Group Leader Orientation - Travel Based Exchanges


All Group Leaders in the YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program will be provided with a comprehensive orientation to the program.  In most cases, this occurs through group facilitation offered by the Regional Coordinators in each region.  


Where this is not possible, Regional Coordinators will train the Group Leader one-on-one or where distance does not allow, this will be accomplished through a conference call.


During Group Leader Orientation...  

  • Group Leaders get to meet each other and share ideas, and have an opportunity to ask questions.  

  • Experienced Group Leaders get to provide peer leadership and share their experiences and ideas with newer Group Leaders.

  • Group Leaders receive orientation on paperwork, the exchange cycle, safety, fundraising, host planning, and youth engagement.

  • Regional Coordinators are able to assess the Group Leader’s level of experience and understanding of the program. Regional Coordinators can determine groups that may require additional support throughout the exchange.  

People are sitting at tables and facing a presenter with their backs to the camera. A presenter is speaking on the microphone. This picture is from a fundraising dinner held during one of the exchanges.

More information on registration, when, and where Group Leader Orientation is happening will be added to this page!