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Bilingual summer job & volunteer opportunities

Obtaining a bilingual summer job is a great way for FSL students to use their French in practical situations, gain valuable work experience for their CVs, and earn a paycheque at the same time!



Summer Camp Counsellors (Vancouver, BC)

Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver is hiring three fluently bilingual camp counsellors for its summer camp, Camp Virgule. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 19, 2017.

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Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique

British Columbia’s francophone Youth Council (CJFCB) is an organisation managed by and for youths. Its mission is to promote, develop and represent the interests of British Colombia’s French-speaking youths through the development of the French language and of francophone culture as well as through hosting province-wide youth events. This mission is achievable thanks to a passionate team of employees, engaged volunteers and especially thanks to an involved and dynamic board of directors.

More information: Visit the CJFCB’s Careers page for current job postings:

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a summer job program for students. It offers them the opportunity to acquire work experience related to their studies and explore career opportunities, while improving their second language skills. It also offers students the chance to experience a geographic exchange and develop a network in official language minority communities.

Positions last from six to 16 weeks. Students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

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Federal Student Work Experience Program

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) / Programme fédéral d’expérience de travail étudiant (PFETE) provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills.

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French for the Future

French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates high school students on their path towards bilingualism. French for the Future promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12 across Canada. French for the Future envisions a Canada in which all young people value our French heritage, appreciate francophone cultures and endeavor to excel in the French language.

More information: Check out French for the Future’s “Work with us” page for bilingual job opportunities:

Get a job after Explore with the Languages at Work program

If you enjoyed Explore and would like to continue using your language skills to explore Canada and the people and places that make up this country, you will have a world of opportunities! There are other programs that the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and provincial and territorial ministries and departments of education would be pleased to offer you.

The Languages at Work program is a component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works (YCW), which offers a number of summer job placements for graduating Explore participants at various Explore locations. Such a placement gives you the opportunity to use your second language in a work environment after you have finished your Explore program. Earn a paycheque, build your résumé, and improve your fluency with Languages at Work! For more information, contact YCW at 1-800-267-5173 or [email protected].

Become a Promotion Agent for the Official-Languages Programs

The mandate of promotion agents is to promote the following three Official-Languages Programs, with the goal of increasing the number of participants in Odyssey, Explore, Destination Clic programs.

In cooperation with provincial or territorial coordinators, promotion agents are responsible for planning visits to schools, colleges, universities, other institutions, and fairs in their assigned regions. In order to prepare selected candidates for their role as promotion agents, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), organizes and conducts a compulsory pan-Canadian training session in Quebec City in August. Promotion agents will receive training in promotion and communication techniques, time management, administrative procedures, and related topics.

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Parks Canada Student Employment Program

Parks Canada offers full-time secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute and university students access to over 1,000 student jobs across Canada every year. Jobs normally run from May to September in areas such as resource conservation services, visitor services, heritage presentation activities, assistance on the waterways or office support. Students have an opportunity to learn about Parks Canada and the federal government, and gain valuable work experience while developing and improving their employability skills.

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British Columbia Family French Camp

Every year, British Columbia Family French Camp hires Junior Moniteurs, who are bilingual boys or girls, 16-18 years of age, often former BCFFC campers themselves, with a love for outdoor adventure, camping, and working with children. Juniors work as Moniteur assistants, under the direction of the Program Director, Moniteur Mentor, and Camp Co-ordinator. More information:

BCFFC also offers a leadership program for teens interested in becoming a Junior Moniteur: Program Aspirant Moniteur (P.A.M.). This leadership training program involves all the fun and activities that have been experienced through BCFFC and is offered exclusively at the Vancouver Island camp every second year. The P.A.M. program will being offered again in 2019. This program will give you the opportunity to still be a part of the French Camp experience while learning leadership counseling and recreational skills. These assets will assist you in future employment as well as with opportunities in your communities. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate as well as school-required CAPP credits. More information:

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (BC-Québec)

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) is a six-week summer program for 16- and 17-year-old youth. In British Columbia, each English-speaking participant is matched with a French-speaking participant from Québec, and the two youth are hosted in each other’s homes to deepen their cultural experience. Youth are also provided with a full-time summer job in the non-profit or public sector of the local community in which they are being hosted, and are paid the provincial minimum wage for their community involvement work. This aspect of the program gives participants invaluable work experience in day camps, child care centres, museums, libraries, offices, and other settings, a chance to use their second official language in practical situations on a daily basis, and ultimately, instills a passion for community involvement that youth bring home with them to their own communities upon their return.

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