Tuktu Contest

Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors are responsible for documenting their exchange through photos, videos and participant reflections. One participant per group is chosen to take on this leadership role. These ambassadors help us share everyone’s experiences during their exchange and helps us to develop and improve our youth exchange programs. At the end of the year the combined efforts of our Youth Ambassadors will be commemorated in a digital yearbook.  Want to become the youth ambassador of your group? Contact your teacher/group organizer!

Ava Hardy

Jasper, AB

I am 14 years old and I was born and raised in beautiful Jasper, Alberta.  I have a cat, a dog (Bernedoodle) and two sisters who were also part of the Experiences Canada exchange.  I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing hockey, soccer, skiing and hanging out with friends. 

Jay Porter

Canmore, AB

I was born in Banff, Alberta in 2006. I have a little sister named Iris that is 9 years old. My favorite things to do are read and hangout with my family. My favorite sport is mountain biking, which I do a lot.

Harper Pingle

Salt Spring Island, BC

Harper Pingle is a grade seven student in the French Immersion program at Salt Spring Island Middle School. She enjoys dancing, taking photos and being with her friends.

Vinicius Lima

Pointe Claire, QC

I’m a boy that’s very active, I love movies and TV shows. I’m also very comfortable with social media, especially because I have a YouTube channel. I love taking pictures and videos. I also love sports like soccer and tennis.

Je suis un garçon très actif, j’aime le film et la télévision. Je suis aussi très à l’aise avec les médias sociaux, car j’ai une chaine de YouTube. J’aime prendre des photos et des vidéos. J’aime aussi les sports comme le soccer et le tennis.

Taylor Clark

Kamloops, BC

I have four little sisters. I love to read, and learn new languages. I’m in grade 12. I’ve moved eight times and went to nine different schools. I’m taking university classes on top of my high school classes. I come from a family that’s very close.


Past Ambassadors

January 2019

Natasha Podgurny, Rossland, BC

My name is Natasha Podgurny and I live in Rossland, BC. I went to school in Taiwan for a few years before moving back to Canada. I like playing soccer, tennis, and field hockey. I started cross-country skiing three years ago and love to race.  

Calli Smirl, Winnipeg, MB

My name is Calli, I’m in seventh grade at École Varennes in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I love baking, fostering dogs, outdoor soccer and camping with friends and family. I am so excited for the experience to learn all about the French culture by living it.


December 2018

Benjamin Silcoff, Chelsea, QC

Ben was born in Montreal and moved to Gatineau Hills when he was three years old. He joined Chelsea Nordiq XC ski club that year and has been skiing ever since!  Other sports he likes include baseball, sailing and downhill skiing in the winter.  He is a Grade 7 student at Hadley School and he is so excited about this experience.

November 2018

Alexandre Lafleur, Oakville, ON

I am 14 years old and I’m in grade 10. I have lived in Oakville for 4 years; originally from Sudbury, ON. I play drums and I like most music, especially rap.

I have played hockey since I was 4 years old. I love hockey because it brings people together and they quickly become friends.

October 2018

Sarah-Ève Prévost, Kingsey Falls, QC

I live in Kingsey Falls (close to Victoriaville), I live on a farm with my parents, my sister and my brother. I’m 13 years old and I’m in grade 8.

September 2018

Katelyn Stojadinov, Elgin, ON

I’m Katelyn Stojadinov, a grade 11 student attending Rideau District High School in Elgin, Ontario. The activities I’m a part of in Rideau include, our theaters set and design crew, and I’m the current student council president.

Grace Robinson, Vernon, BC

I’m 16 going into grade 11, and I live in Winfield. I love getting involved in leadership opportunities within and beyond my community so I am ecstatic for this experience!

Cassi Bennett, Smith Falls, ON

I am a very outdoorsy, caring girl with many positive qualities. I am on the honour roll at school, I have a passion for baseball and I’m very excited to meet my exchange partners.

Kaileigh Parker, Grand Forks, BC

I’m 16 years old, and my passions include activism, culture, and music. I enjoy participating in clubs throughout my school and town. My life goal is to be able to improve the world.

Salomé Haché-Noël, Magog, QC

I’m Salomé Haché-Noël, and I’m 16 years old. For the past 3 years, I’ve been taking pictures and videos, and I love writing.

