For a successful take off in life - Next departure: September 2007

    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Looking to get off the beaten path and
live an experience that will lead you places you've never imagined? Always
wanted to get involved in various community projects? Then Katimavik is just
the thing for you! With its recruiting campaign currently in full swing,
Katimavik gives thousands of youths aged 17 to 21 the unique opportunity to
embark on a nine-month adventure that will make all the difference. With
Katimavik, you will discover Canada in a stimulating and enriching context,
while acquiring essential life skills. Wondering what your future choices will
be? We all know that travel shapes youth, and Katimavik contributes to this
development by offering a structured and structuring basis to maximize our
young adults' personal and professional development. More than a mere summer
camp, Katimavik represents a valuable step in your life plan, both on the
academic and professional level.
    As Canada's leading national youth service program, Katimavik allows
youths to learn and get involved in a myriad of work projects for non-profit
organizations, while participating in structured learning activities.
Throughout your journey, you will develop your leadership skills, learn French
or English, discover cultural diversity and participate in environmental
projects. If you like challenges, then group living is definitely for you.
Indeed, each group is composed of 11 members from across Canada, including
three from Québec. Over the nine-month program, the group will live in three
different Canadian regions, one after the other, including two anglophone and
one francophone communities.
    According to Catherine Jobin, her 2001 Katimavik experience was most
revealing: "Being a part of this great adventure helped me understand our
Canadian reality on every level, be it cultural, geographic, political or
social. I learned about others' way of life through group living and my work
within communities. I sincerely believe that Katimavik is a vital experience
for any youth. Learning through travel, volunteering and especially community
living is an enriching experience not only for oneself, but also for those one
meets along the way, all across the country, as the months go by!" Catherine
believes that participation in the Katimavik program is a great reference to
present to any potential employer. She should know, since her experience with
Katimavik enabled her to develop certain skills which got her a job as a
coordinator for the Festiblues in Montréal.
    Basically, it's 900 hours of volunteer work and nine months of your life
that will bring out what's best in you. Furthermore, it's an all-inclusive
experience: transportation, accommodations, food and awesome times will all be
provided! So get on board and don't miss out on this adventure of a lifetime,
in which you will face challenges that will shape your future! Sign up now
online at

    New photo contest, check out SHAREYOUREXPERIENCE.CA

    Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. It's with this
in mind that Katimavik, to reflect the spirit of sharing and solidarity at the
core of the program, has launched a photo contest on a new Web site. You don't
have to want to join Katimavik to participate in this contest. In fact, SHARE
YOUR EXPERIENCE not only offers a great opportunity to learn about the
Katimavik experience, but also to share photos from across Canada. Whether
they've signed up to the program or not, all young shutterbugs are invited to
share their personal experiences by posting fun, creative and inspiring photos
of themselves on the Web site by 11:59 p.m. (EST), on June 22, 2007. To be
eligible for this contest, photos must have been taken in Canada and
correspond to at least one of the following categories: travel, friendship or
Canadian hometowns. Discover today the passion that moves all Katimavik
participants and share your own at

    Click here for <a href="">press kit</a>

For further information:

For further information: Serge Paradis, (514) 277-2670,

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