Travels and Exchanges

Experience the journey of a lifetime!!
YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program is a national exchange program offering opportunities for youth to improve their second official language skills, explore another part of Canada, and gain valuable work experience through a work placement while on the exchange. 

The program runs July 1 to August 12, 2023, you must be 16 or 17 years of age during the summer program.

Applications are currently being accepted, Early Bird Deadline: February 26, 2023

For more information and to apply see:



Do you want to work and travel ?  
Check out International Experiences Canada ,  
A Canadian government website to help you navigate the complexities involved in working overseas.


YES Canada


For more information on how YES Canada is responding to Covid-19 please click here.. WELCOME. A high school student exchange isn’t just a trip, it’s a gateway to endless opportunities, fantastic new friends and broader horizons.


A message to schools from Jenika Heim, student recruitment at EducationUSA/Fulbright Canada:

Good morning,


Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours

How can I apply?

Candidates are ages 15-19 and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.



Summer Work Student Exchange Program – Benefit from a paid six-week summer employment aimed at students (aged 16 or 17) wanting to improve their French language skills. Apply on-line.

AFS Interculture Canada – Offers year long, semestered, and summer exchange programs for 15 – 18 year old students to spend one school year (or less), living with a host family in one of 55 countries. Financial aid is available.

Student Travel Schools – STS – Do you want to go on a cultural exchange and attend school in Europe, Brazil or South Africa? You can study abroad for a five or ten week term.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs – Spend a school year abroad in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 and become fully immersed in another culture. Semester programs and summer programs are also available. See website for details regarding countries and length of programs.

Canada World Youth – This opportunity is for students who would be interested in spending time exploring Canada and another country for 6 – 7 months, learning skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. Students ages 17 – 24 are eligible.

Challenge International – Join an international team of volunteers and travel to Africa, Costa Rica, Guyana or the South Pacific regions. Work with local people on effective community-based projects and gain valuable skills. Participants must be 18 – 30 years of age. 5 – 10 week placements. 5 weeks – $2,900 plus airfare. Apply on-line. Continual sign up.

Au Pair Opportunities – Unique opportunity at low cost to have a cultural experience and acquire a second language. Must be 18 – 26 years of age and have some child care experience. Must have learned French 2 – 3 years minimum. Suggest you do a language program once/day.

Working Vacation – Work available in 12 different countries, some of which include France, Britain, New Zealand, Germany, U.S., Ireland, and South Africa. Fees start at approximately $400 and you must prove you have support funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age. Must use Travel Cuts Student Travel Company for flights.

A GAP Year Abroad – Travel Cuts Student Travel Company offers volunteer opportunities abroad for students. Approximately $400 registration fee, plus airfare, plus participatory fees.

Exchanges Canada Website – This website contains a variety of exchange opportunities in cooperation with number of non-governmental organizations. Many of these opportunities are for university graduates.
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