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 CWY-JCM's programs, we encourage you to bookmark this page as a favourite and check-in for volunteer experiences as this page is updated frequently with our volunteer current volunteer opportunities.


Women's Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Initiative (WELI)

CWY-JCM partnered with Africa Skills Hub (ASH) to create the Women's Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Initiative (WELI), funded by Global Affairs Canada.

WELI is a youth-centered and gender-responsive training and development project that seeks to increase economic empowerment and resilience for young women in the communities most affected by COVID-19 in Ghana and Senegal. Guided by Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), the project empowers young women through business development services, and through increasing access to resources and services to maintain their livelihood in response to COVID-19 and its gendered dimensions. WELI also aims to foster collaboration and capacity building between organizations in Ghana and the West Africa region.

Through e-volunteering, qualified and passionate young Canadians helped support implementation and delivery of the WELI programs. 

Volunteers contributed in a myriad of ways, including creating an Environmental Sustainability Handbook, acquiring a business license for start-up company, Belle Sans Maquillage and drafting research papers on sexual and gender-based violence. 

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 of the 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-JCM’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 with the skills necessary to be successful in life. Leadership, Communication, Gender Equality, Basic Life skills, Environmental Education and Training, Agricultural development and human rights are some of the skills that this program offers.

In 2021, 34 Indigenous youth in Canada, between the age of 18-30, are participating in an 8-week paid virtual internship. They have the opportunity to work with Peruvian locals through the Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru to develop and implement social development projects that benefit both of their communities.


Note: The application period for the September 2021 cohort is closed.

For more information or to become involved, please contact us at


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CWY-JCM 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 is now closed.


Chinese & Canadian Youth Virtual Language & Culture exchange

CWY-JCM is excited to introduce our new collaborative program with the East China Normal University (ECNU) and the Chinese Embassy in Canada, a virtual culture and language exchange program for Canadian students currently studying Mandarin and Chinese Students learning English. Develop your Mandarin language skills and make international connections as you virtually converse and share experiences with Chinese students at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Commitment once a week virtual engagement for a duration of 3 months.

A combination of group discussions, as well as 1:1 peer work. Participants will discuss topics in Mandarin and English using CWY-JCM main pillars as a guide – quality education, economic growth, economic growth, reduced inequality.

This is an incredible opportunity to have a human exchange while COVID-19 has prevented conventional opportunities to learn and share. With 50 years of exchange experience, CWY-JCM will be bringing its expertise and experience to a virtual space so that young people in Canada and China don’t have to put their language learning on hold.

Note: The application period is now closed.


*Postponed due to Covid 19

3-month Experience In Poland with CWY-JCM and Fundacja Euroweek!

The Canada World Youth Fundacja Euroweek Global Learner Program offered by CWY-JCM 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.