Experiences Canada is pleased to partner with Wisdom2Action to bring 8 alumni youth to their upcoming national conference on Youth Engagement to be held in Toronto May 15-16. Youth engagement is about empowering all young people as valuable partners in addressing and making decisions about issues that affect them personally and/or that they believe to …
The proposed Youth Leadership Forums project will offer youth from across Canada the opportunity to lead and be part of an intensive ‘youth teaching youth’ experience, and will provide educational, leadership development, and work experience opportunities to three different levels of youth participants. First, youth aged 21-30 will be selected as Youth Leaders who will …
Attending the Canada We Want Conference, organized by the Student’s Commission of Canada was a life changing experience. This conference allowed for youth from all over Canada to discuss issues that were impacting us all, and compare how differently issues such as youth services looked from coast to coast to coast. Being able to be …
Experiences Canada 150&Me, a Canada 150 signature initiative, was a unique multi-destination youth event and series of regional forums for young people between the ages of 14 and 19, held across Canada over a three-month period culminating in Ottawa the week of Canada Day, 2017. 150&Me involved more than 3900 young Canadians in a national …
What if I have other questions?
Experiences Canada staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm (Eastern Standard Time) to answer any and all of your questions.
How much will an exchange cost and who pays these costs?
Each group pays a membership fee upon submitting an application, and then a per participant registration fee once an exchange has been approved and confirmed. The travel costs between community airports are paid for by Experiences Canada with funding from Exchanges Canada at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Participants are, however, liable for the full price of the ticket if they cancel and the group is not able to find a replacement up to 1 week prior to scheduled travel. In such cases, Experiences Canada will invoice the participant. The cost of local activities and excursions during the exchange is paid for by the groups through self-financing. The average cost per youth varies from $300-$500 depending on the activities and excursions chosen. Many groups organize fundraising events to help cover the cost of activities and local transportation when hosting their twin group.
What kinds of activities are involved?
The types of activities you do with your twin group should generally reflect the local culture, community, and history of where your group is located. Current guidelines from Canadian Heritage require that a minimum of 30% of each exchange week’s activities be historical or heritage related. Additional activities may reflect specific thematic exchanges and can be organized accordingly for music, sports, leadership, outdoor education, anti-bullying discussions, and more. In collaboration with the twin group organizer, each group designs a hosting week program that shows off their own community and meets the objectives of each group’s exchange learning plan and Canadian Heritage’s guidelines. Please note that all participants in both groups must participate in all activities during both halves of the exchange.
What kind of insurance do I need to get?
All Experiences Canada participants are covered by a group accident insurance plan during the two weeks of their exchange. Travel or cancellation insurance, which includes emergency hospital/medical insurance, is not part of Experiences Canada’s plan however it can be purchased directly from our travel provider, or through family plans or independent insurance providers.
What if I have youth that have special needs?
We strongly believe that all youth should have equal access to participation in Experiences Canada Exchanges. As such we provide limited funding to support the inclusion of youth with special needs or disabilities, from low-income households, rural or isolated areas and other needs on a case-by-case basis.