ENRICHMENT / ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
Updated November 2011 (J.Coolican)
*Please note that the following document is offered as a resource to students,
however these programs are not associated with OCDSB, unless otherwise stated.
Endless opportunities in: language, sports, apprenticeship, outdoor adventure, environment,
travel, politics, science, math, global issues, etc…
ADVENTURE / ECO-TOURISM QUEBEC / www.aventure-ecotourisme.qc.ca
ALGONQUIN COLLEGE GAP YEAR PROGRAM – GLOBAL STUDIES /
Global studies, leadership, wilderness adventure, travel
University and college credits
ASF INTERCULTURE CANADA / www.afscanada.org
Volunteer-driven, non-governmental, non-profit
Global education and international understanding through exchange programs.
ASSE EXCHANGE / www.asse.com
Study abroad program
Individual or group with teacher
AUSTRALEARN / www.australearncanada.org
Study in Australia and New Zealand – University programs
Summer courses, semester or year abroad
Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees, Teacher Education, Internships
AUSTRALIA / www.visitoz.org
Experience working in rural and outback Australia
BLYTHE & CO. STUDENT PROGRAMS / www.blytheducation.com
Study and travel abroad while earning high school credits
EXPLORA SCHOOL / www.exploraschool.com & www.blytheducation.com
Accredited programs in Central and South America and Europe.
Advanced Placement courses offered
BOUNDLESS HIGH SCHOOL / www.boundlessadventures.org
Outdoor and adventure education in the Ottawa Valley and earn a credit in Leadership
and Peer Support.
BROADREACH ACADEMIC ADVENTURES / www.gobroadreach.com
Summer adventure and academic programs combined with travel and a cultural
BRONFMAN YOUTH FELLOWSHIPS IN ISRAEL / www.bronfman.org
Interested in Jewish learning, engagement with Israel and social responsibility?
Travel to Israel
CADETS / www.cadets.ca
Develop leadership and good citizenship
For students with an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces
Dynamic, challenging and fun training program for youth 12-18
CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS / www.cambridgevisualandperformingarts.com
Specialized School of Fine Arts with a variety of programs
CANADA WORLD YOUTH / www.cwy-jcm.org
National non-profit organization offering youth the opportunity to participate in
international educational programs.
Focus is on non-formal learning through hands-on experience and volunteer work while
living with local host families.
CANADIAN ACADEMY / www.sarracini.com
A unique opportunity for education & travel while earning credits in English Literature and
CANADIAN COLLEGE ITALY – SUMMER ACADEMY ITALY / www.ccilanciano.com
Canada’s first high school in Italy
High quality English-language education preparing students for university entrance in the
U.S.A., U.K., Canada and Europe.
CANADIAN CROSSROADS INTERNATIONAL / www.cciorg.ca
Global citizens committed to voluntarism, international development and social action
Partnerships with countries from the South, organizing volunteer cooperative placements
and internships, and by educating the public on development issues.
CANADIAN EDUCATION EXCHANGE FOUNDATION / www.ceef.ca
Live abroad with a host family and host your partner in Canada
Full immersion in a new culture and language for 3 months
CANADIAN HERITIGE SUMMER EMPLOYMENT / www.pch.gc.ca/ycw-jct
Work in your field of study while discovering another region of Canada.
CARLETON UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE FOR GRADE 10’S/ www.carleton.ca
Opportunity for motivated grade 10 students to experience Carleton University for one
CLASS AFLOAT / www.classafloat.com
A semester of high school as you sail around the world and have hands-on experience in
over 40 countries worldwide.
COASTAL STUDIES FOR GIRLS / www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org
Spend a semester in Maine enhancing your skills in science, technology and leadership.
DEEP- DA VINCI ENGINEERING PROGRAM - UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Provides students the opportunity to explore studies in engineering.
DEEP RIVER SCIENCE ACADEMY / www.drsa.ca
Summer program for motivated students with real laboratory research experience.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD / www.dukeofed.org
Voluntary program that focuses on: Community Service, Skill Development, Physical
Recreation, and Expedition / Exploration.
Provides ALL people with opportunities to participate.
EARTHWATCH / www.earthwatch.org/teenteams
Environmental awareness with action and travel
Work with leading scientists, learn new skills and change the planet
Earn volunteer hours
EDGE ACADEMY / www.edgeacademy.ca
International summer programs
Students can gain high school credits
EF INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE SCHOOLS / www.ef.com
Study abroad program -semester or a year.
ENCOUNTERS CANADA EXCHANGE – RCMP / www.encounters-rencontres.ca
First hand look at law enforcement and crime prevention in Canada while youth work with
FRENCH IN TROIS-PISTOLES / www.uwo.ca/cstudies/tp
Study at a French Immersion School and receive a credit
Explore bursary application available at www.myexplore.ca
GAP ADVENTURES / www.gadventures.com/trips/activity/volunteer/
Planeterra - Community projects and international charities / www.planeterra.org/
GAP YEAR ABROAD / www.gapyearabroad.ca
Learn, travel, volunteer or work opportunities to meet your needs.
