International Work Exchange Programs
The 2009 Australian Exchange corpsmembers at an animal sanctuary in Melbourne. Check out the kangaroos in the background.
Over the years, representatives from more than 45 countries have visited or contacted the CCC. Many of the countries were seeking to address needs of youth employment and environmental protection and were attracted by the CCC concept. From these contacts, several international exchanges have developed.
A little history:
The CCC's first international exchange began with the Canadian Katimavik program in 1983, with three years of exchanges. The national volunteer youth service program offered corpsmembers a chance to live and work in communities in British Columbia while the CCC hosted Canadian youth in California.
In 1986, the CCC sent corpsmembers to Great Britain as part of the Community Service Volunteers while British youth worked at California CCC centers.
Two years later, in 1988, the CCC began an exchange with the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, now Conservation Volunteers Australia. The exchange has continued every year since, providing environmental opportunities for corpsmembers in Australia and Australian youth in California.
In 1990-91, an exchange was developed with the Committee of Youth Service (KMO) in the former Soviet Union. Corpsmembers worked on outdoor projects in Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and CCC centers hosted Soviet youth a few months later.
During this time a partnership was also initiated with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, which fosters environmental exchanges and research focusing on two freshwater lakes, Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Russia.
In 1994, the CCC helped with start-up efforts in the Yucatán for a Mexico Conservation Corps. Mexican staff later traveled to CCC’s training institute for classes, and San Diego corpsmembers and Mexican youth participated in projects along the border.
CCC exchanges are conducted at no additional program cost, as each host country provides food, lodging and other operational expenses. Corpsmembers earn their regular salaries and pay their own transportation costs.