Ontario - Award Section Opportunities

Skill Opportunities

BrainStation is introducing the largest free high school youth coding course in Canada. Stretching from Vancouver to Waterloo to Toronto, BrainStation and National Sponsors: Konrad Group, AOL Inc. and Deloitte Digital will invest in educating over 100 youth in Canada this summer. Starting on August 1st, 2015, these exceptional students will have full scholarships to access a leading curriculum that builds their digital literacy. Students will plan, test, build, and market their very own web page for a social cause they care about in just 4 weeks. No previous experience is necessary!  Please click here for further details.

Community Service Opportunities

CANFAR
Kisses 4 CANFAR is a national campaign which educates Canadian youth and young professionals and empowers them to believe that together we can end AIDS. Through a highly visible campaign, Kisses 4 CANFAR encourages students, teachers, parents, youth and young professionals to wear red lips (red lipstick, kiss tattoos, and kiss buttons) for two weeks in February to raise awareness about HIV while enabling an open dialogue. If you are interested in running a Kisses 4 CANFAR campaign in your school or local community please check out our website (http://www.kisses4canfar.com/) or email us directly at k4c@CANFAR.com.

City of Toronto Community Stewardship Program
The Community Stewardship Program involves volunteers in on-going maintenance and monitoring activities at a restoration site of their choice. Sites include Nordheimer Ravine,
Riverdale Farm, Eglinton Flats, Humber Valley Butterfly Habitat, Beechwood Wetland and Don Valley Brickworks.

Dignitas International
Dignitas International believes that everyone has the right to health and dignity.  They provide frontline medical care and training, conduct high-impact research; develop innovative models of care; and advocate for changes in health policy to improve the lives of millions in the developing world.  For information on volunteering, please email volunteer@dignitasinternational.org.

Disabled Sailing Outreach Program in Toronto
Interested in being a skipper? Looking for a unique experience working with youth with  disabilities? This Outreach Program gives youth with disabilities the opportunity to learn about and practice sailing. The program runs from Monday to Friday from 2pm - 3pm. It is not necessary for volunteers to be available at all of these times. Any amount of time that can be given to the program is greatly appreciated. For more information, please
contact Robin Saunders at 416-821-5446 or jeshel8374@rogers.com.

Free the Children
Take action to change the world!  We have a range of campaigns just waiting for you to join, and we'll be there with you every step of the way to make sure that your benefit  concert, your bake sale, your outreach, your passion makes the biggest impact possible. Whether you're passionate about building a school in Ecuador, providing clean water to families in India, or helping women in Sri Lanka start a business, this is the place to begin. We provide the framework and support to unlock what you already have to give to the movement for social change: your creativity, intellect and passion. No passport necessary.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization, which builds simple, decent and affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter.

Holland Bloorview Kids' Rehabilitation Hospital

Canada’s largest Rehabilitation Hospital, is in the process of recruiting volunteers for our March Break programs. Attached is our recruitment flyer for distribution across your channels of communication to Duke of Edinburgh participants.  The goal of each of our volunteer positions at Holland Bloorview is to help kids with disabilities participate in activities to the best of their ability, which contributes to our 99% satisfaction rate among volunteers.​  Interested in applying?  More info can be found here.

Ontario Conservation Authorities
This site has a listing of all of the conservation in Ontario. Find the Authority in your area. Often volunteer opportunities are listed on their site. This is often a great way to get your volunteer hours and be outside!

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre
Need a Service OR Skill opportunity? Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre (www.regentparkfocus.com) needs you! They operate a 24-hour community internet radio station (www.radioregent.com) and a closed-circuit TV station-channel called Regent Park TV (www.regentpark.tv).To find out more, please call 416-863-1074 or email regentparkfocus@gmail.com.

Roots & Shoots
The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. And it all starts with you! With thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots global network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to help make our world a better place. Our powerful, youth-driven network is a place where youth and adults come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns.

