YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program

Organization Type: Other Nonprofit
Address: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Phone: 902-314-1214
Website: http://www.summer-work.com

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The Summer Work Student Exchange Program is a national, non-profit exchange program offering 16 and 17-year-old youth the opportunity to improve their second official language skills while also gaining valuable work experience through a paid placement in the non-profit sector. For six weeks during the summer, participants live with a host family and work in a community where their second language predominates. They travel with a group of peers, and take part in activities every weekend and some week nights to deepen their connection to each other and their new community. This program is offered at a minimal cost ($100) to the participants.


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I interviewed my dad on video in his final weeks. When I asked about his work and finding meaning through helping others, he responded, “I don’t think you can be focused on, ‘Oh gee, I want to make a difference.’ It has to be spontaneous. If it’s not…there’s some kind of egotistical thing going on. That’s a red flag. You hope you impact people on the deepest level you are capable of at the time. Sometimes you hit it, sometimes you don’t. You’re trying. Lisa Shannon, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

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