This project is funded by the government of Canada’s through Canada Service Corps.


Participate in a group volunteer experience and intercultural exchange in a dynamic Canadian community. By taking part in our new Leadership in Your Own Hands program, you’ll get the chance to discover a new part of the country and contribute to community development. Plus, you can get to know around 10 other young Canadians and share your culture with international volunteers!

What is a workcamp?
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Our local development project is at the heart of our workcamp program. Our groups of volunteers work around 30 hours a week to improve the quality of life of their host communities, undertaking a variety of projects, from environmental activities to renovation, heritage and cultural projects. Volunteers learn new skills while helping out local or regional organizations.

Another important aspect of our workcamp program is group living. One or two leaders support a group of around 15 young people from Canada and abroad, who live together and share a life-changing experience.
Participating in a workcamp is also a learning experience. During the program, participants get to know each other, live in a new community and learn so many things about different cultures. They exchange views and develop their general skill sets. It’s also an opportunity for them to try out different professional activities (renovation, painting, etc.).

Accommodation and meals
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Room and board is included in the workcamp program. Accommodations vary according to project. Groups live in community centres, dorms, etc.
Each group gets a grocery budget, and participants get the chance to cook. It’s always a good idea for them to bring their favourite recipes to share with the group!

Duration
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Workcamps last between 2–3 weeks.

When do the workcamps take place?
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This summers, workcamps will take place in between May and September. Others will follow in the winter.

Cost
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It’s free! Costs related to transportation, lodging and food will be covered. Please budget for personal expenses.
Services included:

  • One training weekend (including transportation and lodging as required)
  • OHS insurance
  • Personal support throughout the program
  • Participant’s guide
  • Access to the Chantiers jeunesse educational platform
  • Membership for one year and ability to participate in the general assembly
  • One get-together weekend (volunteer meetup, including transportation and lodging as required)

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

Worcamps summer 2018
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Seven workcamps will take place during the summer. 

CJ-1801 : Lac Supérieur, QC

Completed

Dates : May 22nd – June 8th, 2018 

15 volunteers maximum

Accommodation : Small house

-> Due to the presence of young campers on the site, alchool consumption is prohibited.

Participate in the reconstruction of a Yurt-shaped kitchenette, renovate an activity site called the Fortress and help in the kitchen. Your work will improve the quality of activities and social environment of the campers. 

 

Host : 

Located in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, the outdoor sports camp 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. As part of a supervised group, the volunteers will reconstruct a yurt-shaped kitchenette, renovate an activity site called the “fortress” and assist the kitchen staff. Their work will improve the quality of the campers’ activities and social environment.

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

Ongoing

Dates : June 30th – July 15th, 2018

15 Volunteers maximum

Accommadation : Community centre 

With the help of local volunteers, work on the relaying of an intergenerational park : repair park benches, redesign walking paths and floral arrangements to enrich the lives of this community of 540 people.

Host : The Comité d’action communautaire de St-Bruno is a group of volunteer working 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. The volunteers being very efficient, the Committee received much appreciated help from 3 groups of Chantiers jeunesse in the last 5 years.

CJ-1803 : Saint-Zénon, QC

Completed

Dates : June 17th – July 8th,2018

12 volunteers maximum

Accommation: Shelter un the forest

Build walking trails and wooden belvederes at the ‘’Sept-Chutes’’ (Seven waterfalls) Regional Park. You will be contributing to the development of the site so that visitors can enjoy the beautiful landscapes as well as the wildlife and floral diversity.

Host : The mission of the Matawinie Regional Parks Development Corporation (SDPRM) is to participate in the planning and development of the six (6) regional parks of the territory and the National Trailin, in order to promote sustainable development through the development of the recreational tourism potential. On site, you will have access to walking trails  and a beach, andactivities such as fishing and camping.

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

Ste-Thérèse I: ongoing

Ste-Thérèse II: 1 place left

Dates :

Workcamp I : June 30th – July 22nd.

Workcamp II : July 28th- August 12th, 2018

15 volunteers maximum

Accommodation : Student residence

Bring out the ecological and natural character of the Jardin de Sources! You will get the chance to work with youth from the Ste-Thérèse Youth Club who will help you clean un paths, plant trees and clean the lakes and the rivers surrounding the site.

Host : Since 1993, the City of Sainte-Thérèse and Chantiers jeunesse volunteers have been transforming an abandoned site into a new green space located right in the town center.The site a former landfill is now a nature park well known by the whole community. To thank all the volunteers who contributed has even been named after Chantiers jeunesse!

CJ-1807 : Les Éboulements, QC

Full; places available on a waiting list

Crédit Tourisme Charlevoix, Annie Bolduc.

Dates : August 11th-24th, 2018

15 volunteers maximum

Accomodation : 2-4 bed rooms in the main building

Do the general maintenance of the camp ground and its buildinfs, redesign a walking trail, paint some camp buildings, build modules for adventurous trails. Take part in the organization of an open-house day event of the beautiful site.

Host : In the heart of Charlevoix, the Manoir camp of Les Éboulements, is a non for profit organization that offers a safe environment to youth who want to discover the joys of the great outdoors, nature and learn about the feudal period, On site, you will have access to a climbing wall, a gym and many trails. Many outdoor and cultural activities are also accessible near by.

How to participate
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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 assign you to a workcamp
  • Online training
  • Arrival , workcamp and orientation
  • Program evaluation and get-together at the volunteer meeting

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

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