July 2018

Lauren Alliston, Surrey, BC

I am a grade 11 student, at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, in Cloverdale BC. In my free time I swim for a team, and perform in theater productions in and outside of school. I coach my school’s improv team. I hope to pursue a career in theatrical arts, or film.

Marie-Soleil Lavoie, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC

My name is Marie-Soleil Lavoie and I’m 15 years old. I live in Baie-Saint-Paul and I have 2 big sisters. I love to read, I love sports, I like to take pictures of landscapes and I love kids. I’d like to become an educator. After high school, I’d like to continue my studies in special education and I’d also like to travel the world.

June 2018

Annabelle Aubert, Levis, QC

I love creating videos, photos montage, taking pictures and I love to write as well! One of my biggest passions is cooking and nutrition, my dream is to become a nutritionist.

May 2018

Louna Janin, Montreal, QC

My name is Louna Emilie Janin and I love writing, and sharing my adventures. I love observing from a different angle everything that’s going on. I am thrilled to participate as a student and class rep in this exchange.

Livia Dastous, Plessisville, QC

I am almost 16 years old and attend Elmvale District High School. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey and camping. I am really excited to get to participate in this exchange program and meet the community of Cambridge Bay.

Soularia Young, Elmvale, ON

I am almost 16 years old and attend Elmvale District High School. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey and camping. I am really excited to get to participate in this exchange program and meet the community of Cambridge Bay.

Zia Lespérance, Baie-Comeau, QC

I’m in 8th grade and I’m 13 years old. My birthday is October 9th, 2004 and I live in Baie-Comeau. I love to read and learn. I also love to travel!

Myles Norton, Lethbridge, AB

I’m 13 years old and I’m francophone! I’m a sporty student. I’m part of multiple clubs and cultural events at school and in my community.

Justin Choquette, Laval, QC

I’m 11 years old. One of my passions is computers. I also love photography. I like creating short stories for school and I also do video montage as a hobby.

Mikaëlle Simard, Alma, QC

I’m a 15-year-old student who loves music, writing and karate. I’m very energetic and happy. I’m also a leader that likes to be involved. Getting to know people is something that I love because I love to be around people. I would love to know our beautiful country and it’s better to start young!

Cassandre Fortin, St-Romuald, QC

I’m 13 years old and I’m a student in grade 7 at Juvénat Notre-Dame. I’m very happy to go on a bilingual exchange with Experiences Canada. I love to travel, read and I’m passionate about history.

Océane Steward, St-Romuald, QC

I’m 11 years old, I love to read, I like to create projects and organize events. I’m energetic, driven and positive. I’ve been playing the piano and the violin for the last 7 years. I love to travel (I’ve been to Martinique, Morocco and France…) I love to take pictures and I’m in the photography committee at school.

April 2018

Ethan Katz, Coquitlam, BC

I’m a student at École Dr Charles Best Secondaire in British Columbia and I’m the youth ambassador for our Québec exchange. I started learning French in grade 6 in the French immersion program. Being part of this exchange was an honour.

Cédrik Lesage, Trois-Rivières, QC

I’m 14 years old. I’m passionate about sports, music and video games. I love doing projects like creating video games. I love taking nice pictures and Photoshop them.

Jacob Savoie, Bathurst, NB

I’m 12 years old and I’m a student at Place des Jeunes. I’m very happy to be part of an Experiences Canada exchange with 25 of my friends and 24 students from the school Quaterway in Nanaimo, BC. I’m very excited to meet my twin and their family.

Karl St-Jean, St Bruno, QC

I’m 16 years old and my biggest passion is the theatre, what we can do with a script is incredible. I love to get involved as much as I can.

Océane Gauthier-Marcotte, Drummondville, QC

I’m 15 years old and I’m a person that’s multi skilled. I love photography, writing, literature, etc. I speak french very well and I’m pretty fluent in english.

Jérémy Harvey, Baie Saint Paul, QC

I’m in grade 8, I’m a student at Centre Éducatif St- Aubin, I’m 13 years old and I’m getting ready to leave for Winnipeg for my student exchange!

