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International Student Development

Create Your Own Change

The YMCA Create Your Own Change Program for international post-secondary students and temporary foreign workers supports participant-led group projects that identify challenges and create positive change in your community.

Why Participate?

  • Meet people / make friends
  • Help others
  • Learn life and work skills
  • Build confidence
  • Gain volunteer experience
  • Receive a certificate of completion at end of program

YMCA Conversation Café

The YMCA Conversation Café for international post-secondary students and temporary foreign workers supports participants in improving their English-speaking skills through informal conversation classes.

When: Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Ches Penney Family YMCA

Why Participate?

  • Improve English-speaking skills

  • Learn in a safe and supportive environment

  • Gain confidence

  • Meet new people

Conversation Cafe

YMCA Family Friend Program

The YMCA Family Friend Program is a new program available to International post-secondary students, temporary foreign workers, immigrants, conventional refugees and protected persons. The program will pair volunteer long-term resident families with newcomer families to engage in planned activities that support community attachment and cross-cultural understanding.

Why Participate?

  • Meet new people

  • Opportunities for cultural exchange and intergenerational learning

  • Enjoy fun activities with resident families

  • Build friendships

Interested? For more information, please contact Olga

Olga Sullivan
Program Coordinator, Newcomer Services

Nasomi Amarajeewa
Program Coordinator, Newcomer Services

Thank you to our funding partner

  • CRA # 108225533RR0001

  • P.O. Box 21291
    St. John’s, NL
    A1A 5G6