Ryan's Well
The Ryan’s Well Foundation grew out of the commitment of one boy, Ryan Hreljac, who learned of the great need for clean and safe water in developing countries. Ryan’s Well has three primary goals: BUILD, EDUCATE and MOTIVATE – building water and sanitation projects in developing countries; educating students about the need for clean water and the
possibility of making a difference in their world; and motivating people, especially youth, to take action and make a positive change in our world.

SMARTRISK
Join the SMARTRISK Youth Advisory Team!  SMARTRISK is a national organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives by helping Canadians to see and manage the risks in their lives. One of SMARTRISK's lead programs is No Regrets, a peer leadership program that operates in over 100 high schools across Canada.  The Youth Advisory Team are a group of youth, aged 16-25, who assist SMARTRISK youth staff and No Regrets teams across Canada in their work to help young people learn the importance of taking smart risks. Team members use their knowledge of what works with their peers to help SMARTRISK staff develop, implement and improve youth focused projects and initiatives.  Applications due September 2 ,2011.  Click here for more information.

Starfish Scholarships India
Join the Starfish Team!  In 2009, five Gold Award holders from Canada and India united forces to launch a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization, Starfish Scholarships India.  Run entirely by Duke of Ed participants and Award holders,  Starfish provides scholarships to students living in poverty who have demonstrated academic excellence in school while pursuing their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards in India. The scholarships fund four years of post-secondary education, empowering students to gain valuable skills and to break through the cycle of poverty. We need enthusiastic Award participants who can help keep our project running in the years to come! Please see www.starfishscholarshipsindia.org, or email starfishscholarships@gmail.com for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is a place where participants can find volunteer opportunities. It is a partnership organization committed to protecting, restoring and celebrating the natural environment in the Toronto region through the development and
application of watershed plans, innovative environmental science and education programs.  See this link for information on the Conservation Youth Corps:  http://trca.on.ca/get-involved/stewardship/conservation-youth-corps.dot

Toronto Environmental Alliance Youth Caucus
The Caucus is a place for inspired youth who want to improve their communities and have an interest in environmental and social issues. A large part of our mandate is to give youth the opportunity to easily engage themselves in environmental action, by participating in and guiding an enthusiastic, devoted environmental organization. Members have the opportunity to participate in Caucus forums, TEA and Caucus campaigns, as well as the chance to start their own initiavites. They will also get the chance to learn new skils, participate in discussions on local environmental and social issues with other youth, and gain great experience for future endeavours.

Toronto Environmental Volunteers
The Toronto Environmental Volunteers (TEV) are committed individuals who play an important role in the environmental education of the residents of Toronto. They focus on
environmental issues such as solid waste management (garbage, recycling and compostings), water efficiency, household hazardous waste, storm water management, energy efficiency and air quality.

Volunteer Centres listing for Ontario:

- Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener/Waterloo
- Volunteer Centre of Halton
- Volunteer Centre of Newmarket/York North
- Volunteer Centre of North Bay
- Volunteer Centre of Toronto
- Volunteer Centre of Ottawa
- Volunteer Resource Centre for the Durham Region

YouCan
A resource for finding volunteer opportunities in the Ottawa and Toronto areas.

Expedition Information and Opportunities

​Adventureworks! Assoc. Inc. 

Adventureworks! has been contributing to excellence in the adventure programming field since 1993. Our leading edge adventure program services create positive growth and change in individuals, groups, and organizations across Canada.  Our Bronze Level Adventurous Journey ​courses ​for the Duke of Edinburgh Award ​take advantage of the natural settings in our own 'backyard' to create close-to-home adventure​s ​in the Hamilton, Halton, and Greater Toronto areas.  Adventureworks courses are focused on youth development. Through hiking, outdoor rock climbing, rappelling, and more, ​our participants ​build resilience, self-fulfillment, a ​strong sense of belonging, and personal accomplishment. ​Adventureworks participants ​forge lasting, meaningful, and personal connections with one another​,​ and the natural world​,​ ​ on exciting and transformative Adventurous Journeys.

