July 14, 2008 11:56 ET

BCIT Director Commits Two Years to Volunteering in South Pacific

David Bough and family travel to Vanuatu to advise government on individual and organizational capacity building

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - In true Survivor fashion, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) director of Learner Services David Bough will pack his belongings, with his wife Mahfar and son Ian, and fly to Vanuatu where they will remain for the next two years. As a planning and management advisor for the Vanuatu Government, department of Local Authorities, Bough will put his strategic planning expertise to work while advising Vanuatu's provincial governments on ways to build their capacities in administration; financial management; planning and implementing economic development projects; and improving their capacity to represent citizens and communities on issues that affect their lives and well-being.

"This service overseas presents a life-changing opportunity for me and my family to live and work in a different environment, offering a unique chance to advance my managerial and administrative abilities through hands-on experience to help a developing country," says Bough. "As a strong supporter of lifelong learning and part-time studies, I view this leave as beneficial, not only to the development work in Vanuatu, but also to myself and BCIT."

Recruited and trained by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international development agency with fifty years of experience sending volunteers to work in developing countries alongside local partners, Bough will leave his home of North Vancouver on July 20 and begin work in Vanuatu immediately upon arrival. Bough and his family will receive personal and financial support from VSO for living, flights, accommodation, medical and health insurance, work permits, and visas.

"BCIT is pleased to support David by providing him with a two-year leave of absence," says Val Karpinsky, vice president of Student Services at BCIT. "With our increasing international focus, this is a valuable opportunity for David and BCIT - working and living in a very different overseas setting and culture will broaden David's skills and experience to make him an even more valuable manager upon his return to BCIT."

Vanuatu, renowned for its location-role in the hit CBS reality-television series Survivor, is an island-nation with 83 islands located in the South Pacific some 1,750 kms east of Northern Australia.

For interview or photo opportunities, please contact David Bough directly at 604-862-0812 or david_bough@bcit.ca.

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