Youth Participants


Have you been selected to go on an Experiences Canada exchange in the coming months? We’ve put together some suggestion for ways to make your exchange the best possible experience. 

We love to hear from you! Send photos, videos, news clippings, and testimonials to or Submit a story about what your Experiences Canada experience was like and it could be published here on our website!

This Month’s Youth Ambassadors

Patrick Creamer

Je m’appelle Patrick Creamer, j’aime essayer de nouvelles choses, que ça soit la bouffe ou un nouveau passe-temps. J’essaierai toujours quelque chose au moins une fois! Je suis aussi un gros nerd qui aime coder et jouer à des jeux vidéo. Je suis facile à vivre et toujours prêt pour une tasse de thé.

Breena Clark-McLellan

My name is Breena, I am a grade 10 student at Dr. Charles Best. I am very outgoing and I love meeting new people. I look forward to participating in the quebec exchange and the many experiences during that time!

Beckett Parker

I am the youngest of two sisters who are at the age of eighteen and sixteen. My favourite sports are biathlon and mountain biking. For after school activities I do biathlon, mountain biking, air cadets, and drill. I absolutely love nature and also like to take nature photos. During the summer me and my family go to our cabin at Hornby Island. While we are there I like to go mountain biking, kayaking, rowing and swimming. For summer jobs, I normally mow lawns and stack fire wood.

Avery Kamelchuk

My name is Avery Kamelchuk and I am fourteen years old. I live on a farm south of Athabasca, AB. with my parents and two sisters. I have a passion for playing sports such as softball, basketball and volleyball. I also love to read and listen to country music in my spare time.

Jackson Houvenaegel

My name is Jackson. I like skiing, rugby, and traveling. I am excited to participate in this exchange because it is my first time traveling to Quebec. I have learned about Carnaval in school and am excited to experience it.

Létycia Doucet

My name is Létycia Doucet, I am 15 almost 16. I like reading, writing, taking photos and making videos. My friends and my family are the most important things to me. During the trip, I plan to start my Youtube channel again and film the whole trip and put it online under my name, Létycia.

Mrunmayie Vaidya Golthi

My name is Mrunmayie Vaidya Golthi.  I think that being the ambassador for my school’s first ever trip to Quebec is a wonderful opportunity of leadership and self projection. I am both extremely passionate about the french language and the learning of new things.  I’m an ardent science student, fascinated by the human body. I’m positively ecstatic for this Quebec trip!

Karsen Oun

I’m Karsen, a 12 year old boy from Vancouver area. My favourite sport is soccer, and I like playing video games. My favourite hobby is Rubik’s Cubes, though. I’ve been to 8 competitions, and my best time is 6.57. I also like going on hikes, and skiing.

Ariana Duerksen

My name is Ariana Duerksen and I will be going on an exchange to Quebec! I enjoy sports, such as volleyball, basketball, and badminton.  As well, I have a passion for writing!  I can’t wait to meet new people and create memories!

Sarah McClelland

I am a 16 years old and I enjoy drawing, photography, journaling and watching TV. I am hardworking and love seeing others succeed! All in all, I am very outgoing and joyful.

Matthieu Marchand

My name is Matthieu Marchand and I am 13 years old. I am from Jasper but my mother is French and my father is Quebecois. I love sports! My favorite sport is hockey and downhill skiing. I am lucky because there is a beautiful ski mountain just a few minutes from my home. I’m really looking forward to sharing and meeting new people.

Joyce Min

Hello, my name is Joyce Min. I was assigned to be the exchange Ambassador for Toronto District Christian High school. I am currently in grade 10. during my exchange. I’m really looking forward to go on this exchange!

Tessa Webber

Tessa loves working with reptiles. She has two cats and two dogs and four siblings.  She loves that she knows a second language so she can say things without other people knowing.  She loves being on planes because it feels like she is really flying.  Tessa loves photography and documenting events.  She is excited to be her group’s ambassador.

Arielle Poitras

Hello, I am Arielle Poitras, grade 7 student à École Place des Jeunes in Bathurst, NB. I play Ringette and I am also part of my school’s recreational volley-ball team.  This is my first exchange with Experiences Canada and I am excited to share my Experience with you.

Mackenzie King

Hello, I am Mackenzie the ambassador for our Quebec trip. I love taking photos of people and I am looking forward to capturing our adventures during our trip. I am very excited for this opportunity. It is going to be a great experience for everyone!

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. 

Benefits of becoming a youth ambassador:
  • Document the Exchange and take on a leadership role
  • Have your story featured on our website
  • At the end of the year have your story and photos commemorated in a digital yearbook.  

Want to become the youth ambassador of your group? Contact your teacher/group organizer!

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

  • Consider creating a video of you and your family to share with your twin before they arrive. 
  • 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!!


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.

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 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.

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 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. 

Phone: 1-800-387-3832 

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 by the Group Organizer. 

Apply for an exchange now. 

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.

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