Youth Travel and Exchanges
Oh Canada! There's so much to discover and learn when you join our youth travel and exchange programs.
Support you can count on and connections that get you ahead
Have you ever thought about exploring another region of Canada, meeting new people, learning Canada’s official languages and exploring Canada’s cultural diversity? The YMCA, through the support of Canadian Heritage, offers two exchange programs:
The Youth Exchanges Canada (YEC) program is designed for groups of 10 to 30 participants between the age of 12 and 17. Participants are paired with same-age groups from another province or territory, and they travel to each other’s communities, staying for at least 5 days. Click for more information about the YEC program.
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) program offers youth aged 16-17 the opportunity to gain paid work experience, practice their second official language skills, and discover another community within Canada. Click for more information about the SWSE program.