July 31, 2012

Eighteen Canada World Youth Volunteers Arrive in Rankin Inlet

MONTREAL, July 31, 2012 – This week, 10 Canadian youth and 8 Peruvian youth begin a 7-week volunteer experience in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut as part of Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action Program. It is the first time in the 40-year history of the organization that a program is being hosted in Nunavut.

The Canadian youth who make up this group are from: Arviat and Pangnirtung in Nunavut, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Rosthern in Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Masset in British Columbia. The Peruvian youth on the other hand, come from the towns of Trujillo, Huanuco, Ayacucho, Callao, and Lima. Over the next 4 months, this diverse group will break down barriers and stereotypes and get to know each other’s lifestyles, cultures and languages, 5 of which are spoken amongst the members of the group: Inuktitut, French, English, Spanish, and Quechua.

Whilst in Rankin Inlet, the Canada World Youth volunteers will live with host families and work at the Hamlet Office, the Drop-In Youth Centre, the Kivalliq Outreach Program, Nunavut Parks and Conservation Office, the Rankin Inlet Library and the Kivalliq Inuit Association. In addition, the team will participate in community and cultural activities to improve their knowledge of the area and their understanding of the local culture.

On September 20th, the team will leave Rankin Inlet and travel to a Peruvian town in the middle of the Andes called Palca where they will be hosted by Canada World Youth’s local partner organization, Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru. During the Peruvian phase of their program, the young people will contribute to the Healthy Homes Project, a development project which is currently underway in the region and aims to build improved stoves and ecological fridges for members the community. The new stoves reduce firewood consumption, which in turn helps decrease natural resource depletion and contributes to healthier lifestyles by decreasing smoke inhalation.

Over the years, Canada World Youth has made significant efforts to ensure the participation of Aboriginal youth in its programs. In 2011-12, Canada World Youth offered international leadership programs to 211 Aboriginal young people from across the country. In Nunavut, more specifically, the organization has now involved 17 youth from Rankin Inlet and 30 from the Kivalliq region.

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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