September 22, 2011

400 Canada World Youth volunteers are arriving in the country to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary

Montreal, September 22nd – The volunteer projects of 400 youth from Canada and overseas begin in 23 cities across the country. These youth aged 17 to 29 are taking part in a program of Canada World Youth, a non-for-profit organisation which offers them the opportunity to spend 3 months in a community in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe or Latin America, and 3 months in a Canadian province other than their own. During those 6 months, the young volunteers contribute to community initiatives in the health and environment sectors, they learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities, and they develop leadership and communication skills.

This year, these youth will also participate in events organized across the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Canada World Youth. To commemorate this milestone, more than 110 municipalities across Canada have officially proclaimed the week of October 17th to 23rd 2011 as Canada World Youth Week. Since 1971, the organisation has given 34,000 youth the opportunity to complete an international development program in one of the 67 countries where it has had partnerships.

To see a complete list of the events that will take place during Canada World Youth Week, please consult our website at

For a captivating testimonial from youth volunteers starting their programs, please contact us!

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336