Alternate Exchange Hosts

We are seeking volunteers to host youth from another province this summer!

Due to the reciprocal nature of the program, some youth who would like to go on exchange are unable to do so because their family cannot host in return (because of health, work schedule, language, and other reasons). In these instances, YMCA staff work hard to find other volunteer hosts to welcome a student for the six week period. These alternate exchange hosts play a key role in the exchange by providing a safe and healthy living environment for our participants, sharing their life experience and knowledge of their community.

How You Can Help

Volunteer hosts can support these youth whose families ca not participate, by hosting on their behalf, and in that way, ensure that all members of the community have access to this great experience. As a Volunteer Host for the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange, you will welcome a student into your home for 6 weeks. The program offers opportunities for the Alternate Hosts to be involved in activities and events, to network with other hosts, and to benefit from the continuous support of a YMCA Local Coordinator. Your involvement in the program ensures a youth is given the chance to experience a new language, a new community, and a new culture, all in an effort to build strong young people.

The Process

If you are interested in helping a youth have a great summer experience simply apply. A YMCA staff will give you a call to confirm your interest and explain the process in more detail. To verify hosting eligibility, we will conduct an in-home interview and request permission to obtain a criminal record check.

We ask for applicant’s patience as these strict selection criteria and processes can take time to complete. This process will begin in April once our staff team has been trained. If your area is a participating community, a local staff will contact you at that time.

For more information please give us a call give us a call or apply now to be an alternate exchange host.

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