Canada World Youth offers a variety of opportunities for Canadians at home and abroad. We enable young Canadians to become Global Learners so they can make positive changes for themselves, their communities, and the world. If you’re a young Canadian interested in being part of CWYs programs, we encourage you to bookmark this page as a favorite and check in for volunteer experiences as this page is updated frequently with our volunteer current volunteer opportunities.

United Nations Permanent Forum
on Indigenous Issues

The annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) provides Indigenous youth with an opportunity to increase their knowledge on the United Nations programs, mechanisms and bodies; Canada’s role at the UN; and the Indigenous peoples participation in the UN systems. Each seminar begins with skills training on the United Nations, Indigenous peoples and key issues/priorities affecting Indigenous peoples globally. Each participant is required to conduct research on issues/themes of interest and prepare a paper. A presentation of the paper is done by the youth in a public forum and/or is published and will be reviewed by peers.


Over the years, Canada World Youth has sent several Indigenous youths from across Canada to the United Nations to learn amongst their peers. Partnerships with various organizations allow a selection of youth to attend as delegates.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 UNPFII has been postponed until a later date to be determined. For more information click here.

International Aboriginal Youth
Internship Initiative (IAYI)

Canada World Youth is proud to participate in the fifth year Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership Program in conjunction with the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative (IAYI), funded by Global Affairs Canada.

Guided by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CWY’s approach to the program includes collaborating with local Indigenous Community Partners and creating an experience for young people through overseas partnerships. This collaboration, when executed respectfully, can provide youth skills necessary to be successful in life. Leadership, Communication, Gender Equality, Basic Life skills, Environmental Education and Training, Agriculture development and human rights are some of the skills that this program offers.

In 2020-21, 34 Canadian Indigenous Youth, between the age of 18-26 will participate in a 6-month internship with a 3-month international placement. Participants can expect to increase their capacity to address international development issues overseas and use these skills as they return to their communities.

CWY prioritizes the safety of our volunteers, staff, partners, and of the communities we work with. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international placements will commence once the safety of all can be assured.


Join us this year for the IAYI
Powwow Internship

We are excited to present this year’s internship following the same structure of a traditional powwow, presented and supported by members of the Anishinaabe community.

You will begin your Grand Entry preparing with other volunteers from all over Canada by participating in Elder teachings and support, live video conferencing, online learning modules, and a Canadian pre-departure orientation. During the Grand Entry you will begin to prepare yourself for your own experience while your family, communities, and friends stand in honouring you and other participants.

Participants will then participate in the Intertribal dance, which includes the cultural exchange of living with host families abroad for three months while volunteering in the community, helping with local projects, and knowledge sharing workshops. Participants will get the opportunity to share their culture and learn from others while honouring all traditions. The program themes include Indigenous rights, gender equity, environment, and governance, allowing volunteers to gain and/or expand their knowledge and skills.

We will then have our closing as the interns return to Canada for a feast, Elder closing, and debriefing before returning home to share their experience with their families and communities.


CWY Pathways 2019-20

For more information or to become involved, please contact Tina Goodin, Program Manager, Indigenous Programming, or


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*Postponed due to Covid 19


CWY and East China Normal University have partnered to create the China-Canada Young Leaders Program. This new program provides an innovative learning opportunity for young Canadians combining academic study and volunteer community service. The program aims to foster an appreciation for Chinese culture and language among young Canadians, and to increase the knowledge of young Canadians about Chinese history, economic and political systems.

The approximate 17-week program length will align with Chinese university semesters from September to December. Each internship will include 13 weeks of study (including in-country orientation week) at East China Normal University in Shanghai and 4 weeks of community volunteer service instructing English in Western China (either Chongqing or another location to be confirmed).

Note: The application period for the 2020 China program has closed. Applications are currently being accepted for 2021 programming.



*Postponed due to Covid 19

3-month Experience In Poland With Cwy And Fundacja Euroweek!

The Canada World Youth Fundacja Euroweek Global Learner Program offered by CWY brings Canadian and international volunteers together to assist Polish students in broadening their perspective about cultural differences and harness their skills for international collaboration. To facilitate this learning, volunteers provide the Polish students with information about their country, history, economy, tourism, culture, people and traditions in interactive and engaging ways.

What is Euroweek?

Euroweek has now been in existence for 20 years and is a 4 to 7-day non-formal education and cultural program offered to Polish students in 3 different locations in Bystryzca, Klodza, Poland. Programming is facilitated by Youth Leaders from around the world on four key knowledge and skill areas that the students need: cross-cultural, social and communication, intellectual and creativity skills. Our volunteers assist in delivering Euroweek to Polish youth from different schools over the course of 3 months.



EQWIP HUBs is an innovative youth livelihood project in 6 countries around the world. Powered by Canada World Youth and Youth Challenge International, EQWIP HUBs seeks to address the underlying issues of youth unemployment, with a specific focus on empowering young women, through its employment and entrepreneurial training.

EQWIP HUBs are dynamic innovation spaces spanning 18 urban centers across Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, and Tanzania. Buzzing with collaborative energy, at each EQWIP HUBs we provide a unique platform for young minds to build market-relevant skills, gain access to mentorship, networks, technology and capital to prepare them for meaningful employment, or to launch a new wave of enterprise.

Qualified and passionate young Canadians work in specialized teams to support each HUB, fuelling cross-cultural innovation, gender-responsive programming and peer-to-peer mentorship. We believe that EQWIP HUBs is the next big innovation in global youth development, and our goal is to change the lives of 100,000 youth by 2020.

This project is now closed to further volunteer applications. To learn more on the impact of this project, please click here.

EQWIP HUBs is generously funded, in part, by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.