Jacques Jobin always knew he wanted to explore the world. In 1963, John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps inspired Mr. Jobin to look for a Canadian equivalent. That’s when, at 25 years old, he found Cuso International, and set off on his first trip abroad. He and his new bride arrived in Burundi that year with eight other fresh-faced CUSO volunteers.
“Our hosts were eagerly waiting for us and greeted us with open arms,” said Mr. Jobin. “Everything was new to us, especially the local food.”
The couple was assigned to teach in a boarding school for a year.
Upon his return to Canada Mr. Jobin joined CUSO as a paid employee. Two years later, he travelled to Uganda to work on a CUSO project. Following that trip, he returned to CUSO for another six years, as Director General. Mr. Jobin’s whole career has been dedicated to international non-governmental organizations including leadership roles at OXFAM-Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ international office and Jeunesse Canada Monde.
Now retired, Mr. Jobin lives in Buckingham, Quebec. In 2015, he released a memoir focused on his international experiences entitled: Coopération internationale en ONG 1965-2015: Parcours d’un idéaliste.