Scotta Masters, Dawson City, YT

My name is Scotta Masters and I am excited to be the Youth Ambassador for the Dawson City-Guelph exchange! I am 17 and set to graduate in June.

Gracie Carlaw, Edmonton, AB

I’m 14 years old. I’ve lived in Edmonton my whole life with my 4 younger siblings. I enjoy reading, musical theatre and the arts. I currently attend Victoria School of the Arts and I’m super excited to visit Quebec!

Evan Law, St-Pierre-Jolys, MB

I love taking pictures and videos in order to put them on social media. I play multiple sports and I love technology! I also love to do activities and talk to people. I’m social and reliable.

Maggie Smart, Guelph, ON

I’m 15 years old and I am involved in a variety of extra curricular activities in and out of school. I am an avid student athlete and am the captain of the volleyball and ski team. I also compete in field hockey, badminton, and track team. I love hanging out with friends and traveling!

Claudie Ladouceur-Côté, Grand-Sault, NB

I’m a student in grade 8 at Polyvalente Thomas-Albert . At school I’m very involved. I’m part of the soccer and volleyball team. I’m also part of a few commitees; technical, prom. Other than school, I’m also very involved in my community.

Florence Bernier, Québec, QC

I’m a student in grade 9 at Quebec High School. I’m 15 years old, I love to travel, and I love photography. I consider myself as an independent person with multiple leadership qualities. I also like to share my life on my social media platforms.

Catherine Nadeau, St-Michel de Bellechasse, QC

I’m 15 years old and I’ve always been someone who’s been driven. I had the chance to be part of the circus, I also danced, played the piano, did theatre, soccer, swimming and boxing. I’m also part of an acting agency, the agency Mode é Arto, and I even had the chance to be part of a shoot.

Alicia Chouinard, Drummondville, QC

I’m 13 years old and I’m in the music program. In this exchange, I’ll be taking he plane for the first time. I’ve always loved oral presentations and I’m someone who’s very social that’s not scared to speak in front of people.

Julianne Tremblay, Beauceville, QC

I’m 14 years old. I swim and I dance competitively. I don’t have any siblings and I can play the piano. I also love to travel and I’m very excited to visit a new part of the country.

Alexandra Gagnon, Trois-Pistoles, QC

I’m 17 years old and this year I’ll get to participate in the exchange Vancouver-Trois-Pistoles, which will allow me to leave my small town to discover our beautiful country! I’m a person who’s very energetic, determined and involved: During activities including sports, school, trips and even events in my town, I’m never far! Thank you for giving us the chance to live this wonderful experience!

Reagan Morrison, Yorkton, SK

My name is Reagan Morrison this is my second trip through Experiences Canada. In school I play basketball and volleyball, and I’m also in a mentorship program. I am involved in speed swimming, I used to be in Girl Guides, and I am passionate about travelling.

March 2018

Jill Stephens, Calgary, AB

I am a 14 year old competitive cross country skier from Calgary Alberta. I am in grade 9 at Rundle Academy. I’m proud to be able to represent my Foothills Nordic Ski Club and Experiences Canada with the writing and photo skills I have learned at Rundle Academy.

Elisse Southam, Nelson, BC

I am an equestrian vaulter, I enjoy being around animals especially horses. I am an assistant Baker at Lucky Cupcakes. I am also a French immersion student at LV Rodger, and I am in 9th grade.

Dianna Hoeft, Duncan, BC

I am very social, love to go places for the experience, love to take photos, sing, and act, I also love food! I am 17 years old and in my last year of High school!

Arielle Ociones, Surrey, BC

I’m a 17-year-old leadership student and I’m currently attending Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia. I love to travel whether it’s domestic or international; exploration and adventure are my passion. I’d love to show others my experiences through pictures and witty captions on a multitude of social media platforms!

Mikayla Klumpp, Midway, BC

I am soon turning 17 and I’m in grade 11, attending Boundary Central Secondary school. Some of my interests are reading and of course my pets. I’m also very interested in photography, it has become a big hobby for me.

February 2018

Cailey Johnson, Saskatoon, SK

Twelve year old Cailey Johnson lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her mother and two brothers. Currently in Grade 7, Cailey has participated in French Immersion at Ecole Lakeview since Kindergarten. She enjoys Arts Ed, cheerleading, and dance. Cailey hopes to become a makeup chemist or a geologist.