For more information contact ​our office​ at 1 (877) 311-5683 or info@adventureworks.org

Algonquin Adventure Tours
Since 1996, Algonquin Adventure Tours have provided educational
Algonquin Park adventures. Run by certified teachers and staffed by the best instructors, we can make your Bronze and Silver Duke of Ed Awards the adventure of a lifetime. We live just outside Algonquin Park's west gate and operate 365 days a year. English, French,
Japanese, Hebrew, Mandarin are only some of the languages we can facilitate your adventure in. For more information, please contact 705-783-7566.

ALIVE Outdoors
Based in Toronto, Alive Outdoors runs canoe trips for groups of 18 or more Duke of Ed participants. If you are a group of at least 18 youth and would like to do a canoe trip, please email: info@aliveoutdoors.com or call: 416-429-8082.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy
This web site is an excellent resource for those looking to do an expedition on the Bruce trail, with maps and recommended hikes.

Camp Kawartha
Camp Kawartha & The Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre offers canoe expeditions, as well as Leadership Programs suitable for Residential Projects.

Camp Outlook
Volunteer for Camp Outlook this summer!  Camp Outlook is a completely volunteer run non-profit charitable organization. We are dedicated to providing 13 to 17 year old youth from the Kingston area experiencing social, behavioural, economic, or other difficulties with an opportunity to experience wilderness camping in Algonquin Park. Outlook stands for the worth and potential of these youth and the therapeutic value of wilderness tripping. The core purpose of Outlook is to encourage youth to realize their value as individuals, their abilities, and their potential to achieve.  We are looking for a committed group of trippers for the 2011 Summer season! As a volunteer, you will venture out on three or four 9- or 15-day canoe trips in beautiful Algonquin park. You and your co-staff will be leading canoe trips with youth from Kingston and the surrounding areas. We provide you with room and
board from June to August, as well as all necessary training at no cost. No previous tripping experience is necessary.Through our training, volunteers will earn certifications in Wilderness First Aid, Bronze Cross/Medallion, and ORCKA canoeing. Outlook is as rewarding as it is challenging. You will never forget the summer spent with Outlook, the campers, the staff, the park.... Your salary is paid in experience and stories! It's incredible!  Now accepting applications for Summer 2011!  For more information please visit our website www.campoutlook.ca, contact us at our office at (613)544-6444, or by email at summer@campoutlook.ca. Applications are available on our website and are due Wednesday, March 2nd at noon.  Please don't hesitate to contact summer directors Lizzy Deshman & Steph Woloshyn with any questions or concerns.

Canoe Ontario
Canoe Ontario is a provincial sport organization with the purpose of promoting and supporting canoeing and kayaking in Ontario.

Chocpaw Expeditions - Dogsledding, Canoeing & Hiking
Chocpaw has been 30 years in the dogsledding business with 15 years experience running expeditions in Algonquin and Temagami. They are the largest in North America with over 250 Alaskans bred for speed, endurance and temperament. Their expertise with youth, scout and outdoor education groups enables them to provide an unforgettable learning adventure to all. Canoeing & hiking programs also provided from mid-May - mid-October. For more information, please contact Paul at 705 386 0344 or by email at chocpaw@on.aibn.com.

Evolve Tours
Evolve Tours is one of Canada's top adventure/educational tour companies. We currently organize custom trips for groups and schools, locally and around the world.  These trips are also available for individuals.  Whether its a local canoe trip or trek through the Himalayan mountains Evolve Tours will ensure all your needs are met for your Gold, Silver, Bronze levels. For more info click HERE

Greater Opportunities
Grab your backpack and join us! Greater Opportunities offers a uniquely customizable paddling experience, focused on providing opportunities to all ages. We are geared towards family trips, youth programming, and exploration trips - this isn't one you're going to want to miss.

Hike Ontario
Hike Ontario is a non-profit organization which represents the interests of walkers and hikers in the province of Ontario, Canada with twenty-four hiking clubs and over 13,000 individuals. Their mission is to provide support, education and representation while promoting hiking and walking in Ontario. *For more information about volunteer
opportunities or hiking leader certification, please visit http://www.hikeontario.com/services/younghikersprogram.htm.

