CALL FOR PARTNERSHIP APPLICATIONS

Host an Intercultural Volunteer Camp in Your Community in 2020

Leadership in Your Own Hands is a new and innovative program for youth, funded by the Government of Canada through Canada Service Corps, that aims to promote civic engagement, intercultural cooperation and leadership skills through diverse volunteering projects with a positive impact on local communities. Chantiers jeunesse is pleased to invite non-profit organizations, municipalities, band councils and Canadian public institutions to submit proposals for local or regional development projects that could benefit from the work, input and motivation of youth volunteers.

These projects can vary based on your needs and those of your community. Each volunteer group (10-15 volunteers) works approximately 30 hours per week over a period of two to three weeks, between June 15th and August 31st 2020.

 Through its volunteer projects, Chantiers jeunesse aims to:

  • Encourage youth to become involved and engaged citizens;
  • Involve individuals and groups in tackling socio-environmental issues;
  • Foster solidarity, social justice and participatory democracy;
  • Support non-violent communication and intercultural education;
  • Promote volunteering as a pastime.

Next steps

  1. The deadline to submit your project proposal is December 1st, 2019
  2. Partnership confirmation: week of December 15th, 2019
  3. Clarifying and finalizing agreements between partners and Chantiers jeunesse: between December 15th 2019 and February 1st, 2020
  4. Signing the memorandum of understanding: February 1st, 2020

Deadline: December 1st, 2019

What is an Intercultural Volunteer Camp?
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Through our Intercultural Volunteer Camps, a group of volunteers carry out a range of activities based on your needs. The inspiration for your volunteer project will come directly from you, and will meet the needs of your community or organization. Our volunteers are able to support you in a variety of initiatives, in sectors such as the environment, renovation, heritage, culture, and society.

Who are the volunteers?
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Volunteer groups are made up of 10 to 15 youth volunteers (aged 15 to 30) representing a cross-section of Canadian society, as well as from the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations from 35 countries. With various life and work experiences, they are highly motivated to learn and become active and engaged citizens in Canadian communities. These participants choose a volunteer project based on their personal interests, and are eager to discover your community and take the steps needed to volunteer for a cause they truly believe in.

Family groups consist of 6 to 9 Canadian families (one or two parents aged 18 to 30 accompanied by their child(ren) aged 3 to 12) who are enthusiastic about contributing together while discovering a new community.

Accommodation and meals
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Learning to live together is central to our volunteer projects. Room and board are provided by the hosting partner for the duration of the volunteer project, and accommodation can vary depending on the project needs and what is available in each community. Groups can live in a variety of spaces, such as community centres, dormitories or tents. Each group is also allocated a budget for groceries; cooking is a great way for participants to bond over shared meals!

To be eligible, the hosting partner must:
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  • Be a non-profit organization, municipality, band council or Canadian public institution.
  • Thoroughly define and plan a project that has a direct and lasting impact; the initiative should be part of a broader local or regional development plan;
  • Designate individuals to be directly responsible for overseeing the project for its duration, such as a project coordinator and a technical expert.
  • Be able to provide accommodation and a weekly allowance
  • Provide local accommodation for up to 17 participants and staff with access to bathrooms and a kitchen or cafeteria service; 
  • Make a financial contribution averaging $1300 per week to cover part of the costs tied to the organization and management of the volunteer project;

Submit a project
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To submit a project proposal, please follow these three steps

  1. Read the hosting partner information document
  2. Fill out the project proposal form
  3. Once completed, send the form to ageorge@cj.qc.ca

Chantiers jeunesse is pleased to invite non-profit organizations, municipalities, band councils and Canadian public institutions to submit proposals for local or regional development projects that could benefit from the work, input and motivation of youth volunteers. For more information, please contact Alexandra George at ageorge@cj.qc.ca