At Experiences Canada we open young people`s minds and involve them in a larger world. We do this by offering transformational learning opportunities--accessible to youth across Canada-- creating fun, safe, memorable experiences that deepen their connection to their community and their country, enrich personal relationships, and build confidence and skills.
About Experiences Canada (formerly SEVEC)
Experiences Canada is a national charity offering domestic travel and exchange programs to young Canadians between the ages of 12-17 years old.
At a time when it is more likely that a Canadian youth graduating from high school will have traveled to another country without ever having visited another province or territory, our focus is on offering young people opportunities to see this country in ways they might never have imagined.
Our reciprocal exchanges program pairs schools or youth groups of 10 or more based on age range and the focus for their exchange. We fund the total travel to and from each other's communities and groups are responsible for the costs of what happens "on the ground."
Applications are received throughout the year and travel can occur during the summer as well as the school year. Themes may include:
-Second language exchanges
-Thematic exchanges (music, sport, history, human rights, immigration etc)
-Indigenous cultural exchanges
-Exchanges focusing on leadership, community engagement, and volunteer skills
Since 2017, Experiences Canada has also offered Youth Leadership Forums, based on contemporary issues youth themselves have identified as the greatest challenges for their generation. Topics have included the Environment; Human Rights, Canada's Place in the World, Immigration, and Diversity and Inclusion. in June 2020 a Forum is planned in Winnipeg on the topic of Reconciliation.
Youth Leadership Forums bring together senior high school youth ages 14-18 for an action-packed, week-long program involving presentations and workshops, onsite visits and community service with not-for-profit organizations engaged in the field, and a Forum Finale which youth collaborate to produce throughout the week to share what they have learned with the broader public.