Service and International Exchange through Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action

This post has been contributed by my summer intern Ceyhun Arslan, who is researching service opportunities around the world for non-U.S. citizens.

Canada World Youth (CWY)’s Youth Leaders in Action offers youth from Canada and partner countries a chance to participate in a six-month exchange and service opportunity.

Canadians and citizens of select partner countries, aged 17 to 24, join this six-month bilateral program — spending three months in Canada and three months in the partner/host country.

Volunteer work varies from farm work in a village to teaching English to elementary school students.

Partner countries have included Indonesia and Ukraine, as well as countries in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. Volunteers cannot choose their destination, but CWY considers their preferences. The participants stay with host families away from their homes both at their Canadian placement site and overseas. Continue reading