Kinark Outdoor Centre
Providing Outdoor Education, Skill Development and Adventure-Based Programming for schools, agencies and faith communities since 1985. Please contact Gabrielle Britnell, phone: 705-286-3555 or fax: 705-286-6184; email gabrielle.britnell@kinark.on.ca.

Madawaska Kanu Centre
Canoe and Kayak courses run every weekend and week from the beginning of May
until Labour Day weekend. Courses are held onsite near Algonquin Park.

Northern Edge Algonquin
Provides meaningful memorable Outdoor Education experiences at Algonquin Park.
Join us on a journey of discovery for yourself, your school, the planet.

Outward Bound
Outward Bound courses are challenging, exhilarating journeys that take place in Canada's most beautiful wilderness. For more information, call 1-888-OUTWARD

Overhang Adventures Inc.
Overhang Adventure Inc. aims to develop strong leaders in the community by
exposing individuals to the dynamics of leading in the wilderness. Through friendly competition and team building initiatives, supervised by our Outdoor Adventure Specialists, participants begin developing and perfecting their own personal style of leading.

Paddler Cooperative - Palmer Rapids, Ontario
For those who want to use white-water kayaking for their expeditions. Paddlers' Co-op, located in Palmer Rapids, does both instruction courses (training and practice trips) as well as amazing international excursions to places like Nepal and Mexico. For more information, please call 613-758-2772 or email paddler@mv.igs.net.

Paddling Ontario
Ontario Canada's preferred canoe and kayak companies form the Paddling Ontario Alliance. Together, we offer an incredible variety of vacation experiences, from weekend getaways to wilderness expeditions. We live and work these waterways and are committed to providing safe outdoor experiences that will exhilarate and inspire.

Rideau Outdoor Centre
The Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to safe, enjoyable paddling for all people regardless of their abilities and age. The Rideau Outdoor Centre offers a variety of courses and programs for everyone.

RKY Camp
RKY Camp, outside of Kingston, now offers Adventurous Journeys.  Contact them for further details.

Smoothwater of Temagami
Smoothwater of Temagami is a four season outdoor recreation centre in Temagami.  Smoothwater offers outdoor education programming for high school and college students. For more information, please visit our website at smoothwater.com or call 1-888-569-4539.

Snow Forest Adventures
Snow Forest Adventures is a small family run business offering world class dog sledding and canoe expeditions in Algonquin Park,Temagami and Canada's far north. Our trips range in length from a half day to ten days.  Drive your own team of loveable Alaskan Huskies and stay in the comfort of heated prospector tents, while enjoying wholesome homemade meals. With over twenty years of experience in leading wilderness expeditions by dog sled
and canoe, Snow Forest Adventures commits itself to delivering high  quality and personalized wilderness experiences.  For more information call (705)783-0461 or email info@snowforestadventures.ca.

Temagami Wilderness Centre
A world renowned outdoor education and recreation facility, the Temagami Wilderness Centre has been engaged in wilderness outfitting since 1965. 905-632-9458 or info@temagami.com.

Toronto Brigantine Inc.
Toronto Brigantine Inc. was founded in 1962. Our founding tenets were the development of leadership, discipline, and citizenship in a maritime environment. The men and women who founded Toronto Brigantine believed that exposure to the challenge of the sea-going lifestyle could benefit young people.  Our Summer Program is delivered aboard our original vessel, the brigantine STV (“Sail Training Vessel”) Pathfinder, commissioned in 1964 and the brigantine TS (“Training Ship”) Playfair, which joined the organization in 1974 (the Playfair was named and commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1974 and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch). Our Winter Program is land-based in the Toronto Harbour area.  From the beginning, ‘building character through adventure’ has been the primary objective of TB.  TBI offers an unparalleled platform for adventure based youth programming and has been recognized as an internationally acclaimed pioneer and innovator in the field of youth sail training.  TBI provides experiential
learning, develops leadership and life skills through tall ship sail training programs for youth 13 -18 years of age. During the past 49 years over 18,000 youth have participated in TBI programs.  Contact us via our website for further details.