G Hardy Tours / CELTIC SUMMER / www.celticexperience.com
Grade 11 & 12 credits earned while studying in Ireland, Scotland or England over the
EXPERIENCE EUROPE / www.ghardytours.com
Go for credits in high school or a “jump start” for credits in University.
GLOBAL JOURNEYS INC. / www.global-journeys.com
Grade 11 and 12 credit courses and March break programs
HARVARD SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Experience drama classes, a writing program, math program all offered at Harvard for
high school students.
HORIZON COSMOPOLITE / www.horizoncosmopolite.com
International educational programs for youth.
Focus is on non-formal learning through hands-on experience and volunteer work.
IMMERSION EN SUISSE
Get your French credits in Switzerland.
Credits offered are gr. 11 core French and gr. 12 core, extended and immersion French.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING / www.ISLonline.org
Travel while contributing to local communities around the world
ISE - International Student Exchange / www.iseontario.on.ca
Programs in Europe, Quebec and Costa Rica
KATIMAVIK / www.katimavik.org
A unique 6 month program based on volunteer service, leadership, teamwork and travel
People aged 17-21 will learn first hand about Canada’s diversity and about making a
Funded by the Canadian Government – apply!!
LYCEUM (GREECE) / www.thelyceum.ca
Study in Greece for the summer.
MASA – GAP YEAR IN ISRAEL / www.MasaIsrael.org
Embark on the life-changing experience in Israel
Discover your interests and passions while gaining global awareness
MEI – INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY / www.meiacademy.com
Study abroad for a semester or a year.
NACEL STUDY ABROAD / www.nacel.org/canada
Not for profit organization dedicated to promoting international understanding and
NATIONAL DEFENCE & THE CANADIAN FORCES / www.forces.gc.ca
Opportunity to serve your country and have post-secondary education subsidized.
Unique employment opportunities with the Governor General’s Foot Guards.
NATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES / www.nationalschool.ca
English and French language training programs in Ottawa or Toronto
Stay with a host family or in residence
NEUCHATEL Jr. COLLEGE – SWITZERLAND / www.njc.ch
Study for a semester or a year in Switzerland
NATIONAL SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES – www.nationalschools.ca
Discover English or French in Toronto or Ottawa during a summer language camp.
OCDSB – ENGLAND & IRELAND CREDIT COURSES / www. firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses offered through OCDSB in England and Ireland
OCEAN EDUCATIONS / www.oceaned.com
Marine and Environmental Science Program
Interdisciplinary study program while receiving IDC4U credit in Ontario
ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE
Earn grade 12 University Preparation science credits during an enriched semester at the
Ontario Science Center.
OSEF – Organisme Sejours Educatifs Fancais / www.osef.ca
1 month or 3 month exchange with France
students 13-17 years old
OUTWARD BOUND CANADA/ www.outwardbound.ca
Experiential education program that inspire personal growth through shared experiences
in rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, white water rafting.
OYAP – ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS / www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca
An OYAP student is a full time high school student who is earning cooperative education
credits for experience in an apprenticeship occupation.
Combining high school, coop experience and apprenticeship program – all in 1!
PAGE PROGRAM – HOUSE OF COMMONS / www.ouac.on.ca
Get hired to experience the House of Commons first hand.
You must speak both official languages, be graduating from high school and be entering
post secondary school the next fall.
PEARSON COLLEGE SEMINAR – YOUTH LEADERSHIP / www.pearsoncollege.ca
Interested in global issues, community service, activism and discovery?
Meet other students from over 85 countries.
PEEL SUMMER ACADEMY / www.peelsummeracademy.com
A unique summer residential program for intellectually gifted offered by the Peel District
School Board, in partnership with the University of Toronto.
PROJECTS ABROAD / www.projects-abroad.org
Are you a caring person who would like global volunteer experience?
Volunteer, travel, learn in a different culture
QUEEN’S ENRICHMENT / www.queensu.ca/enrichment
Gifted and highly motivated students are encouraged to participate in a spring program at
Study a subject of your choice for one week while experiencing residence life and extra-
QUETICO ADVENTURE SCHOOL / www.queticoadventureschool.com
Experiential outdoor education program for credits
Grade 11 and 12 students
REACH CAMBRIDGE – UK / www.reachcambridge.com
Get a head start on University in the UK
RENAISSANCE SCHOOL – ITALY / www.ccilanciano.com
Coeducational boarding high school providing students with a university preparatory
education which follows the Ontario curriculum in a unique Italian setting.
RESERVES / www.skyhawks.forces.gc.ca
Students interested in becoming a part of the Canadian Forces
Naval Reserve, Militia or Army Reserve, Air Reserve, Communication Reserve, Health
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE / www.rotary.org
Study abroad for a year while living with local families and earning credits
SEVEC EXCHANGE (The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada) /
Reciprocal homestay exchanges for groups of 10 to 30 young Canadians between 11
SHAD VALLEY / email@example.com
Do you demonstrate creative and entrepreneurial minds; initiative and drive; excellent
communication skills; leadership abilities and the ability to work in a team; and high
Be selected to work in direct contact with 10 of the top universities in the country.
