A program to save and improve the lives of women of reproductive age, newborns and children under five in hard-to-reach regions of Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Rwanda.

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What is Embrace?

The EMBRACE program (Enhance Mother, Newborn and Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care and Community Engagement) aims to reduce preventable stunting and maternal-child mortality in hard-to-reach regions of Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Rwanda.


The program will help increase the consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women and children under the age of five by increasing awareness about proper nutrition and providing supplies and training on how to grow healthy and diverse foods in household gardens. It will also build and equip health clinics and train midwives, nurses, traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers on safe birthing practices.

This four-year program will benefit an estimated 100,000 people, including 33,000 children of vulnerable people such as ethnic minorities and those just returning to their homes after a natural disaster or civil conflict.


EMBRACE will also raise the awareness of Canadians through its public engagement efforts including working with agents of change from remote areas in Canada.


YCI is working in partnership with ADRA Canada and The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre to deliver the EMBRACE program. YCI will provide technical expertise through the provision of short and long-term skilled volunteers to support program implementation through YCI’s Pro-Innovator solution.


EMBRACE is a 26 million dollar program being administered through a co-funding agreement between ADRA Canada and the Canadian Government, through Global Affairs Canada.

Map of the EMBRACE program
Who we’re looking for

Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 25-40 who has a passion for global health and development and a desire to make a difference?

YCI is recruiting a limited number of volunteers for 5-10 month targeted placements with EMBRACE (ADRA) project offices in Cambodia, the Philippines and Myanmar. For more information about specific timelines and requirements, see available positions below.


We are seeking talented and motivated individuals who possess the following competencies and experience:

  • Previous experience traveling,  living, volunteering or working abroad
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to be resourceful and creative
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively and cross-culturally with others
  • A willingness to listen and learn
  • Resilience in challenging environments and circumstances
Types of volunteer placements
Technical Coordinator

Technical Coordinator

  • Length: 3-10 months
  • Locations: Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Rwanda
  • Focus: currently recruiting for project management and program development positions
  • Departures: spring 2019
EMBRACE Partners