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YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange

YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange
Focus: Multidisciplinary
Opportunity Type: Program
Location: Locations Across Canada
Student Grade: 10, 11, 12
Available to students from: All Provinces/Territories
Time of year: Summer
Prerequisites: 16 or 17 years of age
Cost: $50
Website: http://www.summer-work.com/index.html
Contact: 1 877 639 9987
Application Deadline: Not specified

The Summer Work Student Exchange program is a summer work program that runs for six weeks (from late June to mid-August) and is aimed at students 16 and 17 years of age. The program finds jobs for participants in communities in another province. Communities are paired so that students work in their second official language. During their stay in the host community, each student lives with the family of the student with whom they have been paired. Coordinators (postsecondary students) supervise the students participating in the program, and run a program of activities.

The main factors that determine the program's success are the degree of effort and enthusiasm that the students display for living with another family, working at a new job and honing their official language skills.

The main benefits to students are:

  • Improved second official language skills
  • A positive work experience
  • Knowledge of another region of Canada and another culture
  • Greater maturity

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