SPIRIT OF THE CAPITAL YOUTH AWARDS / www.cayfo.ca
Awards for personal courage, academic perseverance, arts & literature, young
entrepreneurship, young athletes, community contributions.
STUDENTS ON ICE / www.studentsonice.com
Unique opportunity of educational ship-based expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic
Create change, inspire, educate, give cause for hope, and raise awareness globally
about the impacts of Climate Change and other environmental issues facing the Arctic
STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOOLS / www.sts-education.com
Student exchange opportunity in over 20 countries
A list of many summer opportunities for youth
See file, newspaper clipping, The Ottawa Citizen
SUMMER LANGUAGE BURSARY PROGRAM / www.cmec.ca/olp
Opportunities for students to attend a 5 week summer French immersion school.
Students are 17 years of age or older
Funded by the Canadian Government
SUNIA – UNITED NATIONS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS / www.sunia.ca
Summer opportunity to expand your horizons and better understand the political,
economic and social aspects of global interactions.
SWAP – STUDENT WORK ABROAD PROGRAM / www.swap.ca
Live and work abroad
TALK – TEACH AND LEARN IN KOREA / www.talk.go.kr
Teach English to Korean students
Sponsored by the Korean government
TALL SHIPS ADVENTURE / www.tallshipsadventure.org
An exciting program for youth to develop skills in teamwork, communication and
leadership, while learning to sail.
No experience is necessary and bursaries are offered.
THE IRISH EXPERIENCE / www.irishexperience.net / www.celticsummer.com
Summer credit courses grades 11 & 12.
TRAVEL CUTS / www.travelcuts.com
Work – www.swap.ca
Volunteer – www.volunteerabroad.ca
Learning – www.studyabroad.ca
Language – www.languagelearningabroad.com
UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS / www.st-andrews.ac.uk
Study for 4 weeks in Scotland during the summer
Creative writing and Scottish studies
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO / www.ysp.utoronto.ca
Youth summer programs with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine
Experience University life in advance and get a taste of what it is like to be at U. of T.
VARIOUS VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS
VOLUNTEER ABROAD / www.volunteerabroad.ca
Cross-cultural learning, conservation, teaching and community development.
Not for profit organization and local communities working together to develop and
VOLUNTEER CANADA / www.volunteer.ca / www.voe-reb.org
Connect with a number of agencies looking for volunteers
VOYAGES SCOLAIRES / www.vte.qc.ca
Student tours to a variety of locations in Quebec
WIEZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE - ISRAEL / www.wiezmann.ac.il
6 top Science students from Canada travel to Israel for a unique summer program.
Scholarships are available
W.I.L.D. – WHITEWATER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
Whitewater guide training program
Learn about ecosystems, rivers, leadership skills, responsible tourism, risk management
and group dynamics
WORLD CHALLENGE / www.world-challenge.co.uk
Education through exploration in Canada and world wide
For the adventuorous, thrill seekers
WORLD YOUTH SERVICES – Japan
Reciprocal exchange program
YES Canada -
International living experience for 3 months, 1 semester, or a full academic year.
Exchange programs also offered
YMCA – YWCA – CAMPS AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Summer leadership training programs
Trippers, Yak Pack, Leaders in Training, Leaders, etc…
YORK REGION LEARNING CONNECTIONS–www.yrlc.on.ca / www.yourworldtodiscover.ca
SUMMER WILDERNESS PROGRAM - Outdoor Education Credit and International
Certification in Canoeing and Wilderness First Aid - 21 day program.
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS in Canada, England, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain,
Switzerland, Greece, Ireland, Costa Rica, etc…
Credits from OCDSB in English, Drama, Literature, History, etc…
Your World To Discover Programs – Costa Rica, Ecuador Ghana, Nepal, Nicaragua,
Peru and Tanzania.
YOUTH ACTION GRANTS – www.unitedwayottawa.ca
Receive funding for community development projects in Ottawa-Carleton District School
Projects must be developed and implemented by youth 13-19 years old.
YOUNG EXPLORERS / www.youngexplorers.ca
Educating students through travel
YOUTH CHALLENGE (United Way) / www.youthactionjeunesse.ca
This is about taking action, changing lives and making a difference
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR / www.artofliving.ca
Youth development program of the Art of Living Foundation, for students 13-17 years old.
Enables teens to handle stress and negative emotions in positive ways
YOUTH CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL / www.yci.org
Volunteer positions for youth working in Guyana, Vanuatu and Costa Rica
International co-operation and understanding through dynamic living and working
exchanges between the people and cultures of different nations.
YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE / www.yfu.ca
Volunteer 6 week summer, semester and year programs
Cross cultural issues
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMPS CANADA / www.ylcc.com