This project is funded by the Government of Canada through Canada Service Corps.

Participants in Intercultural Cooperation Workcamps volunteer and experience group living in a dynamic Canadian community. By taking part in this program, they get the chance to discover a new part of the country and contribute to community development. Plus, they get to know a dozen other young Canadians and share their culture with international volunteers.

What is a workcamp?
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Workcamps are the foundation of a work project. Volunteer groups work approximately 30 hours per week on community development projects. They can choose from a range of work projects (environment, renovation, heritage preservation, restoration, culture and society). So while helping out a local or regional organization, volunteers learn new skills.

Group living is also central to our workcamps. Under the supervision of one or two camp leaders, some 15 young people from Canada and abroad can enjoy a rewarding experience together.

Doing a workcamp is a learning experience as well. During the program, participants get to know each other, live in a new community, learn a lot about different cultures, exchange views and develop their people skills. It’s also an opportunity for them to try out different professional activities (e.g., renovation, painting).

During their free time, the group has the chance to visit their new surroundings.

Accommodation and meals
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Room and board are provided during the workcamp. Accommodations depend on the project. Groups can live in community centres, dormitories or tents.

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

Duration
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Workcamps usually last between two and three weeks.

When do workcamps take place?
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This summer, workcamps will take place between May and September. There will be others in the winter.

Cost
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It’s free! Transportation, accommodation and food are provided.

Please set a budget for personal expenses.

The included services are:

  • The training weekend (for Leadership in Your Own Hands, and includes transportation and accommodation if required)
  • CNESST insurance
  • Personal support throughout the program
  • The participant’s guide
  • Access to Chantiers jeunesse’s educational platform
  • Membership for one year and ability to participate in the general assembly
  • The get-together weekend (for the Volunteer Meetup, and includes transportation and accommodation if required)

Eligibility criteria
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  • To be between 18 and 30 years old on the first day of the workcamp.
  • To be a Canadian citizen or have been granted the status of permanent resident or refugee by the Canadian government.

Workcamps of summer 2018
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Seven workcamps will take place during the summer. 

CJ-1801: Lac-Supérieur, QC

Completed

Dates: May 22 to June 8, 2018 

Maximum: 15 volunteers 

Accommodation: small house

-> Due to young campers on the site, alcohol consumption is prohibited.

You’ll reconstruct a yurt-shaped kitchenette, renovate an activity site called the “fortress” and assist the kitchen staff. Your work will improve the quality of the campers’ activities and social environment.

Host: Le P’tit Bonheur is an initiative funded by L’Œuvre du Père Sablon, whose mission is to promote an active lifestyle and personal fulfillment among young people. Located in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, this enchanting place has six lakes and multiple sites. You’ll have the chance to participate in outdoor activities such as canoeing and making campfires. 

CJ-1802: Saint-Bruno-de-Kamouraska, QC

Completed

Dates: June 30 to July 15, 2018

Maximum: 15 volunteers 

Accommodation: community centre 

With the help of local volunteers, you’ll refurbish an intergenerational park. You’ll repair park benches, make walking trails and design floral arrangements to enrich the lives of the 540 people living in this community.

Host: The Comité d’action communautaire de Saint-Bruno works on the improvement of their community on the cultural, patrimonial, social and economic levels. One of the committee’s priorities is to offer citizens of all ages a more pleasant and inviting environment. Since the volunteers are sought after, the committee received much appreciated help from three Chantiers jeunesse groups in the last five years.

CJ-1803: Saint-Zénon, QC

Completed

Dates: June 17 to July 8, 2018

Maximum: 12 volunteers 

Accommodation: cottage in the forest

You’ll develop a new sector in the Sept-Chutes Regional Park, make and clear a new walking trail, and build lookouts and boardwalks so that visitors can enjoy the beautiful landscapes as well as the wildlife and floral diversity.

Host: The Société de développement des parcs régionaux de la Matawinie promotes sustainable development and that is reflected in their planning and development of the territory’s six regional parks and National Trail (Sentier national). You’ll have access to walking trails, the beach on Île Baribeau and activities such as fishing and camping.

CJ-1805 and CJ-1806: Sainte-Thérèse, QC

Sainte-Thérèse I: completed

Sainte-Thérèse II: in progress

Dates:

Workcamp I: June 30 to July 22, 2018

Workcamp II: July 28 to August 12, 2018

Maximum: 15 volunteers 

Accommodation: cegep dormitory

With the help of the Sainte-Thérèse Youth Centre, you’ll bring out the ecological and natural character of the Jardin des Sources by clearing trails, planting trees and cleaning rivers and ponds surrounding the site.

Host: Since 1993, the City of Sainte-Thérèse and Chantiers jeunesse volunteers have been transforming a former gravel pit into a new green space located right in the town centre. The Jardin des Sources is now a rich and diverse nature park well known by the whole community. To thank all the volunteers who contributed, a pond has been named after Chantiers jeunesse! A lot of cultural and sports activities are nearby.

CJ-1807: Les Éboulements, QC

Full 

Credit: Tourisme Charlevoix, Annie Bolduc.

Dates: August 11 to 24, 2018

Maximum: 15 volunteers 

Accommodation: in a room (with two to four people) in the main building or a cottage

You’ll do general grounds and building maintenance, renovate a walking trail, paint certain buildings and/or camp furniture, conceive new obstacle courses and help organize an open house for this beautiful site.

Host: In the heart of Charlevoix, Camp le Manoir in Les Éboulements is a non-profit organization that offers a safe environment for youth to discover the joys of the great outdoors, the thrill of sports activities, the beauty of nature and the fascinating history of the feudal period. On-site, you’ll have access to a climbing wall, gym and trails. Many outdoor and cultural activities are also accessible nearby.

How to participate
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  • Fill out the online registration form.
  • Receive a registration confirmation.
  • Select a training weekend.
  • Fill out the volunteer profile form.
  • Participate in the training weekend and decide on your workcamp preferences.
  • Be assigned a workcamp by Chantiers jeunesse.
  • Do the online training session.
  • Arrive, do the workcamp and discover the surroundings.
  • Evaluate the program and go to the weekend get-together at the Volunteers Meetup.

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

Registration for the winter workcamps will open in the fall. Stay tuned!