What is an Experiences Canada Virtual Exchange?

An Experiences Canada Virtual Exchange is a fun, engaging online activity that can support social studies, language, and creative studies curricula from Grades 7-12, as well as second language. It virtually twins groups or individual youth in different part of Canada based on age, grade level and shared goals and objectives for the program. Experiences Canada virtual exchange program connects young people and encourages them to discover the diverse history, geography, languages, cultures and ways of life that shape our country.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

The Experiences Canada Exchanges program is accessible to groups of youth from a Canadian school or recognized community organization, and to individual youth participant residing in Canada.

How old are the youth that participate?

Experiences Canada Virtual Exchanges are designed for youth in Grades 7-12. 

How long is an exchange?

Participants can work at their own pace, as long as all completed student projects are submitted by June 1st.

Can a student participate to more than one virtual exchange?

Yes, youth participants can partake in more than one Experiences Canada virtual exchange. Participation in the virtual exchange program does not affect eligibility to the in-person exchange program.

How does it work?

Classes/Groups of youth or individual youth are twinned together based on age level and shared goals and objectives for the program. Each group or individual participant will have the opportunity to choose from up to six different activity units.

What are the topics for each unit?

There are 6 units. The topics are:

  • Daily life
  • Economy
  • History
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Geography/environment
  • Arts and Culture
How many units must be completed?

Only the first unit on Daily Life is compulsory for all participants. A minimum of four (4) units should be completed for groups and individuals wishing to be pre-approved for an in-person exchange the next year (or when it is safe to do so).

Educators,   youth groups or individuals may alternatively choose to do any one or all six units; and they can choose between having their whole group work on one or more unit, or,  dividing their class into smaller teams, with each group responsible for completing a specific unit.

What do students have to do to complete a unit?

Each activity unit challenges youth to create a specific media product (i.e. a video, a photo gallery, a website.) Templates, examples and step-by-step guidelines are provided for each unit/topic. Once completed, groups or individual youth participant, first share their creation with their twins through an online meeting scheduled in real time using the school or home approved platform (I.e. Zoom, Google hangout…etc.) before sending them to Experiences Canada (alternatives offered when high speed connectivity is a challenge.)

What is the goal for the media products submitted by participants?

Each media product created by the participants contribute to a national project. The media products completed by the youth are to, first of all, be shared with their twins to discover each other’s communities; then submitted to Experiences Canada to populate a virtual interactive Map entitled; This! Is Canada, available from Experiences Canada’s website, highlighting all participating communities, and offering other visitors a Virtual tour across Canada.

When does our group virtually exchange?

The virtual exchange program launches in January 2021. The modules are to be completed at the participants’ own pace although the youth media products must all be submitted to Experiences Canada by June 1st.

Do students miss school?

No, each activity unit is designed with the flexibility to permit teachers, parents/guardians to assign modules as individual or small group work-respecting social distancing protocols, with the majority of tasks completed online. Each module can easily be integrated within existing curriculum. Each module includes assessments and larger questions to help guide teachers/educators/parents-guardians.

How do I find a group to twin with?

Groups or individual participants who have connections across the county can ask to be paired together. You can indicate their name and information on your application and encourage them to apply as well. Otherwise, our staff will look for a twin group or individual participant for you by identifying a twin that matches your own demographics, and interests. Twinning groups or individual participant is based on compatibility including similar themes, equitable provincial and territorial distribution, and group or individual youth participation history.  

How do I apply for an exchange?

The Application form is available from our website. Organizer complete and submit their application. An organizer can be a teacher, a community leader such as a sports team coach for example, or a parent/guardian of an individual participant.  Individual youth must apply with parental/guardian consent.

When is the deadline to apply for an exchange?

First round of twinning will begin February 1st, although twinning will continue until June.

When will I know if my application is accepted?

As soon as you submit an application online, you will receive an automated e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. Notices of twinning are sent in early January.

What if I have already applied to an in-person exchange for 2020-21, will my application be automatically considered for a virtual exchange?

If you would like your original in-person application to be converted to a virtual exchange please contact Experiences Canada to assist you.

Does Experiences Canada provide any kind of orientation to Group Organizers?

