COVID-19 and Chantiers jeunesse

Will the projects in Canada take place this summer?
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According to predictions of the security measures put in place to contain the spread of the epidemic, everything leads us to believe that the summer 2020 season of our volunteer projects in Canada and abroad will take place. We would like to highlight that certain communities will have an even greater need for the help of volunteers for their activities. That said, the situation will be periodically evaluated in accordance with government recommendations.

Can I still register for the summer projects in Canada?
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Yes, registration is still open to everyone. We are evaluating the situation on a daily basis. An outreach officer will contact you as quickly as possible to keep you updated on all measures taken. Click here to see our summer programs and register!

 

Can I still register for the Social Entrepreneurship projects?
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For our social entrepreneurship projects and our ambassador program, with activities taking place mostly at home and follow-up being done by video conference these activities will be maintained with minimal impact. More info

Can I still register for a volunteer project abroad?
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We’re actively following all updates from the government of Canada and for the moment we believe that all of our volunteer projects for this summer will take place, so they’re still available.

Chantiers jeunesse guarantees the reimbursement of participation fees :

  • in the case that your chosen project is cancelled, without any obligation to choose another
  • in the case that governmental restrictive measures are prolonged

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How can I contact Chantiers jeunesse?
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Our office located at 4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue is closed until at least May 1th. The entire team is active and working from home, in order to answer your questions and to support you during your social engagement. Do not hesitate to contact us by email, by phone at +1 514 252 3015 or +1 800 361 2055 as well as on our Facebook or Instagram page.

Intercultural Volunteer Projects in Canada

Can I do more than one volunteer project this summer?
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Yes, as long as the spots for the projects aren’t all filled. We want to give everyone a chance to do at least one project.

How can I choose my project once I have registered online ?
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The project choices are made after the registration process, generally two months before the start of the season. By order of preference, you’ll indicate the top three projects that you would like to participate in. An outreach officer will go through everyone’s preferences and assign projects accordingly. You’ll receive an answer shortly thereafter.

I don’t speak French. Can I still participate in this program ?
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Of course! Our facilitation team is bilingual and there will be youth from various regions of Canada and from other countries on your project. In fact, our volunteer projects are an excellent opportunity to share your language and learn more about another one.

What is the limit of volunteer projects that I can do in a year or in my life?
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You can participate in one project per year and be on the reserve list to fill a spot for another project. There is no limit to the number of projects you can participate in during your life.

Can I register with a friend?
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Yes, for sure. Each volunteer must fill out their own registration form, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll be assigned the same project. However, you can participate together at the pre-departure orientation weekend as well as the celebratory get-together weekend after the summer season.

I am an international student. Can I participate?
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Yes, international students may participate in our projects by paying the associated fees: $50 (registration fee) and $450 (participation fee). In addition, you must cover your own transport to the meeting place.

Social Entrepreneurship Projects

I have already gotten a start on my project. Can I register?
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Yes, it is possible. We offer individualized support for managing your project and financial support to help you fully carry it out. Together, we’ll look at your needs and take the time to see how we can best respond to them.

If I am in a team. Does only one member register?
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No, we encourage all of your team members aged from 15 and 30 to register. By doing so, they’ll be invited to participate more actively in all of the steps of the entrepreneurial journey.

I don’t like budgets. Is it mandatory to do one?
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Yes, if you ask for funding to carry out your project, we’ll help you with the budget in return. We’re here to support you and show you that it isn’t rocket science!

Can I participate if I don’t have a computer?
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Yes, it is still possible. We’ll find a way to get the material to you and communicate with you with the method you prefer.

How many hours per week do I need to commit?
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There is no specific formula but, to give you an idea, at the end of your entrepreneurial project, you’ll need to have completed at least 120 hours of preparation and volunteering. This includes all of the steps.

Can my entrepreneurial project be abroad?
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No, these projects must take place in Canada.

If two people register for the same project, can they be given two grants?
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Unfortunately, no. The grant is dedicated to the project and not to the volunteers who are in charge of the project.

Can the grant be given to an organization?
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The grants are given to the volunteers who start off a project. If certain volunteers are members of an organization and they wish to spearhead a service or organize an event, they can be supported (or “coached”) by the organization, but the event can’t be run by the organization.

Can multiple projects take place in the same location?
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Yes, there can be multiple projects in the same spot, as long as they all have a social impact!

I want to do a project to help an organization. Is it possible?
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Yes, if certain volunteers are members of an organization and they wish to spearhead a service or oganize an event, they can be supported (or “coached”) by the organization, but the event can’t be run by the organization.

I need funding, but no further support. Can I participate?
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No, we aren’t a funding agency. We take part in the planning and managing of the project. The grants that we offer are given out along with planning tools that we help you to learn and integrate into your project.

Our project is political in nature. Is it eligible?
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We favour projects with a social impact.

Can the beneficiaries of my project be religious communities?
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As recommended by our donor agency, projects of a religious nature aren’t eligible. The beneficiaries of a project must not be tied to their gender identity, origin, religion, etc.

I already registered with a team and now I would like to start my own project. Do I need to register all over again?
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No, contact one of our entrepreneurship project officers. We’ll let you know what you need to do!

Volunteer Projects Abroad

Is the $50 registration fee for international projects reimbursable?
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No, the registration fee is non-reimbursable, since they include the expenses of opening and analyzing your file by one of our staff. However, your file will stay open until we find you a project and you won’t have to pay these fees again, even if it is for next year.

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Can I participate in three projects, one abroad, one in Canada and one of social entrepreneurship?
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Yes, of course! Go over the admissibility criteria of each program and register online again!

I live with a handicap. Can I participate in a volunteer project?
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Yes, we do everything we can, alongside with our hosting partners in Canada, to offer projects that are accessible to all. Don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can take a look at your needs together!

I have kids. Can I participate in a volunteer project?
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Yes, our family volunteer camps are there for that! More info

How do I know which program would be the best fit for me?
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If you would like to get involved in a community with a group of other volunteers and with the possibility of all expenses covered, you can register for our volunteer projects in Canada. If you have an idea for a project, our staff can help you plan it out and give you a grant thanks to the social entrepreneurship projects. If you would like to get engaged in another country, check out our volunteer projects abroad. We’re always available by phone to discuss your desires and we’ll help you make the choice that suits you best!

Can I get a certificate for my volunteer hours?
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Yes, only for our programs in Canada. At the end of your experience with us you’ll receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister of Canada recognizing your community engagement, including the number of volunteer hours completed and the skills developed during the project. This is an excellent letter to add to your resume!