VIU’s Building Resilience in Coastal Communities (BRiCC) program will be offering 24 internship and scholarship positions for VIU students and 7 scholarships to incoming Belizean graduate students from 2016 to 2018. BRiCC QE II Scholars will undertake research, project work and internships in collaboration with community partners in Belize and on Vancouver Island that aim to support:

  • Capacity to foster sustainable economic activity, particularly tourism.
  • Management of water in coastal zones, including drinking water.
  • Developing and managing parks and protected areas in or near coastal communities.
  • Coastal communities’ responses to climate change.
  • Sustainable aquatic foods and local agricultural production.

Funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, the program aims to:

  • Develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences.
  • Activate a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around the Commonwealth through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.
  • Enhance collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among interns and scholars to enrich the program experience and facilitate personal and professional growth.
  • Enable Scholars to pursue and amplify community development in Canada and the Commonwealth

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.


  • February 7, 2018
  • Blog

It has been an amazing year in Canada! Reflecting on my many new relationships, experiences and adventures, I feel grateful for the opportunities that studying abroad has provided to me. A major accomplishment this semester was working on the VIU Intercultural Week project. I had the opportunity to plan the Cultural Couch Series on Belize with fellow Belizean scholars. I also partook in the first ever Story Slam at VIU hosted by Education Abroad and was chosen to be an M.C. at an event to promote indigenous hip-hop.

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