Our Impact

Education leads to stronger communities.
Since 2008, SOS has supported students across Canada and around the world through our one-of-a-kind social enterprise. See what the experience has meant to all those who make up the SOS Community!

Through our peer-to-peer Exam Aid programs, we help students conquer examaphobia.

"Attending SOS prep sessions was one the best decisions I made in first year. Acing your courses and supporting a great cause? Exam prep doesn't get better than that"

Chris Zhou, Third Year, Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University (and Alumni of Canada’s Prime Minister’s Youth Council)

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2019-05-23T21:25:51-04:00

Chris Zhou, Third Year, Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University (and Alumni of Canada’s Prime Minister’s Youth Council)

"Attending SOS prep sessions was one the best decisions I made in first year. Acing your courses and supporting a great cause? Exam prep doesn't get better than that"

“Their exam prep classes were insanely valuable. It’s a really valuable experience I recommend to every student.”

Victoria Mahon, University of Windsor Student (shared in The Globe and Mail’s Education Report)

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2019-05-23T21:27:00-04:00

Victoria Mahon, University of Windsor Student (shared in The Globe and Mail’s Education Report)

“Their exam prep classes were insanely valuable. It’s a really valuable experience I recommend to every student.”
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SOS is a member of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada

Through a holistic, evidence-based approach (learn more), we’ve funded over +225 locally-driven projects improving access to and quality of education, impacting an estimated 150,000 students* in underserved communities.

"Now I am not afraid of sending my kids to attend school. Last year, I did not want to send them, because I thought that the school could come down anytime, now I know this is a safe place for my kids."

Romelia Lux Us, President of the Women’s Organization – 2012

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T21:48:55-04:00

Romelia Lux Us, President of the Women’s Organization – 2012

"Now I am not afraid of sending my kids to attend school. Last year, I did not want to send them, because I thought that the school could come down anytime, now I know this is a safe place for my kids."

“Now that we have the water project in the community we have higher school attendance because children do not have to work the whole day carrying water. The impact is great: children are healthier and cleaner.”

Jorge Raudales, Community Leader – Honduras, 2013

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T21:50:58-04:00

Jorge Raudales, Community Leader – Honduras, 2013

“Now that we have the water project in the community we have higher school attendance because children do not have to work the whole day carrying water. The impact is great: children are healthier and cleaner.”

“I would like to thank Students Offering Support for their very committed volunteers and for their financial support. We are sure that this combined effort is helping us reach our dream – one where nobody is left behind.”

Juan Francisco De Leon, Mayor of Sibilia, Guatemala

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2019-05-23T21:52:06-04:00

Juan Francisco De Leon, Mayor of Sibilia, Guatemala

“I would like to thank Students Offering Support for their very committed volunteers and for their financial support. We are sure that this combined effort is helping us reach our dream – one where nobody is left behind.”
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Over 1600+ Canadians have volunteered abroad with SOS through our one of a kind service trips and international placements.

“Out of my comfort zone! That’s what made it so great and exceeded all expectations! To put it simply, my first trip with SOS won’t be my last and I’d recommend this to anyone who has the smallest or biggest urge to make positive change and impact on a community, friends, and most of all yourself.”

Hayley, Namaldi, Costa Rica – 2011

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T21:55:32-04:00

Hayley, Namaldi, Costa Rica – 2011

“Out of my comfort zone! That’s what made it so great and exceeded all expectations! To put it simply, my first trip with SOS won’t be my last and I’d recommend this to anyone who has the smallest or biggest urge to make positive change and impact on a community, friends, and most of all yourself.”

“One of the most valuable things we learned was the importance of the project. The sports court we assisted with would not only provide a safe place for kids to play, but would also act as a symbol of unity, following a long civil war where public gatherings were commonly targeted. Seeing how meaningful this project was to the community was one of the most rewarding aspects of my experience."

Taylor, Outreach Trip Participant, Aldea de Los Angeles, Guatemala, 2017

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T21:56:48-04:00

Taylor, Outreach Trip Participant, Aldea de Los Angeles, Guatemala, 2017

“One of the most valuable things we learned was the importance of the project. The sports court we assisted with would not only provide a safe place for kids to play, but would also act as a symbol of unity, following a long civil war where public gatherings were commonly targeted. Seeing how meaningful this project was to the community was one of the most rewarding aspects of my experience."

“It was amazing to witness where the money goes. Coming back from Costa Rica, I am more enthusiastic about SOS, and eager to take on a larger role volunteering this year”

Samantha, UBC , Costa Rica , 2013

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2019-05-23T21:57:54-04:00

Samantha, UBC , Costa Rica , 2013

“It was amazing to witness where the money goes. Coming back from Costa Rica, I am more enthusiastic about SOS, and eager to take on a larger role volunteering this year”

“My outreach trip in 2010 was my first experience travelling alone. It gave me a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world and people that I've carried with me through every trip I've been on since.”

Kimberly Asnani,

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T21:59:01-04:00

Kimberly Asnani,

“My outreach trip in 2010 was my first experience travelling alone. It gave me a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world and people that I've carried with me through every trip I've been on since.”
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The portion of past volunteer abroad program participants who agreed or strongly agreed with the following from a Ten Year “Alumni Impact Survey”:

Over 10,000 volunteers have been involved in delivering SOS’ programs across Canada and around the world, offering a truly one-of-a-kind leadership development experience:

“SOS completely changed my life. I always knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to trying to do social good, but never really found the inspiration or vehicle to do it. That was until SOS came along. SOS provided me unique growth opportunities while giving me the chance to enhance the learning experiences of others. I'm forever grateful.”

Jason Frittaion, Co-President, Laurier SOS

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T22:01:33-04:00

Jason Frittaion, Co-President, Laurier SOS

“SOS completely changed my life. I always knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to trying to do social good, but never really found the inspiration or vehicle to do it. That was until SOS came along. SOS provided me unique growth opportunities while giving me the chance to enhance the learning experiences of others. I'm forever grateful.”

“The experience of running an SOS Chapter as Co-President and later as a Director on the Board provided a great deal of learning on how to interact and work with others, prioritize tasks and support the day-to-day operations of a network of hundreds of volunteers nation-wide. It has humbled me and illustrated that there is always much to learn in your life and career to become the best version of yourself - and there are always those who will have different strengths than you do, which should be utilized to achieve the best possible outcomes in each challenge you face."

Jackson Hounsell,

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T22:02:31-04:00

Jackson Hounsell,

“The experience of running an SOS Chapter as Co-President and later as a Director on the Board provided a great deal of learning on how to interact and work with others, prioritize tasks and support the day-to-day operations of a network of hundreds of volunteers nation-wide. It has humbled me and illustrated that there is always much to learn in your life and career to become the best version of yourself - and there are always those who will have different strengths than you do, which should be utilized to achieve the best possible outcomes in each challenge you face."

“The leadership experience I gained in managing a team of 50+ volunteers has been invaluable in my professional career development.”

Jeffrey Baer, UBC , Costa Rica , 2013

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T22:03:43-04:00

Jeffrey Baer, UBC , Costa Rica , 2013

“The leadership experience I gained in managing a team of 50+ volunteers has been invaluable in my professional career development.”

“It was with SOS that I met some of the most inspiring people that I have ever known which continued to inspire me till this day.”

Shiner Yang, UBC SOS

Students Offering Support
2019-05-23T22:04:48-04:00

Shiner Yang, UBC SOS

“It was with SOS that I met some of the most inspiring people that I have ever known which continued to inspire me till this day.”
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