YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange

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Toll-Free Tel: 1-877-639-9987                     Email: stjohns.swse@ymcagta.org
Website: http://www.summer-work.com


The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program (SWSE) is a non-profit program that offers the opportunity for 16-17 year old youth to participate in a 6-week exchange to Quebec. This program enhances personal growth, community involvement, and leadership.

Target Population

16-17 year old youth in St. John’s and surrounding areas.

Highlights of Program

  • The program runs for six weeks in the summer, beginning in early July and ending mid August.
  • Each participant will be provided with a work placement where they will be assigned an employment mentor, giving them an opportunity to gain paid work experience.
  • During the program duration, participants stay with a host / host family and, in most cases, whenever possible; a participant stays in their home as well. We do our best to find each student a job close to their homestay.
  • Participants are grouped together (up to 10 youth per community) and collaborate with their local coordinator to organize an agenda of activities to better know their new community and each other.
  • Participants are supported by our local coordinators, all post-secondary students, who are trained to help them navigate their way through this great journey.
  • The cost of participation is $100.
  • You can access the online application forms here. For additional information, consult the Student Guide here.