New people, new places and new experiences.

Feeling adventurous? Then come develop your leadership skills and build peace wherever you go. When you get involved in the Y’s global initiatives, you can make change for the better. Take an active role in shaping the places where you live, work and play or build new connections with like-minded peers across the globe. With global education programs, immigrant settlement services and human development partnerships, there are plenty of ways to make a positive impact.

Our national and international YMCA networks enable you to contribute close to home or far away. You'll gain valuable insights on other cultures and work towards greater peace at the same time. Explore the world beyond your borders today.

Global Partners

For many years YMCAs in Canada have partnered with YMCAs in other parts of the world to exchange ideas and information and to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects. 

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Looking for a transformative travel experience? Our programs provide Canadians — particularly young ones — with international work, leadership, and cultural opportunities. By participating in a global experience, you can gain new perspectives, valuable experiences, and lifelong friendships!

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