Canada World Youth
Organization profile published 1982

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Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2462

The objectives of CWY are met within the context of exchange programmes. The exchange programmes consist of a seven month commitment, one half in a developing region of Canada, the other half in a developing Third World nation. For most of the programme, participants are divided into small teams that live and work together, with each team comprised of both young Canadians (aged 17 to 20) and exchange country participants.

Abstract:  Canada World Youth (CWY) has five basic objectives:

1) "To create among young people from Canada and Third World nations increased interest, understanding and appreciation of their own country.";
2) "To foster among young people a greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals and cultures with values different from their own.";
3) "To enable young people to observe and experience the realities of development both in Canada and in a Third World nation.";
4) "To create or reinforce among young people a desire to solve their own country's problems of development by employing their own resources and traditions" and
5) "To enable young people to understand and accept the interdependence of people and nations."

The objectives of CWY are met within the context of exchange programmes. The exchange programmes consist of a seven month commitment, one half in a developing region of Canada, the other half in a developing Third World nation. For most of the programme, participants are divided into small teams that live and work together, with each team comprised of both young Canadians (aged 17 to 20) and exchange country participants.

The learning process is facilitated through the immersion of participants in "vastly different cultures and communities." It is hoped that participants will integrate themselves into their host communities (both in Canada and in the exchange country) by involving themselves in activities operative at the local level. The main vehicle for involvement in the community is the work placement. Participants work as volunteers and are usually engaged in the areas of agriculture, co-operatives, small businesses, social services and community groups. The work project provides for the participant "invaluable insights into the community and its people."

CWY is primarily funded by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). All costs during the programme are covered by CWY in order to ensure equal accessibility. Participation is also open to those 23 and over in the capacity of group (team) leaders.

Canada World Youth
Ontario Regional Office
627 Davenport Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1L2
(416) 922-0776
Other regional offices are located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montréal, and Halifax.
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