Voyageur Quest
Algonquin Park customized canoe trips and winter lodge-based dogsled, snowshoe and backcountry ski expeditions based out of our two unique lodges located at Algonquin Park's northwest corner. Voyageur Quest provides return transportation from your school along with all meals, equipment and professional guides. For more information, please
call 416-486-3605 or 800-794-9660 or email info@voyageurquest.com.

YMCA of London
Adam Jarrett - Camp Director, YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth: (519) 455-3135 ext. 467 or ajarrett@londony.ca. For more information on the YMCA of London, please go to http://www.londony.ca/

Residential Project Opportunities

Boyd Archaeological Field School
Over a three-week period, students develop and master interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through the exploration of Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian histories. The course includes lectures and hands-on work at an archaeological site under the instruction of certified teachers and archaeologists. The Boyd Archaeological Field School, recipient of the 2005 Peggy Armstrong Public Archaeology Award, is entering its 33rd year of operation under the sponsorship of the Continuing Education Department of the York Region Board of Education with assistance from a number of partners.  Click here for a brochure.

Camp Wenonah
Complete your Residential Project at Camp Wenonah if you are 16 or older!

Canada World Youth
Step outside your comfort zone! Broaden your understanding of community service by living with rural host families in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras or Benin. Volunteer on local development projects while building your understanding of community impacts related to themes such as fair trade; ecotourism; public health & social work; HIV & AIDS; nutrition; and environmental conservation. Canada World Youth short programs offer an exceptional opportunity to live and work while immersed in another culture. You will gain valuable professional and interpersonal skills and a sense of your responsibilities within the global community. Make new friends while having the experience of a lifetime.
COST:
Two week program fees starting from $1850.00 depending on destination, plus flights.
Four week program fees starting from $2600.00 depending on destination, plus flights.
For more information go to www.canadaworldyouth.org or email gl@cwy-jcm.org indicating the project you are most interested in.

CIVICUS Youth Assembly - The World Alliance for Citizen Participation
CIVICUS is an international alliance of an estimated 1000 members in about 100 countries that has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. The Youth Assembly will offer young delegates a program and a space to develop and commit to action internationally. The theme of participation in civil society will be explored over the course of the event and delegates will learn about issues that affect billions of people worldwide. The program will develop not only delegates' knowledge, but also build personal capacity through a series of workshops and skills development sessions. Participation is key and all delegates will be fully engaged in a
program of full participation. For more information please email info@civicusyouth.org
or visit www.civicusyouth.org to download a copy of the application form.

DEEP Leadership Camp
Since 2009, the DEEP Leadership Camp has provided students with the chance to develop progressive leadership skills at the intersection of science and engineering education.  As a Leader-in-Training (LIT), the students will participate in a series of modules designed to develop personal leadership potential and essential professional skills such as conflict resolution, communication skills and problem solving.  These skills will help students feel confident to take on meaningful roles in their school and community.  DEEP Leadership Camp is situated in the beautiful Halliburton forest near Minden, ON on Gull Lake.  Students will be able to enjoy the natural setting, swimming, canoeing, and cabins.  Located at the Civil Engineering Survey Camp, the camp provides students with the opportunity to embark on a personal journey that identifies key capacities of a dynamic leader and builds on student skills.  Phone 416-946-0816 or email outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca for further information.

Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada is Canada's largest youth forum!  Every week of the school year, 120-138 teens from across Canada (ages 14-17) come to Ottawa; there they discover their
country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career themes, develop their civic leadership skills, and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.  Over 78,000 youth have lived the EWC experience so far!  To learn more, check out http://www.encounters-rencontres.ca/en/home.html or download the calendar here.

Exchanges Canada
Exchanges Canada is a new Government of Canada initiative which gives you access to lots of information on participating in or creating an exchange.

Explore
Explore is a five-week intensive language-immersion course. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities.

Forum for Young Canadians
Apply now here!

Glen Bernard Camp
Glen Bernard Camp is one of Ontario's premier summer camps for girls and Outdoor Education Centres for co-ed school groups. Located just north of Huntsville and 6 km west of Algonquin Park, GBC is ideally situated on 700 acres of land with a kilometer of safe shoreline along the east side of Lake Bernard.

