I am a Youth
Want to make a positive difference in the world? Seeking fun? Adventure? The chance to travel?
Canada World Youth (CWY) is creating a global movement of youth leadership through community-driven development projects. Join the movement today!
Whatever you’re looking for in a program, we’ve got it!
Whether you are a student in high school, in the middle of your post-secondary studies, taking a year off, or working full-time, we have the international volunteer experience that’s right for you.
CWY knows that Canadian youth are diverse and highly skilled, often looking for opportunities to complement their education and personal interests. Taking into consideration your realities, we have developed powerful programs with our international partners.
Interested in volunteering with a group of youth?
You’re in luck, all of our programs offer that option!
Interested in setting out on your own?
We offer a variety of internship programs designed to give you concrete volunteer experience with one of our international partner organizations.
Where are your programs? How long are they?
Our volunteer programs range from 2 weeks to 6 months in length. The volunteer projects that you will contribute to focus on a variety of different themes that will certainly spark your interest! Those projects are developed in close collaboration with partner organizations in 19 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Pacific.
Ready for an incomparable experience?
Through our programs you will discover the culture and daily life of communities in Canada, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Pacific! You will also live with host families and volunteer with local organizations who work for the benefit of their local community.
Want to develop new skills?
During a CWY program, the problems you solve, the fears you confront and the opportunities you create, all help develop your capacity to become a leader today!
- Develop concrete personal and professional skills, such as project management, team work, problem-solving, and conflict resolution, while working as a part of a team on development projects led by our local partners.
- Learn intercultural communication skills as well as another language by living and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
- Develop leadership skills, which will empower you and others to make positive, lasting change through community engagement activities and critical analysis of global issues.
Want to make a difference?
Our programs allow young people to contribute to development projects that better the lives of people around the world. Those projects are developed in close collaboration with local partners and communities who define their own needs and act as the primary drivers of development.
Are you an Aboriginal youth?
All Aboriginal youth from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are welcomed to apply for any of our international youth programs. We also have programs designed specifically for Aboriginal youth where you will be part of a team of Aboriginal youth from across Canada working on projects in Canada and/or internationally.
What did other youth think of their CWY experience?
After your program, what happens?
CWY has over 36,000 alumni, or past volunteers. We offer them a variety of resources and mentorship opportunities. On your return, take part in post-program activities that will help you put your new skills and experience into action.
You’re convinced but still need to convince your parents?
Do these questions look familiar:
Why do you want to do this program? What are the benefits? What about school? How will this affect your studies? Is it safe? What will you be doing?
It is normal that your parents want to find out more about our volunteer programs. We are here to help answer their questions: refer your parents to the I Am a Parent page of our website. They might also find our Parents’ Guide useful. (Note: This guide was created primarily for parents of youth volunteers participating in the Youth Leaders in Action program, but information related to safety and security, culture shock and communicating with youth volunteers are relevant to all our programs.)
Canada World Youth is committed to equity and diversity in recruitment. 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.
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