Funding shortfalls shutter Canada World Youth after more than 50 years

Pandemic, funding shortfalls end half a century of connecting young Canadians with youth around the world

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic shut international borders and built silos at home. Programs that break down regional barriers and build international co-operation are needed now more than ever.

var TRINITY_TTS_WP_CONFIG = {"cleanText":"Funding shortfalls shutter Canada World Youth after more than 50 years. Viviane Schami and her Indonesian exchange counterpart, Ansye Sopacua, meet in Vancouver in 1988. Photo: Courtesy of Viviane Schami. Viviane Schami was 20 years old when she boarded a plane for the first time; it was the fall of 1988 and the curious Quebecer was participating in a Canada World Youth program that would forever change her life. \u201cI was originally accepted to go to Pakistan, but they didn\u2019t have enough participants there, so they said you're going to Indonesia instead,\u201d she said. \u201cMy life wouldn\u2019t have unfolded the way it did if not for this program, this change.\u201d Schami met her Indonesian counterpart in British Columbia, where they lived and

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