In world Scouting, the opportunities to lead and volunteer abroad are nearly limitless. By representing Scouts Canada abroad, you venture into the world of diplomacy. Whether it’s by joining short-term staff at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, or by representing Scouts Canada at the World Scout Conference (or any and every possibility in between), you will be challenged to put everything you’ve ever learned about international Scouting into working with others for a common goal. By volunteering internationally through Scouts Canada, you will take your first steps to leading the world.

Ongoing International Opportunities

Opportunity Location Dates Information

Pool of international delegates for Scouts Canada Conferences, forums and workshops all around the world Pool is open from Sep. 1 to Aug. 31 each year See below to learn how you can apply.
6-12 month volunteer opportunity Scout Activity Centres across the UK (including Gilwell Park) Negotiable Click here for more information.
Short-term Staff (seasonal) Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland Seasonal Click here for more information.

International Opportunities FAQs

What are volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer opportunities are all different. They depend on the situation and the event or location. You could be anything from helping to run the aerial runways on The Quick at Gilwell Park, to serving as a Youth Advisor to the World Scout Committee.

How do I sign up?

In almost all cases, you’ll need to apply. In some cases, applications are received on a continuous basis for ongoing programs. In other cases, applications are received for a very specific event or time frame. Whenever an opportunity exists though, there will be instructions on how you can apply.

What does it cost?

Costs associated with volunteering abroad will vary considerably. There will be some opportunities where all costs are covered through sponsorship and there will be opportunities where you may need to pay for your transportation or other costs. There are always ways to help alleviate costs by fundraising.

I know of an opportunity that’s not on this site. Can I just go?

It’s always a good idea to discuss international opportunities with the International Committee. The reason is actually one of security. We can verify that any opportunity you’re interested in is authorized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. We might also be able to give you more information for your application! We want to you to lead the world, but first and foremost, we want you to do so safely.

I really want to go to a specific location, but I don’t see any opportunities. What can I do?

First step, contact the International Committee at intl@scouts.ca. We can get in touch with another country’s Scout association to find out what might be available for you.

What are the benefits to volunteering internationally?

As with so many other things, it’s all about what you bring to an experience. You can get so much out of these opportunities, but generally, you can expect to learn about global issues, make contacts in different parts of the world, gain self-confidence, get some really cool pictures and stories, gain experience that you can put on a resume, and make your mark on the world.

What are the biggest challenges?

The biggest challenges can sometimes be finances, depending on the opportunity. This can easily be overcome by fundraising. The second biggest challenge is a fear of the unknown. What will the food be like? Who’s going to take care of my dog? Is it safe? Do I need a visa?

The good thing is, with all of this, the International Committee is dedicated to supporting you and helping you through every step of the way. We are passionate about international Scouting and we are at your service.

Here’s your opportunity to step into the world of diplomacy by representing Scouts Canada on an international level through ScoutsAbroad. Submit your application to the International Programs Team today!

In order to increase Scouts Canada’s ability to participate in international conferences and forums, the International Commissioner maintains two pools of qualified Scouts Canada youth and Scouts Canada adults, to be drawn from when required.

When an opportunity comes up, you may be contacted by the International Commissioner, requesting your permission to submit your name for a conference. In some cases, the conference will be fully funded. In other cases, there may be a fee for registration or travel. Once your permission has been obtained, Scouts Canada will put your name forward.

Your name will never be submitted to a conference or forum or other event without your written permission. Being accepted into the pool of applicants does not guarantee that you will represent Scouts Canada. There are only a handful of opportunities each year.

If you do agree to represent Scouts Canada, you are expected to attend the full length of the event, contributing in a meaningful way on behalf of Scouts Canada. Before you leave, you will be required to complete an online training module about representing Scouts Canada abroad. Upon your return, you will also be required to submit a report to the International Programs Team and the National Key 3.

Conferences and similar events tend to last from 3-5 days and may require a day or two of travel before and after.

For the Scouts Canada Youth pool, all youth aged 14-26 are encouraged to submit an application. Your application will be held for consideration until 31 August of each year. You may reapply as many times as you like.

Please submit the following information to intl@scouts.ca:

  • Curriculum Vitae (outlining academic, Scouting, personal and professional experience)
  • Letter of motivation (including your areas of interest, like training or the environment, and why you would like to represent Scouts Canada)
  • Photocopy of the information page of your passport (this is not required to apply, but will speed up the registration process for conferences. Not submitting one with your application may make it harder to submit your name as a delegate on time)
  • Photo of you in your Scout uniform (also sometimes required for registration with conferences and events. Also not required for application to this pool, but may be necessary later on)
  • Scouts Canada membership number as found on myscouts.ca

Applications are accepted throughout the year, so please apply today!