Programs for Educational Opportunity

programs for educational opportunitiesBelow you will find information on youth opportunities available throughout Nova Scotia, Canada and the world. Whether it is learning a new language, participating in summer programs or traveling to different provinces and countries, these organizations can provide helpful information on a variety of programs.  By clicking on the link,  you will gain access to their website that will provide you with additional information such as program details, costs and applications. The guidance staff at C.P. Allen can also assist in matching you with the appropriate program and/or organization.

Summer Work Student Exchange

The Summer Work Student Exchange program is a summer work program that runs for six weeks (from late June to mid-August) and is aimed at students 16 and 17 years of age. The program finds jobs for participants in communities in another province. Communities are paired so that students work in their second official language. During their stay in the host community, each student lives with the family of the student with whom they have been paired.

Blyth International

Blyth International’s  mission is to provide a school without walls: a safe and structured environment in which students flourish both on a personal and academic level, while realizing that opportunities in education are boundless. With caring and empathetic staff who focus on personalized learning and experiential education, students are inspired to explore their cultural surroundings and excel in their academic courses. Blyth’s on site teams provide outstanding leadership and teaching, as well as complete support for all students, giving them the attention they deserve. With this unique approach, we lead students out of the classroom and into the world, creating the experience of a lifetime. We also offer meaningful, locally-driven community service programs that allow students to fully engage with their community abroad.


Discover another region of Canada and use this opportunity to improve your knowledge of French. Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. You can take the course in the spring or summer; participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary covering tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation.

Encounters Canada

Spend a week with Encounters with Canada – Canada’s largest youth forum. Every week of the school year, 120 to138 teens from across Canada (ages 14-17) come to Ottawa, where they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.

Shad Valley

Shad Valley is intended for outstanding students currently 15 to 18 years of age and completing grade 10, 11, or 12.  This is a program for students who are high achievers and innovators; are articulate, creative, responsible, self-starting, enthusiastic, and intrinsically curious.  Students who work well with others and are passionate about math, sciences, and technology may be a good fit for this program.

Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth provides international educational programs for youth with a focus on volunteer work and community development in a cross-cultural setting. Canada World Youth is about learning by doing. Its non-formal educational model involves core elements such as the team approach, host families and communities, and partner organizations.

DEEP Summer Academy

The DEEP Summer Academy is offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. The program provides gifted and motivated high school students the opportunity to study advanced areas of engineering and explore material not found in ordinary high school curriculum. Much of the work is hands-on, as students must use math and science to solve real-world problems.

Waterloo Unlimited

Waterloo Unlimited It is a transdisciplinary high school enrichment program for students of exceptional potential, offered throughout the school year by the Universityof Waterloo. There is a cost associated with the program.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting self-development program available to people between the ages of 14 and 25, equipping them with the skills to make a difference in their communities, in their country, and in the world. The Award requirements are divided into four main areas: skill, athletics, service, and outdoor expedition. The highest level of the Award, Gold, is presented to participants by a member of the Royal Family.

Exchanges Canada

Exchanges Canada is an initiative of the department of Canadian Heritage that creates opportunities for groups of young Canadians to learn more about their country, connect with one another and experience the diversity of Canadian communities, languages and cultures through group reciprocal exchanges and forums in Canada only.

Forum for Young Canadians

The Forum for Young Canadians is a bilingual, non-partisan educational experience for Canadian high school and Cégep (Quebec) students, with approximately 450 students from across the country selected to participate each year. The “Forum experience” brings students to Ottawa for an intensive academic adventure that immerses them in the exciting world of national politics and public affairs. You meet great people from across the country and develop your leadership skills through a stimulating, high-intensity and fun program.

Junior Team Canada Global Vision

Junior Team Canada Global Vision are teams of young Canadians who travel to foreign markets and explore business opportunities on behalf of Canadian business and industry. Team members network with government, business and education leaders in order to gather key market intelligence. In addition, our team examines the global issues that developing countries are facing, and how Canada can play a lead role in making a difference.

Work as a Page in The House of  Commons

Each year, 40 students are selected from high schools and CEGEPs across Canada to come to Ottawa and work as Pages in the House of Commons. Pages have the opportunity to learn about the House of Commons while witnessing the legislative process first hand. Those hired as Pages work on a part-time basis during their first year of study at one of the universities in the National Capital Region.

Interchange on Canadian Studies

The Interchange on Canadian Studies offers 260 young Canadians a weeklong opportunity to engage in a bilingual forum each Spring. Students in the host city welcome delegates from across Canada into their homes for the week of the conference, and then travel to their billet’s home for a week in the summer.


Katimavik is a program involving a nine-month-long stay in three regions of Canada for student volunteers. There, young Canadians participate in an exciting experience that incorporates learning and volunteer involvement. It is Canada’s leading national youth volunteer-service program involving volunteer projects in each of the three communities students become a part of. The diverse experience of involvement in Canadian communities is coupled with structured learning programs. Both participants and the communities they work in benefit from the program.

Outward Bound

Outward Bound offers expeditions in canoeing, kayaking and mountaineering across Canada. Students develop valuable leadership skills and learn to work together as part of a team.

Ship for World Youth

The Ship for World Youth is an international cultural exchange program organised by the Government of Japan. SWY brings together 250 youth from around the world to learn about international cooperation and understanding. Over a two-month period, participants are involved in a wide range of activities aimed at fostering cultural sensitivity, understanding and friendship. Most of the program is conducted on board the cruise liner Nippon Maru, with some activities scheduled in Japan and several ports that are visited during the program.

Students’ on Ice

Students’ on Ice is an organization offering unique learning expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their mandate is to provide students from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of our earth, and in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for our planet.


WYLD’s programs focus on the necessary skills for people to survive and enjoy the wilderness. These include minimum impact camping, route finding, expedition behaviour, cooking and campsite selection, tent set up, and stove use. The programs also focus on developing communication, teamwork, problem solving and leadership skills, as well as trust between participants.

Youth Challenge International

YCI involves Canadian youth in hands-on projects in developing countries to address local development issues. This is accomplished by putting young Canadians together with local youth on hands-on projects that address real needs, identified by local partners. The benefits are powerful – team dynamics, cross-cultural understanding, youth energy and the spirit of volunteerism all combine to create a potent force for change in a developing country.

The Nova Scotia Sea School

The Nova Scotia Sea School offers sailing expeditions aboard our traditional wooden sailboats in the summer and boat building, surfboard building and wilderness survival courses in the fall and winter.

Camp Courage

Camp Courage is a free police, fire, paramedic camp that introduces, informs and educates young women, between 15-19 about, these non-traditional professions, while inspiring them to reach their potential. Students will gain knowledge on self defense, medical information, how to put out fires, climb 100′ ladders, repel and so much more.