Recognized Organizations for Canadians – International Experience Canada

A lot of planning goes into spending a travel and work year abroad. That’s why many Canadian youth choose to contact a Recognized Organization (RO) for support and advice.

ROs can help you plan your trip and may be able to help you find work. ROs offer their services for a fee.

Canada has agreements and arrangements with more than 30 countries and territories that make it easier for youth to apply to travel and work there. You do not have to use an RO to go to these destinations, but you can use one if you feel you would like additional support. The choice is yours.

If you would like to travel and work in a destination other than these countries and territories under International Experience Canada, you must use one of the ROs listed on this page.

Using a Recognized Organization

Your first step is to connect with one of these organizations by visiting their website.

Recognized Organizations for 2017

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

Experience: Work opportunities in technical career-related jobs.

Geared to: University and college students aged 18–35.

Website: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC)

Experience: Work placements in management, information technology, education and social development.

Geared to: Students and recent graduates aged 18–30

Website: International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce

Canadian Host Family Association (CHFA) with Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs (CAEP)

Experience: Work placements in agriculture, horticulture and home management.

Geared to: Youth aged 18–35

Website: Canadian Host Family Association

International Rural Exchange (IRE)

Experience: Work placements in agriculture, horticulture, equine activities and oenology.

Geared to: Youth aged 18–35

Website: International Rural Exchange

International Volunteer Exchange Program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada (MCC-IVEP)

Experience: Volunteer opportunities in disaster relief, development and peace.

Geared to: Youth aged 18–35

Website: Serving and Learning Together (SALT) Program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada

Academic Internship Council

Experience: Internships that contribute to professional and personal growth and competitive advantage in the global work force.

Geared to: Students aged 18–35

Website: Academic Internship Council

University of Alberta

Experience: Internships opportunities for students and recent graduates.

Geared to: University of Alberta students and recent grads aged 18–35

Website: University of Alberta

University of New Brunswick

Experience: Internships opportunities for students.

Geared to: University of New Brunswick Students aged 18–35

Website: University of New Brunswick Student Abroad Programs

INTERNeX International Exchange

Experience: Work opportunities tailored to fit the needs of participants seeking practical experience.

Geared to: Students, graduates and youth aged 18–35.

Website: INTERNeX International Exchange

SWAP Working Holidays

Experience: Work and travel opportunities abroad.

Geared to: Students and youth aged 18–35

Website: SWAP Working Holidays

GO International

Experience: Work (teaching and volunteering) and travel opportunities abroad.

Geared to: Youth aged 18–35

Website: GO International

Stepwest

Experience: Internships, professional placement and working holidays.

Geared to: Youth aged 18–35

Website: Stepabroad

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