Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) is a student run organization operating out of the Queen’s Engineering Society since 1990. We host a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, in Canada and internationally. Our vision is to foster a development consciousness in the Queen’s community as a catalyst for local and global change. As such, QPID is a venue for collaboration among students and members of the host communities we work in both, nationally and internationally, to share knowledge and promote development consciousness. QPID uses a holistic approach to development through engagement in critical thinking and informed action.
On campus, QPID hosts around 5 forums per semester (discussion, panels, presentations and workshops), which focus on a variety of development and global justice issues. All students are welcome to come out to think, talk and learn together about questions that aren’t necessarily addressed in students’ classes or everyday lives.
In Kingston, QPID runs ‘Seek, Engage Empower’ Workshops in local high schools and elementary schools. Many of the same issues addressed in weekly forum are introduced to Kingston youth. Additionally QPID runs a one day Youth Conference for 80 Kingston high school students, and works to inform and inspire these students to take action. Through these education initiatives QPID hopes to stimulate more awareness of global problems that our generation faces and inspire a passion for local and global development.
QPID also works with the community to facilitate the 5 Days for homelessness campaign; Kingston’s largest campaign to help with housing and homeless supports. Last year the campaign raised $12, 000 which went to support the operations of the Kingston Youth Shelter.
In Canada and internationally, QPID participates in summer internships. These internships vary from region to region, but share a focus on collaboration and teamwork between Interns (summer internship volunteers) and members of host communities to fill needs that have been recognized by host communities themselves. These two to three month projects provide host communities with eager volunteers, and our volunteers with a unique opportunity for a cross-cultural experience. QPID has participated in over 200 grassroots community development projects in Guyana, Ghana, Nunavut, Bolivia, Peru, India, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso and Kingston. Last summer, 8 interns were sent to Yellow-Knife, Botswana, Delhi, and Bangalore.
In all that we do, QPID strives to engage in critical thinking and work towards informed action.