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Encounters With Canada Program

What is Encounters with Canada?


Are you 14 - 17 years of age and interested in spending an interesting and challenging week at the Terry Fox Youth Centre in Ottawa? The goal of the Encounters with Canada program is to develop a spirit of understanding and brotherhood among young Canadians of all backgrounds. Choose one of eight weekly sub themes:  Arts and Culture, Medicine and Health, Science and Technology, Canada Remembers, Law, Journalism and Communications, Business and Entrepreneurship, R.C.M.P., Social Sciences, International Affairs, and Sports and Fitness. Interested? Check with your guidance counsellor, phoning 421-2753 (Regional Co-coordinator), or go to the website www.encounters-rencontres.ca


Shad Valley

"Absolutely the most life-altering experience our daughter has had."
       Michael Murray (Shad Parent)


The Shad Valley program is hosted by some of Canada's best universities (Dalhousie is one of them).
Participants from grades 11 and 12 spend the month of July at one of twelve excellent universities across Canada, where they attend lectures and workshops, and get involved in group projects. Some go on to five weeks of paid work with Shad partner companies, combining their own talents with the skills honed at Shad to tackle real-world challenges.
Our candidates tend to be creative and talented individuals––musicians, inventors, and young businesspeople––with strong leadership skills, the ability to work in a team, and solid academic records, particularly in math and science.

Want to know more? www.shad.ca

EF High School Year Abroad. The Best Year of Your Life!

Get to know a new country and language from within. Meet people from other parts of the world, study different and fun subjects and gain experiences few others have. Go on a High School Year abroad!

Discovery Quest is a summer institute for grade 11 students from the Maritime Provinces and New England. This unique experience-based week is designed to support students in their desire to learn and contribute to a deeper understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Exceptional high school students spend a week at Acadia University combining their efforts and resources in an attempt to address major environmental issues.
Participants of Discovery Quest will encounter several themes related to leadership, the environment, and technology.


Contact the Discovery Quest Coordinator at (902) 585-1155 or visit the website at http://go.acadiau.ca/dq/index.jsp