Experiences Canada offers reciprocal youth exchanges for participants between the ages of 12-17 years old. Each exchange is made up of groups of 10-30 youth. By exploring another community, youth strengthen their second language, develop cultural awareness, break down social barriers, create friendships and improve self-confidence. Youth Exchanges Canada facilitates enriching educational exchanges that enhance learning and give participants an experience that lasts a lifetime. Join the 5,000 youth who participate in the Experiences Canada youth exchange program each year.
Please note that all participants must be new to the exchange program.
Program Advisory Council
The purpose of the Program Advisory Council is to provide input and advice on issues relevant to all current programs and those in development. The advisory council will provide a forum for educations and community leader to discuss ideas, opportunities, concerns and best practices.
Program Advisory Council members will have the following qualifications:
- Be currently teaching or working/volunteering with youth aged 12-17, or be retired from teaching.
- Have experience in creating activity plans, curriculum correlations, and other educational resources.
- Bilingualism is an asset as most of our meetings will include both French and English representatives.
Experiences Canada Program Advisory Council members will:
- Believe in the vision and mission of Experiences Canada.
- Be willing and able to devote time and energy to attend quarterly phone calls.
- Be capable of thinking, speaking and acting independently on behalf of Experiences Canada at teacher and community conferences, school board meetings or other presentations that Experiences Canada might be invited to attend.
- Promote the Youth Exchange Program and other initiatives of Experiences Canada and actively implement recruitment strategies in each respective province/territory.
- Provide feedback to assist staff with program improvements.
If you are interested in staying involved and joining PAC please submit the online application.
What we fund
- Travel is Free!
- Air, bus and train costs are funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage;
- Airport transfers are funded
What does it Cost?
- A membership fee of $100 per group is required upon application
- A registration fee per person is required once the group has accepted the funding
- Hosting Activities-all costs associated with hosting your twin (bussing, admission costs, food, activities)
In order to support the inclusion of all youth in the Experiences Canada Exchange Programs, and reduce barriers to participation, Experiences Canada will make available additional limited Special Measures funding.
Special Measures will specifically support;
- The inclusion of youth with disabilities and other special needs, including expenses related to the support of special care attendants, interpreters.
- Youth from low-income households.
- Support of additional Chaperones as required.
- Alternative housing for common stay arrangements.
- Youth from rural, isolated or marginalized areas.
- Other requests approved on a case-by-case basis
Each year, group organizers apply for additional funding by submitting a “Special Measures” request form to their Experiences Canada coordinator along with their exchange budget. We encourage groups to fundraise as much as possible to help towards their special measures request, as funding is very limited.