Go. See. Do. Power Trips Inc
Participate in an "extreme school makeover," help build houses or additions to schools, deliver programs to children waiting for YOU, help empower families in a community that needs help, and learn that the best things in life are not things! Challenges, adventure, great fun, Latin culture, sun and sand await you! Complete your Residential Project and make new friends via this life-altering, unique experience.  To learn more, to discuss a future project for your group, or to ask Judy Warrington to come speak about the projects she’s run over the past 10 years, check out www.goseedo.ca or e-mail judy@goseedo.ca.
Download brochure CLICK HERE
Approximate costs: One-week program $1900, two-week program $2800 
(subject to change). 

International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering programs abroad in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place over 3000 people into our programs abroad and have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities in Kenya, Kenya-Maasai, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru - Cusco, Peru - Lima, Thailand and China. 

McMaster University - L.E.A.P. Program

This program is offered each year in July and August at McMaster University -- and 16-year olds may use the program for their Residential Project! High school students from around the world participate in L.E.A.P. and also have an option to experience university student life in our residence. The L.E.A.P. program is dedicated to the development of creativity, innovation, and excellence while encouraging critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. ​They consider it their duty to break the limitations and stereotypes and inspire young men and women to pursue new understandings of science, mathematics and technology.​

Me to We
Me to We Trips offers high school and university students something unique. A chance to apply the knowledge learned in lecture halls into context on a global scale. A chance to participate with like-minded students from schools across North America. A chance to try something new and maybe even test out a future career.

National Student Commonwealth Forum

The National Student Commonwealth Forum, held annually in May for more than 40 years, brings together approximately 100 Canadian high school students for a week in Ottawa. These young leaders of tomorrow will build leadership skills while discussing and learning about international affairs and the Commonwealth of Nations. The program will include an amazing Commonwealth race through the streets of Ottawa, team-building, a cultural evening, and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with High Commissioners, Canadian MPs, and senators. The capstone activity will have teams of students represent each of the Commonwealth countries in a mock Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where they will develop resolutions for the Commonwealth on this year’s chosen themes - Migration, Immigration and Refugees. Registration cost is $310 including transportation 

Peacekeeper Park Adventure Camp
Peacekeeper Park (PKP) Adventure Camp has positions open this year for camp counsellors. These positions are unpaid and can be used to fulfill the residential component of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Please be advised there is no cost for this program. PKP Adventure Camp offers residential camping opportunities for youth between 12-19 who have developmental, physical, behavioural, medical and social challenges that may make it inappropriate or challenging to successfully attend other camps. PKP offers a high ratio of staff to campers together with the structure, routine and goal to provide a successful experience for each camper every day. The campers will be involved in hiking, canoeing, rope bridge, abseiling, archery, sports, swimming, out camps, campfire cooking, daily campfires, crafts and mountain biking. The counsellors that are working on their Residential Project will get the opportunity to mentor the campers in the Award together with fulfilling their own requirements. Campers and staff will be sleeping in tents whilst they are at camp.
***Note: Peacekeeper Park does also offer Adventurous Journeys for those participants with disabilities. Please contact the camp director.***
If you require any more information please go to the web site at www.peacekeeperpark.com and go to Special Camps. The staff volunteer form can be found there. (Note: you may have to download to your hard drive to print off the application) Please send it to:
Bev Bast
133 Beech Street
Strathroy , Ontario
N7G 1K9
Phone: 519-245-5222

Projects Abroad 
Projects Abroad sends volunteers abroad to 29 countries to do over 200 different internships and service projects. Since being founded in 1992, we have grown to a team of over 600 people around the world that sends 10,000 volunteers annually. Volunteers can go at any time, for as long as they wish, choose where they want to go and what they want to do. We offer a range of programs which include: medical and nursing placements, conservation, care and teaching projects, business and journalism internships. Projects are available in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Romania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji and Samoa. To find out more see here:  www.projects-abroad.ca

