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Written by: Cherokee180
Monday, August 17, 2009

Are you at a point in your life when you are trying to figure out what your next step should be? Maybe post-secondary studies aren’t your thing and you’re not really impressed with your current job prospects. Travelling across Europe, Asia or anywhere else would be great but the money just isn’t there right now.  Maybe you just want a bit of a break from school or you want to try something new. Then maybe a program like Katimavik is for you.

Katimavik is a federally funded volunteer program that allows Canadian youth to work for non-profit organizations that benefit different communities across Canada.  In addition to learning about different Canadian communities and their cultures, volunteers can learn and/or develop various job, language and life skills and build up their resumé in the process. And, since the Government of Canada funds the program, your travel, accommodation and most other expenses are taken care of. You even get a bit of money (i.e., a bursary) once you complete your program.
So, who can participate in this program? Katimavik is geared towards 17 to 21 year old Canadians who can commit either 6 or 9 consecutive months to the program. More detailed information can be found on their website. Links to this and other youth-oriented websites can also be found on our Speak Out website by heading over to the right-hand side of any of our web pages and clicking on “Sites for YOUth” under the “Related Links” heading. Maybe there is another opportunity waiting out there for you or maybe you just want to know what other provinces or countries are doing to encourage youth engagement at all levels. All that information is just a mouse-click away.
Do you have any other ideas about how to combine learning new things with engaging in activities that you may be passionate about? Do you have an experience or some advice that you would like to share with others? We’d love to hear from you!