A workcamp

A workcamp is volunteering project led by a multicultural group, in a local community. Supervised by two camp leaders, a dozen volunteers from Canada and from abroad live an unforgettable learning experience together. 


Doing a workcamp is a way to engage with a community by helping them with real needs. Our host partners reach out to us to help them with projects that aim to generate change, improve the living environment or to have a positive effect in the community. 

30 volunteer hours per week

Projects in workcamps can be :  

  • Environmental  (creating walking trails, cleaning shorelines, preserving endangered species, etc.)
  • Heritage preservation (building restauration, painting, construction work, etc.)
  • Cultural (festivals, photography, linguistic exchange, etc.)
  • Social (projects with kids, intergenerational projects, refugee assistance, etc.)


During your free time, you will have the opportunity to take part in many activities. Meeting the local population is very gratifying and will enable you to develop a sense of belonging to your host community. 


Group living is the other main aspect of a workcamp. Doing a workcamp also means cultural exchange because, in addition to being in a new environment, you will be sharing your daily routine with people from different backgrounds and origins. You will learn a lot from this experience but most importantly, you will build relationships with people from all around the world!

Three stages

The Leadership in your own hands weekend is a preparatory weekend before the workcamp. This mandatory training will help you better understand what workcamps are and will give you an opportunity to ask all the questions you may have. Volunteers enrolled in a workcamp next summer will have the possibility to participate in one of these two sessions: 

  • November 24-25, 2018, in Montréal
  • January 12-13, 2019, in Montréal
  • April 6-7, 2019, in Montreal
  • May 25-26, 2019, in Montreal

If you live outside the greater Montreal, we will gladly help you find transportation and accommodation for the weekend. 

Workcamps are the heart of this program. For two to three weeks, you will be living with volunteers who, just like you, came to give a hand to your host community. 

The Volunteers Meetup is the gathering of all the Canadian volunteers who did a workcamp during the year. The weekend will be an opportunity to share your experience, continue to engage and think about the future.

The next Volunteers Meetup will be

Les prochains Rendez-vous des Volontaires se tiendront les

  • April 13-14,2019, location to be confirmed
  • September 28 & 29, 2019, location to be confirmed


Chantiers jeunesse is a non-profit organization and is unfortunately not funded for its activities abroad. This is why registration and participation fees are applicable.

Registration fee : 50 $

Your registration and participation fees directly support the organization (e.g., office, employees’ salary) and provide the services you need.

Participation fee :

  • If this is your first workcamp with Chantiers jeunesse, the fee is $450.
  • If you have already completed a workcamp with us, the fee is $360.
  • You can also participate in several workcamps each year. In that case:
    • The second workcamp will cost $150.
    • Subsequent workcamps will cost $100.

Please note: additional fees may apply depending on the hosting partner.

The included services are:

  • The Leadership in your own hands weekend (transportation and accommodation at your expense if required)
  • CNESST insurance
  • 24-hour assistance abroad
  • The participant’s guide
  • Access to Chantiers jeunesse’s educational platform
  • Support in seeking financing (cashing checks if needed)
  • Membership for one year and ability to participate in the general assembly
  • The Volunteers Meetup (transportation and accommodation at your expense if required)

What is included during the workcamp:

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Exploration activities
  • A local English-speaking camp leader

What is not included in the registration and participation fees:

  • Transportation and accommodation in Montreal for the training weekend
  • Plane ticket and transportation to the workcamp
  • Additional fees that may apply depending on the hosting partners (note that there are multiple destinations that don’t have additional fees)
  • Passport, and medical and hospital insurance
  • Visa and vaccines if required
  • Personal expenses 

The budget needed for a workcamp abroad is approximately $2,000. This amount takes into account the plane ticket (regardless of the country) and participation fees.

To lessen your burden, you can carry out fundraising operations. There are many ways to raise funds to finance your trip. We will explain all of this in detail during the training session.

Accommodation and meals

Room and board are provided during the workcamp. Accommodations depend on the project. Groups can live in community centres, dormitories or tents.Boys and girls sleep in separate rooms.

They’re also allocated a budget for groceries. This is an opportunity to cook and share culinary specialties. So don’t forget your recipes!





Workcamp calendar

There are workcamps going on all year long! 

How to register

Chantiers jeunesse is available to answer questions and provide support before, during and after the workcamp.