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.
The National Experience also provides young Canadians with the opportunity to learn about and engage in Truth & Reconciliation activities. This is accomplished through engaging with local Indigenous communities, experiential learning and youth-led activities and workshops.