BlackBerry Build A Village Award Program Now Open to All Canadian Students

BlackBerry’s Build A Village Award Program will be giving 50 remarkable students from across Canada the opportunity to embark on a life-defining experience as a volunteer in one of BlackBerry’s adopted villages in Kenya and India.

Submissions for students between the ages of 14 and 18 for summer 2014 trips is now open. Between now and January 15, 2014, students can submit their entry at

The Program has already given 150 students from Waterloo region over the past three years the opportunity to travel to some of the world’s most impoverished villages to make a positive change – one brick at a time. In doing so, participating students not only made a difference in a community in need, but they were also empowered to make a difference in their own communities when they returned.

To be eligible for the Program, students will have to demonstrate passion, leadership qualities, traits of initiative, work ethic, empathy, maturity, contributions they have made to their local community and their desire for positive change.

Canadian students have made significant impacts in the villages where they have volunteered; the Program has seen the successful construction and completion of classrooms in Eor Ewuaso, Kenya, and classrooms in Bagad, India, with classrooms to be built in Oloirion, Kenya and Veradera, India, for the 2014 Build a Village Award Program.