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.

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Marie Anne Guichandut
Executive assistant and communication manager

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a time period that goes by too quickly, but that never really fades away!

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Annie Girard
Entrepreneurship project coordinator

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

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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!

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Cyr Parmentier
Camp leader and training agent

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is to better yourself while working together. 

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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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Kamyar Karimi Ardestani
Camp leader

Marie-Josée Lebel
Camp leader

Yrakli Chachava
Co-camp leader

Sarah Hébert
Co-camp leader

YiQi Li
Translation intern

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is an opportunity to apply what I have learned in school in the real world to make it better, one text at the time. 

Board members

Rita Rachele Dandavino
Chairwoman

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is helping to create a better world through personal involvement and team creativity.

 

Catherine Cléroux
Vice-President, Youth

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is flourishing in symbiosis with the world.

 

 

Marie-Pier Emery
Secretary

 

 

Kamyar Karimi Ardestani
Treasurer

Annick Gaudreault
Administrator

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is a gateway to the world so also an opportunity of a lifetime to go on an adventure while making a difference.

 

 

Isabelle Fotsing
Administrator

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
Administrator

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

Gabriel Boisvert
Administrator

For me, Chantiers jeunesse is opening up to others, one experience at a time.