Kingstonians have an opportunity to bring the world to their home. Canada World Youth is looking for hosts for eighteen young women from Bolivia and Canada, as part of an international educational program called Youth Leaders in Action.
From October 31st, 2013 to January 21st, 2014, the young women, aged 18-26, will be living, learning, and volunteering in Kingston, and exploring issues related to gender and health in partnership with local non-profit organizations. They will also share their experiences from the first phase of the program in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, happening from August to October. In total, they will contribute an estimated 4000 volunteer hours to the Kingston community.
Yolanda Clatworthy, Project Supervisor, encourages community members to get involved by hosting volunteers: “We’re searching for families who would like to open their doors and share their lives with two volunteers, one Canadian and one Bolivian. It’s a great opportunity for families to develop life long relationships, enrich their cross-cultural understanding, and explore different perspectives from their own home. All that is needed is a spare room and an open mind”
Canada World Youth invites people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths, genders, sexual orientations, family types, and more to express their interest.
A gas stipend is available, and all host families receive a monthly allowance of $720 to assist with food costs. Two full time Project Supervisors, one Canadian and one Bolivian, work in the community full time to support youth volunteers and host families.
Community members with ideas for workshops, educational activity days, volunteer placements, and other ways for the group to get involved in the Kingston community are also encouraged to contact Yolanda.
Release source: Yolanda Clatworthy (Canada World Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde)