Katimavik National Experience Volunteer

Opportunity ID: 2965

Organization Details
Organization Name: Katimavik
Address: 1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Website: katimavik.org
Organizational Description: Katimavik is Canada's leading youth service organization, and it has supported the development of young people into capable and engaged leaders since it was founded in 1977. Katimavik's National Experience gives youth between the ages of 17-25 the opportunity to live in two new Canadian communities for a total of six months. Participants are placed in groups with 10 other youth, and through volunteerism, community outreach projects, group learning activities and workshops, they develop work and life skills, and gain competencies that they can then bring back to their home communities. Over 40,000 volunteers have participated in Katimavik over the decades, and the vast majority agree it is a life-changing experience.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: This fully-immersive 6 month program brings together 11 young adults who share and manage a Katimavik house while living in two different communities. Volunteers will spend 3 months in an English-speaking community and 3 months in a French-speaking community. The group will be accompanied by a Project Leader, who resides in the house to mentor and facilitate the life-changing experience.
Skills Required: The National Experience is open to all young Canadians, aged 17-25 years old. Participants must be a Canadian citizen or be able to demonstrate that they are legally residing in Canada.

Katimavik is committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, respectful environment and encourages applications from young adults of all backgrounds, genders, religions, and cultures.

The National Experience aims to prepare youth for future employment opportunities and/or post-secondary learning. Previous work experience or studies is not required.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Katimavik Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about many topics and to gain various new skills. This is done through experiential learning, group discussions, fun activities, workshops, and more. The program's educational aspect is fundamental and all Volunteers are expected to play an active role in the learning process.

Some of the topics and skills that you will learn about include:

- The history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the importance of Truth and Reconciliation;
- The benefits and impact of civic engagement;
- Professional work skills in a variety of sectors, depending on volunteer placements;
- Cooking skills, house maintenance, and practical life skills;
- Conflict resolution, communication, and how to strive within a team environment;
- Environmental protection and sustainable development;
- English or French as an additional language and the ability to communicate in an Indigenous language;
Leadership, advocacy, and project management skills;
- Canada's cultural, geographic, and linguistic diversity.
Age: 17 and under, 18-30
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
The Katimavik National Experience is an immersive 6-month volunteer opportunity where youth live in two new communities away from their home for a period of six months. Currently, there is a Katimavik project running in St. Boniface MB, however applicants from Winnipeg and the surrounding region are placed into projects in different regions of Canada, so that they can experience life away from their home community.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Speaks French
Uses a wheelchair
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Bus tickets
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Online: katimavik.org/en/we-offer/national-experience/
Closing Date: Dec 15, 2018