Youth Leaders in Action

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The Youth Leaders in Action program ended in March 2015. We are indeed proud of its impact. It has changed the lives of people around the world, many of whom are now in leadership positions across the globe and are bringing positive change to their communities.

CWY offers a variety of  other programs to fit your interest and your personal and professional development needs:

China-Canada Young Leaders Program

East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai and Canada World Youth (CWY) have partnered to create the China-Canada Young Leaders Program. This new program, aimed at Canadian students interested in an innovative study abroad experience, provides opportunities for Canadian students interested in combining educational study with a volunteer service learning placement. To find out more, click here.


CWY is proud to be recruiting Canadian Volunteers for its new program EQWIP HUBs: Powering Sustainable Youth Livelihoods. The project is powered by the strategic alliance of Canada World Youth and Youth Challenge International (YCI).  As two of Canada’s foremost organizations focused on youth development, we bring 70+ years of youth engagement and transformational learning.

A five-year initiative will look at the different elements that can have a positive influence on youth livelihoods, particularly young women. Through hubs located in urban and semiurban centres, the project  will allow to offer employability and entrepreneurship training that is responsive to local realities. At the same time, it will foster collaboration among local governments, the private sector and civil society to leverage local resources and create more opportunities for youth.

We are looking for young Canadians, aged 21 to 35, who have demonstrated skills in:

  • IT (or strong familiarity with technology)
  • Business & Project Management
  • Design/innovation or creative fields
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Leadership/Community development
  • Gender
  • Sustainable Livelihoods

These projects will take place in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania. They are based on feedback from our alumni network and international partners in order to ensure a fulfilling experience!

We encourage you to look at our new website for more information and apply!

EQWIP HUBs is generously funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative provides opportunities for 20 Aboriginal youth  (interns) over the next two years to participate in international internships in four communities in Colombia. This initiative is intended to:

  • provide valuable international work experience for Aboriginal youth, raising their employability and/or empowering youth to further their education post-internship;
  • provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to increase their awareness of and contribution to Canada’s international development efforts, through participation in internships with local partner organizations; and,
  • build the capacity of Aboriginal youth to promote Canada’s international development efforts both in Canada and abroad.

In order to qualify, Aboriginal youth must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and complete a secondary school diploma (or equivalent certification) and/or equivalent work experience related to the internship description. Please visit our website regularly for new opportunities.

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships Initiative is generously funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Global Alliance

We are also proud to announce two tremendously important initiatives. Over the course of the last year, Canada World Youth has entered into a partnership with overseas Indonesian and Philippines alum to create Indonesia World Youth and Philippines World Youth. With the launch of these entities overseas, we will establish a Global Alliance of Youth Organizations whose objectives will be powered through our reciprocal exchange model. We are also starting conversations with Colombia! So stay tuned and visit our website regularly for future developments.

**Canada World Youth is committed to equity in recruitment and diversity. We highly encourage applications from Aboriginal youth, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to nurture the diversity of our volunteer teams.



Ends: March 31st, 2015

Our 4-6 Month Youth Leaders in Action (YLA) projects are a unique option for youth between the ages of 17 to 25 looking for a more in-depth and integrated learning experience. This reciprocal program is divided into 2 phases of 2-3 months, one in Canada and one overseas, where youth from Canada and the partner country take part in both of those phases. During the program, the youth volunteers contribute to community-driven development projects which focus on health, the environment or gender equity, live in host families and take part in youth-led educational activities.

What we offer: 4-6 month international youth exchange project

Who we’re looking for: Canadian citizen or permanent resident Youth aged 17-25 (as of December 31st, 2013)

Interested?  Click here for all the details


Ends: March 31st, 2015

Our Six-Nine Week Youth Leaders in Action (YLA) projects aim to foster the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, and lead to increased self-esteem and empowerment, all of which lead to active and meaningful involvement in community development. These projects last 6 weeks and take place in the exchange country only with teams of 12 to 18 Canadian youth. The Six-Nine week YLA project is the perfect option for someone who is interested in exploring the world of international development and volunteering overseas and whom are only able to leave for a short period of time.

What we offer: 6-9 week international youth exchange project

Who we’re looking for: Canadian citizen or permanent resident Youth aged 17-25 (as of December 31st, 2013)

Cost: $2400 (Flights included in this cost). There is also a non-refundable registration fee of CAN$250 to be paid after you have applied online.

Interested?  Click here for all the details


The Youth Leaders in Action program is open to youth from across Canada who are between the ages of 17 and 25, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, in good health, open-minded and interested in learning from and working with diverse communities and cultures.

I have already done a CWY project. Can I do another one?

At CWY, youth can only apply or participate in one DFATD funded project. This allows for as many youth as possible to live the CWY experience.  In the case that a project had to be cancelled, the youth participating on that project could be offered placements on another project.


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