Megan Hudson, Woodbridge, ON

I am 15 years old. I have 2 older brothers and enjoy music, baking, volleyball and learning other languages. I love spending time with friends and experiencing life through the eyes of other cultures.

Liv Konetzka, Vancouver, BC

I’m 12 years old, I play ringette and I have two sisters Sydney and Taylor. I love to read and spend time with my family.

Robin Marriott, Langley, BC

I’m 16 and I am the group ambassador for Langley Christian High School. I have always enjoyed adventure and exploring ever since I was a child. I am excited to expand my exploring to across my beautiful country this year. I am grateful that I get to share this opportunity with my lovely peers and I can’t wait to enrich myself in French-Canadian culture.

Layla Hatelt, Courtenay, BC

I go to Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary School in the Comox Valley. I went on the Quebec exchange to learn more on culture and to experience new things by expanding my horizons.

Kaitlyn Edwards, Westlock, AB

I am 14 years and hold the honor of being the RF Staples 2018 exchange ambassador.

Kally Campbell, Sparwood, BC

I am a 14 year old in grade 9 at Sparwood Secondary School. I enjoy art and playing sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer. I am a member of our Student Council and Leadership/DSAC (District Student Advisory Council) program.

Charlotte Cameron, Halifax, NS

I am a grade 9 student at Halifax independent school. I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and I moved to Nova Scotia when I was 6 years old. I enjoy art and drawing, reading, and dance. I am very excited to be going on this trip to Drummondville, Quebec!! I am so happy to be able to practice my French in real live settings, in a French environment and I am very excited to learn more about Quebec, and French culture.

Anika Fisher, Vancouver, BC

I’m very excited to go to Quebec, I love the cold and new experiences. I’m a very active person and is known for crafting and being clumsy. I have a very energetic dog and I love running with him down the hallway.

Maggie-Ray Colleran, Saltspring, BC

I am a 13 year old student at Salt Spring Island Middle School, a player on the U16 soccer team, and part of the Tsunami Circus program at our school. I am an only child and I live with my mom, dad and my dog, Pippa.

Léa Samson, Québec, QC

I love English, geography and history. I have a dog (Dooky) and a bunny (Ruby). I’m an only child so I consider them like my siblings. I really like playing video games, and taking and editing pictures and videos.

Jean-Gabriel Poirier, L’Etang du Nord, QC

I’m 13 years old and I’m part of multiple groups like the Ranger junior Canadien, Canter la vie et my school’s student parliament. I’m someone who’s pretty active; I shoot arrows, I run, I walk, I play soccer and I used to be part of a circus.

Vincent Perreault, Val d’Or, QC

I’m 14 years old (15 during the exchange) and I’m in grade 10. It’s the second time that I do this type of exchange.

Leah Nieuwstraten, Woodbridge, ON

I am 15 years old. I enjoy playing soccer and hockey and love music. I also enjoy learning about other cultures and languages. One of my favourite things to do is hang out with my friends and experience life with them.

January 2018

Maya Feldman, Vancouver, BC

I am in grade 7 at Sir James Douglas elementary. I love to do extra-curricular activities such as pottery, Pilates, soccer (during the season) and dance. I have always had a passion for traveling whether it was with my family or by myself.

Andrea Vazquez-Vela, Whistler, BC

I am 12 years old. I was born in Mexico but now live in Whistler with my parents, my twin sister and my older brother. My favorite sport is gymnastics and I love to ski and dance. 

Viviane Desrochers, Sainte-Croix, QC

I’m a sporty girl who is passionate about piano and photography! I’m also very social!

Christopher Roy, Vancouver, BC

I was born on September 13, 2005, in Vancouver. I have one sister called Katie, my father is called Tim and my mother is called Jade. I go to Lord Selkirk School in 7th grade and I’m going to Québec.

Being a Good Twin

  • Communicate prior with your twin and their family to get to know them before you arrive
  • Respect your host family schedule
  • Be respectful and always use your manners
  • Accept differences — you may be introduced to different foods, languages and traditions.  This is a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture and expand your knowledge and respect for diversity
  • Do your best to get to know your twin and their family.  Participate in conversations, ask questions.  During the week, make an effort to really get to know your twin. 
  • Find out what your twin likes; music, books, theatre, sports
  • Treat your twin and their family how you would expect them to treat you when they visit. 
  • Stay in touch! 

