Summer 2023 Federal Student Work Experience Program

Deadline:  January 9, 2023

Student Guide Program in France – Summer 2023 Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Hey Students! We’re looking for a group of dynamic youth to join our team in France this summer. Applications are now open for the Student Guide Program. The deadline to apply is 9 January 2023.

Veterans Affairs Canada – Student Guide Program in France


Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, France (International)

Job type



$16.99 – $19.48 per hour and $28.00 daily living allowance

Number of jobs


Contact information

[email protected]

What you will gain

Veterans Affairs Canada employs students as guides year-round at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, located in northern France.

• Live and work in France
• Develop your public speaking and presentation abilities
• Represent Canada as a youth ambassador
• Meet visitors from around the world
• Discover Canada’s rich military history

Student Guide Program in France – Summer 2023 Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) Eligibility

You are eligible for this program if you meet these 3 requirements:

  • you are a full-time high school, CEGEP, college or university student
  • you are returning to full-time studies in the next academic year
  • you meet the minimum age requirement in the province/territory of work

This includes students with physical or emotional disabilities deemed to have full-time status by their academic institution. Adult students registered in education and retraining programs at the secondary level may also be eligible for student employment programs.

Students who are in their final year of academic study and who are not intending to return to full-time studies are eligible to work part-time up until the time they graduate.

Learn more about student eligibility.

Note: Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the job requirements.

What you will do

As a student guide, you will be responsible for:

• Providing interpretive information on the preserved battlefields and underground tunnels, in both official languages
• Explaining the Canadian military history and answering questions from the public on the sites, local attractions and points of interest in the region

You will be working in a natural outdoor setting and may encounter small wildlife, such as rabbits and sheep. You will at times be required to give tours of the preserved underground tunnels, you must be comfortable working in confined spaces for a short amount of time.
Duration: Summer 2023
Return Guides: May 1, 2023 – August 24, 2023

Guides: May 8, 2023 – August 24, 2023


There is a possibility of re-employment


What we are looking for

• You are a post-secondary student
• You are fluent in both official languages (English and French)

NOTE: This means that you are able to provide detailed descriptions on various complex topics, to summarize a discussion and express as well as support your opinions in your second official language
• You possess strong public speaking skills

• You meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria
If you love history and would like to explore the possibility of this unique opportunity, submit your application, ensuring that you are answering to the language optional field, indicating the following:

Language: Bilingual – English and French

Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to self-identify if you belong to an Employment Equity group, when you apply.

For questions, please contact:  [email protected]

Conditions of employment

Successful students will be required to provide copies of the following documents prior to the employment start date:

• Valid First Aid Certificate
• Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
• Valid Canadian driver’s license with no restrictions related to a Graduated Driver Licensing program and/or a valid international driving permit
•  Must hold valid documentation, including a passport, for travelling to and working in France
• Confirmation of current full-time student status in a recognized post-secondary institution (with Registrar’s seal) and a signed attestation confirming the intent to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
• Valid work visa for France

Successful students must also:

• Wear and maintain a uniform
• Be willing to work variable schedules (shift work, weekends, statutory holidays and overtime)
• Be willing to operate a government vehicle in Europe, sometimes with passengers, as required
• Able to stand and walk over uneven terrain for a long period of time, in various weather conditions

Additional information

You are strongly advised to consider all necessary medical arrangements and ensure proper and adequate health insurance prior to departing for France

Accommodation and expenses

• If you choose to live in the housing subsidized by Veterans Affairs Canada, you must sign a Rental Agreement and agree to have the monthly rental sum of approximately $300 deducted from your pay on a monthly basis (approximately $150 per cheque)
• All successful students must arrange and pay for their own travel, including all other related costs
• Upon successful completion of the work assignment and a satisfactory evaluation, you may be eligible for a partial reimbursement of your actual airfare costs (up to CDN $800.00)


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