Northern Youth Abroad


Business Number: 865305791RR0001

Our Mission

Northern Youth Abroad enables youth aged 15 to 22 living in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to acquire professional skills and training, hands on work experience, and high school credits through a cross-cultural work and learning experience in southern Canada and abroad.

NYA seeks to foster cross-cultural awareness, individual career goals, and international citizenship in Northern youth. We promote leadership development, self-confidence and self-esteem by providing life-changing experiences.

About Northern Youth Abroad

NYA serves to enhance student participation and success in education, career development and community leadership, enabling youth to become full participants in the ongoing development of Canada’s North. As a result of more than 22 years of operations, we have more than 550 alumni and have seen success in increasing high school graduation rates and helping to build a skilled and well-educated northern workforce.

NYA's model of education through work and travel operates as separate but related 10 month long programs. NYA offers three core programs - the Canadian Program, the International Program, and NYA Next. Each program operates over a 10 month period and is highlighted by a 6-week summer placement in southern Canada or internationally. 

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What People Are Saying

"Through NYA I have become a better leader and person. I have learned that teamwork is important as well as individuality. Dedicating my volunteerism to improving the lives of others has become very appealing to me; it has inspired me to making positive changes in my community and culture."

— Jacqueline, Canadian & International Program Participant

"I am forever grateful for NYA and the people behind it. The program helped me expand my horizon, explore new places in Canada and overseas and develop practical skills that I continue to use in my life today. NYA taught me that volunteering is valuable, rewarding and builds a sense of community. "

— David, Canadian & International Program Participant

"Being part of Northern Youth Abroad has opened my eyes on many levels; I have made long-term friendships, gained valuable skills, and also essential life skills. NYA has prepared me for college in so many ways."

— Brandon, Canadian & International Program Participant

"don’t think I would be where I am in life right now if it weren’t for NYA. I have traveled so much since I was a participant, and what I’ve learned at NYA can be incorporated into my every day life. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to travel and learn and grow as a person!"

— Colleen, Canadian Program Participant

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