Experiences Canada offers youth exchanges for participants aged 12 to 17 years old. The exchanges are organized between groups of 10 to 30 young people. By discovering a new community, young people deepen their knowledge of a second language, become aware of a new culture, remove social barriers, form new friendships, and develop greater self-confidence. Youth Exchanges Canada is an enriching educational exchange program that encourages participants to learn and gives them the opportunity to live life changing experiences. Join the 5,000 youth who participate each year in the Experiences Canada Youth Exchange Program.
Please note that all participants must be new to the exchange program.
Program Advisory Council
The mandate of the Program Advisory Council is to provide input and advice on issues pertaining to all current and ongoing programs. The Advisory Council will provide a platform for educators and community leaders to share ideas, perspectives, concerns and best practices
Program Advisory Board members must meet the following requirements:
- Being a teacher, working or volunteering with 12 to 17 year olds, or being a retired teacher.
- Experience in developing business plans, curriculum linkages and other educational resources.
- Bilingualism is an asset, since French and English speaking representatives participate in most of our meetings.
Members of the Program Advisory Council must:
- Believe in the mandate and vision of Experiences Canada.
- Have the willingness and the ability to dedicate time and energy to participate in quarterly phone calls.
- Ability to think, speak and act independently on behalf of Experiences Canada at conferences or conferences of teachers and community organizations, school board meetings or other events where Experiences Canada could be invited to participate.
- Promote the youth exchange program and other Experiences Canada initiatives, and actively participate in the implementation of recruitment strategies in their respective province or territory.
- Provide feedback to help staff improve programs.
If you would like to remain active in Experiences Canada and want to join the PAC, please submit your application online.
What we finance
- Transportation is free from your community to your twin group!
- Air, bus and train transportation costs are covered by the Department of Canadian Heritage
- Transportation to and from the airport is also covered.
What does it cost?
- A membership fee of $ 100 per group is required with the request to participate
- A registration fee per person is requested after the group has accepted the funding
- Hosting-related expenses such as local transportation, supply teachers and activity costs while hosting the twin group or as agreed upon between the two organizers.
In order to support the inclusion of all youth in Experiences Canada’s exchange programs and to reduce barriers to participation, Experiences Canada will provide limited additional funding for special measures.
The special measures will specifically support:
- Inclusion of youth with disabilities and other special needs, including expenses related to the support of special care attendants and interpreters.
- Young people from low-income families
- The support of additional guides as needed.
- Other types of accommodation in shared accommodation.
- Youth in rural, isolated or marginalized areas.
- Other requests approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Each year, group organizers submit a request for additional funding by submitting the “Special Measures” form to their Experiences Canada Coordinator, along with their budget for the exchange. We encourage groups to raise funds as much as possible to contribute to their request for special measures because funding is very limited.