Katimavik is a life-changing experience for young adults to explore Canada, make new friendships, gain valuable experience and contribute to positive change through volunteerism.
As part of the National Experience, diverse groups of young people will spend 5 months living together in the iconic Katimavik house, while discovering two different communities in Canada. Participants spend the weekdays volunteering with community organizations, helping others and gaining new skills. As a group, they also engage in additional learning activities and develop their own group projects.
Throughout the experience, Katimavik Volunteers develop specific competencies that aim to increase self-confidence and leadership skills, while discovering their potential to make contributions that will shape the future of Canada. Some of the topics that are explored include civic engagement, autonomous living, healthy lifestyle and environmental stewardship.
As part of the NEW Katimavik, the National Experience will also provide young Canadians with the opportunity to learn about and engage in reconciliation activities. This is accomplished through engaging with local Indigenous communities, experiential learning and youth-led activities and workshops.
INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN TRANSITION
The Indigenous Youth in Transition (IYIT) approach is specially designed to support Indigenous young adults aged 18 – 30 who want to make good progress in developing the skills that will enable them to successfully pursue post-secondary learning and future employment.
Katimavik partners with Indigenous communities and their youth to develop programming that meets the aspirations of their young people and the goals of the community. Participants learn through a combination of volunteer employment in community organizations, the pursuit of academic goals, civic engagement projects, and the strengthening of their language and culture.
IYIT designs programs that are governed jointly by the sponsoring Indigenous community and Katimavik. As a partner, Katimavik contributes its successful approaches in youth development through community volunteering, civic engagement and group learning. To this is added an educational component provided by partnering colleges and universities. Even though the youth live in a different community, IYIT is designed to further strengthen their language skills and cultural knowledge.
With accomplishments in both the volunteer work experience and in their academic goals, the young women and men begin to achieve their specific academic or employment goals, with continuing success. They move forward with sustained self-esteem, self-confidence, a healthy lifestyle, and an enhanced capacity for learning.
IYIT youth can confidently pursue their personal life goals and successfully undertake the training or education required to become contributors to their families and engaged citizens.
Learn more about our Tlicho and Cree Youth programs:
WHAT IS AN ECO-INTERNSHIP?
They are volunteering programs created by Katimavik with the support of the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse du Québec. These programs adhere to Katimavik’s philosophy of learning through volunteering. This practice combines volunteer service to an educational process through which young people learn and grow by engaging in work that aims to meet the needs of a community.
Eco-Internships provide a unique opportunity for Canadian youth aged 18-30, who reside in the province of Quebec, to get a 3-month internship within environmental organizations in Quebec. Eco-volunteers partner with various non-profit or public organizations to develop community projects that meet the environmental needs of the community.
One of the main objectives of the Eco-Internships is to train our future environmental leaders. After completing the program, Eco-volunteers have a better understanding of their ecological duty and are ready to take on greater responsibilities for their environment.
- Since our beginning in 2008, more than 350 volunteers took part in the program and worked within over 150 different organizations in five regions of Quebec.
- Their time represents more than 160,000 volunteer hours contributing to the benefit of communities!
Please refer to our Éco-stage page for more information (in French only).
WHAT IS A SOCIO-INTERNSHIP?
Socio-Internships offer an opportunity to work with an organization that focuses on social issues of healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, such as nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. They also include an education component to reinforce and promote safe and healthy behaviours.
Socio-interns will support the development of their communities by working closely with volunteers from Eco-Internships to implement a collective community project, with the objective of understanding and engaging in sustainable community practices.