Harold Wright’s Cuso International connection was a happy happenstance that led to years of volunteering and a life enriched by multi-culturalism.
Wright became involved with Cuso International in 1966 out of curiosity after a friend told him about his work as a regional volunteer. Harold began giving his time to the Toronto office, helping deliver information meetings to prospective regional volunteers. That is also where he met his wife, who had been a regional volunteer in the second CUSO group to India.
After teaching chemistry for two years in Nigeria with CIDA, Harold resumed his volunteer work with CUSO conducting selection interviews for the Toronto office. He did this for the next several years.
“CUSO gave me the bug to go work internationally,” says Wright. “I really believed in what they were doing, and wanted to give back a little.”
A lifelong science teacher in some of Toronto’s more multi-cultural schools, Wright says that his CUSO and CIDA experience really helped him connect with and understand his students. It also led him to become the staff advisor to the student-led Afro-Canadian club at Oakwood C.I. in the city.
Retired since 2009, Wright now donates his time to Romero House in Toronto—an organization that houses asylum seekers. His experience conducting selection interviews with CUSO landed him the position of internship application coordinator there. He has also taken part in two construction expeditions to build classrooms in Central America with World Accord.