What is a workcamp?
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The heart of a Workcamp is the project you are working on. The group of volunteers works about 30 hours per week to improve the living environment of a community. The type of work can vary from environmental to renovation to social and cultural projects. Like this you are learning new tasks while you are helping a local organization.

The second most important part of a workcamp is the group experience. Supported by one or two co-leaders a group of about 12 young people from all over the world lives together an amazingly enriching time.

A workcamp is clearly an international encounter: a colourful mix of cultures, languages and accents. Though the official language is usually English.

In their free time, the group has the chance to discover the surroundings of the place where the workcamp takes place.

To get in touch with the locals is usually really enriching and gives you the opportunity to be a part of the community for the duration of the projects.

Accomodation and meals
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A workcamp usually last between one and four weeks, the average being of two weeks

Duration
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During the workcamp the host provides accommodation and food. The accommodation depends on the project: whether you live in a community centre, a dormitory or in a tent.The group usually has a certain budget to buy food. This means you will have the opportunity to share your culinary specialities. So please don’t forget your recipes!

Number of participants by workcamp
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Between 5 and 30 people, the average number participants being about 15 to 20 per project. The maximum of Canadian participants is one per project

What is the support of Chantiers jeunesse?
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Taking part in a workcamp is also a process of learning: During the workcamp you share, live in an international environment, you learn a lot about different cultures and you build general knowledge. Not to forget to mention that will improve the skills needed in the project (crafts, organization, etc.)

Even though Chantiers jeunesse gives you advice for the preparation of your volunteer experience abroad, it is your responsibility to organize your trip to the camp. This includes booking your flight, get the obligatory travel insurance and apply for visas and work permits if necessary.

Cost
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Registration fee:

$50

The participation fee:

If this is your first participation with Chantiers jeunesse, the fees are $450 workcamp abroad.

If you have already completed a project with us, the cost is $360 for a workcamp abroad.

You can participate in several projects per year. In that case:

The 2nd job of the year will cost you $150

Subsequent projects (in a single year) will cost you $100

What are the registration and participation fees for?

Chantiers jeunesse, a non-profit organization, is not subsidized for its activities abroad, this includes: projects abroad, individual internships, work sites 15–17 years, work sites 30 years and over as well as initiation projects for community involvement.

Your registration and participation fees directly support the organization (premises, salaries of employees, etc.) and provide the services that are available to you.

Services included:

  • A weekend of training (travel and accommodation at your expense if required)
  • OSH Insurance
  • 24-hour assistance abroad
  • A participant’s Guide
  • Access to the Chantiers jeunesse educational platform
  • Support in seeking financing (if necessary cashing checks)
  • Membership for one year and attendance at the Annual General Meeting
  • A reunion weekend (Rendez-vous des volunteers —travel and accommodation at your expense if required)
  • Part of hosting a foreign volunteer in Canada (to ensure reciprocity allowing you to go abroad).

During the workcamp:

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Community discovery activities
  • The support of a local English-speaking camp leader during the workcamp

What is not included in the registration and participation fees :

  • What is not included in the registration and participation fees:
  • Travel and accommodation in Montreal for the training weekend
  • Air ticket and travel to the workcamp
  • Additional fees may apply depending on the hosting partners (note that it is always possible to choose multiple destinations)
  • Passport and medical and hospital insurance
  • Visa and vaccines if required
  • Personal expenses (the duration of the trip before and after the job depends only on you!)

Budget
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In some countries (Mexico, India, Iceland, Spain, etc.), the host partners charge additional fees for the stay, which varies from $50 to $300. These fees are used to cover your accommodation and meals (the host partner cannot pay for them or the association does not send enough volunteers abroad to ensure reciprocity).

The budget for a shipyard abroad is approximately $2,000. This amount takes into account the plane ticket (regardless of the country) and the costs of participation in the project.

In order to reduce costs for your personal budget, you can carry out fundraising operations. There are, in fact, many ways to raise funds to finance your trip. We will, of course, explain all of this in detail during our training session before leaving

Participation process
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  • Fill out the online registration form
  • Receive confirmation of registration
  • Select a training weekend
  • Fill out our personality form
  • Participate in a training weekend and let us know your workcamp preferences
  • Chantiers jeunesse will send you the list of all the available workcamps
  • Pick a workcamp (or more!)
  • Online training
  • Arrival, workcamp and orientation
  • Program evaluation and get-together at the volunteer meeting

Chantiers jeunesse remains at your disposal throughout the process (before, during and after the construction sites) to answer your questions and assist you in your preparation.

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