Who We Are

To promote the development of young, active and engaged citizens while fostering community development. Through our projects, youth increase their potential and gain new skills while discovering a new country or region.

Our initiatives reflect an international trend that mixes business with pleasure.

Vision

Chantiers jeunesse is helping create a supportive community with a global worldview. Through its projects, we help young volunteers and communities reach their full potential. Our initiatives reflect an international trend that includes individual and collective needs in the development of each project.

 What We Do

We organize volunteer projects in different regions of Quebec for youth aged 15 to 30 and monitor Canadian participants that we’ve put in international projects (more than 35 possible destinations in Europe, North America and Asia). Every year, 150 young volunteers are involved in different projects initiated by Chantiers jeunesse.

All of this is feasible thanks to our collaboration with some forty international organizations who are also part of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations.

History

Workcamps have existed for almost a century. The idea started in France during the 1920s, just after World War I. At that time, the goal was not only to rebuild devastated villages, but also to show that international cooperation was still possible and could help restore world peace. Over the years, a workcamp has become an educational project that contributes to participants’ personal and social development as well.

Staff members

Stéphanie Fey
Program director

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is the unknown. We know where it will start, but we can hardly imagine how far it will lead us”

A trained engineer, Stéphanie has been deeply involved with Chantiers Jeunesse for the last ten years. Her daily dedication for civic engagement, environment and surpassing oneself transpires in her work and volunteerism as she has participated in numerous local and international volunteering projects.

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Marie Anne Guichandut
Executive assistant and communication manager

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a moment that goes by too quickly, but that never really fades away”

Whether it is through her readings, her travels or her encounters, Marie Anne observes the world and tries to better understand it. With a background in leisure sciences and program evaluation and a career path in youth community services, she sees local and collective initiatives as a way to make real positive changes and give hopefulness.

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Annie Girard
Entrepreneurship project coordinator

” For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a leap into a world of possibilities “

For Annie, “Every single step counts,” and she has walked a lot, from Charlevoix to Ho Chi Minh with a stop in Mali! Throughout her journey, she took a particular interest in project development and entrepreneurship. Wherever she goes, she is passionate about humans, and takes pride in guiding them towards their goals.

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Mai Tran
Intercultural Cooperation Workcamps coordinator

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is an opportunity to live extraordinary volunteer experiences supported by a dynamic and passionate team” 

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Marie-Frédérique St-Onge
Entrepreneurship project officer 

“For me, Chantier jeunesse is opening the door to the unknown, sharing and opportunities”

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François Paquin
Camp leader and training agent

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is exploring commitment, sharing and solidarity through a rich and unique experience”

A high interest in youth civic engagement and in international cooperation is what brought François to Chantiers Jeunesse. With a background in tourism and cultural work and motivated by numerous memorable international experiences, he works hard to pass on this sense of commitment and intercultural sensitivity to the future volunteers.

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Dominique Leblanc
Camp leader and training agent

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is an opportunity to meet others, to  contribute to something bigger than oneself, to get off the beaten tracks and to welcome what comes to you”

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Annie Ménard
Outgoing officer

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is to engage in an unforgettable adventure” 

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Gustavo Valencia
Project officer

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is the opportunity to help young people to turn their dreams into reality and become agents of change”

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Marie-Christine Tanguay
Administrative assistant

Board members

Isabelle Fotsing
President

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a golden opportunity for encounters that let you discover yourself not only as an individual, but also as an essential contributor to a global society”

Katia Habra
Vice-President

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a journey of self-discovery, a curiosity for exploration and thirst for new adventures”

Michel Sayamwe
Tresorer

 

Fatemeh Hosseini

Administrator

Amaranta Quitana

Administratrice

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a benevolent team who gives you the opportunity to excel yourself, to learn in a structured environment and to make incredible intercultural encounters.”

 

 

Guelord Tshikala Kabengele

Administrator

“For me, Chantiers jeunesse is the simplicity of the heart. Each time we meet, it’s a moment of experience and love, motivated by the desire to serve”

Mai Murray

Secretary

Annual report

To learn more about the mission, evolution and efforts of Chantiers, we invite you to read our annual report. Only available in French.

Rapport annuel 2017-2018