There is nothing quite like leaving home and living in a new culture. Being immersed in an authentic French environment will be a learning experience that’s truly unforgettable. Discover exchange programs within Ontario, across Canada and internationally with this list of some exchange programs. Disclaimer: Mention does not imply endorsement unless sponsored by CPF Ontario.
Canadian Education Exchange Foundation (CEEF)
Organizes reciprocal educational exchange programs for students and educators through partnerships with governments and private agencies in many countries. Students in elementary school may apply for a summer exchange to France at the end of their grade 7 or grade 8 year. Grade 7 students may apply for a 3 month exchange to France in their grade 8 year. Secondary school students may apply for summer exchanges. Website: www.ceef.ca
Destination Clic offers a 3 week bursary program for 14-and 15-year-olds for enrichment in French as a first language. If you are francophone and have your permanent residence outside of Quebec, Destination Clic could give you three weeks to make exciting discoveries, enjoy new experiences, and achieve real and useful goals, all this while exploring another region of Canada. Website: www.destinationclic.ca
Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Encounters with Canada is a one week program of Canadian studies held at The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa. From mid September to early December and from late January to early May, students aged 14 – 17 come from across the country to our Nation’s Capital for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Website:www.encounters-rencontres.ca
Experiences Canada, formally SEVEC, has brought together more than 300,000 young Canadians through group exchanges, group educational visits and forums in all parts of Canada for students ages 12-17. Website: www.experiencescanada.ca
Experience, learn, travel, and make friends for life during this five-week French-language bursary program. Explore is a 5 week intensive language-immersion course that can be taken in the spring or summer. Participants in Explore receive a bursary that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. Deadline to apply is usually mid-February. Website: www.myexplore.ca
ISE: International Student Exchange – Ontario
A not-for-profit organization offering Ontario students’ reciprocal exchange programs in Quebec and Europe. Individual school year and semester teacher-led class trips can be arranged for locations outside of Quebec. ISE in Barrie. Tel: (705) 722-9440. Fax: (705) 722- 9441. Website: www.iseontario.on.ca
Odyssey is a paid full-time work experience program that allows students to travel within Canada, gain experience in a school environment and share their cultures. Students work as language-assistants under the supervision of a teacher, encouraging students to improve their knowledge of language and culture. Academic credits are available for this program. Website: www.myodyssey.ca
Summer Work Student Exchange Program
A national exchange program providing an opportunity for young Canadians, 16 and 17 years of age, to improve their second official language skill, gain work experience and discover another part of Canada. Offered by the YMCA since February 2007. There are opportunities for families to welcome a student for six weeks as an alternate host family. Website: www.summer-work.com
Youth Exchanges Canada (YEC)
Exchanges Canada is a Government of Canada initiative that creates opportunities for young Canadians to gain a better understanding of their country, to connect with one another and to experience the diversity of Canada’s communities, languages and cultures. YEC supports student exchanges between school and non-profit community groups of 10 to 30 people ages 11-18. Website: www.exchanges.gc.ca
Visit French Street – The road to new French experiences.
French Street is a unique online collection of French resources designed to support teachers, students and parents. This one-of-a-kind database provides French activities, exchanges, work programs and more that will enhance the French Second Language (FSL) experience in the classroom and in the community. French Street is another milestone in CPF’s efforts to build awareness and understanding of Francophone culture through active participation in community activities all around us. It was developed and is maintained by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).