, I attended a Singaporean international elementary school, and then went to an American international school from grade 7 to 12.”

 Program of Study: Psychology

 Languages Spoken: Korean, English, Chinese

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“When I first came to Canada, I was quite surprised by how friendly the people were! Smiling at and conversing with strangers is something I would never imagine of happening back in Korea or China. At first I did not know how to react to such an unfamiliar situation, but now I’ve got more used to it and think it’s a great part of the culture.”

 Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed:

“Living abroad and being exposed to so many different cultures have made me become more open-minded and accepting of differences. I can embrace different perspectives, and incorporate great qualities of each culture I have experienced.”

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“Don’t ever hesitate to explore abroad, because you will discover so many things when you immerse yourself in a new culture. You can only learn about the world when you venture out of your home!”

Favourite Food:

Cheese, because everything cheese-related tastes good and I never get sick of it!


Megan Siddall

Megan Siddall

Megan Siddall – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Countries of Representation: "I’m from Canada. I studied at the Bader International Study Centre BISC (Queen’s campus in England) in first year and went on exchange to Sciences Po’s Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Campus in Menton, France first term of third year and returned to the BISC for second term of third year. I’ve currently spent more time abroad during my undergraduate degree than in Kingston!"

 Program of Study: Global Development Major, Music Minor, International Studies Certificate

 Languages Spoken: English, French & learning German, Italian and Mandarin

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“There’s too many! A highlight of my time in Menton were my morning ‘watersport’ classes. I remember laughing (somewhat anxiously) about spotting a baby shark while sailing outside the harbour with students from Iceland, Italy, Hungary, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Tunisia and Turkey.

From paddle boarding to the closest beach on the Italian border to learning French lyrics to Disney songs while on a catamaran to sharing my peanut butter (brought from Canada) and jam sandwich with students who had never tried one to practicing Italian numbers while counting our strokes kayaking, these memories have stuck with me. Working together to figure out how to tie ropes properly while shouting out in various languages and having a common struggle was a great cross-cultural bonding experience.” 

Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed?

“I truly have caught the ‘wanderlust’ bug for studying, living and in the future, working internationally. University is a time of exploration, growth, new beginnings and, foremost, independence; I found that my experiences abroad enriched my development in all those areas. Specifically, they have opened up opportunities to studying very interdisciplinary subjects and through experiential learning. Literally I have been able to see readings go from page to stage in my music and drama courses, which have been the highlight of my academics so far.”

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“I’d say they should wander, roam, and explore – the world is pretty amazing! Studying or living abroad, to me, is not simply for understanding foreign cultures, language immersion, traveling, gaining independence, or meeting new people and creating lasting friendships, it is the combination of all of these factors that change you. They help you gain a unique perspective of your home country, build compassion towards others, encourage a pursuit of varied knowledge, and can help develop critical thinking. Living in another place for a significant period of time gives you the chance to really get to know the heart of a city or countryside – how it changes during seasons, who moves in and out. Just like a person, with time you understand its intricacies and appreciate various elements of its personality. Further, I believe international experience fosters cross-cultural awareness and a questioning of the norm which definitely opens up your mindset.”

Favourite Food: “Anything Italian! Pizza, pasta, gelato. I’ll never forget the incredible stuffed ricotta zucchini flowers I ate in Rome.”


Ning Feng

Ning Feng

Ning Feng – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Countries of  Representation: "Originally from China. In the past summer (2015) I attended summer school at Yonsei University in South Korea. I also volunteered in Laos in the Summer of 2014."

 Program of Study: Political Studies Major & Classical Studies Minor

 Languages Spoken: Mandarin, English

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“I had the opportunity meeting with people all around the world. Talking and making friends with people from different background and experiences is always fun. Most importantly, my social network has spanned globally.”

 Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed:

“From my experience in Korea and Laos, I learned a lot about both Korean and Laotian lifestyles. I also learned that being raised in different cultures give us different perspectives of life, but all views should be equally respected. Volunteering in Laos was also my first time spending entire 2 weeks with volunteers solely from English-speaking countries (US, Australia, UK, Canada). Overall, I am now very independent in exploring new places and adopting new cultures.”

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“You never know what you’ve missed until you step out your comfort zone. Don’t let so – called ‘cultural barrier’ scares you off, nothing will go off-limit if you plays the card right. Honestly, I panicked a lot before my Laos departure. It was not only because I was going to a new country, but also I didn’t know if I would get along with volunteers from completely different cultural backgrounds. But I knew I would have to give it a try, and my Laos experience was the greatest thing which has happened to me and I would never trade anything in the world for it. My successful Laos experience also gave me the courage to participate at a summer exchange program at Yonsei University in South Korea. Long story short, I understand your worries of the uncertainty of going on exchange to a different country. BUT Trust me, study aboard is one of lifetime experience that you will never regret.”


Ross Dutkiewicz

 Countries of Representation: “Grew up in Vancouver, Canada; spent a year on internship in Munich, Germany.”

Ross Dutkiewicz

Ross Dutkiewicz – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Program of Study: Computer Engineering

 Languages Spoken: English, some French, a little German

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“I took a 10-day trip to Turkey, expecting to stay the whole time in Istanbul to keep within a budget.  Instead, after three days in Istanbul, I took a whirlwind tour of Turkey, from hiking and hot air ballooning in Cappadocia to mingling with a thousand tourists in ruined Ephesus.  It was unexpected, impromptu, and absolutely incredible.” 

Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed:

“I’ve grown immensely as a result of my international experience.  I learned to push my comfort zone, to be more confident, and to make the most of any situation.  Once you’ve been totally lost in a foreign city and turned it into a positive experience, made a new friend group far from home, and learned to navigate in a foreign language, you possess the tools necessary to repeat it anywhere.” 

What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“Go for it. There’s a whole world out there, so much to see and do and explore; don’t settle for what you already know, find something new.”

Favourite Food: “I make a fantastic German cheesecake.  I picked up baking while in Germany, and had to adapt recipes to the European grocery stores.  Most things I had to make substitutions, but not that cheesecake.  I’ve only found quark in one store in Canada so far, and the resulting cheesecake was not nearly as good as the one I used to make.  Each of my friends has a different favourite, but that cheesecake is mine.”


Sayaka Hoshino

Countries of Representation: “Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Studied at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in Herstmonceux, England from 2014 to 2015.”

Sayaka Hoshino

Sayaka Hoshino – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016

 Program of Study:  Sociology and Music.

 Languages Spoken: Japanese, English, and basic Spanish.

Tell us about one of your most memorable highlights about living away from home:

“Tea Time in England: I was invited for tea with some of the local people around the BISC. The people there were so lovely and the English have definitely mastered the tea experience. For someone from downtown Tokyo, I couldn’t have had such a fairy tale-like time without going to the BISC.”

“Traveling to Paris: Everything I read in books was around me. It felt like a dream.”

“Homecoming Day 2015: I participated in the Parade with the Queen’s Bands as a dancer for the alumni. There were so many of them and their Queen’s spirit was incredible. Queen’s is such a loved university.“

 Tell us what you learned while away or how you might have changed

“I realized that there are so many nice people supporting me. Living where people speak different languages makes it much more difficult than living in my home city, and I have found that I cannot do everything by myself. I can be here with the support from other people. I’ve begun to feel thankful for my new everyday ‘normal’ life.”

 What would you say to students to encourage them to seek international experience?

“You should definitely look into it if you are interested and think you are ready! It’s such an eye-opening experience. You will realize that your “normal” life won’t be normal wherever you go. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but you will get to experience more than you could ever imagine.”

Favourite Food: S’mor and Apple Cider are the best things I’ve ever had in Canada!!! If you haven’t tried them, you should!