Once you have made the decision that you want French for your Life, there is nothing that can stop you. Students in Manitoba are fortunate to have access to many cultural, educational and social activities, en français.

Whether you are a French Immersion student, taking French classes or new to the language, this website endeavors to provide you with useful links and information that will help you along your path to becoming functionally bilingual in both of Canada's official languages.

Here is a sample of some of the ways students can participate in French or bilingual opportunities in Manitoba, in Canada and abroad.

Work Exchanges

Odyssey – Odyssée

Full time, remunerated language assistant program for Anglophones, wishing to work in a francophone environment, and vice versa.

Participants support a teacher by leading language activities, in English, in an Elementary, Secondary, or Post-Secondary classroom.

Canadian citizens who have completed at least one year of Post-Secondary studies within the last 10 years.

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YMCA Summer Works Student Exchange/Emplois d'été Échanges étudiants YMCA

Remunerated summer work experience program, offering participants the opportunity to work in their second official language.

Students for different regions of Canada move to a new community and create an agenda of activities to learn about each other and their new community. Transportation to and from host community is provided free of charge by VIA Rail.

16 and 17 year old students.

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International Experience Internationale

A Visa program that allows Canadians to stay in France for an extended period; Visas usually last up to one year, with certain exceptions.

Professional development for young workers, inter-university exchanges, education related work experiences stages (co-ops in Canada), university vacation work, and work/holiday experiences.

Bilingual individuals 18 to 35 years of age.

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Rideau Hall Interpretive Guide

Remunerated Guide-Interpreters greet visitors and conduct guided tours while interpreting various themes and presenting interpretative programs to diversified, international clientele. Participants must possess excellent oral communication skills in both English and French.

Bilingual individuals who qualify for the Federal Student Work Experience3 Program.

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Student Guide Program

Remunerated guide-interpreters give guided tours in battlefield terrain and underground tunnels, while providing operational support to visitor's centers on the site of World War 1 memorials in France. Participants have access to shared housing with other guide-interpreters.

Bilingual individuals who can provide written proof of full-time student status and who qualify for the Federal Student Work Experience Program.

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The Senate Page Program

Remunerated work experience. Senate Pages are responsible for a variety of activities associated with the legislative process. Participants must complete a training program and work around their class schedule.

Students enrolled in full-time studies at Carleton University, Saint-Paul's University, the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec.

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House of Commons Page Program

Remunerated House of Commons' Pages serve the Speaker, Chair Occupants, Members of Parliament and Table Officers in various capacities. Pages work a minimum of 15 hours per week, while completing their first year of studies.

First year students enrolled in full-time studies at Carleton University, Saint-Paul's University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Québec.

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Réseau international de la jeunesse

The RIJ is an internship which allows participants to undertake a practical work experience, in French, in a member Francophonie country. This unique and rewarding experience will help broaden your understanding of the world, discover new cultures, and acquire new knowledge while developing new skills.

Canadian citizens aged 18 to 30.

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Juno Beach Centre's Guide Program

Remunerated guide-interpreters participate in special events, and inform visitors of Canada's contribution to the Second World War and contemporary Canada. A passport and French visa is required.

Bilingual Post-Secondary students or individuals who have graduated within the past year.

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