Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada: Young Worker's Exchange Programmes

These programmes allow Canadian participants to gain professional work experience through overseas training. Participants have the opportunity to acquire new skills while gaining a better appreciation of the culture and values of their host country. Non-students whose primary goal is to gain work experience in a foreign culture should consider this programme.

Listing Details

Organization Name
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada
Organization Mandate
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) provides opportunities for young Canadians to travel, learn and work abroad. DFAIT identifies partner countries and negotiates the agreements that make its international youth exchanges possible. They also provide Canadians with information about these programs. Some programmes are managed by foreign embassies, high commissions or consulates in Canada, while others are administered by private-sector Canadian organizations.
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0G2
(1) 613 944-4000
Non-profit organization?
1-3 months
Age (min)
Age (max)
Age notes
Varies according to programme.
Price range
under $1000 $2501-$5000
Application process and requirements
Although DFAIT provides the framework under which participants can obtain legal work opportunities in foreign countries, participants must be able to: -Choose the country -Land a job in that country -Apply for a visa -Arrange transportation -Find a place to stay -Cover day-to-day expenses Please note: Some programs offer more help than others. In some cases, other fees may be required. Once participants have determined that they are up for the challenge, and have an idea of the country that they would like to visit, the next step is to contact the Embassy in that country to get an application form. In order to complete the application, participants must have: -A valid Canadian passport -A round-trip airline ticket -A reasonable amount of money Canadian citizenship required.
Student status required?
Qualifications required


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