About Us

Students for International Development (SID) mobilizes university students and graduates to reduce global poverty through intensive training and field-based internships in Kenya and Peru

Students for International Development (SID) provides global-minded university students and young professionals with hands-on experience in international development through community-level projects to reduce poverty in Kenya and Peru. We focus on supporting ambitious and independent young leaders who seek a platform for social impact, and who want to embark on serious professional growth in the field.

Volunteering and Grassroots Organizing is in our DNA
SID is a volunteer-run organization. While we do compensate full-time field-based coordinators and translators overseas to support our teams, our programs, training materials, and projects are the product of thousands of hours of volunteer labor from our members and field partners.

We offer a professional internship and training program to help you jump-start a career in international development, and an opportunity to have a direct and lasting impact on communities in third world countries.

Working in Partnerships
Our projects are undertaken in partnership with domestic and foreign charities, with the support of local county governments, to ensure relevance, sustainability, and quality long-term management


Over 200 international volunteers have advanced our projects


Over $250,000 CAD spent on initiatives

What do we do?

We build

– Clinics
– Labs
– Maternity wards
– Water springs
– Rainwater harvesting systems

We design

– Orphan support programs
– Custom digital courses
– Peer helping and tutoring clubs
– Disease prevention strategies

We cultivate

– Local ownership
– Ambition and empowerment

We challenge

– HIV stigma
– Patriarchy and sexism

International Volunteer Organization

How are we different from other international volunteer organizations?

  • Extensive pre-departure training and field-based professional development
  • Projects are complex, professionally challenging, and high impact
  • All work is done with support from local government
  • We are a volunteer-run not-for-profit
  • We ensure ultra affordable living costs through our team housing

Why Join Us?

  • Have a direct and lasting impact
  • Jump-start a career in international development
  • Work with a driven and fun team
  • More community based programs and fieldwork, less paper-pushing

How we got started

SID was founded by Canadian university students who believe that social impact and professional growth go hand-in-hand.


2007-2009: University of Toronto students organized projects in Kenya and Peru


2009-2013: SID became a registered non-profit corporation


2013-present: SID’s founders set up PfID, an affiliated charity, to manage and fund SID’s long-term projects in partnership with local organizations

Membership and Governance

We are Member Governed

All international volunteers become members of SID. Members elect our board, can propose new policy, and have a say in planning future projects. As a member, you can also participate in the selection and mentorship of new recruits who will carry forward your work overseas.

Member Benefits

All SID alumni in good standing are welcome to join any of our international project teams and will receive a major subsidy towards team living expenses (between 50-100%). Depending on the work duration, project budget, and responsibilities, SID or its partner charities may cover international travel as well.

Volunteer Voices

Working with SID broadened my horizons personally and professionally. Shortly after volunteering with SID, I was able to secure a fully funded position in community economic development in the Philippines through the Canadian International Development Agency Youth Internship Program.

Chiara Magboo


The Olive Branch

The Olive Branch is a Tanzanian-Canadian charity serving the rural Mbeya Region since 2005.

Pamoja CBO

Pamoja CBO is a grassroots Kenyan social benefit organization operating in rural Kisumu County.


PfID is a Canadian charity that provides long term governance, planning, and funding to core projects launched by SID members.