On a humid August day, Byung Oh boarded a plane as an IT Specialist destined for Hanoi. He returned to Canada the following March, a changed man.
Byung’s IT skills were in hot demand in Vietnam. “One volunteer packed up her desktop computer and travelled 10 hours to Hanoi so I could fix it,” remembers Byung. Throughout his placement he developed a database, helped set up an office-wide IT system and provided much-needed IT help.
In December, Byung had the opportunity to help organize an International Volunteer Day event in collaboration with the United Nations. He dove into the assignment and helped with every detail—from high-level planning, to inviting guests and ordering chairs!
“I will always remember that event,” says Byung. “It was incredible to mingle with people from around the world and share different ideas and opinions.”
After his placement, Byung started volunteering in Toronto, and pursued a M.A. in Immigration and Settlement Studies. He left the IT field and now works as a career strategist, helping university students set career goals.
“I encourage students to volunteer,” Byung says. “Whether locally or internationally—there is something very eye-opening about it.”