Being a Good Host Twin

  • Try to find out what you and your twin have in common
  • Include your twin in family conversations so that they feel part of the family for the week
  • Introduce them to your friends
  • Share email addresses so that you keep in contact
  • Share birthday details so you can send birthday wishes to each other
  • Be respectful and kind
  • Ask your twin what they like to do in their down time
  • Enjoy your time with your twin, these relationships can last a lifetime!!


What alumni opportunities are available?

We are very keen to stay in touch with our past participants! If you haven’t already done so, sign up for our Experiences Canada alumni Instagram page, or our Canada 150&Me Facebook page. Each year we also invite alumni to apply for one of 12 positions on our national youth advisory committee, and we are always looking for alumni to help support the program by volunteering to visit with schools and groups in your community who may be travelling on exchange for the first time, or assisting us at local teachers conferences and presentations. From time to time, we also offer opportunities for alumni to represent Experiences Canada at other national youth conferences and events.

Are there opportunities for individual exchanges and travel experiences?

Our regular program is a group exchange. Occasionally, Experiences Canada organizes youth forums that are open for individual youth to apply. If you would like to be put on our youth mailing list to be notified of future opportunities please register here.

How can youth be more involved in exchanges?

We encourage Group Organizers to engage youth participants in the planning of their exchange experience. It is a great opportunity to get youth to stop and think about what makes their own community special, and what they’d like to showcase to others. Each exchange group is also asked to identify a youth to act as Youth Ambassador to work with Experiences Canada staff to help document their exchange experience through social media, and in the Experiences Canada annual digital yearbook. If you are interested in this role you should talk to your Group Organizer.

Where do we stay when we visit our twin group?

Experiences Canada exchanges are intended to be a reciprocal, homestay experience. Each youth participant is billeted in his or her selected twin’s home; likewise, adult chaperones are expected to host each other. If there are circumstances in which a group is unable to billet in homes, either for cultural, space and/or safety and security reasons, it is possible to request and plan a common stay arrangement.

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.

How do I apply for an exchange?

Applications are completed and submitted on-line at by the Group Organizer.

Where can I travel on an exchange?

Anywhere in Canada! Experiences Canada is active in all Canadian provinces and territories. Groups can request a specific destination or let our staff recommend one.

How old are the youth that participate?

Experiences Canada Exchanges are designed for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years.

What is an Experiences Canada Exchange?

An Experiences Canada Exchange is a reciprocal, homestay exchange between two groups of Canadian youth, each in a different part of Canada. Experiences Canada exchanges are enriching, enhance learning and give participants an experience that lasts a lifetime.

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.


Motivating, unforgettable, rewarding and exotic. — Marianne QC
A great way to keep youth motivated. — Rosalie QC
What I learned about myself during the exchange is that I can be very sociable and outgoing. I love this side of myself that I discovered during this exchange. — Laurence, participant
Not only did I discover the heritage of another Canadian province, but I also learned more about Quebec and I have become more interested in my Canadian history classes. It has sparked a keen interest in Canadian history. — André Abat-Roy, participant
I learnt so many things about my province that I didn’t know. — Rheanna SK
This experience has broaden my horizons and making me realize that there is much to contribute as a citizen. — Gen NB
I became friends with people who spoke a totally different language, living at the other side of Canada. — Lauren BC
My perspective on my life and the world has changed forever for the better. — Blandina NU
I am still in contact with my twin. — Siubhan AB
I discovered a new found love for Canadian heritage. — Alexa MB
It was a once in a lifetime experience. — Nick NL
I very much enjoyed my Experiences Canada exchange to Prince Edward Island, and think exchanges are greatly valuable to youth. Personally, I learned more things about our country, developed great friendships, loved partaking in the activities we did while on the exchange, and felt comfortable the entire trip. — Participant
Although the activities of the six-day trip were wonderful in themselves, the premiere highlight of this trip was undoubtedly getting to know these marvellous people and their families. The trip and all its assets culminated to be an experience I will never forget. — Sarah Lori, participant