Queens University – Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) &Summer Enrichment Experience @ Queen’s (SEEQ)
The EMC and SEEQ programs for high school students meet the Residential Project criteria for the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award level.  They each provide a unique six-day, five-night experience on the campus of Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario.  Students are challenged academically to explore and apply new knowledge in a topic of their choice, while meeting hundreds of new peers.  Courses are drawn from across university disciplines, with everything from fine arts, to social sciences, to natural and applied sciences.  Along with the academic challenge, students will participate in extra-curricular activities that are fun, and develop social skills, as well as experience what life is like as a university student - living in residence, eating in the dining halls, building independent skills, and being supported by a team of enthusiastic and caring undergraduate students from Queen's University.  The week is kicked off with a Welcome Rally on Sunday evening, includes guest speakers, university workshops, wraps up with a Fun Fair on Thursday evening where you can share lots of laughs with the new, life-long friends you’ve made over the week.  The EMC program takes place in early May and SEEQ takes place in mid-August each year.  To learn more about our programs, visit us at http://esu.queensu.ca

The Vimy Foundation
Inspired by the heroic victory of the Canadian Forces at Vimy Ridge, the Vimy Foundation believes that the key to a successful future lies in knowing one’s past, and that the remarkable story of Vimy should be shared with young people from across the country.
To meet this challenge, the Vimy Foundation has taken the initiative to share the remarkable story of Vimy with Canada’s youth. The Foundation has established a prestigious scholarship for high school students, a nation-wide competition for young people 15 to 17 years old. The Foundation’s other efforts include the distribution of books on Vimy to
school libraries, as well as the organization of insightful presentations highlighting the historical significance of this important victory.

Waterloo Unlimited
Waterloo Unlimited is a unique enrichment opportunity for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Offered during the school year, Unlimited brings together curious, motivated, well-rounded teens from across the country.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a national exchange program offering opportunities for youth to improve their second language skills while gaining important employment experience. These exchanges will last for 6 weeks from late June until mid-August. Youth are twinned with a community in another province where the other
official language predominates, to deepen the cultural and language experiences through immersion. Youth will be hosted by a family in their twin community and will be provided with an appropriate employment placement. To support participants, the YMCA has experienced summer staff that ensures participants can access a local support network of
YMCA staff and peers. If you are interested, do not delay - this could be a fantastic, unique Residential Project used towards your Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award. For more information on this amazing opportunity, please visit www.summer-work.com.

Youth Challenge International
Youth Challenge International builds the skills, experience and confidence of young people by involving them in substantive overseas development projects in partnership with local youth-serving organizations. YCI has active programs impacting youth in Canada, Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Over 2,500 Canadian youth have had life changing experiences with YCI since 1989. And our alumni have become Canada's talented and engaged new leaders.  Also, check out the scholarships offered for a full trip to Ghana or Guatemala this winter:  http://www.yci.org/html/who/full_story.asp?item=3281

Organizations whose programs complement the Award Program

4-H Ontario
The Ontario 4-H Program is about Opportunities, personal development, making friends, and having fun. 4-H helps young people (10-21 years of age) learn self-confidence and new skills.

Girl Guides of Canada
Girl Guides of Canada help girls and young women become responsible citizens, able to give leadership and service to the community, whether local, national, or global.

Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement (JA) is an international not-for-profit organization that brings together business leaders, educators, parents and the community to help prepare youth for their future. The organization was founded in 1919 when a need for practical economic education among city students was recognized. JA of Canada remains the nation's largest developer of business education programs for students aged 10-19.

Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national youth organization of close to 25,000 young men and women from 12 through 18 years of age.

Royal Canadian Army Cadets

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets

St. John Ambulance

Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada contributes to the education of young people to help build a better world where people are self fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

Vision Youth
The Vision Youth Leadership Program was founded by a group of volunteers in the year of 2001. The intention was to complement the regular school academic curriculum to help our youth to develop life skills, which would help them to have a successful and rewarding future. Creativity and innovation are very important in this fast-changing world. The program provides an environment to bring out the imagination, passion and energy of the participants.