Experiences Canada provides on-going support and guidance throughout the virtual exchange-planning process. A detailed Organizer/Teachers Guide and a mandatory orientation zoom call are provided to ensure that Organizers are well versed in what it takes to have a successful virtual exchange.

How do the students access the modules?

The modules are delivered through an Online Learning System TalentLms that tracks student’s progress.

What is the Organizer/Teachers Guide?

The organizer/teachers Guide includes an overview of the program; Participants Guidelines and Permissions and Module-by-Module Instructions including technical specifications for projects and log on information. Experiences Canada provides templates for all projects

How much will a virtual exchange cost?

Each group pays a participation fee of $100 upon confirmation of their twinning offer. Alternatively $ 10 per youth participating individually. Virtual or electronic costs to produce youth projects during the exchange are paid for by the groups.  

What kinds of activities are involved?

Each activity unit is designed with the flexibility to permit teachers to assign it as individual or small group work-respecting social distancing protocols, with the majority of tasks completed online.

Who chooses the participants?

Each organizers chooses their own participants. Groups may consist of students in an existing school class or youth from a community association such as dance troupes, music clubs, sports teams, Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys and Girls Clubs, and others.Recognising that many youth are studying independently at home this year, Experiences Canada is also offering an option for individual youth to apply and be twinned with other individual youth in Canada. A parent/guardian is responsible to submit an application and ensure the virtual comfort and safety of their child throughout the exchange project.

How do I know the youth participants will be safe in this Virtual environment?

The safety and security of our exchange participants is Experiences Canada’s number one All works presented on the Experiences Canada website will require permissions from parents and/or organizers, and students will only be identified by name and school/organization as submitted to us.

As groups are directly responsible for the primary online interactions between the groups we encourage them to review school/group privacy and appropriate use policies with youth participants. 

Will I be required to get police checks?

Upon confirmation of twinning, your school or organization will be required to confirm that a police vulnerable sector check will be obtained for every person aged eighteen (18) or older who will participate directly in the virtual Exchange, including the Group Organizer and the Parent/Guardian of youth participating individually.

What if there are any behavioral issues during the virtual exchange?

Although an Experiences Canada representative is always available to discuss situations, the Organizers are responsible for the day-to-day supervision and overall management of their virtual exchange. All emergencies and/or incidents are to be dealt with in a timely, appropriate and professional manner by the Organizer or another responsible adult from their school or organization. If there is an issue arising between participants in the exchange, please contact your Experiences Canada exchange coordinator at the earliest opportunity.

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.

Virtual Choir Application:

 

Note: Participant fees are $50 for 1 x 6 week session, or $75 to sign up for both sessions. This covers rehearsals, all music and other materials required, plus optional participation in the virtual exchange program. These fees will be due once accepted into the program.

 

Experiences Canada is dedicated to ensuring full access to its program regardless of geography, ability or economic circumstance. Limited special measures funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you have any questions about the virtual Choir or the application process, please contact us at: communications@experiencescanada.ca

 

Applications close Sunday, November 7.

 

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific time (7pm ET, 8:30 NL), and un from Nov 9 to Dec 14, and Feb 1 to March 8.

 

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

Formulaire de demande – Chorale virtuelle:

Remarque : Les frais de participation sont de 50 $ pour une séance de six semaines ou de 75 $ pour s’inscrire aux deux séances. Cela comprend les répétitions, toute la musique et tout le matériel requis, ainsi que la participation facultative au programme d’échange virtuel. Ces frais seront exigibles une fois qu’ils auront été acceptés dans le programme.

Expériences Canada s’engage à assurer un accès complet à son programme, peu importe la géographie, les capacités ou les circonstances économiques. Les demandes de financement de mesures spéciales limitées sont examinées au cas par cas.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de la chorale virtuelle ou du processus de demande, veuillez communiquer avec nous à l’adresse communications@experiencescanada.ca.

Les candidatures se terminent le dimanche 7 novembre.

Les répétitions hebdomadaires auront lieu les mardis à 16 h, heure du Pacifique (19 h, HE, 8 h 30, T.-N.-L.), du 9 novembre au 14 décembre et du 1 février au 8 mars.

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

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