Youth have always been at the heart of what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.
Our community-driven development projects were created to provide young people with the knowledge and experience they need to make an impact on a global scale.
The Global Learner program aims to promote global citizenship through the direct participation of youth in community-driven development projects. Global Learner provides youth participants with a rich educational experience through volunteer work placements, educational activities, host family living and critical reflection. The participants are given the tools and opportunities needed to develop an awareness of local and global issues, while gaining concrete leadership and cross-cultural communication skills.
Global Learner projects are developed and managed in close collaboration with our experienced international partner organizations, ensuring that they directly respond and contribute to the needs of the local community. Projects focus on health, environment, sustainable livelihoods, youth entrepreneurship or community development and have a direct, concrete and positive impact on the project communities.
TAKE YOUR PICK. We're offering three unique opportunities to explore the world, meet new people and experience life in another culture. India, Costa Rica, and Ecuador are just a few clicks away...
INDIA: Environment and cultural discovery
Experience the life of one of the Tibetan refugee settlements of the Greater Bir area. Bir is not only renowned for its natural beauty, but also as a destination for ecotourism. After your arrival in India, escape from the bustling metropolis of Delhi as you travel by bus through mountains, valleys and tea gardens to Bir, a quiet and picturesque community situated in the foothills of the Himalayas.
During 28 days, you will learn first-hand about local and global environmental issues by aiding in various community conservation efforts. Before returning to Canada, you will bike almost 75 kilometres over 3 days throughout the Great Himalayan National Park. Discover India and discover yourself!
COSTA RICA: Environment and Conservation – Tropical rainforest and sea turtle conservation
Experience the diversity of Costa Rica, from the Caribbean Sea to the tropical rainforests and finally the Pacific coast! Your adventure starts at the Estacion Las Tortugas on the Caribbean coast, learning about and working on the ecology and conservation of sea turtles.
Next you will climb over 4,000 ft to the region of Monteverde – the place in the clouds. Over the next 12 days, you will live and work in the quaint town of Santa Elena. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves working in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve clearing trails, assisting with the camera trapping program or various infrastructure maintenance initiatives.
Conclude your adventure at Samara Beach – one of the prettiest and safest beaches in Costa Rica. Enjoy amazing sunsets, white sand, coral reefs and the calm crystal-clear water of the Pacific Ocean.
ECUADOR: Sustainable Agriculture
Experience the beauty and culture of Ecuador, from the bustling capital of Quito, to Indigenous towns nestled among mountain peaks, to the relaxed pace of hot springs in the rainforest.
Your adventure starts in Quito, learning about community-based agriculture projects and working on the construction of a greenhouse and planting of an orchard with Triple Salto, an organization that runs innovative urban agriculture projects with the Municipality of Quito, engaging community members in issues of food security.
In addition to touring the cultural sites and sounds of Quito, you will also visit the Indigenous market of Otavalo, historically significant as a marketplace since pre-Inca times. Midway through the project, enjoy a relaxing trip to Papallacta hot springs, located in a stunning rainforest setting.
The experiences we offer are unique, authentic and will change the way you see the world. Perhaps more importantly, the life experience you gain will empower you to make an impact. We start from the ground up, volunteering our time and giving back to our local communities.
Your volunteering projects could include:
• Organizing a public awareness event on poverty and food security.
• Facilitating group-led workshops with a focus on the challenges and opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS.
• Working with a local school, youth group, or adult education center to promote a local environmental initiative.
"It's an experience that changes your life, that gives you food for thought for a long time. Yesterday morning, when I woke up in Montreal, I asked myself why I was not in India." THIERRY CÔTÉ, INDIA – Global Learner Group Project, 2012-2013
Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
SEE THE WORLD. MAKE AN IMPACT. APPLY NOW.
Canada World Youth:
Founded in 1971 by the late Honourable Jacques Hébert (1923-2007), Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in developing international educational programs for young people aged 15 to 35. A non-profit organization, CWY is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people that have a desire to become informed and active global citizens. CWY programs are designed to help youth experience the world for themselves, learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities while developing leadership and communication skills.